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Old 04-28-2019, 11:42 AM
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I've started requesting quotes from local movers. The ones that have gotten back to me want an inventory of my stuff and my best guess as to how many boxes I'll have. For the inventory, do I really just list every single item I own? Like, I have 4.5 pencils and 10 shirts? That level of detail?

My move isn't until June, so I haven't really started packing yet. I'm still decluttering. Thus, I'm not sure how many boxes I'll need. There are calculators online, but they're all over the place for a 1-bedroom apartment. How should I guesstimate this? Did anyone find a tool that was accurate for them?

I'm just worried that if I underestimate, they'll charge me a premium price or something when they show up on moving day and that if I overestimate, they won't credit me the difference. I don't even know if that's how it works....

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Old 04-28-2019, 03:30 PM
Location: Florida
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No, what they want to know is how many beds & mattresses, tables, chairs, etc. Then how many boxes for your stuff, like dishes, clothes and even what's in your desk.

There are plenty of online estimators that will help you estimate what you have.
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:05 AM
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Location: Beaverton, OR
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I’ve found any estimations to be wildly inaccurate. Everyone who knows us knows we are very clutter free people and minimalist when it comes to not having stuff laying all around, but when I moved from a 1,700 square foot condo their 26’ truck was nowhere near big enough to fit everything and I ended up driving 5 times back and forth with my SUV for about 6 hours to finish the job. Only possible because it was a local move. There is simply no way anyone would be able to fit into that truck with a decent amount of furniture. You’d have to be giving away half your stuff.

Then I’ve had the opposite where this dude told me a 4 bedroom house like ours often has 120-150 boxes, and we have an 800 square foot basement too. Being about 75% packed already, there is no way whatsoever it’ll be even close to 100 boxes let alone 150! That’s insane haha what are these people moving?! So I’ve seen it both ways and the estimates are pretty much useless.
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