Answered by Jenna FarmerSeptember 25, 2013
You’d be surprised how much stuff you can accumulate in a four bedroom house over the years (or even months), and sometimes you may not even know where to start when it comes to packing up and moving.
First, take a deep breath. A good way to get started in the process of figuring out what packing materials you will need, is to first know exactly how much stuff you have. You may even want to hold a yard or garage sale to begin with,to dispose of any unnecessary items.
You can use our moving estimate weight calculator to get an idea of how much the most common household items weigh and cost to move, but you still need to figure out just how many boxes you need, and what size. Keep in mind that tossing all miscellaneous items into one extra large moving box may seem like it’s saving you time and effort, but you may not be able to lift the box once it’s full. In addition, the contents of the box may be better off separated, in order to create a organized unpacking plan once you’re in your new house.
Just how many boxes will I need?
For a four bedroom house, you will typically need a box count that looks something like this:
- 25-40 medium boxes
- 15-25 large boxes
- 10-15 extra large boxes
- 2-5 bulky/oddly shaped boxes
- 8-10 wardrobe boxes (if needed)
Your total amount of boxes, depending on how many items you plan on packing and the sizes of boxes you choose, could actually be somewhere between 75-100 boxes. Again, amount of boxes will vary greatly depending on your belongings, amount of rooms to pack, and box sizes.
Don’t forget about box sealing tape, a tape dispenser,permanent markers, labels and other packing materials like bubble wrap and newsprint.
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