This spreadsheet is a handy tool to create a quick and concise inventory of items you’ll be moving. The more accurate your inventory, the more accurate your cost estimate should be, barring unforeseen circumstances like tiny elevators, long carries, or foul weather. (Boo, foul weather!)
To create an accurate move inventory, walk through your home, room by room, making note of each item you’d like to move. Start with the large items in each room first, like chairs, desks, and footstools. Then move on to the more artful challenge of estimating the number of boxes to be packed in each room. Pro Tip: Don’t forget to include all rooms/areas of your home when you create your inventory: closets, attics, garage, shed, and other storage spaces are often out-of-sight, out-of-mind.
Don’t worry about aiming for perfection when you estimate the number of boxes in each room – just do your best. Some general guidelines: Small moving boxes are similar in size to banker’s boxes and are used for books, magazines, and files. (Each small box can hold 1 to 2 shelves of books.) Medium moving boxes, cube-shaped, are great for almost anything, from countertop appliances to stereo components. (The contents of one typical kitchen cabinet can fit in 1-2 medium boxes.) Large boxes (big and rectangular) are most commonly used for lighter items like pillows, tupperware, and bed linen. (Figure 1 large box for every 1-2 shelves of towels and linens.) Lastly, plan on 1 wardrobe box for every 2 linear feet of hanging clothes.
Once we receive your inventory we’ll be happy to provide you with a personalized cost estimate. Please let us know if you have any questions along the way!