How Many Boxes Do You Really Need?

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Planning a MoveSome folks believe that it's a super idea to do a quick internet search and check "hire mover" off their to-do list in five minutes. This is a fun fact. That is not the ideal way to hire movers. You need to have a real human interaction with your potential mover, since these are the folks you trust to move all your possessions in a safe, secure and timely manner. These are several of the fundamental questions a professional mover will ask on the first phone call.
  • How many bedrooms?
  • Do you have attic storage?
  • Garage?
  • Basement?
  • Do you have lawn equipment?
  • Vehicles (for long distance moves)?

It is a huge help if you snap pictures of your rooms and have recorded furniture dimensions when you have a conversation with a mover. They will need to know how many bedrooms and living spaces you have, and how many levels your home is on. You really can't be too detailed about your rooms, since the mover is working off of a standard template, and every house is one-of-a-kind.

If your residence contains a living/dining combination (popular in the sixties and back in the 2000s), do not neglect to include the dining room table, china cabinet, and eight armchairs when you go over your "living room" contents. Formal dining rooms are getting rare nowadays, so some movers don't even mention that room on their basic list--and if you do not remember to tell them, imagine the overall wet blanket on the ambience of moving day when you grasps the moving van is not sizable enough for all those items.

Measuring the dimensions, and if things come apart, is also an important component of an accurate estimate. Couches are normally between 5 and 7 feet long, some have detachable cushions, and others are sleepers. A hardwood queen sleeper weighs much more than a rattan sofa, so be as exact as you can be with details. Some furniture can be disassembled, so make sure and communicate that to your coordinator so the crew can bring the right tools to disassemble and reassemble.

At this point, you may be questioning why the moving company is asking you all of these questions. Well, they are attempting to calculate not only how many boxes you will need for all of your “stuff”, but also how much space in the moving van your possessions will consume. Movers will have estimates for box counts based on number of bedrooms and the square footage of the residence, but that's really general, and it assumes that you have thrown out a fair amount of old clothes and preschool art.

After you have chosen your moving company, and had a couple of phone conversations, the mover will schedule an in-home estimate to verify their calculations are accurate. People are frazzled admist a move and do tend to forget items like the gas grill or the jet skis, because they are not being put in boxes, and this is classic example of out of sight, out of mind. However, these items will be accounted for during the in-home estimate.

Developing a working relationship with your mover is important for a trouble-free move. They don't judge your housekeeping, so contact your local mover, pick your appointment date for your estimate and do not be anxious about the dust bunnies. Click here to get started today!