How Many Boxes Do You Really Need?

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Planning a MoveSome folks believe that it's a good idea to let their fingers do the walking and check "hire mover" off your list in fifteen minutes. This is a fun fact. That is not the ideal way to choose 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 things in a secure and proper way. Here are a few 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 have pictures of your rooms and have written down furniture dimensions when you have a conversation with a mover. They will want to know how many bedrooms and living spaces are in your residence, and how many levels your house is on. You really cannot be too specific about your rooms, since they are working from a standard template, and every home is different.

If your house has a living/dining combo (popular in the sixties and again in the 2000s), do not neglect to include the dining table, china buffet, and eight armchairs when you list your "living room" items. Formal dining rooms are increasingly rare anymore, so many movers do not even include that room on their basic list--and if you do not remember to tell them, think about the overall wet blanket on the temperament of moving day when you grasps the moving truck isn't large enough for all those items.

Measuring the dimensions, and whether things come apart, is also a vital part of a precise estimate. Couches are commonly between 60 and 84 inches long, some have detachable cushions, and some are sleepers. A hardwood full sleeper weighs a lot more than a rattan couch, so be as explicit as you can be with details. Some furniture comes apart, so make sure and communicate that to your coordinator so the crew can bring the correct tools to disassemble and reassemble.

By now, you might be wondering why the moving company is asking you a ton of questions. Well, they are trying to figure up not only the number of boxes you will require for all of your belongings, but also how much space in the truck your items will take up. Movers will have approximates for boxes based on number of bedrooms and the square footage of the residence, but that is very basic, and it assumes that you've purged a fair amount of old clothes and preschool art.

After you've chosen your mover, and had a couple of phone conversations, the mover should schedule an in-home appointment to make sure their estimates are correct. People are absent minded in the middle of a move and do have a tendency to forget items like the lawn furniture or the jet skis, because they're not being packed into cartons, and this is prime 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 contact your local mover, select your appointment date for your estimate and don't worry about the dust bunnies. Click here to get started today!