How Long Will My Move Take?

If you’re gearing up for a move one of the questions at the top of your mind is how long the process is going to take. It’s important to plan out each that you don’t end up running short on time and low on patience.

The three phases that you’ll separate your move into are: packing, moving, and unpacking. We do have to preface this by saying that every move is different and while this guide definitely gives you an idea of how much time you are going to need to set aside for each phase these are general estimates.

Phase 1: Packing

Studio/One bedroom apartment: 1 to 3 days
Two bedroom apartment/house: 3 to 5 days
Three bedroom apartment/house: 5 to 6 days
Four bedroom apartment/house: 6 to 7 days
Five bedroom apartment/house: 7 to 9 days
Six bedroom apartment/house: 9 to 12 days

The Extras!

  • If you have a storage unit/garage/shed add 1 to 3 days (depending on how large/full it is).
  • If you hire professional packers you can expect that it will take them around half the time that it would take you to pack your home.

Phase 2: Moving

Loading a 24 ft truck (a standard size moving truck) can take anywhere from 3-10 hours. You’ll also need to factor in the time it takes to drive to your new place and unload. The time varies depending on the amount of belongings that you have and whether or not you are fully packed on the day of your move. If you’re fully packed your movers can get right to work. Loose items (items that are not boxed) can add hours onto your move. Additional stops along the way to pick up items will also tack on time.

Phase 3: Unpacking

The unpacking process is something that most of us dread. In general, takes a little less time to unpack than it does to pack. When you’re unpacking you’re just placing things where you want them instead of having to wrap, fold, and. The key to a smooth unpacking process is to resist the urge to procrastinate and take care of it as soon as you get moved in!

In Conclusion

Most of the stress that people experience during a move is due to a lack of time, giving yourself enough time to complete each phase prevents that frustration from ever happening!

How To File A Claim Against A Moving Company

Whether you’re moving with an established company or unverified movers, accidents happen. If your belongings are scratched, dented, or broken what you should do now. The answer is simple: follow the steps to file a claim against your movers.

Photograph your damages

Make sure you document the items that are damaged with photos. Best case scenario you’ll also have photos of the condition that the items were in before your move.

Call your movers and ask for a breakdown of the process

Every company and state has different procedures and laws when it comes to what a mover is required to do when a client’s belongings are damaged. The required evidence, timeline for the mover to acknowledge that they have received the documentation, and the required time to either deny or present an offer to settle the claim will vary.

Send in the requested paperwork, receipts, and photos

The best way to speed up the process is to send back all required information in a timely manner. The company will most likely ask for documentation like photos, a written claim form that details the damages, and possibly receipts for the items.

Choose to accept or deny the settlement

After being presented with a settlement offer you can choose to accept or deny the offer. If you choose to accept the offer you will need to send back a written agreement. If you choose to deny the offer, the next step is to seek mediation with your local DMV.

File a complaint with your local DMV if you’re being ignored

If the company isn’t responding back to you the best thing for you to do is to contact your local DMV and file a complaint against the company.

In conclusion

Although the process of filing a claim can be lengthy and frustrated, the best advice we can give in this situation is to, keep the lines of communication open and respectful. If not, your local DMV will be the best resource in order to ensure that the company that damaged your items are held accountable.

How Far In Advance Should You Book Your Move?

If you’re planning on using professional movers for your upcoming move you’re probably wondering when you should book your move. Depending on whether you’re a planner or a procrastinator your natural tendencies will differ, however, there are standard rules of thumb when it comes to the ideal time to book your move!

Start shopping around a month in advance

Locating a mover takes time. Starting to shop around a month in advance leaves you with ample time to locate movers in your area and research them thoroughly before deciding who you want to book with. Along with getting details directly from each company, you’ll also want to make sure that they have positive online reviews, are registered with the DMV, and are verified by trusted sources like the BBB.

Book your move around 1-2 weeks in advance

When it comes to the moving industry, availability plays a huge role in whether or not you get your desired move day and your top choice of mover. If you’re moving during the winter when demand is low you may not have to worry, but if you’re moving during the peak summer season movers book up quickly and you’ll want to stick to the 1-2 week range.

If possible, avoid having the movers come the day you need to be out of your home

Moves are unpredictable. We are unable to tell customers who call for quotes exactly how long their move will take because there are so many unpredictable variables some of which include: exactly how many items a customer has, traffic on the day of your move, weather, and much more. You never know what road blocks will arise during your move, give yourself the time to work through them.

In conclusion

You should at least plan on booking your mover a week in advance. This timeline ensures that you avoid a last minute scramble to find a mover. In order to make sure you’re 100 percent set for your mover check out our tips to get your home packed quickly and easily for your upcoming move.

Moving with pets | Tips for moving with pets | Moving Tip 387

Andrew from operations explains the best way to move with your pets. Moving with a Cat or Dog can be stressful but 3 Men Movers is here to help make it easier. Here are our best tips and tricks when moving with your pets. You can also visit our tips page for a better understanding of moving with your furry loved ones!

Video Transcription

Hi, I’m Andrew and I’m here with moving tip number three hundred and eighty seven.

I am here to talk to you about moving with pets.

So moving with pets it definitely complicates your move and it’s important to know the first thing to do when you’re planning on moving pets the first thing you want to do is make sure that your moving company and your movers are aware of your pet’s presence.

The next thing you want to do is try to secure your pet either behind a baby gate or possibly in the backyard but what we think the best option is to actually have your pet stay with a friend for the duration of your move so the movers can move in and out of the House that worrying about your pet getting out.

If you have no other option:

Maybe it’s a last minute move and you really need for your movers to do the move with your pet inside of your apartment or home.

Just know that if they do have to keep the door closed and open and close it every time they’re moving something either from inside the House to the truck or from the truck into the new location it is going to add to the cost and to the time frame of the move.


6 Insider Tips For First Time Renters

Moving into your first apartment and feeling stressed? We’re giving you insider tips to ensure that your move is free of surprises and stress!

Take ALL of your monthly fees into consideration before deciding on an apartment

Your rent isn’t going to be your only expense. You’ve also got to take into account energy, water, renters insurance, parking fees, internet, tv, food, and entertainment. Make sure your monthly income covers everything before you decide on your new place and that you have a little wiggle room in your budget after you cover the big stuff.

Ask about the fees to move in at your new apartment

You also need to take into account the subsidiary fees associated with the move in. These fees usually include first and second month’s rent, a security deposit, and application fees.

Don’t go overboard on buying before you move in

Even though you’re probably ready to deck out your new place, hold off until after you move in and stick with the basics. The more you buy, the more you have to pack up and take with you. It’ll be easier on your wallet as well to buy home accessories gradually as you have to front quite a bit of money when moving into a new place.

Figure out who’s going to help you move in

If you’re moving out for the first time and don’t have a lot of belongings, you may be safe just having friends and family help you. However, if you’ve accumulated a lot or don’t have people nearby that can help, you may need to find movers. While you’re shopping around ensure that you’re putting your belongings in the hands of verified movers by checking online reviews and ensuring that they are compliant with your DMV.

Find out where the loading area is

After you’ve got people to help you move, ask your apartment where the designated loading area is. The last thing that you want to do is block the traffic flow.

Reserve an elevator

This is an extremely important step for an apartment move. If you don’t reserve an elevator you’ll have to share the elevator with all of the tenants in the building adding time to your move and cost as most movers operate on an hourly rate.

In conclusion

The most important thing to ensure is that you have all of the facts up front. It’s a detailed process but once you’re moved into your new apartment and enjoying your new space it’ll all be worth it!

How Long Does Moving Take? Understanding how long moving takes and tips on how to make your move go smooth and fast

Ever wonder how long moving will take? or How long professional movers take when moving? 3 Men Movers has the answers as well as some tips to make your move faster! Malcolm is our most experienced Moving Specialist and his kind voice is here to soothe any worries you have about moving. Stay tuned for more moving tips so your move day is as easy as possible!

Malcolm’s Moving Tip

Hi my names Malcolm and I’m going to give you moving tip number 12
We get this question all the time
It’s very important

How long should my move take?

Now, first of all, we learned a long time ago to never guesstimate how long any single move could take because all moves are different.

No two people ever move the same amount of things.
Now the Key is for you to be packed up and ready to go.

The more ready you are the faster and smoother loading up that truck up will go for you. And it takes a little bit longer to load the truck than to unload it because when we get there our guys go right to work disassembling furniture./
We are going to wrap it up and protect it for you with stress wrap plastic and quilted moving blankets and when we get to your new home we are going to reassemble your furniture and put it inside where you want it.
For some reason unloading usually is faster.
Now if you’re packed up and ready to go you’re going to get moved in a quick and efficient amount of time.
But there are no averages and if someone ever tells you how long a mover is going to take they are just guessing and all they’re doing is guessing and they over guess they don’t under guess. But our guys are really efficient we normally can do 2 jobs in a day, each crew.
And while we can’t tell you how long any single move will take because they all are different

If you are packed up and ready to go when we get there it should be a good smooth process for you.


Moving In A Hurry? How To Get Out Of Your House In 48 Hours!

Last minute moves happen for a variety of reasons but they almost always cause stress. If you’re currently in this situation there’s no need to worry because we’re sharing packing and moving tips that allow you to get out of your house in 48 hours with zero stress!

Call movers as soon as you find out you’re moving

If you need to move out of your home quickly you’re going to need help. Don’t be pressured to go with the first moving company you find. Take the effort to ensure that your belongings are going to be safe in the long run, check out our tips on finding reliable movers.

Toss as much as you can

Decluttering is going to be your saving grace, you’ll have less to pack beforehand and less to unpack after you arrive at your new location. If you haven’t used it in the last six months throw it away or put it into a pile to donate!

Gather the necessary supplies

You’re going to need boxes, packing tape, and markers to label your boxes. Don’t be conservative when purchasing moving supplies. If you end up over purchasing on boxes and tape you can always take them back but if you under buy you’ll end up running back and forth to the store. Insider tip: if you splurge and buy wardrobe boxes you’ll save major time when it comes to packing your closet.

Take a day off of work to pack if you can

In order to limit your stress and to get as much done as you can, take the day off of work if you have the ability to. If you can’t take a day off of work to pack you should consider asking family to help or hiring professional packers.

Start packing room by room

Once you’ve got your packing supplies all that’s left to do is get to work. Make a list of everything that you need to accomplish and start tackling it little by little. Just focus on getting through the room that you’re packing to avoid getting overwhelmed.

Label everything

Don’t skimp on labeling your boxes in your hurry to move out of your old place. It’s a small step that makes a huge difference in the process. If you label your boxes your movers can take them right to the room that they belong to saving you time and hassle in the long run.

In Conclusion

Moving out of your home in a hurry doesn’t have to be stressful. As long as you prepare for the process, reach out for help, and keep calm you’ll be fine!

Moving Tip 58 | 3 Men Movers | Helpful Moving Tips | Preparing for your Move

Moving Tip Number 58! 3 Men Movers is helping your moving process be as simple as possible. This tip is about being prepared for your movers before they get to your place. Learn how having everything in a proper place helps you save money. Stay tuned for more moving tips and visit for even more tips and tricks!

Video Transcription

I’m here with your tip 58 on how to have a stress free move

That tip is to be packed and ready to go

This is several things:

Number One when the guys get there they can immediately go to work

Number Two they are not having to move things out of they way to get to bigger objects and

Number Three they are not having to scoot around and possibly trip over anything that you have.

So be ready to go they will get you moved in a hurry!


Moving Tip 82 | 3 Men Movers | Helpful Moving Tips | Preparing for your Move

Moving Tip Number 82 is Here! 3 Men Movers is helping your moving process be as simple as possible. Stay tuned for more moving tips and visit for even more tips and tricks!

Video Transcription

Tip Number 82!

Don’t forget to label your boxes!

So when you move into your new home, you know exactly where everything is!


How To Keep Your TV Safe During Your Move

Although they may be bulky, tv’s are extremely fragile, and if the screen is damaged it’s nearly impossible to fix. We’re giving you three methods to help protect your tv during your move so you don’t have to miss out on binge watching your favorite shows!

Four ways to prevent your television from being damaged during your move

Put your tv in it’s original box during your move

This is a great way to keep your tv protected during your move (it’s also free which is a huge bonus). We recommend allowing your movers to shrink wrap your tv before putting it inside of the box, this will give it a little more protection without making it too bulky to fit inside the box like blankets would.

Purchase a tv box

You can search for a box that fits the dimensions of your tv, or you can purchase an adjustable tv box. You can find them at The Home Depot and Lowes. A TV box will usually run around $20, which may seem pricey for a box but it’s a small price to pay to keep such a high-value item safe when moving.

Protect your tv with blankets and shrink wrap

If you don’t have the original box that the tv came in or have time to purchase a tv box, have your movers wrap your tv in blankets and cover the blankets in shrink wrap. If your car is large enough you can ask the movers to load the television in and out of your car eliminating the risk of having it in the back of a moving truck with heavy boxes and furniture.

Always ensure that the cord isn’t pressing against the screen

If the cord is pressing against the tv after it has been wrapped or boxed you can cause a tear in your screen. Make sure that the cord is wrapped around the base or secured against the back of the tv to avoid damage.

In conclusion

If you don’t have the original box that your television came in, purchasing an adjustable box is a safe method to keep your tv protected during your move. While having the movers wrap your tv in blankets and shrink wrap isn’t the most fool-proof method if you’re in a pinch on move day that may be your best bet. Otherwise, take a look in your garage for the original tv box or purchase an adjustable box!

The Pros And Cons Of Moving During The Summer

Summer is without a doubt the busiest season for moving. However, moving during this time of year comes with positives and negatives. We’re going to give you both, along with a few helpful tips that will make moving in the summer a breeze!

The Pros

The real estate market is up during the summer

If you’re looking to sell your home, the summer is the perfect time to list. Making a profit from your current home will be essential to ensuring that you have an easy and budget-friendly summer move!

The timing aligns with the patterns of common life events

Many moves occur during summer because the timing corrolates with major life changes. Kids go on summer vacation, grads move from their college towns, newlyweds move in together because it’s wedding season, and so on.

The weather

If you live in an extremely cold climate, the summer is probably the best time of year for you to move. Trying to get settled into your new home while dealing with snow, ice, and chilly weather is no bueno.

The Cons (And How To Combat Them)

The rental market is at its peak during the summer

Unlike for sellers, the summer is not an ideal time to look for a new place if you’re renting. Because the demand is so high, apartments raise the rates on leases significantly.

Solution: Start looking for your apartment two months out

You will be able to put in your application as soon as tenants give their 60 days notice, or snag new apartments as soon as they go on the market. Depending on when you start looking you may be able to avoid peak summer rental prices.

Professional movers may be more expensive during the summer

Also due to the demand, the cost of moving fluctuates year round and is typically higher during the summer time. You’ll need to budget more if you want to hire pros to handle your summer move. If you’re on the fence on whether to hire movers consult our guide.

Solution: Be fully packed when your movers arrive

Even though rates for movers will likely be higher in the summer, the best way to keep your bill low is to be fully packed and ready to go when your movers arrive. Having loose items will only make your move slower and your final bill higher due to the fact that most movers have an hourly rate. If you need tips on packing, check out our handy guide!

The weather

If you live in a hot climate, like Texas, moving in the summer won’t provide you with any type of relief. Moving during the height of the summer gets pretty rough, especially when you’re moving during the afternoon when the heat is at its peak.

Solution: Stay hydrated, and move in the morning

The summer heat is a hard one to combat. The best that you can do is to stay hydrated and, if possible, start your move in the early morning so that you avoid the hottest part of the day.

In Conclusion

Moving in the summer has its pros and its cons. However, if you plan accordingly and are prepared for your move you can successfully combat the negative aspects and enjoy the positives!

10 Tips For An Easy PCS Move

A PCS (permanent change of station), comes with many benefits but it also comes with its own struggles if you aren’t prepared for it. If you’ve received orders that your family will have to relocate there’s no need to panic. Just follow our simple PCS moving guide for a smooth transition into your family’s next adventure! Do bear in mind that this guide is specific to those undergoing a CONUS (Continental United States) PCS move.

Decide if you want to have your move organized for you or if you want to do a PPM (personally procured move)

You will have the option of having the military organize and plan the move for you or taking the reigns and having more control over your move. There are benefits and downsides to both.

  • If you decide to have your move scheduled you request your pickup and drop off dates through your TO (transportation office). This method is less flexible to your personal schedule but alleviates the work of having find and schedule movers and packers yourself.

  • With a PPM (personally procured move) you can decide when the packers and movers come and go plus if you’re savvy and don’t end up using your entire budget you can even make a little money. For detailed steps on a PPM check out this handy guide!

Don’t accumulate more stuff before your move

Do not make the mistake of going shopping before your PCS move. Just don’t do it. You may be tempted to buy pieces for your new place or clothes to fit the climate that you are moving to but do yourself a favor and wait until you get there.

Go through the house and toss anything that you haven’t used recently

If there is something that you haven’t used in the past year and it doesn’t hold substantial sentimental value, toss it or donate it if possible. If you have a box that you still haven’t unpacked from your last move, definitely toss it. There’s no point in spending time, money, and effort packing and transporting things that you don’t need or want.

Document everything you own

Your phone is going to be your best friend. Take photos in each room and organize your pictures into folders by room. Photos are essential because unlike doing an itemized list you can also accurately document the condition of your belongings.

Set aside your essentials

Don’t pack up everything. Leave the essentials out so that you have them on hand, especially since your delivery might not occur right when you arrive. You’ll probably leave out your loungewear but keep out things like business clothes as well, in case you have a job interview after you arrive. You also want to set aside important documents, jewelry, a few toys if you have kids, and toiletries. Check out our blog on first night essentials for more ideas!

Begin the packing process

During the packing phase the most important thing is keeping your belongings organized. Ensure that your packers are putting items in groups depending on what they are, such as keeping all of the tools to make coffee together. Another huge step is labeling each box with detail. These little steps will make your unpacking process so much easier because you won’t have to root through boxes to find things.

If you have kids make sure to include them in the process

To kids, moving can be like the idea of having their world turned upside down. Sit down with them and explain where you’re moving and why it’s happening. Give them the opportunity to say goodbye to their friends and let them know that moving to a new place can be exciting and fun. After the move, make an effort to set up playdates and outings with neighbors.

How To Prepare Your Kids For A Move

Keep a detailed log of all your receipts and paperwork throughout the process

Make sure that you keep track of all of your receipts, invoices, and paperwork throughout the process. Whether that be digital or paper logs you don’t want to lose track of them.

Don’t put off unpacking once you arrive

One of the best things that you can do is to get settled in as quickly as possible. You’ll probably be tired by this point in the process but it will help your new place feel like home and it will lessen the chances that you end up leaving half of your boxes unpacked for months on end.

Make the most of your new neighborhood and home by doing fun things

Making the most of the exciting parts of moving will make the process so much easier. The first night you get to your new home try a local restaurant and plan out all of the things that you want to explore over your first weekend there.

In Conclusion

After receiving orders that you have to move, remaining organized is the key to an easy PCS move. After your move, focus on the positive aspects of moving to a new place and the promise that a fresh start holds.