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 grand idea to type “find a moving company” into the search bar 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 an actual conversation with your potential mover, since these are the folks you are entrusting with moving all your things in a safe, secure and timely way. Here are some of the initial 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 is a marvelous help if you take pictures of your rooms and have written down furniture dimensions when you have a conversation with a mover. They will want to know how many bedrooms and living spaces are in your home, and how many levels your home is on. You really cannot be too meticulous about your rooms, since they're looking at a standard template, and every residence is unique.

If your house has a living/dining combo (popular in the 60’s and again in the 2000s), don't neglect to include the dining table, china buffet, and a bunch of armchairs when you describe your "living room" contents. Formal dining rooms are increasingly rare nowadays, so lots of movers don't even mention that room on their normal list--and if you don't tell them, contemplate the overall damper on the ambience of moving day when everybody recognizes the moving van isn't large enough for all those items.

Knowing the dimensions, and whether things come apart, is also a key component of a precise estimate. Sofas are normally between 60 and 84 inches long, some have detachable cushions, and others are sleepers. A hardwood queen sleeper weighs much more than a rattan loveseat, so be as exact as you can be with details. Some furniture comes apart, so make sure and communicate that to your coordinator so the moving crew can bring the right tools to disassemble and put back together.

By this time, you might be wondering why the moving company is asking you all of these questions. Well, they are making an effort to figure up not only how many boxes you will require for all of your things, but also how much space in the moving truck your belongings will take up. Movers will have estimated guesses for box counts based on number of bedrooms and house size, but that is really basic, and it assumes that you've purged a fair amount of old Christmas decorations and preschool art.

After you've selected your professional mover, and had one or two phone conversations, the mover should schedule an in-home appointment to make sure their estimates are right. People are stressed in the middle of a move and do sometimes forget things like the kid's swing set or the lawn mower, because they are not being put in cartons, and this is prime 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 vital for a trouble-free move. They do not judge your housekeeping, so contact your local mover, select your appointment date for your estimate and don't stress about the dust bunnies. Click here to get started today!