Bad Moving Advice

5 Things NOT to Do While Moving or Packing

Everyone wants to give you advice on how to move better, cheaper, or quicker. While reading up on advice can simplify your move, be wary of the bad advice that’s out there. As a general rule, don’t cut corners when it comes to personal safety or protection of your home and items. Planning ahead and talking to professionals is always your best bet.

Below are some common pieces of bad advice we’ve heard over the years – avoid them at all costs! We’ve also provided some great tips on how to move the right way.

Bad Advice: Wrap Your Dishes and Glassware in Clothing to Save on Bubble Wrap

A commonly shared “life hack” for packing breakables is to wrap them in clothing to save on packing paper and bubble wrap. This ‘tip’ is wrong, isn’t cost efficient and certainly isn’t safe.

Packing breakables in clothing increases chance of injury and you likely won’t know something is broken until you unpack it. Your safety, clothing, and breakables are more valuable than a sheet of packing paper.

Good Advice: When packing dishes,

start with a DishPack box.  Put a double layer of crumpled moving paper in the bottom of the box.  Starting with the heaviest dishes on the bottom layer, wrap each plate and place it in the box vertically, like a record.  After the largest plates are packed, use more packing paper and place crumpled pieces between each plate to keep the plates stable and in place. Another layer of crumpled paper, and you can add the lighter plates in the same way until the box is full.

Bad Advice: Keep Drawers Intact by Wrapping them with Press’n Seal

Press’n Seal barely keeps your food safe – what is it going to do to protect your drawers? You will need a more substantial wrapping material to keep your drawers safe from chips and scratches.

Good Advice: Professional movers such as Elite use heavy moving blankets to move and pack heavy and expensive furniture such as dressers and couches. Not only do moving blankets protect against scratches – they provide some additional padding as well.

Bad Advice: Keep Belongings in Drawers to Save on Boxes and Save Time

It may be tempting to keep your belongings in their respective drawers, but moving can shift objects and can cause damage to both your drawers and belongings.

Good Advice: In order to move safely, you’ll need to empty all drawers, but be sure to put the drawers back before moving the overall piece of furniture. The empty drawers in the dresser help stabilize the overall structure during the move.

You’ll want to pack up your belongings into their own boxes to protect your drawers from damage. If there are fragile objects in your drawer, make sure you wrap them properly with packing paper and bubble wrap. See how Elite wraps breakables such as glassware and dishes. Drawers are not built to withstand being moved with items inside, so don’t use them as boxes while moving.

Bad Advice: Book Movers at the Last Minute to Get a Cheaper Price

Everyone wants to score a great deal, and sometimes deals do exist for those who wait – such as last minute hotels on Priceline or buying overproduced clothing from an outlet store for a discount. In the moving industry, these deals do not exist. If you wait too long, you might not even be able to get a mover!

Good Advice: Movers run on a tight schedule, often planned weeks in advance, so if you try to book after the schedules have been set, they might not have room in their schedule for you. Busy moving times such as weekends and the end of the month (25th-2nd) are often booked at least 4-6 weeks in advance. If you are moving out of or into a building with an elevator, those must be booked in advance as well, no matter the date of the move.

If you’re still convinced you’ll get a better price last minute, it’s best to make a reservation with a mover that will refund your deposit, like Elite. That way you can still shop around, but you’ll have a backup plan in place in case you don’t find a cheaper price, and avoid a last-minute scramble for help.  Elite offers refunds of deposits up until 3 business days before the move.

Bad Advice: Keep Large Furniture in One Piece to Move Quicker

While the thought of taking your furniture apart only to reassemble it at your new location may seem unnecessary, it can actually make your move easier, and helps to prevent injury and damage to your home and furniture.

Good Advice: How does disassembling furniture save time? Well, large furniture causes the most trouble during a move. It’s hard – and sometimes impossible – to carry through doors and up staircases. Large, assembled furniture also takes up more room in the moving truck. Taking the legs off of a piano, for example, not only saves space in the truck, but makes it less likely for the piano to be broken during the move. You’ll also want to pack glass table tops separately from the rest of the table, for example.

Most injuries are caused by improperly moving large furniture, so by breaking things down to a more manageable size, you also significantly reduce the chance for injury.

Any Other Bad Advice?

At Elite, we perform thousands of moves per year, and have heard and seen countless bad practices when it comes to moving. As a rule, don’t try to cut corners when it comes to the safety of your items or yourself, and plan as much in advance as possible to make your move less stressful and more efficient.

Now for some good advice!

At Elite, we perform thousands of moves per year, and have heard and seen countless bad practices when it comes to moving. As a rule, don’t try to cut corners when it comes to the safety of your items or yourself, and plan as much in advance as possible to make your move less stressful and more efficient. As always, if you need help with your move, you can call your friends at Elite!

Moving Checklist Chicago

Things People Commonly Forget to Do When Moving

There’s a lot to take care of in order to have a successful move. Most people focus on the actual move itself – the scheduling, the packing, the organizing – but a lot of times they’ll forget some smaller details, such as setting up mail forwarding or changing certain information to the new address.

As professional movers who have helped thousands of people move all over the country, we’re familiar with everything you should be checking during a move. This checklist below outlines some of the most commonly forgotten details. Once you take care of these items, your move will be even easier!

Notifying People of Your New Address:

In the era of digital everything, it is easy to forget about those companies and services that still rely on your physical address. Make sure you notify these companies and services as they won’t automatically know that you’re moving.

  • Your Employer. Even if you are staying local and won’t be switching jobs, it’s important to update your company with your new address so that they can send you your W2 and other job related documents.
  • Financials (Credit Cards, Banks, Investments, and Bills). Keeping your addresses updated with all your financial institutions is important. Not only do many loans, banks, and investments rely on physical mail to send you tax forms and due dates, you don’t want a stranger getting your personal financial correspondence. You should also update government services such as Social Security and the IRS of your move.
  • Subscriptions. During the move, you probably won’t have the time to read all your favorite magazines and newspapers, but having them delivered to your new address will have you feeling at home even sooner! Change your address so you won’t be paying a stranger’s magazine bill. If you get your prescriptions refilled through the mail, make sure you update your local pharmacy as well.
  • Organizations, Friends, and Family. Are you a member of an organization? AAA? College Alumni Network? Charity? Organizations you are a part of will likely want to reach you. Update your address so you don’t miss out on important updates.
  • Mail Forwarding. Changing addresses with each company individually will help make your move less rocky and keep important deadlines from being missed. However, there will likely be someone who will still send mail to your old address. Setting up a mail forwarding service with your local post office can help catch those letters that didn’t get the memo that you moved. Mail forwarding services don’t last forever, though, so they are not a replacement for updating your mailing address.
  • Your Veterinarian. Let your vet know that you are moving so that you still get notices about vaccines and check-ups. Also keep in mind that moving is a stressful time for pets, so it’s a good idea to get a check-up with your vet before and after your move.

Insurance and Fees:

Just like all of the services and companies above, you’ll need to inform your insurance company about your move. Remember, changing addresses may change your insurance rates. If you are moving around the block, your rates may not change, but home and auto insurance rates depend on location.
If you are moving across state lines, you might have to change health insurance companies as well, because many health insurance providers are state specific.
A new city or state will mean different taxes, laws, licenses, and registrations than your current locale requires.


Moving to a new address will also require setting up new gas, electricity, internet, water, and sanitation services. If you are staying local, you might just be able to change over your address and keep your existing utility accounts open. In cases where you can’t keep the same services and accounts, moving your utilities will be a two-fold operation. First, you will have to cancel your existing utilities so that you are not paying for the next tenant’s electricity (make sure that that the cancellation date is effective the date you move out, as you don’t want your services to stop before you leave). You will also have to set up utility services at your new address. Keep in mind that some utilities can take up to two weeks to set-up and start, so call ahead of your move so you have internet and electricity as soon as you get to your new address.

As always, if you need help with your move, you can talk to your friends at Elite Moving & Storage!

High Rise Moving in Chicago

Guide for Moving in a City

Tips for Moving in an Elevator Building, Certificates of Insurance and Parking Permits

Moving into a high-rise building adds a new level of complexity to the moving process. Managing a move when you have to consider the needs of other residents, building requirements, heavy tenant traffic, parking restrictions, and elevator reservations can be overwhelming.  The key to getting the best reservations, permits, and scheduling is starting early and communicating.

For High Rise Moving – Reserve Your Elevator Early!

If you’re moving into a high-rise building requiring use of an elevator, reserve the service elevator in advance – we suggest at least 4-6 weeks – to make sure your moving company and the elevator are available at the same time. It’s best to reserve the elevator for the morning so that yours will be the first move of the day, and a shorter arrival window for the moving crew.

As the day progresses, arrival windows grow longer, making it difficult for any movers to guarantee arrival during your elevator reservation window.  If the moves prior to yours take more time than expected, you might miss out on your reserved elevator window.

Plan A Timely Move!

Most modern high-rise buildings have both main elevators and dedicated service elevators specifically for tenant moves and maintenance use, but many do not. In either case, you’ll need to contact your property manager to get approval for the day and time of your move, and to find out what the restrictions there are for elevator use, no matter what kind you’ll be using.

The building manager can also tell you what, if any, insurance requirements they have.  Some buildings require what is called a certificate of insurance or COI from any mover that is working in their building.  They can usually provide you with an email or list of their requirements, which you can then pass along to your moving company.  Your moving company should then be able to provide you with a COI that fulfils the requirements.

If you have to use the main elevator of the building in the lobby, you may be asked to restrict your move-in time to mid-day hours only, so as not to interfere with heavy tenant use during early morning and late evening hours. If you have to use the main elevator for moving, you should have your furniture wrapped to protect both your furniture and the elevator from scratches or damage. Most service elevators provide padded wall coverings to protect both walls and tenants’ property.

If parking permits are required to park at either your pickup or delivery location, notify your mover as soon as you know.   Your mover should be able to secure parking permits for you with plenty of advance notice at an extra cost.

With a little preparation, and Elite on your side, your city move will be a snap.

Tips for Moving in Chicago

What Tools and Supplies Do You Need For a Move?

Now that you’ve decided to move, planning for the big day- getting everyone and everything ready- is a task that can feel like it’s on the scale of a moon launch! You’ve probably got a long list of things you need to do, but there are also tools and supplies you’ll need to get organized, get packed, and make your move as stress-free as possible.

Moving Isn’t Just Tape and Boxes, But You’ll Have a Hard Time Moving Without Them

When you think of moving, you think of boxes and tape. It is true, these are essential for every move, but there are many other tools and supplies to make your move go smoother. It is important to note that there are boxes for every purpose, and to use the right box for each job. Other than boxes in every size, Elite has special packing solutions for TVs, dishes and glassware, and even your wardrobe! You’ll also need packing paper, bubble wrap, shrink wrap, and packing tape for most of your items.

What Other Supplies Do You Need for a Move?

Whether you’re moving yourself or hiring professional movers, there’ll probably be a lot of things you’ll be doing in preparation for your move, and will have to do once you arrive at your new home and start unpacking. Here’s a list of some of the essentials:

Markers – You’ll need these to label your boxes and mark where each box belongs in your new home.
Utility Knife – Very handy for cutting tape, shrink-wrapped pieces, cardboard and other tough wrapping materials.
Basic Tools – You’ll need everyday tools like hammers, screwdrivers, and wrenches to dismantle furniture, electronics and appliances, as well as to put them back together at your new home. Also, be sure to have flashlights, batteries and chargers on hand.
Gloves –A few pairs of gloves will protect your hands from cuts, scrapes, and punctures while you’re moving furniture and heavy or bulky items around your new home.
Protective Moving Equipment – Whether it’s an edge protector for a dresser or a moving blanket for wrapping a couch or moving heavy furniture, protective materials are essential for a move.

Making Your Move Less Stressful

The physical aspects of moving can be tackled more confidently when you have the tools you need to get packed, unpacked, and up and running! We hope that you will find this basic list helpful for this, and future moves.

DIY Moving Chicago

DIY Moving versus Hiring the Professional Movers

When you’re moving from one location to another, one of the biggest questions you find yourself asking is whether to do it yourself or have professional movers do it for you.

If you’ve moved yourself in the past, you may remember the struggles that come with it. Figuring out how to pack all of your belongings into boxes. Finding friends and family that are willing to help you move. Lugging heavy boxes and furniture up stairs, and figuring out how to fit the sofa in the car. Moving yourself is not an easy task. On the other hand, you can’t pay professional movers with pizza.

So how do you decide how you’re going to move? Consider these questions and it will likely guide you in the right direction.

How Much Stuff Are You Moving?

This should be the first thing you consider, as if you have more than a couple rooms, it will be hard to haul everything without a full sized truck. Even if your move is a relatively small one, such as moving a single person in a studio apartment, there’s still a lot of stuff to consider. People often underestimate everything they own – Kitchen Utensils, Clothing, Electronics, Furniture, Mattresses, etc – it adds up quick. Inventory your belongings to decide how much work it will be to move everything on your own, and how much it will cost to rent a vehicle and moving supplies to get the job done. If you have to take time off of work to move yourself, consider the opportunity cost as well.

How Far Are You Moving?

If you’re moving around the block, a bunch of back and forth hauls might be time consuming but doable, but anything more, especially across the state or country—you should seriously consider using professional movers to take care of the many details associated with moving, as well as all the heavy lifting of boxed belongings and furniture that’s involved.

How Much Do Professional Movers Cost?

Your budget will play a large part in your decision to DIY or hire movers. Professional Moving companies such as Elite may seem like more money up front, but they offer way more than just the moving of your belongings. Elite, for example, moves thousands of clients every year, so we have the expertise that can help make your moving process be easier. Professional Movers also offer insurance to protect your belongings, provide storage options in case your new location needs to be renovated or is not ready right away, and can rent or sell moving supplies and delivery them to you. Additionally, many full-service moving companies now offer a wide range of moving packages to fit most any budget. So you might find out that professional movers aren’t as expensive as you once thought. You’ll save on the time it takes for you to pack all of your belongings, and that’s worth a lot! But naturally, if you don’t have the funds to afford movers, then you have to be prepared to do it yourself, and hopefully with a little help from your friends!

Should You Move on Your Own?

Should you decide to do it yourself, you will have several challenges, but it’s not all horrible. Moving on your own can work if you have a lot of flexibility and free time. If you plan well, you can potentially save money, especially if you already have a large vehicle, or don’t have very much to move.

Keep in mind that while you’ll have complete control, you (or your strong friends) will be doing the heavy lifting of furnishings, you’ll have to devote considerable time to planning every move from logistics to navigating the route to your new home to dealing with unexpected surprises like loading and unloading the truck the right way, furniture getting stuck, or even personal injuries.

Or Should You Let the Professional Movers Make Things Easy?

A professional moving company can help ease the stress and strain that accompanies moving, freeing you to focus on other details. Experienced and legitimate professional movers are also reliable, because they’re under contract to perform all duties required to make your move smooth and complete. They won’t flake out at the last minute.

What Else Should You Consider When Moving?

If you need any other services besides moving, such as insuring your goods, purchasing or renting moving supplies, and utilizing storage services – bundling all of them together with a moving company might be your most cost effective method of moving.

You should also consider your physical well-being, as moving heavy boxes and furniture is a very strenuous activity, and can be dangerous if not done properly. If you do decide to move on your own, be sure to review safety tips on how to move heavy items safely.

You should base your decision to move yourself or hire professionals based on your specific needs, budget and circumstances. If you’ve got a great distance to move, have a larger home, or have children and other responsibilities to keep track of, going the DIY route might not be a good idea. But if you’d rather have more freedom and time to focus on taking care of family needs, getting addresses and utilities and changed and set up, and other things that insure a smooth move, take advantage of the peace of mind a professional moving company can offer.

If you decide hiring the professionals is the best call, you can always call your friends at Elite!

Spring Cleaning Storage Tips

Spring cleaning is something you might have a love-hate relationship with. But whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, spring signals the time for fresh starts, de-cluttering, and opening up your home to enjoy the warm months ahead. It’s also the time to take an inventory of all the stuff that’s piled up throughout your home over the past winter (or maybe longer), and decide to do something about it!

The Benefits of Short Term Storage

If you’ve got items that you only use or need for part of the year, short-term storage offers a convenient and cost-effective way to store your valuables in a safe, secure, climate-controlled environment. Items like seasonal furniture and clothing, recreational equipment, books, family heirlooms, and more could easily be stored for months at a time until you need them again. The benefit to you is that you eliminate the worry of damage to your possessions, and sacrificing space during the time the items are not in use.

Storage Takes Some Stress Out of Moving

Or, say you’re in between moves and have to live in an extended stay hotel without your familiar furnishings and appliances for a longer period of time. Consider using storage as an option that will let you store your possessions for as long as you need. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that everything is safe and secure in one place while you wait out your moving time. Don’t forget – Elite offers a free month of storage to long-distance clients, and discounts for local movers as well!

Long Term Storage Can Keep Your Home Clean

Spring is not only a good time to get things organized around the house, but also to start home improvement projects. If you’re planning major renovations inside your home that could involve moving furniture around, putting unnecessary belongings in storage for the duration of your project can help you to accomplish your project sooner because there’s nothing standing in the way. And your valuable furnishings, such as a piano, antiques, and hard-to-move cabinets can be safely stored away, leaving you with open space to work. It might even help you finish your project in less time than if you had to worry about moving everything back and forth!

Storage is also a good way to help you plan for a future yard sale. By storing accumulated items for sale in one place, you can keep everything in one place without cluttering up your living space or garage. And if you have other family members or neighbors taking part in the yard sale, you can have a central place to keep everybody’s items together until you’re ready.

As a full-service Chicagoland moving and storage company, you can rest assured that Elite Moving & Storage has the right storage solution to meet your needs. Request a Free Quote Today!

How to Dishpack Chicago

How to Pack Your Dishes in a DishPack

Effective packing is essential to every successful move. It’s always important to select the right box for whatever it is you’re packing. We use the Dish-Pack box, which utilizes double walls for extra durability while moving. Here’s how Elite packs your dishes, with the care and expertise to get them where they need to be safely.

Preparing the Box for Packing Dishes

First, we open the sides to form the top, and then tape the bottom–one strip in the middle, two on the sides, and one that goes around the bottom for extra strength. Then we crumple packing paper, lining the bottom with two layers to form a cushion. You can purchase a proper dishpack box from our box shop!

Packing Your Dishes for Moving

When packing dishes, always pack a Dish-Pack box with the heaviest items on the bottom. We take a plate, wrap it in packing paper, and place it in the box vertically. We follow this for all the plates and align them vertically each time. After the largest plates are packed, we use more packing paper and place crumpled pieces between each plate to keep the plate stable and in place. Then we create another double-layer cushion.

We wrap the mugs the same way, and place them horizontally with cushioning between them. Then we make the final double-layer cushion. It’s important that the box is packed tightly so there isn’t room for items to break. The more packing tape we utilize, the more protected your dishes are.

And that’s how Elite carefully and securely wraps your dishes! Watch our video to get a better idea of how to pack your dishes safely.

With your essential household items prepared and packed for their journey, you can rest easy that they’ll get there safe and sound. As always, if you need help moving anywhere in the USA, call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage.

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How to Pack a Piano When You are Moving

Packing and moving a piano requires a lot of delicate handling, as well as tight, thorough packing to protect the intricate parts of the instrument. It needs to be professionally dismantled and then wrapped, padded and sealed completely to ensure safe transport to your new home. Our experienced packing and moving teams take extra measures to make sure your piano is treated with the utmost care.

First Step to Moving a Piano

One of the first things we do is remove the piano lid to wrap and pack it separately. The lid is placed on a thick, padded blanket and set aside while we concentrate on wrapping and sealing the piano casing.

Wrapping the Piano Casing

With the piano lid safely set to the side, we surround and cover the piano casing, soundboard, strings, and keyboard completely with thickly padded blankets that are then sealed around and around with strong, secure packing tape. Next, we cut and fit cardboard crating over and around the top of the piano, and make sure it’s tightly secured in place by wrapping it over and under the soundboard with packing tape. The cardboard crating acts as a shield to protect the delicate soundboard.

Securing the Underside of the Piano

To help completely pack your piano, we gently tilt the piano on the casing’s flat side and set in on a flat board for later moving. In this position, we can remove the legs and continue wrapping the soundboard and keyboard assembly so that it’s completely enclosed by the packing blankets and cardboard crating. After custom cutting and fitting crating around the bottom side of the soundboard and sealing it with packing tape, while the piano is still resting on its side, we shrink-wrap it from top to bottom so that it’s totally wrapped and sealed from all sides. Moving straps are then fastened in place on the flat board and around the piano body to enable our movers to easily transport it.

Wrapping the Legs and Lid of the Piano

With each leg detached from the piano, we can then wrap and secure the legs with padded blankets and packing tape to protect them. The piano lid is completely wrapped in a padded packing blanket and sealed on all sides with packing tape.

Your Piano is Ready to Move!

All tightly wrapped and secured, your prized piano is ready to make its move to your new home on a high note! As always, if you need help moving anywhere in the USA, call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage.

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Moving Dresser in Chicago

How to Wrap a Dresser for Moving

At Elite Moving & Storage, we take pride in how we pack and move your belongings from your old home to your new home. Dressers and other heavy furniture require protective wrapping to cover and protect them from accidents while moving. In our video, we will show you our tips from years of experience moving heavy furniture.

Protective Blankets Keep Your Dresser Safe

Our experienced packers use thick, protective moving blankets that provide extra cushioning and padding for your dresser. Dressers should be emptied before they are transported. We drape and wrap the blankets over and around the empty dresser, leaving no surface area exposed. This helps protect from scuffs, scratches and dings. To get an idea how it’s all done, watch our quick video.

Apply Packing Tape and Shrink Wrap

Next, packing tape is wound around the dresser to bind the blankets in place. Tilt the dresser on its side so that you can wrap tape around the sides of the dresser as well. Make sure to use plenty of tape – our moving pros use enough that we can lift the dresser by gripping the tape as you can see in the video.

Shrink wrap can then be wound around the dresser to keep the blankets in place and create a well-padded and easy-to-transport item that’s protected from any bumps, bruises, or bounces while in transit. It also provides a barrier to keep moisture and dirt off of your valuable furniture.

You’re All Set to Move!

Tightly wrapped and secured, your dresser is now ready to make its move to your new home. Heavy furniture can be hazardous to move; make sure you have a partner to help lift when moving your dresser, or have the pros at Elite take care of the move for you. Request a free quote for your move today!

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Crate a Glass Tabletop

How to Safely Pack a Glass Tabletop for Moving

Glass tabletops are fragile objects and require the utmost protection and careful packing to ensure that they arrive at their destination in one piece. Our experienced packers have a special process to wrap and pack large glass tabletops so that they’re secure and protected for moving.

Use Protective Blankets

Lay out the packing materials you will need to use before you begin. If you don’t have moving supplies, you can buy them from our shop. The next order of business is to lay down a flat packing crate, then spread a thick, padded moving blanket on top. Now place the glass on top of the blanket. Next, fold the edges of the blanket over the table top, covering every inch of glass. Watch our video to get an idea how to accomplish this.

Cut-to-fit Crates

After the glass top is wrapped in the moving blanket, carefully score the flat cardboard around the edges of the glass to make folding easier. Fold the sides over, partially covering the blanketed glass. Now fold the top down and the bottom up, covering the entire blanket. The goal here is to precisely fit the cardboard around the glass top and blankets, enveloping it on all sides with a sturdy cardboard covering.

Secure with Packing Tape

Use packing tape to secure the cardboard snugly around the glass tabletop and blanket. Make sure to wrap the tape both vertically and horizontally so that the entire padded glass top is held tightly in place. Congratulations! You just made what we call a cardboard crate.

Your Tabletop is Ready to Move!

Tightly wrapped and secured, your glass tabletop is ready to make its move to your new home. If you’d like help with any move, call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage.

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