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How to Navigate Last Minute Changes to Your Move

It’s the last night before your move. You’re trying to make sure you have all your i’s dotted and t’s crossed. But it’s hard – how can you possibly predict all the things that might go wrong? Moving isn’t really a fun process, and last-minute issues can make it even worse. But Elite Moving can help! Here are some ways to mitigate the effects of unexpected changes.

Get as organized as you can prior to the move

Having a piece of paper (or a digital file) that shows 1) what needs to be done 2) what’s already been done and 3) what steps you need to take is helpful even when everything goes awry. You can use it as a checklist to mark off items, and you can add and subtract tasks during the process. So, if something happens, you can add it and all the various steps it affects. This helps make sure everything gets done, and allows you to look at all the progress you’ve made in one place.

Things to consider as you plan: hiring movers, placing furniture, making sure you have plenty of boxes and packaging materials, obtaining special packaging for fragile and valuable items, and taking into account any logistics for moving into a new building and getting out of the old. Don’t forget to look at parking rules in front of your new home, and take care of those change of address cards!

Utilize all the tools at your disposal

For example, don’t forget that your moving company may have options for storage! In some cases, moving boxes to a storage unit, then taking them out and unpacking them at your leisure, may reduce the chaos on moving day. If you were forced to move in a hurry, this might be a helpful way to go.

Solicit help from friends, and definitely hire movers. You may need all the assistance you can get! Having trouble getting everything boxed before the move? Movers can pack items for you. They’ll certainly make moving bulky items much easier! If you hire a dependable service that takes schedule changes and mishaps in stride, you’ll definitely feel better about any last-minute hiccups. Also, know who can help you at your new home or building – superintendents, key holders, neighbors. Keep those numbers on your phone or someplace handy.

Be flexible, and know that things will happen

Moving is one of those stressful endeavors that may not turn out as you hope, no matter how well you plan. Unforeseeable events may take place – the cargo elevator in your new building isn’t open. Your furniture doesn’t fit into the stairwell or your new living room. Your time frame is way shorter than you thought it was going to be. No one in your family shows up to help you move.

Get as ready as you can, but then remember that you will probably have to adjust based on real-time events. It’s okay – take a deep breath, and change that list again. If you’re as prepared as you can be prior to the move, making a few changes won’t be as big a deal.

Move with Elite Moving & Storage

The nice thing about hiring dependable professional movers is that they show up when they’re supposed to, do most of the work, and leave you free to handle the other stuff. Elite Moving & Storage prides itself on being able to roll with the punches, overcoming any obstacles that may come your way. If you’re worried about last-minute issues, contact us so we can help you feel better about all the moving parts you’re dealing with.

Bad Moving Advice

5 Things NOT to Do While Moving or Packing

Everyone wants to give you advice on how to move better, cheaper, or quicker. While reading up on advice can simplify your move, be wary of the bad advice that’s out there. As a general rule, don’t cut corners when it comes to personal safety or protection of your home and items. Planning ahead and talking to professionals is always your best bet.

Below are some common pieces of bad advice we’ve heard over the years – avoid them at all costs! We’ve also provided some great tips on how to move the right way.

Bad Advice: Wrap Your Dishes and Glassware in Clothing to Save on Bubble Wrap

A commonly shared “life hack” for packing breakables is to wrap them in clothing to save on packing paper and bubble wrap. This ‘tip’ is wrong, isn’t cost efficient and certainly isn’t safe.

Packing breakables in clothing increases chance of injury and you likely won’t know something is broken until you unpack it. Your safety, clothing, and breakables are more valuable than a sheet of packing paper.

Good Advice: When packing dishes,

start with a DishPack box.  Put a double layer of crumpled moving paper in the bottom of the box.  Starting with the heaviest dishes on the bottom layer, wrap each plate and place it in the box vertically, like a record.  After the largest plates are packed, use more packing paper and place crumpled pieces between each plate to keep the plates stable and in place. Another layer of crumpled paper, and you can add the lighter plates in the same way until the box is full.

Bad Advice: Keep Drawers Intact by Wrapping them with Press’n Seal

Press’n Seal barely keeps your food safe – what is it going to do to protect your drawers? You will need a more substantial wrapping material to keep your drawers safe from chips and scratches.

Good Advice: Professional movers such as Elite use heavy moving blankets to move and pack heavy and expensive furniture such as dressers and couches. Not only do moving blankets protect against scratches – they provide some additional padding as well.

Bad Advice: Keep Belongings in Drawers to Save on Boxes and Save Time

It may be tempting to keep your belongings in their respective drawers, but moving can shift objects and can cause damage to both your drawers and belongings.

Good Advice: In order to move safely, you’ll need to empty all drawers, but be sure to put the drawers back before moving the overall piece of furniture. The empty drawers in the dresser help stabilize the overall structure during the move.

You’ll want to pack up your belongings into their own boxes to protect your drawers from damage. If there are fragile objects in your drawer, make sure you wrap them properly with packing paper and bubble wrap. See how Elite wraps breakables such as glassware and dishes. Drawers are not built to withstand being moved with items inside, so don’t use them as boxes while moving.

Bad Advice: Book Movers at the Last Minute to Get a Cheaper Price

Everyone wants to score a great deal, and sometimes deals do exist for those who wait – such as last minute hotels on Priceline or buying overproduced clothing from an outlet store for a discount. In the moving industry, these deals do not exist. If you wait too long, you might not even be able to get a mover!

Good Advice: Movers run on a tight schedule, often planned weeks in advance, so if you try to book after the schedules have been set, they might not have room in their schedule for you. Busy moving times such as weekends and the end of the month (25th-2nd) are often booked at least 4-6 weeks in advance. If you are moving out of or into a building with an elevator, those must be booked in advance as well, no matter the date of the move.

If you’re still convinced you’ll get a better price last minute, it’s best to make a reservation with a mover that will refund your deposit, like Elite. That way you can still shop around, but you’ll have a backup plan in place in case you don’t find a cheaper price, and avoid a last-minute scramble for help.  Elite offers refunds of deposits up until 3 business days before the move.

Bad Advice: Keep Large Furniture in One Piece to Move Quicker

While the thought of taking your furniture apart only to reassemble it at your new location may seem unnecessary, it can actually make your move easier, and helps to prevent injury and damage to your home and furniture.

Good Advice: How does disassembling furniture save time? Well, large furniture causes the most trouble during a move. It’s hard – and sometimes impossible – to carry through doors and up staircases. Large, assembled furniture also takes up more room in the moving truck. Taking the legs off of a piano, for example, not only saves space in the truck, but makes it less likely for the piano to be broken during the move. You’ll also want to pack glass table tops separately from the rest of the table, for example.

Most injuries are caused by improperly moving large furniture, so by breaking things down to a more manageable size, you also significantly reduce the chance for injury.

Any Other Bad Advice?

At Elite, we perform thousands of moves per year, and have heard and seen countless bad practices when it comes to moving. As a rule, don’t try to cut corners when it comes to the safety of your items or yourself, and plan as much in advance as possible to make your move less stressful and more efficient.

Now for some good advice!

At Elite, we perform thousands of moves per year, and have heard and seen countless bad practices when it comes to moving. As a rule, don’t try to cut corners when it comes to the safety of your items or yourself, and plan as much in advance as possible to make your move less stressful and more efficient. As always, if you need help with your move, you can call your friends at Elite!

Moving Checklist Chicago

Things People Commonly Forget to Do When Moving

There’s a lot to take care of in order to have a successful move. Most people focus on the actual move itself – the scheduling, the packing, the organizing – but a lot of times they’ll forget some smaller details, such as setting up mail forwarding or changing certain information to the new address.

As professional movers who have helped thousands of people move all over the country, we’re familiar with everything you should be checking during a move. This checklist below outlines some of the most commonly forgotten details. Once you take care of these items, your move will be even easier!

Notifying People of Your New Address:

In the era of digital everything, it is easy to forget about those companies and services that still rely on your physical address. Make sure you notify these companies and services as they won’t automatically know that you’re moving.

  • Your Employer. Even if you are staying local and won’t be switching jobs, it’s important to update your company with your new address so that they can send you your W2 and other job related documents.
  • Financials (Credit Cards, Banks, Investments, and Bills). Keeping your addresses updated with all your financial institutions is important. Not only do many loans, banks, and investments rely on physical mail to send you tax forms and due dates, you don’t want a stranger getting your personal financial correspondence. You should also update government services such as Social Security and the IRS of your move.
  • Subscriptions. During the move, you probably won’t have the time to read all your favorite magazines and newspapers, but having them delivered to your new address will have you feeling at home even sooner! Change your address so you won’t be paying a stranger’s magazine bill. If you get your prescriptions refilled through the mail, make sure you update your local pharmacy as well.
  • Organizations, Friends, and Family. Are you a member of an organization? AAA? College Alumni Network? Charity? Organizations you are a part of will likely want to reach you. Update your address so you don’t miss out on important updates.
  • Mail Forwarding. Changing addresses with each company individually will help make your move less rocky and keep important deadlines from being missed. However, there will likely be someone who will still send mail to your old address. Setting up a mail forwarding service with your local post office can help catch those letters that didn’t get the memo that you moved. Mail forwarding services don’t last forever, though, so they are not a replacement for updating your mailing address.
  • Your Veterinarian. Let your vet know that you are moving so that you still get notices about vaccines and check-ups. Also keep in mind that moving is a stressful time for pets, so it’s a good idea to get a check-up with your vet before and after your move.

Insurance and Fees:

Just like all of the services and companies above, you’ll need to inform your insurance company about your move. Remember, changing addresses may change your insurance rates. If you are moving around the block, your rates may not change, but home and auto insurance rates depend on location.
If you are moving across state lines, you might have to change health insurance companies as well, because many health insurance providers are state specific.
A new city or state will mean different taxes, laws, licenses, and registrations than your current locale requires.

Utilities:

Moving to a new address will also require setting up new gas, electricity, internet, water, and sanitation services. If you are staying local, you might just be able to change over your address and keep your existing utility accounts open. In cases where you can’t keep the same services and accounts, moving your utilities will be a two-fold operation. First, you will have to cancel your existing utilities so that you are not paying for the next tenant’s electricity (make sure that that the cancellation date is effective the date you move out, as you don’t want your services to stop before you leave). You will also have to set up utility services at your new address. Keep in mind that some utilities can take up to two weeks to set-up and start, so call ahead of your move so you have internet and electricity as soon as you get to your new address.

As always, if you need help with your move, you can talk to your friends at Elite Moving & Storage!

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Spring Cleaning Storage Tips

Spring cleaning is something you might have a love-hate relationship with. But whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, spring signals the time for fresh starts, de-cluttering, and opening up your home to enjoy the warm months ahead. It’s also the time to take an inventory of all the stuff that’s piled up throughout your home over the past winter (or maybe longer), and decide to do something about it!

The Benefits of Short Term Storage

If you’ve got items that you only use or need for part of the year, short-term storage offers a convenient and cost-effective way to store your valuables in a safe, secure, climate-controlled environment. Items like seasonal furniture and clothing, recreational equipment, books, family heirlooms, and more could easily be stored for months at a time until you need them again. The benefit to you is that you eliminate the worry of damage to your possessions, and sacrificing space during the time the items are not in use.

Storage Takes Some Stress Out of Moving

Or, say you’re in between moves and have to live in an extended stay hotel without your familiar furnishings and appliances for a longer period of time. Consider using storage as an option that will let you store your possessions for as long as you need. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that everything is safe and secure in one place while you wait out your moving time. Don’t forget – Elite offers a free month of storage to long-distance clients, and discounts for local movers as well!

Long Term Storage Can Keep Your Home Clean

Spring is not only a good time to get things organized around the house, but also to start home improvement projects. If you’re planning major renovations inside your home that could involve moving furniture around, putting unnecessary belongings in storage for the duration of your project can help you to accomplish your project sooner because there’s nothing standing in the way. And your valuable furnishings, such as a piano, antiques, and hard-to-move cabinets can be safely stored away, leaving you with open space to work. It might even help you finish your project in less time than if you had to worry about moving everything back and forth!

Storage is also a good way to help you plan for a future yard sale. By storing accumulated items for sale in one place, you can keep everything in one place without cluttering up your living space or garage. And if you have other family members or neighbors taking part in the yard sale, you can have a central place to keep everybody’s items together until you’re ready.

As a full-service Chicagoland moving and storage company, you can rest assured that Elite Moving & Storage has the right storage solution to meet your needs. Request a Free Quote Today!

Moving Dresser in Chicago

How to Wrap a Dresser for Moving

At Elite Moving & Storage, we take pride in how we pack and move your belongings from your old home to your new home. Dressers and other heavy furniture require protective wrapping to cover and protect them from accidents while moving. In our video, we will show you our tips from years of experience moving heavy furniture.

Protective Blankets Keep Your Dresser Safe

Our experienced packers use thick, protective moving blankets that provide extra cushioning and padding for your dresser. Dressers should be emptied before they are transported. We drape and wrap the blankets over and around the empty dresser, leaving no surface area exposed. This helps protect from scuffs, scratches and dings. To get an idea how it’s all done, watch our quick video.

Apply Packing Tape and Shrink Wrap

Next, packing tape is wound around the dresser to bind the blankets in place. Tilt the dresser on its side so that you can wrap tape around the sides of the dresser as well. Make sure to use plenty of tape – our moving pros use enough that we can lift the dresser by gripping the tape as you can see in the video.

Shrink wrap can then be wound around the dresser to keep the blankets in place and create a well-padded and easy-to-transport item that’s protected from any bumps, bruises, or bounces while in transit. It also provides a barrier to keep moisture and dirt off of your valuable furniture.

You’re All Set to Move!

Tightly wrapped and secured, your dresser is now ready to make its move to your new home. Heavy furniture can be hazardous to move; make sure you have a partner to help lift when moving your dresser, or have the pros at Elite take care of the move for you. Request a free quote for your move today!

Others in This Series: How to Pack a Piano, How to Pack a Flat Screen TV, How to Crate a Glass Tabletop , How to Pack a Couch, and How to Pack Your DishPack

Crate a Glass Tabletop

How to Safely Pack a Glass Tabletop for Moving

Glass tabletops are fragile objects and require the utmost protection and careful packing to ensure that they arrive at their destination in one piece. Our experienced packers have a special process to wrap and pack large glass tabletops so that they’re secure and protected for moving.

Use Protective Blankets

Lay out the packing materials you will need to use before you begin. If you don’t have moving supplies, you can buy them from our shop. The next order of business is to lay down a flat packing crate, then spread a thick, padded moving blanket on top. Now place the glass on top of the blanket. Next, fold the edges of the blanket over the table top, covering every inch of glass. Watch our video to get an idea how to accomplish this.

Cut-to-fit Crates

After the glass top is wrapped in the moving blanket, carefully score the flat cardboard around the edges of the glass to make folding easier. Fold the sides over, partially covering the blanketed glass. Now fold the top down and the bottom up, covering the entire blanket. The goal here is to precisely fit the cardboard around the glass top and blankets, enveloping it on all sides with a sturdy cardboard covering.

Secure with Packing Tape

Use packing tape to secure the cardboard snugly around the glass tabletop and blanket. Make sure to wrap the tape both vertically and horizontally so that the entire padded glass top is held tightly in place. Congratulations! You just made what we call a cardboard crate.

Your Tabletop is Ready to Move!

Tightly wrapped and secured, your glass tabletop is ready to make its move to your new home. If you’d like help with any move, call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage.

Coming Soon in This Series: How to Pack a Piano, How to Pack a Flat Screen TV, How to Wrap A Dresser, How to Pack Your Dishpack, How We Wrap A Couch

Crate TV Flat Screen Packing

How To Pack A Flat Screen TV

TVs are one of the most challenging items to pack. They’re bulky, fragile, heavy, and can be expensive to replace. So how do you go about packing a TV? What kind of box should you use? What else should you know to safely transport your TV? Well, we have moved thousands of TVs, so whether you’re moving yourself or hiring a professional, here are some of our pointers for moving a flat screen television.

What Kind of Box Should I Use to Move a TV?

The box you use to pack your TV in for a move is important. If you happen to still have the original box that the TV was purchased in, you can use that box with additional reinforcement. We suggest using boxes made especially for moving a television, as they are much thicker than normal boxes found at big box retailers and provide more protection. You can purchase the TV box from us, or have us crate it for you like in this video. We suggest using moving blankets to provide the cushion and the protections for the TV within the box – watch the video to see how our professional movers accomplish this.

How to wrap a TV for moving?

The process to wrap a TV depends on the materials available to you. Regardless, it is important to tightly wrap the screen with a blanket or bubble wrap, bound with packing tape – our video gives a good idea on how to accomplish this. Depending on the box you have, you might have to remove the base of the television set to fit it in the box. Make sure you don’t lose the base – you can tape it to the outside of the box to make sure you don’t lose it.

Should I move my TV vertically or on its side?

TVs are built to be shipped and used vertically, and that’s best practice for moving a TV as far as we’re concerned. Whenever possible, we strongly suggest moving a TV upright. If something necessitates the TV being moved horizontally, make sure nothing can fall on the screen, and ensure a smooth ride as excessive bumps and jolts to a TV on its side can cause damage.

That Should Do It!

At last you’ve got your box, wrapped it properly, marked it as “FRAGILE”, and found a secure place on the truck where the TV will remain vertical for the ride. Have a partner help you carry your TV to and from the moving truck if you are moving yourself. As always, if you need help moving anywhere in the USA, call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage.

Coming Soon in This Series: How to Pack a Piano, How to Wrap a Couch, How to Wrap a Dresser, How to Pack Dishes, and How to Crate a Glass Tabletop

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