Why Fewer Movers Isn’t Usually Better

As every moving consultant will tell you, there’s one very common scenario when people ask for moving quotes: The customer insists that the moving consultant is offering too many movers, and that having fewer movers will lower the cost of the move. In most cases, that’s simply not true.

On one level, it makes a lot of sense that fewer movers will make for a cheaper move. After all, the hourly rate is based on the number of movers. The problem with that logic, though, is quite simple. With one very rare exception, though fewer movers can actually mean a more expensive move, not a less expensive move.

An efficient moving team is a little like an assembly line. In a three person crew, for example, one mover might wrap furniture, another move items to the truck, and a third loads the truck. You can imagine that if you take one cog out of that equation, things can get complicated and disorganized. When the move is bigger, you might have more movers wrapping (or packing), and more running things to the truck.

So, What is the Exception?

If a place simply doesn’t have room to accommodate the proper number of movers, your company may cut back on the number of movers just so they don’t trip over each other, but this is rare.

What is the Proper Number of Movers

The proper number of movers mostly depends on the size of the move. In many studio and even some one bedroom apartments, two movers are enough. Most one bedroom apartments, and some two bedrooms require three movers. Many two bedrooms and most three bedrooms require four movers, etc. If your move includes a lot of packing, your mover might send you an extra hand, or add another day.