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!

Long distance move: What to Expect

Long Distance Move: What to Expect

Planning a long-distance move can be challenging, but it can also be exciting. There is a lot to look forward to when starting afresh in a new place, like embarking on new adventures, meeting new people, and starting a new job. While all moves require plans made ahead of time and careful consideration of the many elements involved, long-distance trips can be even more demanding. With the increased workload of a long-distance move in mind, here’s some advice for making that journey as successful as possible:

 

Be ready when moving day arrives

Before moving day arrives, if you’re well prepared, you can expect to have a checklist with all the tasks needing done. There are so many details to keep track of, from scheduling shut-off and turn-on appointments with utility companies to travel plans for getting to your new home, that it’s easy to overlook some vitally important information if it’s not written down. The moving company should let you know well in advance when and at what time the moving crew will show up. Get plenty of sleep the night before, keep your coffee pot unpacked and get up early. Even if the moving company is only coming later in the day or if you packed everything and did all the organizing the day before, there’s always some last-minute thing to do

 

Be Prepared

The first thing your moving company will generally do is prepare a written Bill of Lading and an inventory of your goods, assessing each item’s condition and giving it a number. The purpose of the inventory is to ensure that everything arrives at your destination in the condition in which they started. You will want to make sure your boxes are labeled so that the movers can keep room contents together and help the packing of items move smoothly.

We also recommend having extra boxes, extra packing supplies, extra tape, basic tools, a first-aid kit, an essentials bag for when you arrive and anything else you cannot live without.

 

Moderate the move

After the inventory is done, the movers will start loading the truck determining the best order in which to do so. Separate out anything you don’t want in the truck, like personal goods and high-value items you plan to carry separately. Stay around as your movers load up the boxes in case they have questions about the move. Professional movers have a precise technique of loading your furniture and other items. Each piece will be pad wrapped and taken to the truck. 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.

 

Be aware of the delivery window

The nature of a long-distance move and the logistics involved in delivering a number of shipments to varied destinations has too many moving parts for the moving companies to be able to provide a precise delivery date. The moving company will provide a delivery window and for many long-distance moves, the average date range will be anywhere from 1 days to 14 business days. The delivery window varies based on the locations, distance, and the size of the shipment. To maximize your savings, we consolidate loads. Conditions, such as weather, road and mechanical issues, can affect the time of your delivery. To be safe, take enough things with you for the next three weeks. Rest assured that Elite Moving & Storage will do our best to deliver your belongings as fast as possible.

 

Hiring a professional moving company will go a long way to making the moving day process smooth and easy. Elite Moving & Storage specializes in long-distance relocation. We have been serving thousands of families throughout the continental United States for 13 years with a 99% success rate. Our team is always happy to help and to provide you with more specific guidelines before your moving crew arrives. Whether you are moving to New York, Florida, California, Arizona, or Texas, Elite Moving & Storage is the moving company for you. Call us today at 888-354-8329 for your free moving estimate.

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Staying Healthy During Your Move

Summer moving season is upon us. Are you moving soon? You’re not alone. Roughly 35 million Americans move each year. It is a stressful process which sometimes takes weeks and often months to prepare and complete. It is easy to get overwhelmed during the moving process and forsake your typical habits; especially when it comes to eating well. Keep in mind that your health must remain your number one priority during the move, and of course – after the move is over too.

Keep these tips in mind as you prepare to move to your new home.

SLEEP WELL DURING YOUR MOVE

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 remains 7-9 hours, so make a genuine effort to keep yours within that range. It is easier said than done with so much work to do, so start your moving preparation as early as possible. Also, it may be a good idea to take 30 minutes 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.

KEEP A HEALTHY DIET

There’s nothing wrong with ordering a pizza every once in a while, especially if you do it after a long day of packing, cleaning, and preparing for the move. Keep in mind that it will take about the same amount of time to prepare a healthy meal as it would to have a pizza delivered. 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.

The kitchen is usually the first room to get packed up, meaning if you don’t think ahead you may find yourself with no choice but to eat something in a takeout container lacking in nutrition. Leave out a few kitchen items, including plates, forks, knifes, spoons, and bowl per member of your family. When it’s time to go, pack these items in a clearly marked box so you can easily access them during the unpacking stage too. That box should be the first box you unpack in your new home. Have extra snacks or a meal packed to eat when you arrive. You may not be able to run out to the grocery store right away, so it’s best to have a few options just in case.

KEEP YOUR BODY HYDRATED

Just as important as healthy eating while moving is making sure you’re drinking enough water, especially if you’re moving in the summer. For most people, water is the best thing to drink to stay hydrated. Sources of water also include foods, such fruits and vegetables which contain a high percentage of water. Sports drinks with electrolytes, may be useful during the move specially in very hot weather, though they tend to be high in added sugars and calories. Carbonated drinks are high in sugar and low in nutrition so you want to stay away from drinking sodas when moving. The elevated intake of carbohydrates can lead to sugar crashes and energy slumps.

ASK FOR HELP DURING YOUR MOVE

If you know you’re going to have trouble sticking to a healthy eating plan during your move, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Friends and family will be glad to drop you off something healthy if you don’t have time to cook a meal or pick it up yourself, and it’s a good excuse to take a breather and share a meal.

During the moving process take time to relax, eat healthy and drink plenty of water. You will avoid stress-related illness and you will keep up your energy so you can get everything done for your move.

Have questions about how you can make your move even more stress free? Call Elite Moving & Storage today and see how we can help.

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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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Plan a Garage Sale Before You Move

If there’s one thing that’s always true about moving, it’s that it is the perfect opportunity to go through all your stuff and get rid of things you no longer want or need. Clearing out unwanted or less-used items makes packing, moving, and unpacking less stressful and less time-consuming. Doing a pre-move garage sale is a great way to free yourself of those extra items and make some extra money for the move as well.

Hosting a successful garage sale takes a bit more work than simply arranging your stuff on your front lawn and sticking up a sign. If you want to get rid of the most items possible and for the best price possible, follow the following tips:

DECIDE WHAT TO SELL

Go through each room in your home with a notebook and decide what things you no longer want to keep. The next step is gathering them all together and making sure they are in good shape. People who frequent garage sales are looking for bargains, but that doesn’t mean they want something that is old or falling apart.

CHECK WITH THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES

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.

SELECT A DATE

Everybody loves a sunny weekend garage sale! Spring/Summer is usually the ideal time for hosting a garage sale, since the weather is finally turning and people are eager to be outside. Timing wise, aim to start in the morning and go through the afternoon. If you still have a lot left at the end of the day, it’s time to go for the deep discounts.

PRICE IT RIGHT

We all find value in our belongings, but garage sale shoppers are looking for a bargain! Be careful not to over-price items. If you can, check out a couple garage sales in your neighborhood so you can see what kind of prices are being set. Remember that you are trying to get rid of these items, so price them in a way that will make a buyer ready to take it right then and there. Write your prices clearly with a marker on a sticker and affix it to the item. Also make a list of all your items and posted prices to have with you the day of your sale for easy inventory and price questions.

BE CREATIVE WITH THE ADVERTISING

You want to make sure that people are able to find your garage sale. A sign on the side of the road is the most common way to advertise it, but it’s not necessarily the most effective. Many libraries, grocery stores, and other public spaces allow posting fliers with permission. Do the advertising ahead of time, in the newspaper, public places and on social media. The more you get the word out, the more likely you are to draw a decent crowd

GET ORGANIZED

Organize your items in a way that makes sense. Clothes and accessories, dishes and kitchen items, home decor, and furniture. Display items in a way that makes them easier to sift through, such as records in a cardboard box, clothes hanging on a rack, and jewelry laid out on a mat. Make sure you rearrange items as other things are sold to keep the display enticing.

DONATE THE REST

If you end up having some stuff left at the end of your garage sale, you may want to consider donating it to a good cause. If they were good enough to try to sell, they should be good enough to donate. Find a local Salvation Army, Goodwill, or other donation center. Don’t forget to get a receipt, your donated items can be tax-deductible.

Always keep in mind the main goal of your sale: to clear out items you won’t be taking with you on your move! 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!

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The Best Packing Tips for Moving

Everybody moves. Most of your belongings will need to be packed in boxes. A great variety of boxes from small to large is available to suit all of your packing needs. To ensure every item arrives at your new home in good condition, invest a little thought and effort into the packing process and choosing the right packing supplies. Here are some tips to make packing easier and better for you!

Use the right-sized box for what you’ll be packing inside

We suggest you pack heavy items, like books, into small boxes. Use bigger boxes to pack larger, lighter items. For dishes and glassware, use dish pack boxes or china boxes. These boxes have a double wall to protect your glass and other fragile items. Protect dishes and glassware by wrapping each piece in packing paper. Start with a layer of crumpled paper at the bottom, putting the heaviest things in first, lighter things toward the top. Make sure to use plenty of crumpled packing paper in between each piece.

Don’t make the box too heavy

Stand next to the box and try to slide the box sideways using your leg. If you cannot move the box with your leg, it is too heavy. Try using a smaller box or filling that box with fewer items. Using the right sized box for the contents will make that much easier. Need help packing? Our professional movers are happy to help whether you want them to just pack a few boxes or if you want the full white glove service.

No matter what you are packing, make sure your boxes are full to capacity

Once the box is relatively full, we suggest you put a layer of crumpled paper at the top of the box to give it a little more protection against caving. Under-packed boxes can get crushed; overstuffed boxes can burst at the seams.

Know what NOT to pack

There are a few things that are not allowed on a moving truck. Don’t pack anything flammable (paint thinner, fireworks, matches, etc.). They could cause more damage than it would cost to simply replace them. Liquids, perishables, and plants should not be put in a moving truck. One leaky jar or broken bottle can ruin a lot.

Keep important personal items with you during your move

Keep passports and other important documents with you during your move! At Elite Moving & Storage, we specialize in packing, storage and moving. After handling thousands of moves within the Chicagoland area, we have seen clients pack their passports, car or home titles, etc. into a box that is going to storage or moving across the country. They then have to come into our office to search through their boxes for these important papers, which can be an expensive headache.

Write on the top and side of the box in what room it needs to go

This will make it easier for you or a professional mover at your final destination. Take your favorite marker and write the contents, destination room, and any handling instructions you think may help once your boxes are being unloaded into the new home.

Elite Moving & Storage can help you move!

We offer packing services as well as supplies from tape to packing paper and every moving box you could need. We also made these helpful videos showing you how to pack, so check them out!