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How Long Does It Take to Move?

If you’re POTUS, that’s a straightforward question to answer, since it’s been reported that it takes approximately 95 workers to labor for precisely 5 hours to move one First Family out of the White House every four or eight years on Inauguration Day (aka Moving Day) and another First Family in, with time to spare in between for any painting or repairs needed.

But for the rest of us who don’t happen to be the Leader of the Free World? The time can vary, depending primarily on three factors.


Some people own a little stuff, some people own A LOT of stuff! Needless to say, volume is a factor in estimating how much time to block off for your move, but to get it done right, two things matter most: (1) choosing the appropriately sized moving truck and (2) knowing how to load it most efficiently. If space is underestimated, that can slow everything down as you scramble to find another vehicle or to make multiple trips you weren’t planning on. And if items aren’t loaded properly—if they’re tipping over, if the weight on bottom can’t support the weight on top, if items start rubbing up against each other damaging your valuables—then taking everything out just to bring it back in will turn very frustrating very quickly, eating up valuable time.


Obviously, driving the truck farther away will take more time than local moves. If you’re going the DIY route to your relocation, though, and try to save a little money by renting a smaller truck to take several trips, you might want to reconsider. Your plan can easily backfire, for any money you save will surely be sucked up in the time expense it takes to repeat the same steps multiple times throughout the day. Not only will you spend more on gas, but you’ll have to switch gears multiple times: loading at the old place and unloading at the new place over and over, driving back and forth and dealing with any traffic or delays you may encounter (not to mention exposing yourself to possible vehicle trouble/accidents more than only one time), spending precious daylight hours in transit, locking up the houses each time, making sure family members are where they’re supposed to be, vacuuming only half the house because the other half is still stacked with boxes … a lot of little details like that that people forget about when they think it’ll be fine to just “take a few trips.” Multiple trips will wear you down faster than just doing it all at once.


This is by far the most important variable when determining how long it will take you to move. Whether you’ve hired a company to move you or whether it’s going to be a group effort among your family and friends, the more support you have—the more hands on deck—the faster the job will go. Much faster. Four arms and four legs get tired much more quickly than ten arms and ten legs. (That’s why the White House hires 95 workers for 5 hours instead of 5 workers for 95 hours!)

You won’t need that many movers to manage your relocation for you, but a professional moving company will surely assign the right number of team members, give you a firm estimate of start time and end time, and make sure that your move goes off as swiftly and efficiently as possible.

Call us today for a free estimate.

BB&D Moving Services
301-57-5447 (MD)  |   571-375-2826 (VA)  |  786-390-4040 (FL)  |

Commercial Moving Services

Some people think that a move is a move is a move—that residential moves and commercial moves are just two sides of the same coin … six of one, half dozen of the other. Well, that isn’t the case. The two types of moves may be cut from the same cloth—both in involve packing away, boxing up, and shipping out, after all—but they’re actually quite different in terms of content, constitution, and concerns.

First of all, business equipment isn’t like knickknacks and craft-room supplies and the kids’ favorite toys—most of it can’t be safely ensconced in bubble wrap and snugly tucked away in reinforced boxes. Rather, there are bulky shapes involved, very sensitive and vulnerable pieces, cords and wires hanging out every which way. Second, moving a business can be a heavy-duty enterprise—wooden desks, metal chairs, conference tables, whiteboards, endless boxes of years’ worth of files and folders … these are not lightweight items that people can just easily load onto a U-Haul by themselves and drive on over to the new office. And third, there’s simply a different level of attachment to professional possessions versus personal ones. Sure, you need that printer or photocopier to get Tuesday’s workload done, but if it breaks or malfunctions, it can easily be replaced or repaired in a day, usually even covered by business insurance. Aunt Julia’s tea set, handed down through the generations? Not so much.

What all this means to the business owner is that it’s appropriate, applicable, prudent, and even emotionally comfortable to hire an outside company to complete the commercial move for you. Not just any company: a highly reputable one with expert-level service and extensive experience handling commercial relocations. So whether you’re moving from one town to another for a better lease arrangement or you’re downsizing or completely restructuring amid today’s great transition to remote work, here’s what you can expect from BB&D’s first-rate commercial “Smart Moving Package”:

  • Packing and Unpacking: everything from IT equipment to furniture and office supplies
  • Handling: loading and unloading of all office items
  • Eco-Friendly Plastic Containers: drop-off, pack-up, and pick-up options available
  • Plastic Dollies: to reduce volume and maximize time- and cost-effectiveness
  • Storage: lighted and temperature-controlled facilities, with 24/7 security
  • Disconnect and Reconnect: all office equipment and technology
  • Archiving: file and documentation backup and storage services available
  • Multiple Destinations: making as many stops as you need, to deliver specific items or to specific locations

BB&D is a family-owned company that employs full-time, background-checked, uniformed workers. We’re known for going above and beyond for our customers; let us go the extra mile for you so that you can get back to work quickly, safely, and efficiently.

BB&D Moving Services
301-57-5447 (MD)  |   571-375-2826 (VA)  |  786-390-4040 (FL)  |