How to pack and move fragile furniture

Moving to a new place can be exciting. You get to live in a new neighborhood, or even a new city, or maybe you are moving out on your own for the first time. Without a doubt, the most crucial task when packing for a move is to protect your belongings so that they arrive in the new home in the exact same condition in which they have left the old one.

In general, furniture pieces turn out to be tricky to protect for a move due to their size and weight. To make things even more complicated than they need to be during your house move, some of the furniture items you own will be rather fragile and delicate.

Hiring top-rated professional furniture movers like Elite Moving & Storage still remains your best option when it comes to packing your furniture safely and efficiently.

Pressed wood furniture – At Elite Moving, we understand that pressed wood furniture is inexpensive, convenient, looks great, and the packaging it comes in is easy to transport. It only takes an evening with a hex wrench to screw in weird little locking bolts but when you’re done, it feels really good. Pressed wood furniture is generally made from wood scraps, chips, shavings, or sawdust, and bound with heat or resin or another type of adhesive. On their own, layers of wood aren’t strong, but when pressed together they become stronger. The problem arises when it’s time to move.  Ready-to-assemble furniture isn’t built to disassemble or move. It’s built to be easy to assemble and to stay in one place. When moved it can be extremely easy to rip the screws out of the particle board. Another common problem is heavy boxes are put on furniture not designed to support the weight. If you decide to move your particle board furniture, consider reinforcing the connecting pieces with wooden dowels. Certain pieces of furniture with many flat individual pieces, like bookcases, may be disassembled with minimal difficulty. This will make the furniture take up less space as you move, and most important it will reduce the chance of the furniture being damaged by the pressures of a bumpy road. Just remember to pack the pieces with blankets to avoid scratches, and be sure to keep your assembly instructions handy, or know how to access them online. Label each piece and keep hardware together so you can find them after you move.

Solid wood furniture – Protecting solid wood furniture during a move is simple, yet takes time. Whether you have a new bedroom dresser in cherry, or a nineteenth-century oak chifforobe, there are steps you can take to ensure its protection during moving.

  • Use furniture pads, blankets, foam, or linens as padding. Do not use bubble wrap directly against wood. Instead, use a breathable natural fiber.
  • Remove all casters, knobs, and finials, place them inside of an envelope, and label the envelope with the name of the piece. Do not tape the envelope onto the furniture, as tape leaves residue and may strip the finish when you remove it.
  • Secure drawers with twine. Use a padding of folded towels underneath the twine when you tie it.
  • Remove shelves, wrap them in padding, and label them with the name of the piece.
  • Pad corners and handles before you move the piece.
  • Never drag or slide a piece of furniture. Always lift it. Furniture legs can be broken or loosened if you drag the piece.

During a move, resist the urge to place packed boxes on top of wood furniture. Simply because your wood dining room table affords a flat work space doesn’t mean you should use it as such. When moving valuable wood furniture, expert movers recommend three layers of protection; protective padding protects the surface against scratches, vibration protection shields wood from small impacts and bumps, and a protective shell provides a hard casing in the event that rough handling might damage the piece. Consider using professional movers. One benefit of this is that they have the right tools to disassemble and prepare large and fragile furnishings for moving, and they know how to wrap them safely for transport. They can get the job done efficiently so you don’t waste time.

Packing furniture can be overwhelming. At Elite Moving & Storage we offer packing services as well as supplies. Call us for your next move. Together we can get you packed and moved- around the corner or coast to coast.

 

 

 

How to Protect Your Electronics During Your Winter Move

Not all of your belongings are a match for winter’s mix of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Your electronics need special treatment during the cold days. If you are planning to move during the winter, remember that taking extra time to pack your electronics will help prevent any damage due to the weather.

Electronic devices are sensitive and operate best within specific temperature ranges. Extreme temperature changes can cause condensation build up on the high tech circuitry of your consumer electronic items such as computers, laptops, DVD players, TVs, stereos, etc.

To ensure that your possession arrive at your new home intact, whatever the weather, take precautions and remain aware of the items’ temperature during transportation.

 

    • Try to make your loading time as short as possible so your belongings move from your warm home into the protection of a truck quickly. You can expedite this process with the help of professional and reliable movers.
    • Read the owner’s manual for specifications on proper operating temperatures, the amount of time to wait to turn it on after plugging in, as well as ideal storage temperatures. This is helpful in case you plan on storing your belongings in an offsite or self-storage unit as well. It may be a good idea to opt for a climate-controlled unit to reduce the possibility of moisture buildup due to humidity or rapidly changing temperatures. Some phones and tablets operate best at temperatures above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, while other devices operate at temperatures as low as minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Unplug all your electronics as early as the day before or at least several hours, so that its internal components can cool down before it is carried and transported outside.
    • Back up all data before packing your electronics devices for a winter move. Separate electronic devices from the rest of your packed goods while you load boxes and move furnishings.
    • Consider removing the batteries from specific electronic devices if you think there’s a chance of battery leakage.
    • Don’t be quick to plug in an electronic device right after you find yourself in your new home but give it enough time to acclimate to the different temperature and humidity values.
    • If you have kept the original packages that your various electronic devices came in, then you have very little to worry about. Original packing boxes are designed to best protect your electronics. They have survived through long journeys from factories, trucks and into the stores. If you haven’t kept the original packages, then you will need to find other packing boxes that are just big enough to accommodate your separate pieces of electronic equipment. Your professional moving company should have special electronics boxes which provide improved protection (thicker cardboard and double walls) and come in different shapes and sizes. Packing paper is a must when you’re packing electronics for a move, for it will keep dust from entering the packed gadgets and will serve as a cushion against external impacts at the same time. Always use packing paper to create a protective cushioning layer on the bottom of each electronics box. This layer will actually absorb the vibrations and shocks along the way and will keep the electronic component safe during the move.

     

    To learn more about moving your household in winter months, contact Elite Moving & Storage today. Call us at 1-847-675-8701, or use our convenient online quote request form for more information and to get your free moving quote.

Moving While Closing on Both Houses on the Same Day

Life happens fast. And sometimes, you may find yourself in the position of having to sell your home and buy a new one, without any sort of break in between. In a perfect world, this transition would take place in one day. You’d simply sell your old one, then go on to the closing of the new one. However, in the real world, it’s not that simple, and you’ll need to expect some time between selling your house and buying your new one or vice versa. Here at Elite Moving & Storage, we know that when it comes to buying, selling and moving, the unexpected happens — it doesn’t matter if you’re hiring a mover, handling it yourself, working with one or multiple agents. If you’re scheduling both a move and a closing, here are few tips for you to plan a more frustration-free move.

 

Make your move

The best way to coordinate your move and your closing is to align your move with the moves of the people involved in your transaction and closing. Getting everybody on the same page can be complicated, especially when dealing with real estate agents, lawyers and banks; but the initial effort will save you time, and potentially money, too. It’s much easier to schedule a move if you know what your closing date will be. If you must be out of your current residence on or before closing day, it’s essential you schedule your move for a specific date.  Keep in mind rush moves or last-minute scheduling or rescheduling can cost you more in moving costs. Making sure everybody can move in and out on the same day is ideal and it means that your belongings will spend less time trapped away in boxes. When dealing with the process of moving, anything you can do to save time and money is worthwhile.

 

Have a plan

Make a packing plan that includes a packing schedule, list of necessary materials and an itemized list that designates specific responsibilities to each person in your house.  Stick to the plan, especially the schedule. Touch base with members of your household on a regular basis to find out how they’re handling their packing responsibilities. When you’re making your packing plan, start packing up items tucked away in storage, in the attic and in the shed. The last things in your house to be packed up should be those things that are in plain sight when visitors walk in. An empty house or a house full of boxes can seem impersonal and unattractive to buyers. Also keeping your home clean can be tiring, but it’s critical during the stages when your home is being seen by visitors. Don’t wait until your home is a mess to do the cleaning. Clean a little bit each night to ensure that your home stays beautiful for buyers and will make for a smoother move on moving day. Keep a rotating schedule and clean a different room of the house each night. Elite Moving & Storage can even help with the staging of your home to make it look more inviting to visitors.

 

Communicate

Just in case something delays your ability to close at a certain time, make sure you keep open the lines of communication with the buyers of your home, the sellers of your new home, your movers and the lawyers involved in the process. Giving everyone a heads up means that the problem can be resolved faster and more successfully than if it was left unmentioned. Instead of re-scheduling the move, Elite Moving & Storage offers overnight truck storage. We can load your items into our truck and store them for you securely overnight in the truck without any unloading fee to storage, and deliver them to you the next morning. We can also store your belongings in our storage unit, giving you time to pick a new date to bring everything to your new home after the closing finally happens. Our secure, climate-controlled storage facility is available for you whether you are moving across the USA or around the block. Whether you need to store the contents of a studio, a five-bedroom house, or an office, rest assured that we have the storage solution for you.

 

Moving while trying to sell your house and buy a new one can be challenging, but it is possible. If you have any other questions about storing or moving your belongings, contact us. We are always happy to help and to provide you with more specific guidelines before your moving day. Contact us today for all your moving service needs!

 

 

 

How to Reduce Stress During a Move

Moving can be really stressful, from finding the right movers to packing up all of your belongings to saying goodbye to your family and friends. Since there is a lot going, and in some cases during a very short period of time, we understand that you may not be able to control the life changes coming your way. However, the good news is that managing the stress is possible and here are some ways to having a stress-free move.

Give yourself TIME

The less time you have to prepare for the big day, the more stress you’ll experience because you just cannot process the thought of what should happen if you don’t finish your preparations on time. One excellent way to reduce the stress during a move is to give yourself as much time as you can. If possible, initiate the preparations at least 8 weeks before the day of the move. The more time you’ve given yourself to work on your moving tasks, the less pressure you should feel as the day of the move gets closer, even when something unexpected comes up and slows down your progress.

Make a to-do list

One of the secrets to reduce the stress of moving is to efficiently use all of the time you have until the day of your move. Follow a moving checklist that will list all the tasks you need to do in order to get 100% ready to move out. When you start getting overwhelmed by how many things still need doing, one of the best ways to get that stress off your shoulders is to write it all down. List all the tasks you need to do, small and large and prioritize them. Every time you check a task as complete, you’ll know that you are making progress, and that will keep you calm and stress-free because you know you’re getting things done.

Declutter your home

Believe it or not, clutter tends to create stress and the less you have to move, the easier it is. One of the best ways to avoid stress when moving is to take this unique opportunity to get rid of all the clutter in your home. Once you do that, you’ll be left only with the things you really want and really need. As a result, the new apartment or house will be tidier and much more spacious having sorted out your belongings before moving in. Give yourself a bit of leeway to keep things you truly love, but be strict with yourself, too. Group all the things you won’t be taking with you into 3 major categories: Sell, Donate, Throw Away.

Keep a regular exercise routine

Thirty minutes a day can greatly reduce stress and anxiety, not to mention help you maintain the energy and strength you’ll need for the big move. Since moving is so busy, try to get your exercise out of the way early in the morning, which is sure to help you to feel revitalized, centered and accomplished. Running, in particular, is a great way to zone out your world as you get your heart and body moving.

Get regular sleep

Stress is one of the main reasons behind sleep loss, which is understandable considering the various pressures associated with moving. Proper sleep is super important during the moving process and the better rested you are, the better you will be able to handle the work load. The optimal sleep time recommended is 7-9 hours, so make a genuine effort to keep yours within that range. Also, it may be a good idea to take 30 minute break each day during your moving process, to exercise or get a little extra sleep. A 30 minutes break can happen anytime, day or night, and you can spend it doing just about anything that helps you relax.

Eat healthy and drink water

Eating well will help you keep up your energy, keep your body in shape, and keep your immune system strong. Plan your meals ahead and make sure you stock up on healthy foods – fruit and vegetables, whole grain bread, lean meats, milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, granola bars, etc.
Just as important as healthy eating while moving is making sure you’re drinking enough water. For most people, water is the best thing to drink to stay hydrated. Sources of water also include foods, such as fruits and vegetables which contain a high percentage of water.

We know that moving is stressful, but if you are well prepared, organized and hire a professional and experienced moving company, your move will be a success. Hiring a professional moving company will make your moving process smooth and easy. Elite Moving & Storage can help make your move easy and give you peace of mind! We know you’ll need that when you’re moving in Chicago, or out of Chicago. From full-service moving capabilities to storage options, Elite Moving & Storage can assist you with every aspect of your move. For more information on how we can assist you, contact us today!

Your Local Move – Step by Step

Moving day is finally here! It should be an exciting day and filled with emotions since you are finishing a chapter and starting a new one in your life. To have a successful move, you need to be well prepared, organized and also ready to handle anything that comes your way. We are here to help ease the stress, to remind you of things you need to do, and to provide information so you’ll know exactly what to expect when moving day arrives.

 

BE PREPARED

The more prepared and organized you are, the faster the movers will complete your move and less costly it will be for you. If you are packing your own boxes, make sure that all the boxes are packed and ready to go before the movers arrive. 

Have extra boxes, packing supplies and tape in case additional packing is needed. 

Have all the important documents, valuables, passports, jewelry, cash, insurance papers, or birth certificates with you. 

Mark all boxes clearly to indicate what room they belong to. 

Have an essential box ready and marked with everything you will need for your first 24 hours in your new home. This box will be the first box you open at your new place. 

Any items that should not be moved, must be separated and clearly marked for the movers to identify.

 

STEP BY STEP – WHAT TO EXPECT ON MOVING DAY

Movers will arrive and after greeting the foreman, they will ask to do a walk through your home with you. You will need to inform them anything that they need to know about the move. Example: If some items don’t need to be moved, or if you need them to stop on the way to pick up or drop off furniture, if you need help packing something specific, etc.

After the walk through, the foreman will prepare a new estimate (even if it is the same as you already signed when you hired the service) and will have you sign it with the Bill of Lading, Packing page and a few other pages.

While you are handling the paperwork with the foreman, the rest of the crew will start wrapping all the furniture with moving pads to protect the items and also your house. They will take the beds apart and any other items that cannot be moved without disassembly. All items will be loaded in the truck including the boxes. At Elite Moving & Storage, will make sure to stock the items bottom to top to assure that not much shifting and movement will happen during the drive.  

After all your stuff is loaded, you and the foreman should do another walk through the house to make sure that nothing was left behind. Make sure to open every cabinet and check every room before leaving, as it will be costly to come back.

Now the movers will be driving straight to your new home. Feel free to follow them or have them follow you, just keep in mind that the truck drives slower.

Upon arrival to your new home, the foreman will ask to tour the property to know exactly where each room is and they will start unloading. The movers will unload all the furniture and will place them in each room accordingly. They will remove all the moving pads and assemble the items that were taken apart. If the boxes are labeled with the room name or description, they will be placed in the right room. On the contrary, all the boxes will be placed in one spot designated for boxes. 

Once all your items are in each room: Congratulations! Your move is complete.

We know that moving is stressful, but if you are well prepared, organized and hire a professional moving company, your move will be a success. Hiring a professional moving company will make your moving process smooth and easy.

 

 

Elite Moving & Storage is in business since 2006, helping over 2,500 families each year with their moving needs. From full-service moving capabilities to storage options, Elite Moving & Storage can assist you with every aspect of your move. For more information on how we can assist you, contact us today!

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Easy Tips for Packing Fragile Items

When you move, you might not bring every last thing with you, but your most important items tend to make the trip. In many cases, that means high-value, fragile items are part of the equation. You are at the first, and most important, step in making sure your delicate items stay protected throughout your move. Taking the time to properly package and label your fragile items can ensure your breakables arrive in one piece. Here are our easy tips to pack up your fragile items and keep them safe:

  1. Prepare in advance.

    It is easy to forget to wrap something when you’re in a hurry. Packing up valuable crystal, porcelain and other breakables requires time, so plan ahead and set aside a reasonable amount of time to focus on packing your breakables before your moving date. By setting aside the appropriate time can help ensure they will arrive safely – just as you packed them.

  2. Have the right tools.

    Here’s what you need: quality boxes in various sizes (none too large); packing paper (allot), bubble wrap, cardboard, scissors, and packing tape. A large table to lay out your items and pack on can save you from stooping while you are packing for your move. When it comes to using bubble wrap, remember if you’re moving heavier, oddly shaped, or pointed items it is likely that the bubble wrap will pop during the move, leaving the item unprotected. Especially in the case of a long-distance move, opt for cardboard and packing paper to provide cushioning.

Packing the Most Common Fragile Items While Moving:

How to Pack Plates While Moving

Plates should be packed vertically in small or medium boxes. Professional movers use dish pack or china boxes lined with allot of crumpled packing paper on the bottom, top and in between of each plate. By placing your plates vertically inside the box instead of stacking them, you reduce the risk of breakage during transport. Wrap each plate in bubble wrap and secure with tape. Place crumpled paper in between the standing plates. Make sure to have allot of crumpled paper as the floor of the box and cover on top. For finer china we recommend going an extra step and placing a piece of cardboard or foam between each plate. Do not over pack the box to be too heavy to lift or for the box to brake. Do make sure to use packing material to fill out the box that there is no movement inside the box when you give the box a jiggle.

How to Pack Glasses While Moving

Wrap glasses individually with clean packing paper, tucking the paper inside the glass. Place crumpled paper inside larger pieces to diminish empty space. Since glassware tends to be smaller, but heavier when stacked, your best bet is to use a double-walled box for packing. Pack the heaviest glasses at the bottom and the lighter glasses nearer the top, using a piece of cardboard in between each layer and fill spaces around glasses with crumpled paper as well.

How to Pack Lamps While Moving

Lamp shades should be boxed (flat side down) separately with lots of paper. Lamp bases can be bubble wrapped and placed in a larger box with crumpled paper where appropriate.

How to Pack Pictures/Frames While Moving

Picture frames should be placed standing up in small or medium paper-lined boxes, with crumpled paper in between each piece. Wrap frames in packing paper. Top frames with more packing paper to ensure items don’t move around in the box. Pictures that are over 3 feet should be foam wrapped and packed into adjustable sized picture boxes.

Packing Specialty Items for Moving

It’s important to consider the shape and size of the piece, as well as any handles or protruding pieces that could break easily. Wrap the piece completely in bubble wrap, securing with tape. Place it on one piece of pliable cut cardboard. Place an identical piece of cardboard on top of the item. Then bend the cardboard ends to meet and secure with tape. Don’t be shy with the tape. Make sure all edges and angles are protected. Remember, when packing fragile items, do not over pack but do not leave empty space in the box for your items to move around. Fill in gaps with crumpled packing paper and/or bubble wrap. You want your items to be snug and secure throughout transport, so don’t be shy with the bubble wrap or tape. Use all you need to feel confident. Better safe than sorry.

Follow these packing steps and you can be confident that your items will show up to their new home in one piece.

Rule of thumb:

No matter what you are packing, always make sure to have allots of protective materials, clearly mark fragile items ‘Fragile’ and label the top of the box (This Side Up) where possible. We also recommend noting the room that the box should go into at your new home so that your movers can place things where you like them.

What not to do:

Many people use old towels, small blankets, newsprint, or even paper towels to wrap their fragile items. These are less than ideal choices. Newsprint can be dirty and means you have more washing to do when you get to your new home. Paper towels aren’t strong or reliable. Blankets and towels slip easily, so your fragile items could become unprotected and break during the move. Instead, invest in the proper packing materials – you won’t be sorry.

Elite Moving & Storage can help!

We get it. Packing can be overwhelming. Did you know that we offer packing services as well as supplies? Elite Moving has everything from tape to packing paper and every moving box you could need. Call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage for your next move. Together we can get you packed and moved- around the corner or coast to coast.

Happy Moving!

 

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Moving With Kids

Moving can be a stressful time for the whole family, but it can be especially tough for kids. On moving day, there will be movers coming in and out of your home, packing and moving heavy items. It can be confusing, and if your little ones get mixed up in all the commotion, they could be injured.

Let’s keep your children happy, comfortable, safe and entertained throughout the whole process with these easy tips:

 

  1. Encourage your kids to pack themselves so that they are involved in the moving process.

    They can have their own boxes and suitcases that they are responsible for. Give them color codes, paint, markers or fun stickers to stick on the boxes that belong in their room. It will keep them busy and make it easier for them to identify which boxes hold their possessions when they arrive in your new home. This can help ease any apprehension about their most treasured toys being lost during the move.

  2. Give each child a backpack to fill with overnight items so that you don’t have to search boxes when the moving truck arrives to your new home.

    Include a toothbrush, pajamas, favorite stuffed animal, favorite blanket, favorite bedtime story, pillow, handheld electronic games and a change of clothes. They should keep their favorite toys with them to offer comfort as well as ensure safe passage to your new home.

  3. Keep them occupied.

    If your children are old enough, have books, board games, coloring books or other low-maintenance toys to keep them occupied as you may be tied up helping with the moving process. Keep a cooler with snacks and drinks in the room as well.

  4. Wait to throw away items.

    If you’re planning on getting rid of items your children no longer use, try to do the weeding out well in advance of the move or wait until after you are settled in the new home. This will prevent the children from associating moving day with an unsettling loss.

  5. Plan their new bedroom.

    Tell your children that they will have the opportunity to help decorate their new room by allowing them to pick out room colors or other fun items such as a bean bag chair, inexpensive tent, or a wall decal of their favorite cartoon character. You can give them a floor plan before you move in, so that they can decide where they want their belongings to go.

  6. Let children unpack their belongings first.

    Moving somewhere new is quite the adjustment for your kids, so make them feel important. Before you dive right into unpacking the kitchen, living room or dining room, allow each child to select one of their own boxes and take a few items out.

  7. Hire professional movers for your local or long-distance move.

    From full-service moving capabilities to storage options, Elite Moving & Storage can assist you with every aspect of your move, even unpacking your boxes and putting every last item where it belongs! If you don’t have to bother with the logistics of your move, you will have more time to focus on tending to your children.

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How to Select the Right Moving Company

If you’re using professional movers for your move, you want to make sure you’re using the best movers available to you. But how do you sort through the chaff to find a dependable, affordable moving company with great service?

The fact is, there are many dishonest moving companies around. They might offer you a great price at first, then tack on extra charges after the pickup is done. How can you avoid being fooled by bad moving companies? Look for warning signs and do your research!

Is The Price Too Good To Be True?

Moving is not cheap, and we all want to get the best deal possible, but consider value rather than just price. It’s beneficial for you as a customer to use a company with well-equipped trucks, trained staff and storage. A good company has the experience and the space to accommodate a variety of requests, needs, and last-minute changes. You’re paying for peace of mind, and if the price is too low, it could be a red flag. You wouldn’t choose a surgeon based solely on price, right?

Some companies will offer you estimates for a minimum job so that the price sounds appealing, knowing that your local move is likely to take much longer and cost more. An honest mover will offer you a more realistic estimate based on the hours your local move is likely to take.

Check For A Physical Location

All legitimate moving companies will have an address listed that includes an actual storage site, not just a P.O. Box or an apartment. A solid moving company must have a place for employees and for equipment. If a moving company doesn’t have a physical space that you can drive by (or at least visit on Google Maps) and check out, don’t do business with it. A moving company without land could easily disappear with your belongings.

Check For A License

As with the physical location, all legitimate moving companies will have a license, so that they can be monitored and regulated by governmental agencies. Check on the Department of Transportation’s website, and you may see a license that has been revoked or expired. Have the company’s MC or DOT number in hand so you know what you’re looking for, and check safer.fmcsa.dot.gov for safety information and more. Here are our numbers.

Check About Insurance

All licensed moving companies must provide liability coverage for your items during the move. Additional coverage can be purchased through your insurance agent. You can also visit movinginsurance.com to find a policy that works for you.

Do Your Research and Use Common Sense to Find the Best Movers in Chicagoland!

So how can you find the best Chicago movers? Get references from friends and family. Check online reviews. Google or drive by the address to make sure they are established. Get estimates from more than one company. Make sure the moving trucks are branded. Check the company’s Better Business Bureau rating. Don’t use a broker.

Naturally we’d like you to choose Elite Moving & Storage for your project, but as long as you follow these tips, you can confidently hire legitimate movers.

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Common Moving Mistakes

Moving isn’t always the most pleasant activity. It requires planning, money, effort, and the ability to juggle plenty of moving parts. You have to think about what to do at your old house, your new home, and everywhere in between, from moving big-ticket items to filling out change of address cards.

We started Elite Moving & Storage to reduce some of those headaches. If you can hire dependable local movers with a reputation for affordable and professional service, it reduces stress and makes your life easier. But we’ve also seen many mistakes in our professional moving experiences, and we have some tips for you on how to keep your move from being a total disaster.

Mistake #1 – Not Giving Yourself Enough Time

Repeat after us. Do not procrastinate. Get started early, because you are going to need all the time you can give yourself. Make a checklist, and hire movers as early as you can – especially if this is a busy time of year for moves. Make sure you have the time to take inventory, to get rid of all your furniture that you don’t want, to house-hunt, to go through the entire process. If you’re rushing at the end, you may think labeling isn’t so important, and then you won’t be able to find anything when you get to the new place. Create a timeline and stick with it.

Mistake #2 – Not Doing the Research

When you move, there are a number of areas you’ll need to research – including insurance, moving companies, real estate, where to board your pets. It might be tempting, with all the work you have to do, to skimp in one area or another. Don’t! Know how to spot a shady mover and get an accurate estimate. Find out when the best times are for moving – for your budget, and for your schedule. Don’t go with the first offer you get on anything until you’ve done some legwork on whether you’re getting a good deal. Check references.

Mistake #3 – Not Decluttering Mercilessly

What do you need? What can you toss? Sure, you’ve collected a bunch of interesting tchotchkes and knick-knacks over the years. But do you need these items? Keep things you have used in the last year, and stow sentimental items – or, even better, toss them after you’ve taken pictures of them. But donate or sell anything you don’t want to move. Not only will this make your move cheaper in terms of fuel and labor costs, it feels liberating. Let’s face it, once you complete your move, you’re going to throw away many of those items before they find a new space in your home anyway, and then you’ll kick yourself for having waited so long.

Mistake #4 – Not Creating An Appropriate Budget

Moving is expensive, and sticker shock is normal. But the financial hit can be mitigated if you do your research, estimate your costs realistically, and plan ahead of time. Thinking to cut corners? Sometimes, a DIY approach may make sense for your move, but don’t skimp on the important stuff. You may need some of the advantages a good moving company can offer – peace of mind, insurance, packing services, fewer fuel and gas headaches, and less muscle strain. And remember that if you don’t do the work beforehand, you may end up paying more – in moving costs, mortgage rates, or post-move needs. Make a comprehensive budget and update it as you go. Hint: don’t skimp on packing materials.

Mistake #5 – Not Planning for the Day of the Move

One of the pitfalls of moving is not having what you need when you need it. So, pack a bag of daily essentials for every member of your family that stores all the items that you will need on and around moving day, and as soon as you get to your new place. This prevents you from hasty unpacking of all your boxes trying to find your child’s lovey immediately after arrival at your new house. Medications, chargers, electronics, clothing, valuables, and toiletries should be included here.

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How To Alleviate Stress During A Move

No matter how you do it, moving is a stressful process. There’s so much involved, and so many steps, and it seems overwhelming. We get it – this is, after all, what we at Elite Moving & Storage do for a living. We got into this business because we know it’s hard and we want to help with every step of the moving process – and because there’s a new start at the end, and the potential for hope and happiness. So, here are some quick tips to help keep you centered during this crazy moving process that overtakes your life.

1. Make A Plan for Your Move

Simple, but true. The more things you can plan for, the less you have to think about on a last-minute basis. If you love list-making, now’s the time to do it. If you aren’t the organized type, take a shot at it. Anything you can do ahead of time helps. Of course, plans fall through, so also make sure you can roll with those punches and be flexible.

2. Create Deadlines and Start Early

Schedule things out for the day of, the week before, the month before, and so on. Take opportunities to build yourself in some extra time if at all possible. Add big blocks of time into your day to focus on moving tasks, but do it in your bits of spare time as well. Remember, moving isn’t part of our daily routines, and doing all this new work is very tiring. If you start early and know when things will happen, it can definitely help!

3. Get Others Involved With Your Move

You may need to talk to lawyers and accountants, deal with moving companies and schools, find mortgage brokers and realtors and others. Surround yourself with dependable people, including friends that can come over and bring you wine or take those extra clothes off your hands. If you need a night off, get your pals together and blow off some steam. Asking for help when you need it is a great life skill – and this is one of the times you’ll need it.

4. Get Yourself Mentally Prepared

Sometimes, all it takes to reduce stress is to give yourself a bit of an attitude adjustment. Don’t get bogged down in details – remember the big picture. You’re going for new experiences, new people, new routines. It’s a totally new beginning in a world where change is the only constant. Don’t forget your old friends, though, and find ways of connecting to both the place you’re leaving behind and the place you’re going to. Allow yourself to feel sad, too, because that’s absolutely okay.

5. Take Time Out For Yourself

Whether it’s a bit of extra yoga or meditation, an additional Zumba class, or eating more healthy, this is a great time to pay attention to your body’s needs. Try to work in some meditation or relaxation time. Take your kids out for pizza and ice cream instead of cooking after a long day of moving tasks, walk through a nearby nature preserve – whatever works for you. Just do it. Remember, moving is an emotional upheaval as well as a physical one, so take care of those emotions too.

Elite Moving & Storage can help with the stressful parts of your move.

One sure way of alleviating stress during a move is to hire the best moving company in Chicago, Elite Moving & Storage. Feel free to check us out through the Better Business Bureau, the FMCSA, or just drive by our Skokie location. Elite Moving & Storage can help make your move easy and give you peace of mind! We know you’ll need that when you’re moving in Chicago, or out of Chicago.