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 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 ideal way to select movers. You need to get up close and personal and have a real human interaction, since these are the folks you are trusting to move all your belongings in a safe, secure and proper way. 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 is a big help if you snap pictures of your rooms and have recorded furniture dimensions when you have a conversation with a mover. They'll need to know how many bedrooms and living spaces are in your residence, and how many floors your home is on. You really cannot be too meticulous about your rooms, since they're working from a standard template, and every residence is one-of-a-kind.

If you have a living/dining combo (popular in the sixties and back in the 2000s), don't forget to mention the dining table, china hutch, and eight armchairs when you go over your "living room" contents. Formal dining rooms are increasingly rare these days, so some movers don't even have that room on their standard list--and if you don't remember to tell them, think about the overall damper on the ambience of moving day when everyone realizes the truck is not large enough for all those chairs and a table.

Measuring the dimensions, and whether things come apart, is also a vital factor of a correct estimate. Sofas are normally between 5 and 7 feet long, some have detachable cushions, and some are sleepers. A hardwood queen sleeper weighs a lot more than a rattan sofa, so be as explicit as you can be with details. Some furniture can be taken apart, so let the coordinator know so the crew can bring the specific tools to take apart and reassemble.

By now, you could 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 “stuff”, but also how many linear feet in the moving truck your belongings will take up. Movers will have estimates for boxes based on number of bedrooms and home size, but that is really basic, and it assumes that you have thrown out a fair amount of old Christmas decorations and preschool art.

After you've chosen your moving company, and had a couple of phone conversations, the mover will most likely schedule an in-home appointment to make sure their estimates are correct. People are stressed in the middle of a move and do have a tendency to forget stuff like the gas grill or the jet skis, because they're not being packed into boxes, and this is classic example of out of sight, out of mind. But, these items will be included 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 contact your local mover, set your appointment date for your estimate and do not stress about the dust bunnies. Click here to get started today!