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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Moving During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Moving is never easy. At this moment people all over the world are delaying flights for holidays and business trips. Of course, staying at home is the best that we can do to contribute to stop the coronavirus spread. But moving to a new house in time of COVID-19 is not as frightening as going to the store to buy your essentials. We understand that this outbreak is adding extra stress and concerns to everyday life, so we are taking some additional actions that aim to help our customers.

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. If you have a move scheduled or are planning a move, we understand you may have questions. Working together and following recommended best practices will allow us to continue to provide moving services to our customers with appropriate levels of caution. While we still continue to help our customers plan and execute efficient local and long-distance moves, at Elite Moving & Storage we are ensuring that our team is working in conditions that are safe and sanitary.

Elite Moving & Storage has educated their moving team regarding COVID-19 and created a plan for a safe moving experience. Among the preventative measures that we are employing to make ensure their moves are safe and sanitary include:

  • Temperature checks for each team member before they start a shift and ensure that team members stay home if they are not feeling well.
  • Keeping their moving trucks clean and sanitized. Each truck is equipped with disinfectant alcohol spray.
  • Avoiding giving customers handshakes.
  • Washing their hands frequently.
  • Coughing into a napkin or their arm.
  • Avoiding touching their faces.
  • Wearing gloves whenever they’re handling customers’ personal items.

When preparing for a move, it’s very common to ask friends and family to help pack. In light of the government and CDC’s recommendation to continue to practice social distancing, we recommend that you highly consider hiring a professional moving company. At Elite Moving & Storage we are offering FREE cancellations or rescheduling of moves booked with us until 05/01/2020. We are also happy to offer a remote estimate over the phone or Skype if you have reservations about having someone enter your home prior to your move.

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. They know how to pack, load or unload properly without damages or injures. Our moving company is looking forward to hearing from you.

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DIY Moving versus Hiring the Professional Movers

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

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

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

How Much Stuff Are You Moving?

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

How Far Are You Moving?

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

How Much Do Professional Movers Cost?

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

Should You Move on Your Own?

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

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

Or Should You Let the Professional Movers Make Things Easy?

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

What Else Should You Consider When Moving?

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

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

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

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

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We’re expanding our fleet and our office staff.

We are getting ready for the summer and have been training our new and veteran employees on a regular basis. We’ve been hosting several half-day training sessions that focus on safety, defensive driving, speed management, and pre-trip inspection. A few weeks ago, we also bought two new trucks, and we hired a few more team members who will operate those trucks. We now have seven complete moving teams operating in the Chicagoland area in addition to our teams that manage state-to-state relocations.

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