How Many Boxes Do You Really Need?

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Planning a MoveBelieve it or not, some people think it is a good idea to do a quick internet search and check "hire mover" off their to-do list in ten minutes. This is an interesting fact. That is not the best way to hire movers. You need to have an actual conversation with your potential mover, since these are the folks you are trusting to move all your things in a safe, secure and proper manner. These are several 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 marvelous help if you snap pictures of your rooms and have recorded furniture dimensions when you chat with a mover. They will need to know how many bedrooms and living spaces are in your home, and how many floors your residence is on. You really cannot be too detailed about your rooms, since the mover is working from a standard template, and every home is unique.

If your residence contains a living/dining combination (popular in the sixties and again in the 2000s), do not forget to mention the dining room table, china hutch, and eight armchairs when you go over your "living room" contents. Formal dining rooms are more rare anymore, so many movers don't even mention that room on their standard list--and if you don't think about it to tell them, think about the overall wet blanket on the mood of moving day when everybody realizes the truck isn't sizable enough for all those items.

Measuring the dimensions, and whether things can be disassembled, is also an important part of a precise estimate. Sofas are usually between 60 and 84 inches long, some have detachable cushions, and some are sleepers. A hardwood queen sleeper weighs significantly more than a rattan loveseat, so be as explicit as possible with details. Some furniture comes apart, so let the coordinator know so the moving crew can bring the specific tools to take apart and put back together.

By this time, you might be questioning why the moving company is asking you all of these questions. Well, they are trying to calculate not only the number of boxes you will require for all of your belongings, but also how much room in the moving van your items will consume. Movers will have estimated guesses for box counts based on number of bedrooms and home size, but that is very general, and it assumes that you've purged a decent amount of old shoes and preschool art.

After you have chosen your mover, and had one or two phone conversations, the mover should schedule an in-home appointment to verify their numbers are accurate. People are stressed during a move and do sometimes forget stuff like the gas grill or the lawn mower, because they're not being packed into boxes, and this is prime example of out of sight, out of mind. But, these items will be accounted for during the in-home estimate.

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