How Many Boxes Do You Really Need?

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Planning a MoveSome folks believe that it is a super idea to do a quick internet search and check "hire mover" off your list in five minutes. This is a fun fact. That is not the best way to select movers. You need to have a real human interaction with your potential mover, since these are the people you trust to move all your possessions in a safe, secure and proper way. Here are some of the basic 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 big help if you take pictures of your rooms and have recorded furniture dimensions when you talk with a mover. They'll want to know how many bedrooms and living spaces you have, and how many levels your house is on. You really cannot be too detailed about your rooms, since they're working off of a standard template, and every residence is different.

If you have a living/dining combination (popular in the sixties and back in the 2000s), don't forget to include the dining room table, china hutch, and how many ever armchairs when you describe your "living room" items. Formal dining rooms are getting rare these days, so many movers do not even have that room on their normal list--and if you don't think about it to tell them, contemplate the overall wet blanket on the temperament of moving day when you realizes the moving van isn't large enough for all those chairs and a table.

Measuring the dimensions, and whether things can be taken apart, is also a vital factor of a correct estimate. Sofas are commonly between 5 and 7 feet long, some have detachable cushions, and others are sleepers. A hardwood double sleeper weighs much more than a rattan couch, so be as explicit as possible with details. Some furniture can be disassembled, so make sure and communicate that to your coordinator so the moving crew can bring the specific tools to take apart and reassemble.

By now, you might be pondering why the moving company is asking you so many questions. Well, they are trying to calculate not only the number of boxes you will need for all of your “stuff”, but also how much room in the moving van your possessions will consume. Movers will have estimated guesses for boxes based on number of bedrooms and house size, but that's really rudimentary, and it assumes that you have thrown out a fair amount of old Christmas decorations and preschool art.

After you've chosen your mover, and had one or two phone conversations, the mover will schedule an in-home estimate to make sure their calculations are accurate. People are frazzled during a move and do sometimes forget stuff like the kid's swing set or the lawn mower, because they are not being put in boxes, and this is great example of out of sight, out of mind. However, these items will be included during the in-home estimate.

Developing a working relationship with your mover is important for an uneventful move. They do not judge your housekeeping, so contact your local mover, pick your appointment date for your estimate and do not worry about the dust bunnies. Click here to get started today!