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 do a quick internet search and check "hire mover" off your list in ten minutes. This is an interesting fact. That is not the ideal way to select movers. You need to have a real human interaction with your potential mover, since these are the people you trust to move all your belongings in a safe, secure and proper manner. Here are several 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 huge help if you snap pictures of your rooms and have written down furniture dimensions when you have a conversation with a mover. They'll want to know how many bedrooms and living spaces are in your home, and how many levels your residence is on. You really cannot be too specific about your rooms, since the mover is 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 hutch, and how many ever armchairs when you list your "living room" items. Formal dining rooms are more rare anymore, so many movers don't even include that room on their normal list--and if you do not think about it to tell them, think about the overall hinderance on the ambience of moving day when you grasps the truck isn't sizable enough for all those items.

Having the dimensions, and if things can be disassembled, is also a key 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 exact as you can be with details. Some furniture comes apart, so be sure to tell the coordinator so the crew can bring the right 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 “stuff”, but also how much space in the moving truck 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 purged a large amount of old clothes and preschool art.

After you've selected your mover, and had a couple of phone conversations, the mover will most likely schedule an in-home estimate to confirm their estimates are accurate. People are stressed admist a move and do sometimes forget items 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 caught 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!