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 super 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 hire movers. You need to have a real human interaction with your potential mover, since these are the folks you trust to move all your things in a safe, secure and timely way. Here are some of the initial questions a professional mover will ask on the first phone call.
  • How many bedrooms?
  • Do you have attic storage?
  • Garage?
  • Basement?
  • Do you have lawn equipment?
  • Vehicles (for long distance moves)?

It's a marvelous help if you snap pictures of your rooms and have written down furniture dimensions when you chat with a mover. They'll need to know how many bedrooms and living spaces are in your residence, and how many levels your house is on. You really can't be too detailed about your rooms, since they are working from a standard template, and every house is unique.

If your house has a living/dining combination (popular in the 60’s and again in the 2000s), don't forget to include the dining table, china hutch, and eight armchairs when you describe your "living room" furniture. Formal dining rooms are getting rare nowadays, so lots of movers do not even mention that room on their standard list--and if you don't tell them, think about the overall hinderance on the mood of moving day when everyone grasps the truck isn't large enough for all those items.

Having the dimensions, and if things come apart, is also a vital component of an accurate estimate. Sofas are usually between 5 and 7 feet long, some have detachable cushions, and some are sleepers. A hardwood double sleeper weighs significantly more than a rattan sofa, so be as specific as possible with details. Some furniture can be taken apart, so be sure to tell the coordinator so the crew can bring the right tools to take apart and put back together.

By now, you could be questioning why the moving company is asking you all of these questions. Well, they are trying to figure up not only the number of boxes you will need for all of your things, but also how many linear feet in the moving van your possessions will consume. Movers will have estimated guesses for box counts based on number of bedrooms and home size, but that's really basic, and it assumes that you've gotten rid of a decent amount of old Christmas decorations and preschool art.

After you've picked your mover, and had a few phone conversations, the mover will schedule an in-home estimate to make sure their calculations are correct. People are frazzled during a move and do have a tendency to forget things like the kid's swing set or the lawn mower, because they are not being packed into boxes, and this is classic example of out of sight, out of mind. But, these items will be accounted for 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 call your local mover, set your appointment date for your estimate and don't worry about the dust bunnies. Click here to get started today!