How Many Boxes Do You Really Need?

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Planning a MoveThere are people who think it's 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 a fun fact. That is not the best way to hire 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 and timely way. These are several of the fundamental 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 huge help if you have 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 residence, and how many levels your home is on. You really can't be too specific about your rooms, since the mover is working from a standard template, and every residence is different.

If your house has a living/dining combo (popular in the 60’s and back in the 2000s), do not forget to list the dining table, china hutch, and a bunch of armchairs when you list your "living room" items. Formal dining rooms are increasingly rare anymore, so some movers don't even mention that room on their standard list--and if you do not tell them, think about the overall wet blanket on the temperament of moving day when everyone grasps the moving van is not sizable enough for all those chairs and a table.

Having the dimensions, and if things can be disassembled, is also a key factor of a correct 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 sofa, so be as exact as you can be with details. Some furniture can be disassembled, so let the coordinator know so the moving crew can bring the specific tools to disassemble and reassemble.

By now, you could be pondering why the moving company is asking you so many questions. Well, they are trying 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 van your possessions will consume. Movers will have estimates for boxes based on number of bedrooms and house size, but that is really basic, and it assumes that you've thrown out a large amount of old Christmas decorations and preschool art.

After you've selected your moving company, and had a couple of phone conversations, the mover should schedule an in-home appointment to verify their estimates are correct. People are absent minded in the middle of a move and do sometimes forget things like the kid's swing set or the jet skis, because they're not being packed into boxes, 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 key to a smooth move. They don't judge your housekeeping, so call your local mover, set your appointment date for your estimate and do not worry about the dust bunnies. Click here to get started today!