How Many Boxes Do You Really Need?

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Planning a MoveThere are people who think it is a super idea to type “find a moving company” into the search bar and check "hire mover" off their to-do list in five minutes. This is an interesting fact. That is not the ideal way to hire movers. You need to get up close and personal and have a real human interaction, since these are the people you are entrusting with moving all your things in a secure and timely manner. These are some of the basic questions a professional mover will ask on the introductory phone call.
  • How many bedrooms?
  • Do you have attic storage?
  • Garage?
  • Basement?
  • Do you have lawn equipment?
  • Vehicles (for long distance moves)?

It's a big help if you have 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 are in your home, and how many levels your residence is on. You really can't be too specific about your rooms, since the mover is looking at a standard template, and every residence is one-of-a-kind.

If your residence contains a living/dining combination (popular in the 60’s and back in the 2000s), don't neglect to mention the dining room table, china cabinet, and eight armchairs when you go over your "living room" furniture. Formal dining rooms are increasingly rare these days, so many movers don't even include that room on their standard list--and if you do not think about it to tell them, imagine the overall hinderance on the mood of moving day when everyone grasps the truck is not big enough for all that furniture.

Measuring the dimensions, and whether things can be taken apart, is also a vital component of a precise estimate. Sofas are usually between 5 and 7 feet long, some have detachable cushions, and some are sleepers. A hardwood full sleeper weighs much more than a rattan loveseat, so be as exact as you can be with details. Some furniture can be taken apart, so make sure and communicate that to your coordinator so the moving crew can bring the correct tools to take apart and reassemble.

By now, you might be questioning why the moving company is asking you a ton of questions. Well, they are making an effort to figure up not only the number of boxes you will need for all of your “stuff”, but also how many linear feet in the moving truck your belongings will consume. Movers will have estimates for box counts based on number of bedrooms and home size, but that is very rudimentary, and it assumes that you have thrown out a fair amount of old Christmas decorations and preschool art.

After you've selected your moving company, and had a few phone conversations, the mover will most likely schedule an in-home appointment to make sure their calculations are accurate. People are frazzled in the middle of a move and do sometimes forget things like the kid's swing set or the lawn mower, because they're not going in cartons, and this is great 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 smooth move. They do not judge your housekeeping, so call your local mover, set your appointment date for your estimate and don't stress about the dust bunnies. Click here to get started today!