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.




COVID-19 Updates

updated 5/27/2020

We are open and at your service. We are all in this together.

Moving is considered an essential business and must stay open. Over the past several weeks, we have been closely monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 and will do our best to provide you with a safe and smooth move through this time.

Most of our office team members are now working from home. Our moving expert are not able to do that but Elite Moving & Storage has educated them regarding COVID-19 and created a plan for a safe moving experience. Our moving crews are reminded daily of the safety procedures to protect you, your family and their families.

We are taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our clients and team. As a moving company providing service inside the homes of our clients, we are already operating under stringent health and safety measures. Our normal operational guidelines include the following:

  • Temperature checks for each team member before they start a shift.
  • Anyone who is not feeling well is reminded to stay home.
  • We keep the moving trucks clean and sanitized. Each truck is equipped with disinfectant alcohol spray.
  • We avoid giving customers handshakes.
  • We remind our crew members to wash their hands frequently, to cough into a napkin or their arm and to avoid touching their faces.
  • Our moving experts are wearing masks and gloves.

If you need an estimate for your move, we are happy to do those estimates virtually so you can stay safely in your home.

If there are additional safety protocols that you would like us to follow in your home or business, we are more than happy to comply. The health and safety of our clients and team members is always our top priority.

There will be brighter days ahead. In the meantime, if you are looking for a safe, clean and sanitary option for your moving needs, call us today. All our movers are highly trained and equipped according to the last news.

Keep your love ones safe.

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How to Protect Your Vacant House When You’re Moving

Often while you’re in the moving process, you’ll run into times when your house will not be occupied – either the new one, or the old one. When you’re away, scoping out your new city. Or when you’ve already moved, but the house hasn’t sold. When you’ve bought a new house, but haven’t fully taken up residency.

Even if you have no valuables inside, people can get in, make a mess or leave damage behind, and then leave. So, you’ll need to take some precautions to make sure nothing happens while you’re gone, whether you’ve already moved or not. Here are a few tips to help you do that, while ensuring peace of mind.

1. Lock everything and don’t leave spare keys in convenient places

This seems obvious, but definitely double check that deadbolts are in place, windows are locked, doors to the garage are secure, and keys are also secure. You don’t want to leave them lying in a fake rock or under a mat when you are gone for extended absences.

2. Get a security system, or keep the old one running

A security system will help you feel more secure about an empty house, no matter how long you leave it vacant. If you know your house will be untenanted for some time, we recommend leaving your security up and running even if you’ve moved out. Also, leave up your home security sign to deter burglars, even if you choose to disable your system.

In a new home, get your security system up immediately. Some burglars target newly moved-into homes on the theory that they haven’t set up security yet. As a bonus, you’ll get a discount on homeowner’s insurance if you have one working in your new place.

3. Have someone keep an eye on the place

Hopefully, you’ve made some friends in your old neighborhood. Maybe you can hire someone to do this for you, if not. Give your house sitter a key and an alarm code, and provide contact information. If possible, have your neighbor take care of some of your outdoor chores, such as pulling trash cans to and from the curb on trash days, so it looks like someone’s still living there. Have your neighbor park in your driveway sometimes.

When moving into a new house, you’ll want to set up services and get your belongings in as soon as possible, so the place looks like someone is living there. Don’t leave it unoccupied for long if you don’t have to.

4. Continue to arrange for maintenance on your home

Make sure your mail and newspaper delivery have been forwarded in plenty of time before your move,. That way, you don’t get packages and papers that can pile up on steps or driveways, showing people that you’re not around anymore.

Make sure your lawn continues to get mowed, or snow is shoveled in good time. Have someone take the trash out if that’s necessary. Make sure you have a handyman’s number handy just in case something happens.

5. Watch what information you’re putting out on the Internet about your move

Stay low key when it comes to putting out information about your activities in regard to moving. Savvy scammers can figure out that your home is empty and target it for theft.

Count on Elite Moving & Storage, the best movers in Chicago, for expertise in the industry.

At Elite Moving & Storage, we can help you make the best moving choices for your family. Make your experience the easiest move possible with our outstanding service! We’re the moving company that works for you.

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How to Move Your Plants

Sometimes we don’t really think in advance about our plants and how they’re going to make the transition from one home to another. Our kids and our pets take more attention, and there’s so much to do before a move! What’s the big deal? We can just take the pot and go, right?

Actually, this is something you should be thinking about. Did you know that some plants can’t cross state lines? And how are you going to pack them securely so they get what they need and don’t spread dirt and mud all over the place? Plants are alive, and if you want to make sure they survive the move, you’ll need to know these tips on how to move your plants.

Check laws and climate conditions in your new home

If you’re moving to another state, you’ll have to follow laws about what can be brought into that state. For example, California has rules against bringing citrus plants, and only allows others in after quarantine conditions are met. Hawaii also has restrictions against certain flowers and trees; if you’re moving there, you’re entering an island ecosystem, which must be strictly protected from infestations.

Other states will have rules about invasive species, which are one of the major environmental problems of our time. You may also need an inspector to come out before you move, so you can get appropriate papers for your move.

Plan for how to move plants

Moving trucks aren’t the best places for plants. When they’re in there, they won’t have access to light, water, or air. As living beings, they need all three to survive. Many companies have rules against taking plants for just this reason.

For the best ways to move plants, you have three major options. First, you can leave them behind (except for a cutting for your new place), perhaps giving them to a friend or family member. Secondly, you can drive them to your destination, along with your family, pets, and valuable items. Or, you can ship them through FedEx or another reliable service.

Whichever way you choose, you’ll need to gather supplies to help your plants travel properly, and you’ll need to make sure to follow rules set out by the shipping companies. Do your research, and decide in advance the safest way to move your greenery.

Prepare how to travel with plants

Packing your plant properly is important for their well-being as you move them to a new home. You can take an entire plant, or just take a cutting that will allow you to grow a new plant in a new location. A cutting can easily be secured with wet paper towels, a rubber band, and a plastic stem holder (or a plastic pot in a box). Make sure they are the last thing you pack and the first thing you unpack when you’re traveling with plants.

First, check for insects. The last thing you want to do is take bugs into your new space. Not only could this be bad for your new house, you could be bringing an invasive pest species into your new state.

Secondly, re-pot your plants if possible into durable, light, plastic containers. Place a plastic bag over the entire pot and tie it, so soil doesn’t spill out. If you’re shipping, put the entire plant in a box with airholes. Any heavy, empty ceramic planters can go with the movers.

Finally, water your plants 2-3 days before moving so that roots are damp. Most types will be able to survive for a week without additional water.

If you’re shipping, label the box so shippers know there’s a fragile, live plant in there. If you’re moving your plants by car, don’t put them in the trunk, but do crack a window for air whenever you take a break from the road. Try to avoid exposing plants to cold or overly hot air. Bring them inside when you stop at overnight lodgings and only water them if needed.

Elite Moving & Storage wants to keep your plants safe and healthy as you move.

To that end, Elite Moving & Storage doesn’t ship plants ourselves, but we can offer you suggestions on how to do it yourself. Need to know how to move plants? Need advice on how to keep your entire household intact? Get an estimate from the best moving company in Chicago today!

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How to Prevent Identity Theft During A Move

Identity theft is big business these days, and it’s also a giant hassle for victims trying to prove who they are. Moving is one of the times you’re most vulnerable to this crime. And it’s a stressful enough time already, don’t you think? Don’t add to your woes by leaving yourself open to having your information stolen.

Over the years, we at Elite Moving & Storage have learned a few tricks to help you navigate the details of a move, so count on us. Here are a few tips to stop identity theft before it happens.

Before Your Move

Moving often includes a lot of decluttering. You’ll be getting rid of papers and files, along with unneeded clothing and toys. Make sure any ones that include sensitive information are shredded. Also, make sure you submit a Change of Address form to the U.S. Postal Service at least a week before you move. If companies send your mail to the wrong address, personal information could end up in the wrong hands. You may also want to notify your bank, utility companies, schools, insurance companies, and other services about your new move.

If your home is being shown to potential buyers, keep your wills, passports, tax returns, birth certificates, financial statements, medical records, tax returns, and anything with sensitive information out of the house, or in a locked cabinet or drawer. Do the same when contractors come in for painting, carpeting, or other services. Are you hiring movers? Check their Better Business Bureau rating. Ours is an A+, and any movers you hire should have a similar rating. Make sure your moving company gets good reviews, is trustworthy, and can be responsible for sensitive items. This is important for your peace of mind, as well as your wallet.

During Your Move

If you’re taking documents and electronic devices that might reveal personal information with you, consider leaving them out of the hands of movers. If you can keep them in your line of sight, they’ll be safest. We recommend keeping these items with you if at all possible.

Stick around while the moving process happens. If you’re there supervising, there are fewer opportunities for anything bad to happen, whether it’s things going missing without your realizing it, or someone sneaking in and taking things. We can vouch for our drivers, but there are plenty of moving companies out there that may be more careless. If you can’t be there, find a trusted friend or family member who can.

After Your Move

If you haven’t already, once you’ve settled in a bit, change your address with every website you shop with. Make sure all the businesses you work with have your new information. Do your best to remember everyone. Doing this now can save you headaches later. Verify that your mail is now being forwarded, and check utilities to make sure they’ve been closed at the old address. Check your credit reports.

Even though your move is complete, and you think you’ve taken care of everything, stuff still happens. You may have missed a credit card company that sends your bill, complete with account information, to your old address. Savvy thieves might be able to use your old address for new accounts. Some credit card companies and other financial institutions may offer identity theft protection for a small fee; utilize this for a few months just to make sure.

 For peace of mind, consider moving with Elite Moving & Storage!

Elite Moving & Storage has seen it all. With your years of experience, we don’t just move you from Point A to Point B, we also advise you on how to do it right. Are you ready to move into Chicago, or out of Chicago? Let us know how we can help! Get a free quote today.

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How to Declutter Before A Move

The thing about moving is, the less you have to move, the easier it is.  I don’t know about you, but I’m no minimalist. If you’re like me, this means that prior to any move you’ll have to go through your things and just get rid of as much junk as you can. Own clothes you are hoping will come back into fashion…someday? Do you have small kitchen appliances that seemed like a good idea when you bought them, except that you’re never going to actually grind your own coffee beans? Do you own a heap of electronics for which you’re going to get that part you need as you have the spare time (spoiler alert: you’ll never have the time)?

Then it’s time to declutter. We realize this can be a tough process for some, but the closer you are to your deadline, the harder it will be to keep things organized for your move. Fortunately, we at Elite Moving & Storage, being the best moving company around, have seen it all. We can show you exactly what to do.

Start now and start small

Even if your move is months away, don’t delay. Trust me, you’re going to have lots to do as the day arrives, and any work you can put in beforehand is good. Yes, it may seem overwhelming, but it’s easier if you can do it before the stress kicks in. The key is to do it before you’ve packed anything. Is it really worth the effort to put something into a box and move it halfway across the country, or even onto the third floor or your average Chicago walk-up, if you’re never going to use it?

Start with small spaces – a junk drawer, a cabinet. Get into your refrigerator and throw out things that are expired. Honestly, a lot of clutter happens in small spaces! You can do these quickly, and they’ll motivate you for the larger spaces as you notice that you’ve made progress. Do a little bit every day, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly the mess recedes.

Be methodical and make a plan

Decide how you’re going to attack the clutter. Have the items you will need for the process of decluttering on hand, such as trash bags or boxes for donation and storage. Know what your options are, in terms of getting rid of your stuff. Set yourself a deadline by arranging a pickup with a charity, or put an ad online for the date you’re going to have that yard sale.

Remember that initially, it’ll be pretty obvious what you need to throw away. Start with that. Then, it’ll get more difficult. Just work on decreasing the amount of stuff you have, and then focus on what’s left, one area at a time. Make goals – fill one trash bag, or set a timer for five minutes in which you just focus on getting rid of stuff. Then, set aside longer times for digging into the mess. And then just keep going!

Make it fun, and don’t stress – yet!

Invite friends over to help, and then take them out to dinner for their efforts! That way, you get a bit of assistance, and a reward to boot. Or hey, skip the helping part and just go for a reward with your friends after some of the hard work is done. That works also.

Give yourself a bit of leeway to keep things you truly love, but be strict with yourself, too. For example, if you have papers you think might be useful someday, maybe you could just scan them into your computer instead instead of taking a pile of papers with you. In the meantime, decluttering may help you unearth items you’ve forgotten about. That can be part of the fun!

Get help from Elite Moving & Storage

Depending on your personality, decluttering can be an easy process or a more difficult one, so do what you can to give yourself the advantage. And not just in decluttering – in the entire moving process! That’s what Elite is here for. We’re one of the best moving companies in the Chicagoland area, and we want to help you. Get an estimate today!


Moving With Pets: Keeping Animals Safe and Stress-Free

Did you know that one of the top reasons that people decide to rehome their pets, or leave them at a shelter, is because they’re moving?

It’s sad, but true. It may be because a new landlord doesn’t allow pets, for example, or your roommate has allergies, or the new space just isn’t appropriate for any furry friends. About five percent of pets never make it to the new home with their owners, and get left behind.

But for most of us, moving without our pets is simply not an option. And we want to do it with as little stress to our favorite pets as possible. So, here are some tips for moving your pet to your new home.

Before Your Move

You wouldn’t leave town or change living situations without thinking about your loved ones, would you? Your pets are part of your family, so make sure you consider their needs as you decide where you’re going, what kind of space you want to live in, and who else will share that space with you.

If it’s possible for you to do so, make sure your pet is part of your moving equation from the very beginning. Don’t rent an apartment that doesn’t allow cats. If you have a big dog, try to search out a house with a yard. If you answer a Craigslist ad for a new roommate, be upfront about your pets’ importance to you. Check state and local laws for licensing and other ordinances that may apply to your situation.

Research Pet Travel Options for Your Move

Will you be flying? Driving? Will you take your animals with you, or count on a family member to bring them up a few weeks later? Maybe an animal relocation service will have the charge of your pet for a while? You have many options when it comes to traveling with a pet. How you choose to transport them may have to do with your comfort level, and that of your pets.

If you’re traveling by plane, check with your airline about specific policies regarding pets – and get tickets well in advance. If you’re driving, remember to find out if restaurants and hotels along your route are pet-friendly. If not, you may have to make contingency plans. And, if you’re moving to a new country, know about quarantine rules getting your pet in and out.

Plan Your Pet’s Transition

Individual animals react to changes in environment differently. Cats, especially, are tied to locations and habit. We don’t socialize them the same way we do with dogs. So, when it comes to a move, they may need special attention. Acclimate your animals to the idea of a move.

Obtain a hard-sided pet carrier and put them inside for a few minutes more each day with a toy, to acclimate them and make them think the carrier is a place of safety. Take them out for rides if they’re not used to that. Confine them, or send them to a kennel on the day the movers come if they are stressed out by change. Keep them away from moving chaos, and don’t pick them up until you’re ready to go.

Pack Their Things for the Move

Make sure to have your pets’ medical information on hand. Pack a bag for each animal, with their favorite toys inside. You will also want to take a pet first aid kit, food and water (as water conditions will change from state to state), doggie bags, or a litter box. Have I.D. tags made up with your cell phone number and new address, just in case. Smaller animals will also need hard-sided carriers.

Consider having fish shipped for safety. If you have a good aquarium store nearby, have your fish put into bags with extra oxygen for the move. If your pet is a bad traveler, visit your vet for potential medical solutions. You may want a pre-move checkup to refill prescriptions or transfer records.

Things To Remember While Traveling for A Move

Keep all animals restrained. A dog can be held with a leash or harness, but cats and smaller animals should be placed inside hard-sided carriers with some breathing room. Not only does this allow for safe driving without worrying about animals getting in the way, it helps prevent escapes by stressed-out pets.

Birds, guinea pigs and other small animals are especially prone to moving-day nerves and changes in environment, so this is not the time to let them run loose. Animals can get car sick and disoriented by movement, so keep that in mind. Keep extra towels in the car for accidents. Cover carriers, especially for the first few hours of the drive, to prevent overstimulation. Remember that in hotels and strange places, cats will want to hide immediately.

After You Move In

When you get to your new residence, go in and inspect the house before you let your pets out. Find potential hiding places, and locate and get rid of any hazards (leftover mouse traps). Ideally, you’ll wait until your furniture is placed before your animals leave the carriers. That way, they will come out to some familiar sights.

Release your pets into one room first, let them adjust, and allow them more freedom. Keep things consistent, the way you did in your previous home, so your pets know to expect the same rules and the same behavior. You know your pet best, so watch for any signalers of anxiety, fear, or illness. Locate your resources, such a new vet, dog parks, and your emergency vets, so you know where to go from the start if anything happens. Also, if your pet is microchipped, update that information.

Give your pets some time, and they’ll be back to ruling the roost in no time. And for your move, consider the experts here at Elite Moving & Storage. We know the industry and we offer complete moving services. If you’re moving in Chicago, from Chicago, or to Chicago, we have the knowhow because we’re a local company. We’re also the best movers in town! Contact us today so we can help you.



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Moving Large Furniture Safely During a Move

Moving is usually an exciting time! One thing that most people don’t get excited about, though, is moving those large pieces of furniture down and up multiple flights of stairs. Getting them out of moving vans, trucks or trailers is hard enough, but trying to move them through doors and narrow corridors with turns is the worst.

Have valuable antiques you’re worried about? Want to make sure those sofas and chairs with the expensive upholstery make it without a scratch? Getting your friends and family to help certainly makes it easier. Still, you’ll need to make sure that everyone who is helping is safe. Here are some tips for a smooth, accident-free move.

Know your new home’s floor plan

Before the day of your move, take measurements of your large furniture and place them in an app (such as Home Design 3D or House Design) that lets you create a digital layout of your new floor space. This way, you can position them around the “floor” to get a visual idea of where you need to place furniture ahead of your moving day. Even if you don’t use an app, draw a basic layout on a piece of paper to help you get a better idea of where you’ll be placing these items.

Another good idea is to take measurements of doorways, windows, halls and corridors in your new home as well as your current home to determine if furniture will be easy to move out and into the new place. Remember, you can remove doors and sometimes even moldings to grab an extra inch or two of space!

Disassemble and wrap large items if possible

Before you move heavy furnishings out of your current home, remove as many potential obstructions as possible, such as legs, arms, and tabletops. Keep the removed items all together and small items like screws in labeled storage bags. Take clothes out of drawers, and take drawers out of dressers. (If you decide not to do this, fasten them into place somehow so they don’t slide out.) Wrap your items, or otherwise contain them so that they are properly protected.

Consider using professional movers. One benefit of this is that they have the right tools to disassemble and prepare large furnishings for moving, and they know how to wrap large items safely for transport. They can get the job done efficiently so you don’t waste time. If you decide against this, you can still take cues from the pros. For advice on protecting furniture for a move, see Elite’ Moving & Storage’s guides for packing dressers, pianos, glass tabletops, and couches.

Use tried-and-true techniques for moving large furniture during a relocation

There are certain techniques you can employ to ensure that your furniture—and you and your helpers—move safely.

For example, in moving pieces like dressers, use a “high-low” technique that involves keeping one end of the furniture held up high and the other end low. What this does is ensure that the weight is centered so the dresser is easier to control. This is especially true when moving up and down stairs. You’ll need two people, one at each end, for this technique.

Doorway hooking to help move a large sofa or couch is another technique that makes moving them a little less tricky. Stand couches on their ends and work them through the doorway, back edge first. Once it’s cleared the doorway, give it a 90-degree swivel to bring it all the way in.

You can also slide heavy furniture pieces by using a thick blanket to pull the object across the floor. You’ll eliminate the risk of scratching edges across the floor, causing unsightly marks.

Lifting straps can also be used to lift and move heavy furniture pieces, especially where carrying or sliding them isn’t an option. Lift straps help spread the weight of a piece over a large group of muscles and give you more control. And yes, you can purchase lifting straps on Other tools, like wheeled dollies and ramps, can also help.

Don’t forget to wrap your furniture properly to protect pieces from moving damage. Bubble wrap, shrink wrap, and packing tape are staples of the moving process. Use blankets to cover and protect under the wrap/tape. Don’t skimp! Most professional moving companies will sell these supplies at their locations, so check them out for your needs.

Get Ready to Move

Whether you decide to move large furniture yourself, or take advantage of the service and expertise of professional movers, make sure you do your homework before you move. That way, you’ll keep your valued possessions (and yourself) safe and injury-free. As always, if you need help with your move in Chicago or across the United States, call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage!

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5 Take-Charge Tips for Your First Move

It’s your first move! This can be an exciting, yet stressful time. We can help, though. Over the years, we’ve developed some tried-and-true tips for maneuvering any move. Here’s what we’ve learned.

1. Hire professional movers

This is a big milestone, yet you want to save money. We get that. But please, please don’t solicit help from your friends and family to move you, unless you really only own two boxes of clothes, a laptop, a lamp, and a turtle in a tank. We know this from experience. If something goes wrong, you’ve ruined a relationship. Have a good moving company do it. Then, ask your friends over to have a celebratory/goodbye drink with you before the moving truck arrives, or after it leaves.

2. Declutter, and get organized

Moving is a great time to pare down to the essentials. The more you have to move, the more work you have to do. So, take this as an opportunity to decide what to keep and what to toss. Do you really need that sweater your aunt gave you three years ago, that you’ve worn twice – on trips to see her? Use this rule of thumb: If you didn’t use it for a year, you won’t need it again. Label your boxes, so that you know what goes where. And keep important things – IDs, pets, work papers, toiletries, tools you’ll need for your move – with you. You may also want to keep a few extra changes of clothing close by.

3. Don’t let the paperwork slide, and document everything

Change your address. Have your utilities turned off at the old place (if needed) and turned on in the new. Get insurance. Change your address with the post office. Make sure you know what’s in your rental contract, since that tells you which utilities you’re responsible for, and how much of a deposit you need to pay. If you’re not moving into your own home, take pictures of the space before you move in. That way, if there are any questions about what damage happened while you lived there, you have a record.

4. Google it

If you have questions about how to pack something, you can find plenty of resources online. Heck, we at Elite Moving & Storage have a whole page devoted to videos about packing your things properly. For the safety of your things, if you’re not sure how to pack properly, don’t just wing it. You won’t regret taking the time to do the research, working with little extra care when you pack, and using the proper padding. Learn how to pack your kitchen and other items here.

5. Make a budget – and stick to it

Make sure you have accounted, in your financial calculations, for rent, mortgage, furniture, decor, utilities, and other expenses that you may now have. Make a budget beforehand, and create a guide for living that takes your income and lifestyle into account. Remember, there’s a difference between need and want. If you’re on a budget – get only what you need, and then prioritize your wants. Don’t forget to set aside money for emergencies.

Contact us…

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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!