Why Should You Consider Elite Moving & Storage?

Written by Curtis Cryer

 

It’s quite simple. Elite Moving & Storage operates with the utmost transparency when it comes to every aspect of your move. We’ve operated that way since day 1 of our inception in 2006. Transparency and our hands-on approach before, during, and after your move has allowed Elite Moving & Storage, a full-service moving company and female-run company, to grow from a tiny mound into a full-grown mountain in a relatively short period of time.

Over one-half of our staff has been with us since our grand opening, and the remainder 10-plus years! It speaks volumes to what we’re about as a solid, professional moving and storage company with the knowledge and expertise to provide you with reliable and efficient service. We’ve worked very hard to create, build, and nurture a family atmosphere to help bring the moving community together as a family, which includes moving more than 3,000 families each year — many of which are repeat customers and referrals.

Other moving companies sell materials and services, but here at Elite Moving & Storage, our competitively-priced, licensed, and insured services have earned us an A-rating with the Better Business Bureau for the past 10 years consecutively. That’s why we like to believe we sell “peace of mind”, one great service at a time!

How to Prepare for a Safe Winter Move

The first thing to know about moving in winter is that you can do it. In fact, it may even be to your benefit as many moving companies’ winter rates are lower due to lower demand. By moving during the winter, you’ll have more freedom and flexibility with scheduling and can get a pretty sweet deal. And really, moving during the summer’s sweltering heat isn’t all that much better. You’ll be all the more cozy curling up in your new home after manning your move from the snow.

But there are some things that are important to keep in mind when planning a move for the colder months.

 

1.    Make sure both sites are safe

Moving, especially with an expert moving company, can be smooth sailing, but one bad accident can make it nearly impossible. Especially during winter when snow and ice make innocent walkways into potential death traps, it’s important to scour both your current home and your new abode for danger zones.

Before you start moving, clear your walkways as much as possible, look out for icy spots, and warn your movers about any small steps or uneven ground that may cause trouble. This will not only keep everyone safe, but also make sure your movers can do their jobs as quickly and effectively as possible

 

2.    Protect your floors

Close your eyes and picture your new home: fireplace glowing, cookies baking in the oven, TV ablaze with your favorite show. Now picture the floors. Is there mud and snow all over them? Probably not. Ice and snow can be easily tracked into the house, and when it starts to melt, not only can the dirt and mud tracked in with it get messy, but water damage can be fatal to wood floors or leave you with that gross wet carpet smell. This is easily prevented by laying down protective flooring, but make sure you remember to do this before the moving starts, because even a little bit of water can do a lot of damage.

 

3.    Check your utilities

Ah, nothing like settling into your dark, 20 °F, internet-less house for the night, right? When you finish your big day of moving, the last thing you want to deal with is making calls to the electric company to deal with an outage or miscommunication. We recommend making sure your utilities are up and running at least 2 days before your move, giving you plenty of time to manage any mishaps before you could find yourself spending your first night in your new place freezing your butt off in the dark.

That being said, during the moving process itself, you may want to turn your heat down a few notches. With movers going in and out all day, you’ll be paying to heat the whole neighborhood. By keeping your heat down just for the day, you’ll be saving a good chunk of change–maybe even enough to justify that nice housewarming gift you were considering for yourself.

 

4.    Be Flexible

The good news, as we said earlier, is that your moving company is likely to be more flexible during the winter months because it’s a less busy time. The not-so-good news is that you might need it. It’s important to track weather conditions leading up to your move as a particularly bad storm may change your plans or make your move more difficult. Discuss the possibility of winter hindrances with everyone involved in your move and have a plan to put into action if, by chance, the weather is not cooperative with your original moving schedule.

It’s also important to keep in mind that with shorter days and fewer hours of light, a winter move gives you less time to get everything done. A move that may take one day in the summer could stretch into two during the winter, which is another thing you should consider when organizing your move. Be sure to keep your expectations realistic. As much as possible, try to stay flexible in the event that the move needs to be rescheduled altogether because of inclement weather.

 

5.    Be Organized

Arguably, this is the most important part of a move no matter the time of year, but in winter it’s especially important to make sure you’ve thought of everything before the moving begins. It will not only make the experience less stressful for you and your movers, but it will probably save you a whole lot of time and money in the long run. With so many things to think about, here are a few to keep in mind.

Before you move

  • If you don’t need it, don’t move it—look through your belongings while you’re packing and trash or donate the clutter.
  • Sort your belongings as far in advance as possible
  • Make sure all boxes are clearly labeled
  • Double pack fragile items and be careful with expensive tech and other favorite possessions
  • Have a plan for where everything should go in your new home

During the Move

  • Make sure you have everything that you intend to take with you in your personal vehicle like medications, changes of clothes, priceless or irreplaceable items, phones and computers, and paperwork associated with the move and your new home
  • Know what your movers can and cannot do when it comes to potentially hazardous materials such as certain paints, chemicals, or cleaning supplies
  • You never know when you’ll need to dig your way out of a snowy situation, not only for foot traffic but also in case your vehicle gets stuck.
  • Bring salt or sand should, shovel, or even a snow blower in case you need to dig your way out of a snowy situation.
  • A space heater accessible may also be good to have on hand in case temps get super low and you need to provide supplemental heat near an entrance or cold zone.
  • Board your pets–moving is hard enough without fido getting in the wa

Regardless of whether you’re moving one street over or halfway across the country, moving is a lot of work. Do as much as you can in advance to make the process easier on everyone—your future self most of all.

 

6. Make sure you’re working with a professional moving company.

In dicey conditions, experience makes all the difference. Elite Moving & Storage serve more than 3,000 families each year, many of which are repeat customers and referrals. We are competitively priced, licensed and insured, and have maintained an A-rating with the Better Business Bureau for the last 10 consecutive years.

We know that moving can be pricey, but especially if you’re moving in the winter, you shouldn’t try to cut corners with your moving company. An experienced moving team will not only make your experience easier, but will ensure your move is successful and, most of all, safe. Your piece of mind is worth the extra expense, so contact us today or visit our website for a free virtual quote.

children helping their parents move into a new house

Should you Move in the Middle of the Week or on the Weekend?

Wherever you’re moving, the timing of your move is a very important decision to make. You may ask yourself if it’s best to move on a weekday or weekend. When making that decision of moving during weekdays or weekends, you have to consider family, work, traffic, and your moving company. But, one of the primary reasons to ask yourself this question starts with PRICE. 

Is a Weekday Move Cheaper?  

This is probably the most important question to consider when moving. In general, moving companies charge more during peak times to relocate movers. These times are summer, holidays, and the first and last several days of the month and weekends. However, moving companies are less busy during the months from October to April and weekdays. So the short answer is weekdays are usually cheaper!

Movers can charge different rates depending on what day you move, and as with any relocation, the cost of every move is unique.

The Pros and Cons of Weekday vs. Weekend Moves

Some pros for moving during the week include:

  • Lower costs: cheaper moving company rates are likely to be found during the week, and you might even find that your savings from moving during the week will offset any costs associated with losing a day of work, if that’s a factor.
  • More money for other expenses: many people are able to apply the savings from moving during the week to extras such as having the moving company handle some of their packing. Letting packing professionals take control over the boxes, bubble wrap, and organization can give you the peace of mind you really need right now to handle bigger concerns.
  • The kids are at school: you love your kids, but moving with children of any age can add a layer of stress and interruption that will just prolong the process. On a weekday, with kids away at school or daycare, you can focus on the task at hand—the move—without additional distractions
  • Switching on utilities: if you move into your new home during the week and find that your gas and electric still hasn’t been turned on, it can be easier to have utility companies resolve the issue promptly during regular weekday business hours rather than waiting it out over a weekend
  • Take the weekend to settle in: if you move on a Thursday or Friday, you’ll have the upcoming weekend to unpack, unwind, and explore the area around your new home. It’s nice to have a little down time after a stressful move. You can even pop open a bottle of wine to celebrate, and not have to worry about getting up for work the next morning.

 

Some cons for moving during the week include:

  • Work time loss: moving on a weekday can mean that you’ll miss a day or two of work, depending on the distance you’re traveling. Some people don’t wish to lose a day of work, or depending on the nature of their work, may not be able to.
  • Time away from school: aside from the summer, this might pose an issue to move during the week during the school year. A weekday move might disrupt your children’s school schedule and activities, especially if your child will be switching schools.
  • Shortage of Help: even if you’re enlisting the services of a moving company, you may need the help of some friends or family to help with packing and transporting your possessions. During the week with people’s work schedules, you may find that not everyone is available to help you.  

 

Some pros for moving during the weekend include:

  • Less work week loss: naturally, if you work during the week, time away from the office is minimized. And since nearly half of all interstate moves within the U.S. are related to opportunities for work, your job may play an important role in choosing the best time to pack and move. Weekend moves won’t usually disrupt your work schedule or infringe on your vacation time in most cases.
  • No missed school: children won’t miss important days of learning at school with a weekend move, or, if they’re transferring to a new school, they’ll be able to start at the beginning of a new week, which might ease their transition to new settings.
  • No rush hour traffic: even though weekends can be busy with errand traffic, weekday rush hours can be even more brutal. This isn’t always the case, but something to keep in mind, especially if you’re moving far.

 

Some cons for moving during the weekend include:

  • Busy movers: weekends, holidays, and summer are typically “peak” times for people to move, which means that moving companies will always be busier during these times. If you can only move over a weekend, you’ll probably pay more, but not necessarily unreasonable rates. You’ll need to make sure to book your move as far in advance as possible, as weekend schedules fill up fast.
  • Limited unpacking time: even though a weekend move may be more easy to handle, it could leave you less time to unpack before having to jump back into the work week. This may not be as bothersome to you, but if you have other family members, it could add to their stress over settling in and getting back to normal
  • Some city buildings have restrictions: if you’re moving to or from a city, check with the people in charge of the building. Some buildings do not allow for weekend moves
  • Jacked up prices: some moving companies increase their prices for moving on weekends because of the high demand. Elite Moving and Storage, however, does not. Our prices remain the same no matter what day of the week you move, although availability is more limited. 

 

Make Your Move an Easy Decision with Elite Moving & Storage  

Moving your home on a weekend or during the week is a decision that only you can make based on a lot of variables in your life and the needs of your family. Elite Moving & Storage can help you save time and money by handling all aspects of your relocation move whether it’s across town or across country, so that you can focus on what’s important. 

Customer satisfaction is our #1 priority, and we strive to ensure that our movers, storage personnel, and office staff are professionally trained to provide all of our clients with great customer service and an excellent moving experience, so you can start your new life adventure on the right note. Call us for quotes and guidance to make your move as carefree as it can be!

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Moving Tips from a Mover’s Perspective

Written by Curtis Cryer

 

Elite Moving & Storage helps you save time by handling all aspects of your relocation move, so that you can focus on what’s important. With customer satisfaction our #1 priority, we strive to ensure that our movers, storage personnel, and office staff are professionally trained to provide all of our clients with great customer service and an excellent moving experience, so you can start your new life adventure on the right note.

That’s why we’d like to provide you with some handy tips written from a mover’s perspective to help make your move as smooth and effortless as possible!

 

  1. Due to Covid-19, please keep family and friends to a minimum, and practice safe, social distancing as much as possible. Everyone must wear a mask at all times!
  2. Keep pets and children out of the way of movers. While some people may consider them cute and harmless, their presence could be potentially dangerous to our movers, as they will be lifting large and heavy items, and small children and pets could get into a blind spot.
  3. In winter, snow and rain can leave planters, pots, and patio furniture wet and dirty, leaving a trail of wetness and mud behind that can get onto both the movers and furniture as items are being transported into the moving van. This can make it messy for other people who are loading up items as well. Store your patio furniture inside your home or garage a few days before your move to let it dry off or so that you can wipe it dry.
  4. Remember to mark each box, and make sure to write the room where the possessions are supposed to go using large, easy-to-read lettering. Use a different color for each room to make it easier and faster for movers to distinguish which room the box goes to.

A How-To COVID-19 Moving Guide

Moving is daunting even without the threat of a pandemic, but as time goes on without guarantee of an end in sight, many are choosing to stop just “waiting it out.” As we have become increasingly knowledgeable and accustomed to the necessary COVID-19 precautions, pulling off a move has become increasingly feasible. And how we see it, if you’re going to be quarantined at home for the foreseeable future, it should be in the house you truly want.

Should you even move during COVID-19?

Moving during the pandemic is possible and can even be done safely, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to think about first. Before you travel, the CDC recommends weighing the following risk factors heavily before making the decision to move to a new location:

  1. Are you or anyone you’ll be in contact with at risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?
  2. Are cases high or increasing in your community or your destination?
  3. Are hospitals in your community or destination overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients?
  4. Does your new home have requirements or restrictions for travelers?
  5. Will you have contact with people you don’t live with 14 days or less before your move?
  6. How will you get to your new home and can you follow CDC guidelines while doing so?

How to plan for a Pandemic move

Once you’ve decided you’re ready to make your move, it’s time to get planning. This is one of the most important parts of any move, but there’s even more to consider during a pandemic.

With current shortages on supplies in stores and limited business hours for storage facilities, moving companies, and other necessary contractors, it’s important to ensure everything is in order early, especially if that move is across state or even national borders. Double check rescheduling or cancellation policies of trains, busses, airlines, or hotels before booking. If you’re in an area with higher levels of COVID-19 cases, plan what you need and make purchases early or online to limit the amount of time you’re out and about in stores.

Getting rid of possessions you no longer use or want is another way to save time and make your move easier. If you plan on donating your belongings though, do so in advance and check that donation centers around you are open and willing to take the items you’re offering.

How to prepare your new home

Giving your new home a good, thorough scrub may feel like the last thing you want to do after an exhausting day of moving, but it’s not only an important COVID-19 precaution, but a great way to start afresh in your new digs. Although studies have shown that the COVID virus cannot last as long on surfaces as originally thought, cleaning and disinfecting can still lower the risk of infection and it’s just generally good practice when entering a new home.

How else could COVID-19 affect my move?

The full consequences of COVID-19 aren’t known and they’re changing every day, so it’s important to keep a look out for the current state of your geographic area and the area you’re moving to. That being said, here some ways the pandemic could potentially affect your move.

  • Stay-at-home orders or other local precautions that affect travel to or from certain places
  • Company policies and widespread COVID-19 transmission could affect the number of workers available and allowed to aid you with your move.
  • Social distancing guidelines and quarantines could put a damper on your preparation efforts, especially if you usually enlist the help of friends to pack or unpack.
  • Money received via a federal government economic stimulus plan could be saved for moving expenses when life gets back to normal.
  • An increase in demand can result in longer-than-normal hold times to reach customer service representatives to set up internet services, utilities, or ask mortgage questions.

How can I make my COVID-19 move as safe as possible?

While government ordinances and widespread transmission may be out of your control, there are steps you can take to ensure a safe move and limit the spread of COVID-19 both for your own safety and those around you. Much of this may seem obvious, but simple hygiene and vigilance can go a long way towards ensuring your safety. The CDC recommends that you:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid close contact
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect
  • Monitor your health daily.

Cleaning your home prior to the move and your new home afterwards are also imperative for COVID-19 safety. Disinfecting items and surfaces you touch frequently with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants will ensure contaminants are promptly wiped out. If you cannot find such products in stores, you can even make your own homemade bleach solution by mixing five tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water or four teaspoons of bleach per quart of water.

How do I choose a moving company that’s right for me?

Ask your professional movers what they are doing to ensure COVID-19 safety. Most reputable movers understand the importance of safety, however, the current moment calls for an even more scrupulous eye. It’s imperative your moving team demonstrates hyper-vigilance.

At Elite Moving and Storage, we have pared down our in-person team to the most essential members to keep you as safe as possible, and for our moving experts whose jobs require in-person contact, we have a strict COVID-19 safety policy including:

  • Temperature checks for each team member before they start a shift.
  • Anyone who is not feeling well is reminded to stay home.
  • Constantly cleaned, sanitized trucks each equipped with disinfectant alcohol spray.
  • Avoiding customer handshakes and physical contact.
  • Virtual moving estimates so you can stay safely in your home
  • Daily reminders to crew members to wash their hands frequently, cough into napkins or their arm, and avoid touching their faces.
  • Our moving experts are always required to wear masks and gloves.

The faith you have put in us by allowing our expert moving team into your home is not lost on us, and our goal is to repay you by demonstrating the utmost caution and respect to you and your family’s safety. 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 moving company wholly dedicated to keeping you and your loved ones safe, call us today.

Moving? Tips to Help your child adjust

Whether you’re relocating across the country or across the city, moving can be an especially stressful experience when kids are involved. Aside from the packing, unpacking, and physical labor aspect of it, there’s also a lot of emotion involved. Moving to a new home requires extra amounts of flexibility and fortitude — from the entire family! And sometimes helping the littlest members of the household adjust to a new home is not as simple as filling out a change-of-address form. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do – both before the move and after – to lessen their anxieties and alleviate their fears. Kids are resilient and while most adjust quickly to new changes, as a parent, there are a few things you can do to help ease the transition and make things less stressful for your children.

Acknowledge their emotions – Moving to a new home is an emotional time for everyone involved. In fact, psychologists say that moving is one of the top five most emotionally stressful situations that one might experience during their lifetime. Allow kids the freedom and space to feel a variety of emotions. Instead of a continual pep talk, invite kids to express their feelings and examine the root of those feelings. Kids are resilient, more so than grown ups. Don’t hide the idea of moving. Bring them into the conversation and allow them to be a part of it. Talk to your kids to help them understand it’s safe to process emotions rather than bury them.

Help your child know what to expect – Visit your new place, if possible. Don’t just go to the house. Take your kids to the playground, to see their new school and to the local library. Find the best pizza and bakery. Learn about the new neighborhood with your kids. Encourage your children to research the area you’re moving to, so that it’ll be more familiar to them once they move. Research sports teams, clubs, and other local groups to find out the best ways to immerse your family in the new town.

Read books – One of the best ways to help a young child with their anxiety and sadness is by reading positive books about the moving process. Hearing stories of other kids going through similar situations can help normalize emotions and ease any fears. Here are a few recommended books about moving.

 

Work while they sleep – Seeing their things get sorted and packed up might be stressful for some kids, while other kids might find a sense of purpose in contributing to the work of moving. Be aware of how the decluttering and packing process is affecting your child. If they seem rattled or anxious, you may want to consider packing while they are asleep. Also, you may want to dispose of items that cannot move with you — like that broken toy or the cracked sandbox in the backyard — while they’re sleeping to minimize their stress. If they are helping you pack, make it fun. If you have small children, we recommend getting them boxes to play with while packing up their rooms. Teach them how to pack correctly and let them be a part of the process, overall.

Pack a ‘favorites’ bag or box – When the time comes to pack up the final necessities, make sure all your child’s favorite items are consolidated into one special bag or box. Favorite toys, stuffed animals, blankets, books, clothes, or pajamas can all be packed together for safekeeping. In order to keep those items close, your child may want to hold onto that bag in the car rather than putting it in the moving truck.

Set up the kids’ rooms first – With the exception of setting up kitchen and bathroom basics, make kids’ rooms a top priority when unpacking in your new home. Everything for the kids’ rooms should be properly marked. These boxes should go into the moving truck last and come off first so you can start unpacking their room first. Getting things settled in their new space will help kids feel more comfortable and stable. Also, let them help with the unpacking process so that they know where everything is located in their room.

Get back into your routine – After you move, make every effort to get back on a normal schedule. Most people like routine, especially children and teens. For the first night, you may let the younger members of your family stay up a little longer just to make the night special, but after that, it’s important to establish a daily routine.  If you have a baby or a young child, it’s especially important to keep their daily routine (i.e. meals, play times, nap times, activities, etc.) as consistent and normal as possible. This will help keep your kids feeling secure and you feeling sane.

From the initial home search to the big moving day, do your best to make the process fun for your child. 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!

Moving During the Holidays

Moving is a stressful experience any time of the year and the holidays are usually a pretty hectic time for most people.  If you plan on moving from December to January, the holiday season can crowd in on the whole process. Therefore, if you’re planning to hire a moving company, make sure to book a reliable service as soon as possible. Here are some tips for balancing your holiday fun and packing up your things for the move.

Organize tasks – The key to being successful at anything is to organize what must be done, and when it needs to be done. We suggest writing down ALL your holiday must dos as well as the holiday wants (like taking an evening to drive around and view light displays). From there, pick designated days that will be devoted to packing your current home. On those days, turn on a Christmas show for the children, and start to tackle how to pack.

Hire Movers – The holiday season is a perfect time to hire a moving company to handle your move. As not a lot of people typically move during the holidays, moving companies are more accommodating during this time of the year. Look for a trusted team of professionals like Elite Moving & Storage to do the packing and transport! It’s likely your friends and family have their own hectic schedules this time of year.

Start Packing Early – Begin a few weeks before your moving day and start by choosing a location to stage all your boxes. A garage, if you have one can be a perfect location. Then go room by room taking first all the things that won’t be moving with you. Moving is a perfect time to de-clutter! Then, go room by room packing up all the non-essentials. Get all your books packed because you can visit the library until your closing day, pack all your off-season clothes, pull down everything from the attic, extra bedding, etc. We also suggest packing up your Christmas decor, gift wrap, presents, and holiday wardrobe in separate and clearly labeled boxes. You could ask the movers to put them in a specific place. This way you can unpack your holiday treasures as soon as you arrive and make the new place feel like home. Don’t stress to unpack the whole house and take time to enjoy the holidays! You’ll have plenty of time to unpack after.

Cold Weather – Many places across the US experience cold, snowy conditions during the holidays. Therefore, make sure to pack accordingly. And don’t forget to bring supplies to help you load and unload in the weather. Make sure you are prepared for slippery surfaces as you load and unload. Ask your moving company about the weather conditions and how they might affect the shipment of your household goods. Try to keep good communication so they can update you and make sure to ask any questions you have regarding holiday moves.

Floor Protection – The weather outside is frightful and Elite Moving & Storage offers the perfect solution to keeping your floors clean and scratch-free as we move your items from the truck into your home. Floor runners are protective materials that safeguard your floors during your move. This floor runners are blue with a rubberized bottom, so they stay in place when you walk over them. They are designed from high-quality materials for areas of your home that experience high traffic or specific sections of the floor that have heavy objects that could damage them.

Moving during the holidays may feel stressful at first, but keeping organized and planning ahead will get you where you need to be. Remember not to let anxiety take away your holiday spirit, since this season should be one of the best times of the year! Call Elite Moving and Storage today for a free quote! Our expertise and efficiency help you have peace of mind and give you a quality experience from start to finish.

The First Night Box: What to Pack

After all of your planning and decision making for this move, you can finally start to relax and enjoy your new house but you also want to make sure that your first night is a happy experience. After you arrive at your new home and your moving company unloads your belongings, you will likely have boxes everywhere, which can make finding essential items next to impossible.  Packing a special box or two just for your first evening will make your first night in your new home less stressful. The first night kit does not need to be a box; you could choose a suitcase, plastic tub, or even a storage trunk depending on what you need to pack.

Be sure to label the boxes very clearly as “ESSENTIALS,” and keep them separated from the rest of your stuff. When you’re ready to move, put these boxes aside and pack them up last on the truck. If you have room in your personal vehicle, we recommend transporting them yourself for extra easy access.

We’ve created some suggestions to help you plan your first night moving box and alleviate some of the stress that could come from digging through endless boxes just to find your toothbrush or bedsheets.

Clothing & Toiletries – It may take you a few days to get all unpacked and situated in your new home. Because of this, you will need to include a few days of clothing in your first night box. By doing this, you will be able to relax and not worry about which box your need to grab your next outfit from. Tooth brush and tooth paste, soap, shampoo and conditioner. After a long day of moving, you may need to shower and wash your hair. Keeping these items close by will keep you from searching through every box in your house or running out to the store to purchase items you already own. Don’t forget to pack bathroom essentials like towels and tissue. Also don’t forget a standard first aid kit and any medication you may need, as well as towels.

Bedding & Linens – A good night’s sleep will be critical as you embark the next few days on unpacking and settling into your new home. Make sure to have bed linens for every member of the family so everyone experiences a sense of coziness the first night. If you are relocating with small children, make sure the portable sleeper set is easily accessible. And if you have pets, don’t forget to set aside their beds or crates. Pets need a good night’s rest, too!

  • Sheets, pillows, blankets and comforters for the beds
  • Air mattress, folding bed or portable bed (if your primary bed is not going to be assembled)
  • Air pump for the air mattress
  • Set of pajamas for you and your family.

Tools – Something that you might not think to include are basic tools or a tool kit and flashlight. The usual lamps and lighting might not be set up in your new place, and you’ll be grateful to know exactly where the tools are when you start setting up your new home.

Kitchen NecessitiesThe first night in your home will likely mean that you will not have your refrigerator and freezer running. Having a number of non-perishable food items on hand will ensure that you will have something to eat while set up your essentials. You will definitely need some paper plates, disposable cups, napkins and utensils. (If you prefer reducing waste over dishwashing, bring reusable camping utensils and dishes instead of disposable.) For your little ones, sippy cups, bottles, bibs and formula are essential. And for your pets, placing food and water in their “familiar” dishes helps to keep them calm during the transition.

ElectronicsAfter an extensive day of moving, items like your telephone and tablet will likely need to be charged. If you want to celebrate the first night in your new home with some “Netflix and chill” don’t forget to pack your WiFi box, laptop and phone chargers.

Important Documents & Valuables – It is always a good idea to keep jewelry, important documents like passports and birth certificates, as well as valuables in your possession as opposed to being packed in the moving truck. If there are specific documents that you need for your rental agreement or closing, be sure to put them in the moving first night box as well!

Moving into a new home is exciting; a fresh start is such a great feeling. By packing essentials you can easily access when you arrive, it’ll make your first 24 hours far easier, not to mention, much more comfortable. Do you need help with your move? Contact us for a free quote!

Tips for Moving in the Fall

Fall is a great time to move! With moderate temperatures, ever-changing landscapes, and pleasant weather, for many, it’s a favorite season. Aside from avoiding the sweltering heat while lifting heavy boxes and organizing your belongings, the summer season is also the busiest time to move – making it more expensive. While the fall season isn’t as frugal as winter, you can avoid snowy conditions and inclement weather. Here are some tips for making your fall move effortless.

 

Book a truck early – This is good advice all year round, however, in the fall, you may want to get your booking in extra early. Most moving companies experience their busiest time in the summer and early fall so as you soon as you know your moving date, be sure to book the truck that you need. Keep in mind most people move toward the end of the month, so if you can, try to avoid this time period.

 

Plan ahead – Moving everything into your new place will be a hectic time, so make sure you plan ahead by storing similar items in containers and labeling the boxes. This way, when you finally get ready for unloading boxes at your new home, you can take the pots and pans straight to the kitchen instead of piling everything in the living room. You should also consider filling a box with essentials to keep in the car with you. With the changes in the weather coming in during the fall you don’t want to get stuck in your first night in your new place during a cold snap with no blankets or warm clothes.

 

Pack for the season Pack seasonal items together so you can find them easily as you unpack. With winter right around the corner, make sure your cold-weather belongings are easy to access.

 

Dress for the weather – The weather is starting to become considerably cooler, so set out an outfit that will be comfortable for moving boxes all day. While you cannot predict the weather, you can certainly plan for it. So watch the forecast and do not forget to dress accordingly. Dress in layers so that if the temperature becomes cooler, you will be warm enough. And if it gets warm in the afternoon, you can always remove some layers.

 

Clear pathways – While Autumn might be one of the most beautiful seasons thanks to the changing of the leaves, you will need to clean your driveway and path of leaves before your move. If you do not clean the fallen leaves, they eventually become wet and slippery and become dangerous. One gliding and falling on wet leaves can be a disaster. And this can lead to damage to goods and, worse, to injuries to you or movers. Put a broom in front of the house so either you or movers can clear the path before they start moving the goods. This can reduce the risk of new leaves appearing on sidewalks or access roads and creating danger.

 

The easiest way to set your fall move up for success Is by getting help from the professionals at Elite Moving & Storage. We have the experience, skills, and resources to make your move quick, efficient, and hassle-free. Call us today to find out more.

a bunch of boxes ready to be moved

How to Reduce Waste When You Are Moving

According to the Census Bureau, the American Community Survey estimates that the average American moves 11.7 times in a lifetime. With all the packing and cleaning and other processes involved in moving, a lot of waste is created during the event. You quit plastic bags, you gave up disposable water bottles and even went paper free on bills and newsletters. These small, but important changes are reducing waste every day and adding up to make a big difference. How can you make your next move without generating a sizable mound of waste for the local landfill? Follow these easy tips for reducing waste when moving to make things simpler and more efficient for you.

 

Declutter – With every move come tough decisions on what to keep and what to toss. What’s going to fit in the new place and what needs to go in the junk or “for sale” pile? Decluttering before you move is beneficial for a variety of reasons. Not only does it save you time and money when it comes time to move and saves space in the new home, but it also reduces waste as you go. Take the time to go through everything before you start packing. Recycle, donate or sell anything you no longer want. Don’t just toss out items before considering if they can be given a second life. Consider donating unwanted furniture, clothing and household items to your local favorite charity for someone else to enjoy. Even if your move is months away, don’t delay. You’re going to have lots to do as the day arrives, and any work you can put in beforehand is good. 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.

 

Use what you have – When packing, there are a variety of items that can do double duty as packing containers and wrapping. For example, you can store items in your washer and dryer and suitcases (heavy books are great to pack in luggage with wheels). You can also wrap fragile items and fill in empty spaces in boxes with blankets, towels, and old clothes. If you know months in advance that you’ll be moving on a specific date, start hoarding boxes, either from purchases you’ve made or from local businesses. In fact, before you buy packing supplies, check to see if anyone in your neighborhood is trying to get rid of their boxes and packing paper to save you money and keep waste down even further. Once you are done moving, be sure to recycle all packing supplies such as boxes, packing paper, and bubble wrap. You can donate it to someone else who is moving soon or recycle it so nothing is wasted.

 

Recycle electronics – If you decide to lighten your load and get rid of old computers, microwaves and other electronics, make sure to contact a domestic e-waste company so the electronics recycling is regulated by U.S. environmental laws rather than being shipped off to be processed with the highly-toxic and environment-polluting techniques used in some third world countries.

 

Go Natural – Foam popcorn and packing peanuts often end up in landfills or the ocean, why not try a more natural filler like real popcorn to pack fragile items. Pop natural kernels (avoid butter flavored popcorn) to fill gaps in your boxes and secure fragile items. This method is both delicious and earth-friendly!

 

Host a garage sale – A garage sale is a great way to pick up some extra cash while clearing out anything you no longer want or need before moving. Hosting a successful garage sale takes a bit more work than simply arranging your stuff and sticking up a sign. Do some research to find out when people in your area are most likely to be out shopping at garage sales (some communities even have special yard sale events). Remember that if you are planning a garage sale in Chicago you must have a permit. Residents are limited to 3 sales per year, with the third sale being a moving sale. Each Garage sale is limited to 3 consecutive days between 9:00 a.m. and sunset. The permits are FREE and must be displayed during the sale period.

 

Now that you are ready to move, Elite Moving & Storage can help you with moving services. We’re highly rated, safe movers that offer full moving services year round. Contact us today for all your moving service needs! If you have any eco-friendly moving tips to share we want to hear about them!