When quizzed about how much time a move might take, my former boss liked to say “It takes what it takes.” And while there is nothing like a Bertuzzi-esque circular tautology to bring a smile to a customers’ face, these days we like to be less obtuse. There is a variety of factors that contribute to the amount of time a job takes. They include, though are not limited to, number of items to be moved, distance from apartment to truck, stairs v. elevator, packing efficiency and more.
The quickest moves we see are people on the ground floor of an apartment building with patio access to the street, moving to the same scenario. It is often possible to move the contents of this standard one bedroom place from a to b in about two hours. From here the duration increases, for example if you had the same number of items going from the 2nd floor of an apartment building with stairs, to the 2nd floor with elevator, it is realistic to add an hour to 1.5 hrs. Preparation for the move can also play an important role in the time consideration. If the bed needs to be disassembled (very common) or the packing is not complete when we arrive, time accrues.
One of the most common factors to add time to a job is a long carry. This means each trip has to cover significant distance (a long hall way or through a car park) to the truck or the apartment. A small elevator can also add time to your job by simply restricting the number of goods that can be transported in one trip, besides issues created by not having the elevator locked off.
A proficient residential furniture mover should be able to give you a general time estimate based on a description of the larger items, a box count and details about access. Remember to tell your mover about issues highlighted above: it will increase the accuracy of the estimate.