How Many Movers Do I Need?

By · April 17 2020
How Many Movers Do I Need?

Moving is a stressful experience, but worth it in the end. Whether you’re moving because you finally bought a home or just because you need a change of scenery there are many things to plan. This is especially true when you decide to hire professional movers. Among many other questions, you’ll probably want to know how many movers you’ll need. It’s imperative that you understand all the variables that can affect the answer to this question. Let’s take a look at the most important things to keep in mind when planning for this part of the move.

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Who is Packing your Home?

The first thing to consider is who will be packing your belongings? Will you do it yourself or have the movers do it? Most moving companies anticipate that you’ll disassemble items and pack before they arrive, needing them to simply load the boxes and furniture on the truck.

Since disassembly of furniture and packing will add time and work for the movers, be sure you discuss this information upfront. When you consider that packing and unpacking a small apartment can take upwards of 4 hours, this can add a significant amount of time. Depending on your time schedule you may want to add another mover or 2 to speed up the process.

How Far is Your Home From the Truck?

In an ideal situation, the movers will be able to pull the truck to the front door and load furniture without walking far. However, in reality, this rarely happens. If they are required to carry from the house to the street or up and down flights of stairs you’ll probably need more movers. You may be wondering why this is the case. Well, the simple answer is the movers are human and will require breaks.

This will be even more true if you own a great deal of heavy, large furniture that has to be walked long distances. Just consider, the more movers you hire the faster the job will be done. The fact is the fewer movers you have the longer it will take, and there’s an increased likelihood that your furniture may get damaged.

Are the Movers Loading and Unloading?

If you are moving long-distance, the same movers who load the truck will not be unloading it. If you are looking to save money and cut down on the number of movers it may be smart to unload the truck yourself. The most difficult process is always loading the truck as it requires knowledge of where to put certain things to make it all fit.

The amount of time it takes professional movers to load a truck depends on what your belongings consist of. Do you have mostly square items or are there a mix of many shapes? Once the loading is completed, unloading the truck is easy. If you are up for the task of unloading the truck yourself you can cut the number of required movers in half.

If you’d rather not unload it yourself, you’ll also need to consider the distance between your new home and the truck.

Cost Considerations for Movers

Most movers are paid hourly, rather than flat-rate. Hence, the more movers you have the more cost you are looking at. For instance, a 3 or 4 bedroom home takes four movers an average of 10 hours to load the truck and unload. That’s 40 hours of work you’re paying for. If you cut the number of movers down to 2 the time it takes them will average about 25 hours to load and unload. Thus, your move will turn into 2 days and you’ll be paying 50 hours of work.

You must look at your unique situation and plan accordingly because more movers may actually save you money in the end.

So, How Many Movers Do I Need?

While the following guide is not true for every situation, it’s a good starting point to determine how many movers to hire.

  • small apartments - usually takes 2 movers 4 hours to load/unload
  • 1 or 2-bedroom house/apartment - usually takes 2 movers 5 hours to load/unload
  • 2 or 3-bedroom house - usually takes 3 movers 6 hours to load/unload a moderately sized house
  • 3 or 4-bedroom house - usually takes 3 movers 8 hours to load/unload a larger house
  • 4+ bedroom house - usually takes 5 movers between 8 and 10 hours to load/unload large family homes

In the end, there are many factors you need to take into consideration to determine how many movers to hire. While professional movers can be more expensive than doing it yourself, it cuts down on the stress and hassle of carrying heavy furniture. An added bonus is that your furniture is less likely to get damaged during the move, so your furnishings will still look great in your new home.

What do our customers say?

1 bedroom flat move
Frankton, Hamilton
Tweed Street
Jessica G.
Reviewed 19 hours ago
They helped us with a house move from Hamilton to Christchurch. On the day of the move the truck arrived well on time and everything was loaded and good to go in pretty much one hour! Matt was a great help and really friendly to deal with. As agreed on, the truck arrived two days later in Christchurch and unloading was done quick and efficiently! Just remember that, as reflected on their price, you can’t expect everything to come out without any scratch if you don't wrap it yourself. We made sure everything was good to go on the day of move and wrapped our more valuable stuff in bubble wrap, plastic wrap or in sturdy boxes. That worked great for us and made their job a lot easier I imagine.
1 bedroom flat move
Brooklyn, Wellington
Thorndon, Wellington
Reviewed 21 hours ago
Fast, easy and professional
Whangārei Heads
One Tree Hill, Auckland
Reviewed 1 day ago
Epic packing! Strong, fast movers and so polite and sweet. Only 2 items with tiny damage. But muddy crap conditions and I'm insured excess so not worth it, as I say nominal. For the price chur chur!!! I feel blessed that's all that happened to be honest! Paid for 3 both ways, 3 showed for pickup, 2 for delivery, don't refund, just buy the two a box. I thought delivery 3 hours?? Maybe?? Done in 1.5. So pleased. Thank you team, thank you, thank you. Moving from Whangarei Heads to Orks is hell stressful, your people did the job above my expectations and I am very very grateful. Highly recommend!!
Milford, Auckland
Saint Albans, Christchurch
Reviewed 1 day ago
Pawan and his team were excellent! We moved across the country, and despite this long distance we miraculously had no breakage of delicate kitchen items, and only a few minor scuffs and scrapes (to be expected) on a few tricky furniture items. They were great with communication, and arrived promptly with a load in and load out well faster than we expected. They were also very understanding and helpful when we had a lot more gear than we’d initially planned, with very reasonable pricing given we had to take extra space, and also scheduling flexibly for us so that we could be there at both ends of the trip. Payment was easy - they just gave us the bank details after the move was complete and were very easy to work with. Super lovely guys too - very friendly and reassuring which is exactly what you want on a high pressured and stressful moving day. Overall would highly recommend and will definitely be giving them a call again next time we have gear to move. Can’t thank them enough!
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