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One of the most common moving FAQs we get from our Chicago customers is how many boxes they’ll need for a move. Our answer? You’ll almost always need more boxes than you expect. It is better to have many of varying sizes than to be missing the boxes you need at the last minute. Contact us to learn more about our Budget Box Program.
See the table below for a rough recommendation of how many boxes you will need.
|Large Boxes||3 – 12||5 – 15||10 – 20||15 – 25||20 – 30|
|Medium Boxes||8 – 15||10 – 20||15 – 25||20 – 30||25 – 35|
|Small Boxes||12 – 18||15 – 25||20 – 30||30 – 40||40 – 50|
|Bundle of Paper||1||1||1||2||2|
|Dish Barrel||2 – 5||3 – 6||4 – 6||5 – 7||6 – 9|
|Wardrobe Box||3 – 5||3 – 6||5 – 7||6 – 10||8 – 12|
AAA Movers can provide affordable, sturdy boxes for your move through our Budget Box Program. You can also ask local store managers for extra boxes at retail stores, grocery stores, and liquor stores, or ask friends and family. Many people keep extra boxes of varying sizes on hand that you could borrow.
In additional to plenty of boxes, you will likely need packing tape loaded on a dispenser, unprinted newspaper (the ink on newspaper leaves stains on some items), packing paper, bubble wrap, markers to label your boxes, and a notebook and pen to inventory which important items are packed in which boxes.
We suggest carefully labeling your boxes with their final destination room. You can also use colored stickers to color-code boxes belonging in specific rooms. Whatever you decide, the more clearly and detailed you label, the easier it will be to unpack efficiently or find needed items quickly.
See our moving checklist for detailed suggestions on what to pack when. In general, start with seldom used areas of the house, such as the basement, attic, or storage area. This will allow you time to decide if anything should be sold, recycled, or donated. Things that are not currently being used, like clothing out of season, holiday items, fine china, or some books, can be a good place to start. The more you can pack in the weeks leading up to a move, the more freedom and time you will have to continue being planful and careful as you pack your final boxes.
If you have enough room, keep these items with you in the car. If this is not possible, pack your valuables within a miscellaneous box. Be sure to verify how these items are covered by insurance in a worst case scenario. Always keep important papers like bills, birth certificates, new job contacts, realtor information, and closing papers close to you during your move.
Begin at the Post Office and fill out a Change of Address Form. Contact places like your bank, doctor, credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, etc. to notify them of your change of address. To get an updated driver’s license and register your vehicle, visit the DMV in your new state.
Click here to go to the USPS online address change form.
Or, let us help you with it all using our comprehensive Updater app!
Our moving consultants use AAA Movers proprietary software that calculates your move based on the weight and number of items you have, the date of the move, and the distance between your locations. With the gathered information, our moving coordinators will provide a comprehensive Move Plan to fit your timeline and budget.
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