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 grand idea to type “find a moving company” into the search bar 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 an actual conversation with your potential mover, since these are the folks you are trusting to move all your belongings in a 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 huge help if you take pictures of your rooms and have written down furniture dimensions when you talk with a mover. They will need to know how many bedrooms and living spaces are in your residence, and how many floors your residence is on. You really cannot be too detailed about your rooms, since the mover is working from a standard template, and every residence is unique.

If you have a living/dining combination (popular in the 60’s and back in the 2000s), do not forget to mention the dining room table, china cabinet, and how many ever armchairs when you list your "living room" items. Formal dining rooms are getting rare these days, so some movers do not even mention that room on their basic list--and if you do not think about it to tell them, think about the overall wet blanket on the ambience of moving day when everybody grasps the moving truck isn't large enough for all those chairs and a table.

Knowing the dimensions, and whether things can be disassembled, is also a vital factor of a precise estimate. Sofas are commonly between 5 and 7 feet long, some have detachable cushions, and others are sleepers. A hardwood full sleeper weighs much more than a rattan sofa, so be as exact as you can be with details. Some furniture can be disassembled, so be sure to tell the coordinator so the crew can bring the correct tools to disassemble and put back together.

By this time, you may be questioning 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 belongings, but also how much space in the moving van your possessions will consume. Movers will have estimated guesses for boxes based on number of bedrooms and the square footage of the residence, but that's very general, and it assumes that you have gotten rid of a decent amount of old Christmas decorations and preschool art.

After you have picked your mover, and had a couple of phone conversations, the mover will schedule an in-home appointment to verify their estimates are accurate. People are stressed admist a move and do tend to forget things like the lawn furniture or the lawn mower, because they're not going 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 key to a smooth move. They do not judge your housekeeping, so call your local mover, select your appointment date for your estimate and do not stress about the dust bunnies. Click here to get started today!