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 good idea to let their fingers do the walking and check "hire mover" off your list in five minutes. This is an interesting 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 people you trust to move all your things in a safe, secure and proper manner. Here 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 big help if you snap pictures of your rooms and have written down furniture dimensions when you chat with a mover. They'll want to know how many bedrooms and living spaces are in your residence, and how many levels your residence is on. You really cannot be too specific about your rooms, since they are working off of a standard template, and every house is one-of-a-kind.

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

Having the dimensions, and if things come apart, is also an important factor of a precise estimate. Couches are usually between 5 and 7 feet long, some have detachable cushions, and others are sleepers. A hardwood double sleeper weighs a lot more than a rattan loveseat, so be as explicit as you can be with details. Some furniture can be disassembled, so be sure to tell the coordinator so the moving team can bring the correct tools to disassemble and put back together.

By this time, you may be pondering why the moving company is asking you all of these questions. Well, they are making an effort to calculate not only how many boxes you will require for all of your things, but also how much space in the moving van your belongings will consume. Movers will have estimated guesses for boxes based on number of bedrooms and home size, but that is very general, and it assumes that you have gotten rid of a large amount of old shoes and preschool art.

After you've picked your mover, and had a couple of phone conversations, the mover will most likely schedule an in-home estimate to confirm their calculations are accurate. People are stressed admist a move and do sometimes forget things like the lawn furniture or the lawn mower, because they're not being put in cartons, and this is classic 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 smooth move. They don't 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!