Moving Calculator

You can use this handy form to estimate how long your move will take:

What kind of service do you need?
How big is the vehicle?
How full do you expect the vehicle to be when everything is loaded?
How many floors above ground level?
How many feet away from the door is the truck?
How many pieces of furniture need disassembly/reassembly?
(Note: We generally do not reassemble a piece unless we were the ones who disassembled it in the first place)
How many non-boxed items, open boxes, or poorly packaged items?
How many movers do you want on the job?
Your estimated time:
120 minutes

The System

Here is the equation that we work with:

(2 men loading within 50 ft. of back door, no stairs - please note that we have a 2 hour minimum)

Vehicle Size: 10 ft. 14 ft. 17 ft. 24 ft. 26 ft.
Loading Time: 30 mins. 1 hr. 1.5 hrs. 4 hrs. 4.5 hrs.
  • Add 20% of time for each floor above the first.
  • Add 20% of time for each 50 ft. of distance from door to ramp.
  • Add 30% of time for an elevator; do not add time per floor.
  • Add 5 minutes per piece of disassembly.
  • Add 30 seconds per non-boxed item, open box, or poorly packaged item.
  • Divide by the percent of space not filled in the truck.
  • Subtract 30% of the total per extra man.

Example: A 14 ft. truck, third floor, 75 ft. from door, 2 beds to take down, half full.

To load: ( 1 hr. + 12 mins. + 12 mins. + 10 mins. ) / 2 = 47 mins.

To unload use the same equation again and multiply by 3/4.

This math is 90% effective. The largest factor which affects time in an unpredictable way is the quality of the boxes. Moving boxes are different than other boxes. It's just plain quicker to handle good boxes vs. not-so-good boxes.

See what our customers have to say about our time accuracy.