How to Safely Pack Electronics During a Move

Backing it all up

When moving, things can sometimes become damaged or broken. That’s why, if you have important files and data on your electronics, you should always back up your devices to the cloud or an external hard drive.

If you do back your electronics to external hard drives, be sure to put them in a safe place to ensure all your files and data don’t get lost during the moving process. Accidents happen! That’s why it’s important to be prepared. 

Organize

When it’s time to pack up your electronics, be sure to have a system in place for organizing their component parts. For game systems, always make sure the games are taken out of the device and placed back in the case and stored for ease of access. Same if you have a DVD player.

It’s also important to have a system setup for wiring, chargers, and cords. A good technique is to color code each type of wiring so that it can be easily identified when unpacking. Maybe you sort all your chargers with green and HDMI cables with blue. Or, you could correspond a certain color to specific electronic devices. Perhaps you put a red piece of tape on your TV and bind all your TV cables together with red string! There are many creative ways to stay organized and secure with your wiring, you’ll find the right one.

Boxing it all up

Electronics can be heavy and fragile. When putting your electronics into boxes, it’s crucial that you utilize sturdy, thick boxes with internal padding. This is obviously because you want to minimize the possibility of your electronics breaking while in the box.

There are many types of padding, from simple packing peanuts, to silicon gel pads, to using small pillows. Get creative with it! Just be sure that when you put your electronics in a box they are secured and packed tightly.

Use blankets

For larger electronics like TV’s that can’t be packed into boxes, protecting their screens can present a set of unique challenges for movers. It’s always good to know the dimensions of your moving vehicle and the size of your television so that you can fit it in the right position.

For an easy, proven method for protecting your screen, we use one or two moving blankets to cover the screen to help prevent scratching. It’s a simple solution, and effective!

Consider storage units

Even with all of these tips, you may find that you can’t move all of your things the day of your move. This is where storage units can come in handy. Putting larger or more fragile items into storage for a few days can help take the ease off worrying about their safety. If all of your electronics fit into a few boxes, you might want to consider putting them into storage and moving them in at a later date when everything else is set.

Moving can be a stressful process, but Elite Moving and Storage can help you have peace of mind as you get ready to tackle your next relocation. Request a quote from us and find out how we can help with your moving needs.

5 Tips For Keeping Your Pets Comfortable During a Move

Preparation

Preparing a move can be stressful enough on us humans, but it can be life-changing for pets. When relocating, it’s important to consider how to handle your furry companion during the moving process.

Start by identifying what they need to stay relaxed, give yourself plenty of time to plan for accommodating their needs, and ideally, you’ll want to keep them secluded and away from the action during the move, but we’ll get into that later.

Packing Their Belongings

You’ll need to pack their belongings into boxes and everything else with your move, but also be sure to pack a box of essentials that is easily accessible during your move. Plastic totes are ideal for their durability and to protect everything from moisture. Your essentials box should include everything your pet will need during the first few days of the move, or in case there’s an emergency. Some of these items include:

  • ID tags
  • Food and water dishes
  • 2-3 days worth of food and treats
  • Kitty litter and scoop, if you’re a cat owner
  • Harness or leash
  • Trash bags
  • A blanket or towel
  • Toys or chewies
  • Medications or supplements

Updating the Vet

Whether it’s finding a new vet, or simply updating your existing one, your pet it just like you when it comes to updating their medical information. Updating your vet can help them update their medical records and any prescription medications your pets may have.

Keep Them Secluded and Out of the Action

Odds are that your pets will be very stressed during the moving process. This is an entirely new thing they’re doing and they’re going to an entirely new environment. As much as it may be painful, it’s important to focus on getting your things unpacked and under control during the move.

You should keep your animals somewhere they can’t interfere with your move, because it’ll be stressful enough! When everything has settled down, you can let them out of their crates or a separate room and get them adjusted to their new environment.

Getting them Adjusted

Your pet will likely take some time getting used to their new home. Whether that’s the new lighting, smells, or the way you’ve arranged the room, they’ll be very curious. Be sure to be comforting and reassuring the first few days in your new place. They’ll associate you with their new home and that can help ease them into their new environment.

Whether it’s moving down the street or across the country, Elite Moving and Storage can help in all of your relocation efforts!

First Apartment Essentials Checklist: What you need, what you don’t, and what you want anyway

There’s something powerful about finally having a place to call your own. It’s your own little universe, a space to shape however you want, an environment where you can truly embrace your own vision of what home can be. And now that you have space all your own, you have to fill it with furniture and belongings all your own as well. That’s where this list comes in.

When it comes to buying for your first apartment, there are needs and there are needs. It’s easy to tell yourself you “need” an air fryer or a set of matching embroidered throw pillows, but before you get too deep down an Etsy rabbit hole, let’s consider the essentials. Room by room.

Kitchen

Cooking for yourself can be either the most exciting, the most daunting, or the most frustrating part of starting out on your own, depending on your love of the kitchen. But no matter how you feel about toiling over a hot stove—whether you’re more Haute Cuisine or Hot Pockets—it can be a surprise how many pieces and parts go into a functioning kitchen. Of course, depending on how in-depth your recipes are (and how big your takeout budget) the amount of kitchen items you’ll want or need might be different, but here are what most would consider the minimum essentials for a well-stocked kitchen

  • One medium frying pan or wok
  • One small pot
  • One larger pot
  • One oven-safe dish like that for a casserole
  • One large or medium cookie sheet
  • A set of plates and bowls
    • Usually 4 of each, but you can get away with two as long as you don’t have large parties, or you’re ok with eating your dinner out of a mug while your guests use dishes.
  • Flatware: Forks, knives and spoons.
    • For a first apartment, there’s probably little need for specifics like fish forks, grapefruit spoons, or cheese knives.
  • Drinking glasses
    • Water glasses for four, and maybe wine glasses too
  • A mug for coffee or tea (or hot chocolate—you’re living on your own, you can drink whatever you want!)
  • Coffee maker or French press:
    • This may seem like a nonessential purchase, but if you’re a big coffee drinker, your Starbucks tab can add up quick. It may be better to brew at home.
  • Cooking knives
    • One serrated
    • One chef’s knife
    • One paring knife
  • Spatula
  • Large wooden spoon for stirring
  • A large mixing bowl
  • Kitchen shears or scissors
  • A whole lot of paper napkins—especially if you’re not used to cooking. There will be messes.
  • Strainer for draining pasta or vegetables
  • Ice cube tray
  • Bottle opener and corkscrew
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Tupperware for leftovers, and even more Tupperware if you plan to meal prep
  • Oven mitts
  • Dish Towels
  • A dish drying rack if there’s no dishwasher
  • Garbage can

 

Bedroom

The room where the magic happens. Sleep. We’re talking about sleep. And a good night of it requires more than just a mattress slung haphazardly on the floor. When picking your bed, bedding, and other furniture, take into account the size of the room, the amount of natural light, and the location of outlets and organize accordingly. If there’s one place to splurge here, it’s on a good mattress. Make sure your bedroom is the comfiest room in the house—a room that truly makes you feel at home.

  • Sheets
  • Pillows
    • Get the basic ones before the fancy decorative ones. One or two should suffice
  • Comforter or duvet and duvet cover
    • Especially if it’s cold
  • Bedside lamp and maybe more depending on the quality of lighting in the bedroom
  • Curtains, if your bedroom doesn’t have some sort of window coverings already
  • Dresser
  • Full Length Mirror
  • Organizers including under-bed storage
  • Hangers for the closet
  • Laundry hamper

 

Living Room

The living room is your main space for entertaining, so make sure you have everything you need to impress your guests when they come by to see your new digs. But it doesn’t have to be crazy. Unless you’re holding some sort of grand dinner soirée, a few comfy seating options and a place to put plates should suffice to prove to everyone once and for all—or at least trick them into believing—that you are a responsible adult with your life together.

  • Sofa
  • Coffee table
  • Small dining room table and chairs
  • Additional lighting:
    • One or two lamps if lighting is a major issue
  • Table for TV or storage if you have a TV that doesn’t mount to the wall.

 

Bathroom

Everybody poops. You might as well like the way the room looks while you’re doing it. And always be prepared with extra toilet paper.

  • Bath towels
    • at least two so there’s one when the other is in the wash
  • Two hand/face towels
  • Shower curtain and liner
  • Toothbrush holder
    • although this can be anything. A plastic cup, a glass jar, a mug
  • Bathmat or rug
  • Toilet brush
  • Plunger
  • Toilet paper
    • Any will do, but don’t underestimate the serotonin boost that the small luxury of 2-ply can provide.
  • Small trash can
    • And trash bags for it

 

Cleaning, Maintenance, and Medical

That which lies under the sink can often go under the radar…until you need it. But while your new place may start out clean, it won’t stay that way unless you have the proper materials to maintain it. And even more important are items necessary for maintenance and medical purposes. Those are things you certainly don’t want to be caught without. They’re not the sexiest purchases you’ll make—you won’t find any Pinterest board for “cute garbage bag inspo”—but they’re nonetheless one of the most important things to have at the ready.

  • Garbage bags
    • Make sure you get the right size
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Sponges
    • Separate sets for dishes and cleaning
  • Soft rags and microfiber cloths
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Bucket for mopping or cleaning
  • Mop for hard surfaces if applicable
  • Vacuum
    • For a first time apartment, a small handheld vacuum should suffice
  • Bathroom cleaning spray
  • Multi-purpose spray
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dishwasher detergent,
    • if you have a dishwasher
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Baking soda and white vinegar
  • Rubber gloves
  • Hand soap for kitchen and bathroom
  • Bandages: One package of assorted sizes
  • Butterfly bandage: One package for keeping deep lacerations closed
  • Small scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Crepe bandage to reduce swelling
  • Cold compress
  • Cotton balls
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Neosporin for small wounds
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antacids
  • Aloe for minor burns, including sunburn
  • Digital thermometer
  • Fans
    • One for each room, if your apartment doesn’t have ceiling fans
  • Flashlight
    • One in your bedroom and one in the main living space
  • Screwdriver
    • Philips and straight blade for assembling furniture and other tasks
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Hammer

Food

Food is a hard one. It’s certainly a need, yes. But do you need the entire Trader Joe’s bakery section? Maybe not. So here are the basics for any beginner kitchen. Beyond that, let your own culinary flag fly!

  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • Baking soda and power
  • Coffee or tea
  • Cereal
  • Quick oats
  • Nut butter of your choice
  • Ketchup, mustard, or other preferred condiments
  • Vinegar of your choosing
  • Cooking oil of your choice
  • Soy sauce
  • Pasta sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Salsa
  • A few of your favorite snack foods (chips, pretzels nuts)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic
  • Milk (or plant milk)
  • Butter
  • Eggs or egg substitute
  • Fresh fruit and veg
    • Or canned/frozen fruit and veg
  • Jam or preserves
  • Meat or poultry
  • A sweet treat or two to celebrate your new digs.

Dig in!

Now for the fun part: the essentials are fun, but the nonessentials are even better. Here are some things you may not need, but you just can’t help picking up.

In the kitchen:

Appliances like a food processor, a stand mixer, an instant pot, or an air fryer are the darlings of the modern kitchen. They can make cooking easier, create variety in your menu, and be fun to try out. Just make sure you have the space and budget to get them and the time to put them to good use. The same goes for additional pots and pans, baking trays, fun molds and dishware—it’s not necessary, but if cooking and entertaining is something you truly love, the extra expense can be worth it.

In the living room:

The living room is more than likely where you’ll do most of your entertaining. It’s a room that should represent you and your style to your guests, as well as being an ideal location for…as the name suggests…living. That means even though decorative rugs, throw pillows, art, planters, and tchotchkes aren’t necessities in the strictest sense, they do contribute a lot to making your home truly yours.

Oh, and a TV. Again, not a necessity…unless the Super Bowl is coming up.

In the bedroom:

Another place where decorations may not be mandatory, but it would feel a little bit dour without them. This is your room! Make it special with some art you love, a decorative rug, or even a little reading nook in the corner complete with bookshelves and a comfy chair. Whatever you do, just make it your own.

In the cleaning closet:

Keeping your home clean becomes a point of pride when that home is your own. It’s a way to show respect to your own space, and to impress with your superior housekeeping abilities. So a fancy vacuum, furniture polish and wax, and various other more high-maintenance cleaning supplies can give you the upper hand you need to keep everything spotless.

In the bathroom:

Probably not where you’re going to be driven to excess, but bath products like expensive shampoos, skincare products, and bath bombs can be one way to relax. And if there’s any one way you should feel in your new home, it’s relaxed.

And anywhere else

The best part about having a place all your own is that you decide what to use the space for. So whether it’s a spiffy home office, a fully decked out gym, a room to keep your fabric and sewing machine, or a playground of toys and treats for your fur baby, your new place can be unapologetically you.

And to make sure that all that stuff that makes your place yours also makes it in one piece, movers like Elite Moving and Storage have everything necessary to ensure that the important things (and the frivolities) are transported quickly and safely. So whether your first new place is a studio or a larger space, whether it’s a forever home or just a stepping stone to something more, you can feel secure that it will feel like home with all your belongings transferred with the ease and speed of 15+ years of Chicagoland moving expertise.

Spring Cleaning: 9 Items and Where to Donate Them Before Your Move

Nothing makes clutter clearing easier than knowing your household items, clothes, and shoes are going to a worthy cause. Of course, selling your items is also an option for many items in good condition, but it can be a hassle to bargain and coordinate with others on sites like Craigslist and eBay, and if you’re in a rush, it may just not be worth it.

By donating, you can feel good about helping others, all while quickly and easily getting rid of unwanted belongings, and providing yourself with a little good karma for your upcoming move.

 

1.   Books

A little light reading can get pretty heavy when you have to move it all at once. Of course, it’s hard to give away a beloved book, but we’re all guilty of having one or two titles that we “swore we’d read” five years ago. When you move, you only want to take the things that are really meaningful or truly useful, and sometimes that 500 page vegan, gluten-free, better-for-you cookbook just doesn’t make the cut. But that doesn’t mean that book won’t mean the world to someone else.

When it comes to donating books, though, make sure the book is in good condition. A crinkled spine or a few folded edges won’t ruin it, but if it’s falling apart, stained beyond recognition, or missing significant chunks, it may be time to retire the book completely. Writing in your books may be acceptable (it worked out for Harry in The Half Blood Prince) for some donation locations, but check carefully with the rules before making your choice of where to donate.

 

Places to Donate Books:

Operation Paperback — A national non-profit that collects gently-used books to send to overseas troops as well as veterans and military families across America.

Access Books — A California-based non-profit that sends books to public schools and libraries where the majority of students live at or below the poverty line.

Books Through Bars — An organization that sends free books to incarcerated people in six mid-Atlantic states (Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia).

Your local library— Your local library will be glad to take your books.

A local Little Free Library— Little Free Library is a network of small drop boxes erected by regular people across the country where others are free to grab or donate their old books.

 

2.   Clothes

Clothing, especially fragile items in need of special care or wardrobe boxes, can be a hassle to move. It’s also one of those things that can easily pile up—an abundance of free t-shirts or pieces from years ago gathering dust in the back of your closet. This makes clothing donation one of the easiest pieces of your pre-move purge. There are copious locations to donate most clothes from online boutiques to large stores like Goodwill to the numerous local used clothing shops you could likely find with a simple Google search. But here are some locations you can use to get rid of unwanted clothes—both the basics, and slightly more niche items.

 

Places to Donate Clothes

GreenDrop— An organization that specializes in the sale of donated clothing and donates the funds back to the American Red Cross.

One Warm Coat— For coats specifically, this organization provides free coats to children and adults in need.

Dress for Success— This non-profit provides business/work-appropriate clothes to women who need business or career clothes for interviews and jobs.

Soles4Souls— A regional nonprofit that takes gently used shoes and gives them to people in need across the U.S. and around the world.

United Way— A worldwide organization that allows people to purchase clothes at a low price. They take any type of clothing, including swimsuits, snow boots, winter coats, and prom dresses.

 

3.   Cell Phones

True, you may not be able to get much for your Nokia 3310, but if you have a pile of 5 to 10 year-old smartphones gathering dust in a closet somewhere, they may be able to serve a purpose elsewhere. There are many places that will take old cell phones, and even help recycle your phone if it can’t be taken and used.

Just remember to wipe all of your personal data first unless you wish to donate your identity as well as your phone. And ensure, if you’re donating somewhere that will be using it, that it is in working order before you drop it off.

 

Places to Donate Cell Phones

Call2Recycle— This organization collects cell phones with or without the batteries. If it can no longer be used, they help recycle your phone. The proceeds support a public education and phone collection program.

Cell Phones for Soldiers— An organization that collects used cell phones and accessories to sell and recycle. They donate the money to purchase calling cards for deployed military troops and their families.

Secure the Call— An organization that seeks to help two problems: 1. electronic waste. 2. lack of electronic access to emergency services by vulnerable communities.

 

4.   Computers

Much like phones, with rapidly updating technology some people go through computers relatively quickly. If you’re an “early adopter” and have a pile of slightly aged but certainly still usable computers, you can do a lot of good by giving them to people in need. Technology is an integral part of society, and giving a new, working computer to organizations or individuals who don’t currently have access can fundamentally change a life.

Also just like phones, make sure you wipe the hard drive and get rid of any personal information you may have stored on your old computer, and before that, make sure you’ve saved any files you don’t wish to lose in the erasure.

 

Places to Donate Computers

InterConnection— This non-profit organization is a certified Microsoft Refurbisher. They refurbish the equipment, if possible, and provide them to under-served communities internationally.

National Cristina Foundation— Pioneers of tech recycling, this organization finds local charities that need your technology donations.

The World Computer Exchange— They take donated computers to refurbish and use in their Inspire Girls and School Refurbishing Clubs projects to provide education to children in 79 developing countries.

Your local library— Before you donate elsewhere, check your local library to see if you can help a community close to home. It’s a great farewell to your neighborhood before you move away.

 

5.   Cars

Whether it’s because you no longer need a car where you’re moving, or whether it’s because you’re planning on augmenting a new home with a shiny new vehicle, donating your car before you move shouldn’t have to be a hassle. Plus, when you donate, you get the added bonus of a tax write off! Before you donate: Make sure to search every inch of the car for receipts or papers marked with any identifying information. Give your car a good cleaning, either by hand or via a car wash.

 

Places to Donate Cars

Donate A Car— This isn’t a charity in itself. It’s a vehicle donation service offered by the Insurance Auto Auctions Donation Division that benefits:

  • Animal charities
  • Charities that focus on curing or supporting individuals with specific diseases, such as lupus, diabetes, and cancer
  • General humanitarian charities, such as the Red Cross

The Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program — This program uses the proceeds from the sale or recycling of your vehicle to support your local NPR station.

Wheels For Wishes— This program benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which works to grant the wishes of children diagnosed with critical illnesses.

 

6.   Furniture

Lugging unnecessary furniture from your old home to your new one is a strain no one (and no one’s back) should have to bear. If you’re downsizing, or if you’re just planning to decorate your new home with a new style, donating furniture can be a great way to do some good. The trouble comes in finding the right organization to handle it, ensure it’s care, and—most importantly—carry it away for you.

Once you find that perfect match, make sure you’re living up to their standards as well. Ensure your furniture is as clean as can be (when was the last time you thoroughly dusted that couch? Be honest) and that there are no dangerous edges or sharp pieces protruding from the surface.

 

Places to Donate Furniture

The Furniture Bank— This organization helps battered women and children, immigrants, the unemployed, the working poor, and the previously homeless set up their home.

Habitat for Humanity— A nonprofit organization that helps build safe and affordable homes for families who need them. In addition, they also act as a furniture pickup and donation center.

Pick Up Please— A program of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) that can often pick up your furniture within 24 hours.

 

7.   Glasses and Eyewear

Eyewear is rarely something that will really change or weigh down your moving load, but if you have extra pairs of glasses, it may be a good idea to say goodbye to them, especially if your prescription has changed. Plus, there will be no need to worry about extraneous lenses breaking in transit.

 

Places to Donate Glasses and Eyewear

Lions Clubs International— A network of collection boxes and recycling centers where volunteers process donated glasses for distribution through medical missions around the world.

OneSight— An independent nonprofit that has helped more than nine million people in 46 countries. They set up permanent vision centers and hold charitable clinics around the world.

Eyes of Hope— An organization that provides free access to eye care and eyewear for more than 2 million people around the world.

 

8.   Kitchen Appliances

Kitchen appliances can be bulky and difficult to pack for a move, so if you’re not putting that air fryer to good use, it may be best to just let it go. Especially if you’re moving to a smaller kitchen, being intentional with what you bring and cutting down clutter can make a home feel calmer and more inviting. It also leaves room for the appliances you do use, and counter space to prep, cook, serve, and display any delicious dishes you make. But your old kitchen appliances—after they’ve been cleaned and gathered with all their attachments, cords, and other add-ons—can find a new, loving home at any of these places.

 

Places to Donate Kitchen Appliances

Habitat ReStore— An organization that offers free pickup for large items and accepts both new and gently used appliances to help fund the construction of homes for families in need internationally.

Responsible Appliance Disposal program— A part of the Environmental Protection Agency that will help dispose of your old appliances and may even offer a financial incentive to do so.

Goodwill— While Goodwill does not currently accept large household appliances they will happily take any gently used small appliances.

 

9.   Tools

Tools can come in handy if your new place is a bit of a fixer-upper, but if you’re losing storage or garage space, there are certainly places you can donate unnecessary tools. Especially if you’re a bit of a DIY fanatic and have tools you bought for a specific project that are no longer proving useful, it may be worth a try to pick out some things to let go before you move. Just make sure you have all your tools and any corresponding parts properly packaged and safely secured before donating.

 

Places to Donate Tools

Habitat for Humanity— Habitat collects tools, building materials, appliances, furniture and housewares, using them to carry out and fund their work.

Earth 911— A recycling center search page that provides a list of smaller, community-based options for donation or recycling.

 

And for the rest

But you can’t give it all away. No matter how charitable you are, no matter how fiercely you embrace Marie Kondo minimalism, you’ll likely still have quite a lot to deal with when it comes time to pack and move. And that’s why having expert movers is so important. Especially because what you have left after your pre-move purge are the things that really matter to you, and it’s of vital importance that those items get delivered to your new home quickly and safely.

Elite Moving & Storage is a Chicagoland and long-distance moving company, in business for nearly two decades. Throughout the years, we have helped thousands of families and businesses with their relocation needs with competitive rates and impeccable quality. We tailor our strategies to find the best moving packages to suit your needs and budget. Visit elitemover.com to learn more about everything from packing, to door-to-door relocation, to storing services.

Seven Great Ways to Get To Know Your New Neighborhood

Moving is a stressful process, but the hardest part is that it doesn’t just end when the moving truck pulls away. Even once you’re ready, moved in, and unpacked, there’s more invisible work to do because your new neighborhood may hold your new house, but it’s not yet a new home. It takes time to start feeling comfortable in any community, and that can be the hardest part of a move, both for you and your family. But even though the transition’s never going to be immediate, there are certainly ways to make it easier. Here are just a few to start off.

 

Do your Research

The great news is that in the digital age, you can explore your neighborhood before you even arrive. Doing research before you move isn’t strictly necessary of course, but it can make finding a place in your new home a lot easier. Getting to a new place—not to mention unpacking, getting a family settled, starting a new job, etc.—is stressful enough already. And doing it without a support network of friends, no matter how helpful and wonderful your immediate family is, can be overwhelming.

More than likely you researched your house before going to see it—the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, floor plans, and utilities—so scope out your broader surroundings with the same concern because it’s not just your house; it’s your whole neighborhood that you’ll want to feel comfortable calling home.

It doesn’t even have to be hard. A simple Google search can turn up countless clubs, groups, and activities for you. Whether you’re looking for a yoga studio, a bowling league, or a ballet class for your kid, social media has made it incredibly easy to find and explore more options. You can even reach out to members of those groups and start making new connections immediately, becoming a part of the community even before moving day.

By utilizing Google Maps, you can view nearby parks, recreation centers, grocery stores and other amenities. You can even map out your drive to work or where your kids will catch the school bus. Becoming familiar with your new surroundings will elevate your chances of having a smooth first day, and keeping that momentum for every day thereafter.

You’ve probably done some “research” already, even if you didn’t know it. The observations you made during any kind of open houses, trips, and visits definitely qualify. And if you have any more, be sure to keep a keen eye out for places you want to check out, people you want to meet, and activities you and your family can enjoy once the stress of moving day is a thing of the past.

 

Explore the Neighborhood

Once you physically get to your new home, take your “research” to reality. Just like you’d seek out places of interest online, don’t let up just because you’re walking instead of typing. The best thing you can do to make a space for yourself in your new hometown is go all in. Become an anthropologist in your new neighborhood. Taking chances and exploring with your family not only familiarizes you with the area, but can also be a wonderful way to spend time with the ones you love. Not to mention a fun and easygoing way to unwind after a strenuous moving process fraught with strict timelines and rigid organization.

Plan to do something new in your community each week. Try local restaurants or a community bocce ball league. Visit the community center, the gym, the pool (weather permitting) or even just walk around the block. Moving to a new neighborhood is rarely easy, but being proactive can make all the difference.

 

Join a Group

Similar to exploring places, explore local groups and organizations—whether it’s a church, a sports league, an art class, or a book club. Though you may not think of yourself as the kind of person who generally enjoys these kinds of organized activities, it is the people you meet, not the opportunities themselves, that are the purpose. Finding those who share your interests and passions is a great way to make friends and create a community.

Long lasting friendships aren’t always founded on similar interests, but it’s a better shot than just stopping strangers on the street. Having a plan to try out a group gives you an easily actionable way to get out in your neighborhood. And another plus: the people you meet—even if they never become lifelong friends—can give you some insight into the community, and recommendations on the best restaurants and spots to visit.

 

Introduce Yourself to your New Neighbors

But perhaps the easiest way to make new acquaintances is simply by proximity. You’ll likely see your neighbors anyway—taking out the trash, checking the mail, gardening—so you might as well say hi. It can be difficult to strike up a conversation if you’re shy, but it can be worth it. You never know where your new neighborhood bestie will come from.

Most people are perfectly happy to meet a new neighbor, or to stop and chat, to answer any questions about the neighborhood and community. Ask about block parties, barbecues, or the neighborhood watch as well as just generally about the neighborhood.

If you’re not sure what to say, consider starting with a gift. Who can say no to a plate of fresh-baked cookies or a nice bottle of wine? With introductions out of the way, real friendships can start to form. Even if they never become more than casual acquaintances, knowing your neighbors adds another layer of belonging to your community. Next door neighbors help each other with collecting mail or feeding the cat while a household is on vacation. Team up with play dates and after school pickups. However big or small, these are great relationships to maintain.

 

Factor in your Kids’ Interests

If moving is stressful for you, think about how overwhelming it can be for your kids—especially if they’re shy or particularly upset about leaving your old home. To help them adapt to a new home, school, and neighborhood, scope out places and activities they might enjoy beforehand. Just like finding a group of likeminded people through an activity or sport can be helpful for adults, kids, too, thrive in more organized situations, especially around kids with whom they already know they share an interest.

Of course, the most important thing is that they’re happy, so make sure they are content with the activities they choose. A new neighborhood can also be an excuse to try something new; ask your kids if they want to push their hobbies into uncharted territory with a new sport, a new instrument, or a new hobby. Kids are always discovering and reinventing themselves, so a move can be a great opportunity for your kids to explore sides of their interests that they’ve not yet had the chance to figure out.

Even just going out to new places and trying new things as a family can get kids excited about a move. When you’re building your list of places to visit—whether it’s before or after your move—ask your kids to get involved. Discuss and review menus, course lists, and event flyers and ask them to decide on what piques their interest.

 

Take Advantage of Seasonal Activities

As the seasons change, so do the activities in your neighborhood. This is especially true if you live in an area that gets distinct seasons. Visit the local Christmas tree during winter, the pool during summer, and the pumpkin patch as the leaves start to change. Every town has different traditions and quirks, and discovering those can really make you feel a part of the community. And when the year is over, and you’ve come full circle, you can look back and view the progress you’ve  made in making your community an integral part of your home.

 

Bring the Party to You

And for the homebodies of the bunch—or those who just love throwing a good party—bring the neighborhood to you. Invite your neighbors over for a housewarming party, for snacks and cocktails or even a whole meal to get to know you and your family. True, it’s a great way to make friends in a space you feel comfortable, but it’s also a great opportunity to present your house. After all, you just moved in, might as well show it off.

Of course, the first thing to do is get everything unpacked, moved in, and your house in order, and that can be a struggle. Luckily, companies like Elite Moving and Storage not only help you get all your belongings moved safely, but they’ll even help you unpack with expert unpacking services. That way, you’ll waste no time breaking down boxes, and you can get right to the fun part—wine and hors d’oeuvres! Visit elitemover.com today to get started, get moved, and get acquainted with a new neighborhood today.

How to Stay Stable While Working and Moving

Unless you’re a real estate agent, a contractor, or a mover, moving is likely not a full time job for you. But unfortunately, it sometimes feels like it. With so much to do, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, especially when other pieces of your life like your job and family life don’t stop changing just because the moving boxes have come out.

Just to start, you have to:

  • Find movers
  • Decide what belongings to take, what to donate, and what to trash
  • Make storage arrangements
  • Gather packing materials
  • Pack for yourself, and potentially the rest of your family
  • Ensure your new home is ready
  • Set up utilities
  • Organize childcare
  • Have everything ready for moving day

 

That’s a lot to handle while also juggling a regular schedule. So how can you keep your work/life/move balance in check and get everything done without wittling yourself down into a husk of who you once were? There’s no one answer, but here are some places you can start.

 

Let people know ASAP

Your move may not seem like anyone’s business unless they’re your boss or someone with whom you work closely, but it can help to make a workplace announcement that you’re leaving. The stress of moving is something many have experienced, and you may even get some good tips from helpful coworkers. At the very least, they’re more likely to understand your new level of stress and will cut you the slack you need to get everything done. You, of course, don’t want to neglect your work, but knowing you’re dealing with a move gives you a little breathing room and, who knows, maybe you’ll even get a little help from your team to lighten your load.

On the other hand, if you really can’t let your work slip to the wayside, you can acquire help at the other end. Hire a cleaner or service to get your home ready for moving, or ask relatives and friends to lend a hand. Hiring a cleaning service might not be as expensive as you think, and can free you up to spend time completing other important tasks. You can even hire a moving service like Elite not only to get your things from point A to point B, but also to pack, load, and unpack for you. Elite’s team of expert movers have been packing and moving Chicagoland customers for more than a decade, so our full packing service is well equipped to get all of your belongings to their destination safely and easily.

And the last bonus of letting your workplace know well in advance of your move? More time to plan your going away party! It also makes for more time to say goodbye and ensure you have the contact information for those in your workplace that you want to stay close to. Make sure you don’t let the stress of it all get in the way of maintaining friendships that you want to outlast your time in the office.

 

Don’t take on anything new

It can be hard to say no when good opportunities come knocking, but remember that your time and mental health are more valuable, and overextending yourself isn’t going to help you.

Don’t overburden yourself with new work or take on particularly challenging tasks you can’t fully commit to. It will only frustrate you and the people around you. If anything, decrease your workload, but at the very least keep it steady. With the cost of moving, it’s important to keep a steady income, but what’s even more important is your health and well being. Losing the pay from a few hours won’t break you, but continually overexerting yourself might. Instead, work on preparing to leave your workplace as organized as you can, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from coworkers during particularly high-stress intervals.

 

Get packing

Like almost everything in life, the key to moving is thinking ahead. That means start packing as early as possible, and to pack you’ll need boxes. Now, you may have boxes lying around the house you can use—boxes from packages or other storage containers—but you can also buy them relatively cheap at places like UPS, Home Depot, or even from your movers.

Elite Moving and Storage offers a plethora of moving box sets made for different sized houses and bedroom numbers so that you can more easily gauge how many boxes your home will require. They’re available straight from our store alongside any moving tools and specialty boxes you might need. We’ll even help you pack, bringing all the boxes with us, if you choose our full packing services.

 

Meet your new best friend: the To-Do List

The best way to stay organized is to make lists. Whether that be online spreadsheets, a binder, or post-it notes, use whatever helps you stay organized so you don’t forget anything even when you’re distracted by work. Not only are lists like these a sure fire way to stay on top of what you need to do, but every little thing you check off gives you a little boost, and serves as a visual representation of how you’re getting closer and closer to the big day—and your new home.

When keeping lists, make sure you continue to separate your work schedule and your moving plans. That way, your time isn’t bleeding between the two. It’s all about separating and conquering each part of your life separately, or else it could all get muddled. It can be helpful to have your lists in a place that’s always accessible, such as on your phone or in the cloud, but again, make sure to keep them organized. If written lists are your preference, make sure a notepad is close at hand when you are planning, packing, or talking to people like estate agents, contractors, or movers.

 

Practice Self-Care

You can plan, and organize, and delegate all you want—and you should—but the truth is, you’re never going to fully evade every moment of stress. And even as you’re dealing with workplace tasks and moving shenanigans, there’s one more thing you need to take care of: yourself.

Ensuring your own health and wellbeing is the only way anything else is going to turn out. If you are not in the right headspace, you risk everything becoming an uphill battle, maybe even an insurmountable one.

Three things that are non-negotiable are sleep, diet, and hydration. If you’re tired, you won’t be able to concentrate on work or your move. You’ll be more likely to forget important details, make rash decisions, and, most importantly, you’ll feel miserable. Diet is the same. It can be so easy to skip meals or forget to eat, but eating enough as well as getting the vitamins, minerals, and protein you need are incredibly important to your health and your body’s function. This is especially true because moving involves so much physical labor. At the same time, don’t feel pressure to keep up a routine of gourmet meals if you’re the one that cooks for yourself or your family. If you’re particularly tired, a pizza or takeout may be just the thing you need.

Spending time with family is also important. It may not seem as pressing as your moving duties, but it can be a good stress reliever, and remind you who you’re moving for. Remember to spend time with friends too. You’ll want to make the most of the last few months you have with them, especially if you’re moving far away.

Lastly, take some time for just you. Think about when you feel the most relaxed, what gives you the feeling of pure serenity. A face mask? A spa day? Going for a run? Curling up with a book? Or maybe curling up with your Xbox controller and Call of Duty? Whatever it is that gives you the reset you need, remember to take time for yourself.

 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

The last tip we can give you is to get as many tips from others as possible, as well as a helping hand or two when necessary. When looking for contractors, realtors, and movers, it can be overwhelming trying to parse the best options from the bunch, the genuine from the scammers. So start with someone you trust. Buying, moving, and renovating are things many people have experience with, and it’s almost guaranteed someone you know will have the right person for the job.

And if your friends and family aren’t afraid to put their back into it, they can help with some of the packing, labeling, or physical moving as well. It may seem like a lot to ask, but it’s also a great opportunity to spend time with those you may not see after your move, and it will make them feel good to know that they’re taking some of the load (literally) from your shoulders.

When looking to hire people, reviews can also be helpful. Facebook, Yelp, and Google Reviews are just some of the places to start seeing what people have said about any company you’re looking at. And of course you want to talk to someone at the company before you make a deal—Elite can even offer quotes quickly and virtually to give you the best idea of what your move could look like with as little additional effort from you as possible (we know you’re busy). To learn more, visit www.elitemover.com. And we wish you the best, most tranquil move possible.

Why Pros Move During Winter

When it comes to the right time to move, there’s no right answer. There’s only what’s right for you. And while the summer may be the hottest time of the year, it’s not always the hottest time to relocate. Don’t be blinded by the sun or let the cold weather scare you into staying put. There are serious pros to moving in the winter. And if you have the right tools, the right tips, and the right experts by your side, you can plan, prep, and perform a winter move—quite literally—no sweat.

So why are the cold months a pro mover’s best-kept-secret? Here are the things that make it a more astute choice than you might think.

 

1.   Movers on your own schedule

Of the 40 million Americans that move every year, 80% of moves happen between April and November—especially during the late summer and early autumn months of July, August, and September. That means from December through March, moving companies are much more flexible. They’re dealing with only 20% of moves for 33% of the year. This gives you more control over the timing and scheduling of your move, and lets you almost certainly avoid conflicts and cancellations due to overscheduling. Especially if you’re the kind of person who likes to make a plan and stick to it, who doesn’t revel in the idea of unpleasant surprises, this is your time to shine.

If you’re moving out of state or if you’re transporting belongings a long way, you may also find that your belongings arrive sooner. With fewer stops and drop-offs, your movers will be able to prioritize your move and ensure with even more certainty that your things arrive not only in perfect condition, but as fast as possible. If you utilize something like Elite’s complete unpacking service, you may also find that your movers have more time to help you unpack and organize so that not only is your move easier, but acclimating and organizing your new home becomes much less of a daunting task.

 

2.   Prices go down with the temperature

One of the biggest struggles of moving: the cost. Buying or renting a new home—especially if it’s in an entirely new state—is already costly enough. So who can blame you for wanting to save a little when you can? That’s where moving during the winter months can come in handy. It’s just like you learned in high school economics: supply and demand. With less people moving, the demand for movers is down, so the supply that does exist, well, they’re willing to make some changes. Mainly, that change is reduced rates, sometimes as much as 30% less than you’d pay during peak moving times. Low temp, low price. It’s as simple as that.

And it’s not just moving. Storage costs can also be lower during these months—even quality, temperature-controlled storage like that provided by Elite Moving and Storage. And as you’re likely to use storage for a while rather than moving your things which is a one-time affair, saving on storage can be even more of a relief when you’re already worried about the costs piling up.

So if you do move during winter, use that extra cash to buy yourself a nice new coffee maker to warm your new home after a cold move—and maybe make a cup for your hard working movers too.

 

3.    There’s less competition for homes.

If you’re looking to move but haven’t quite found your dream home yet, winter may also be your best friend. Because while there are fewer houses for sale in winter, there’s also less competition. As the weather warms, homes begin hitting the market, and prospective buyers come out in droves. Competition becomes fierce—June being the priciest month to buy and January being the cheapest (Nerdwallet)—so even though there may be less houses to look at during winter, the ones you see will be much easier to snatch up, and you won’t have to deal with the heartbreak of losing the perfect home before you ever even had it.

Again, the reasoning behind all of this can be explained with simple supply and demand. Less house hunters means lower prices. So by buying in winter, not only will you save on the process of your move, but you’ll also save on your home itself, not to mention avoiding the house-hunting hysteria that comes with bidding wars and competitive markets.

 

4.   You won’t break a sweat

All that heavy lifting and loading in the cold doesn’t sound like exactly the ideal day, but we can assure you it’s still a heck of a lot better than doing it in the scorching heat. Those who move in the height of summer often underestimate how easily the heat can get to you; the risk of heat stroke, exhaustion, and just overall fatigue can quickly become overwhelming.

So while you may get a little chilly in the winter, all that effort will keep you warm, and gloves can help you from rubbing your hands raw. Just layer up, and who knows—you might even need to take a layer or two off as the work goes on. Of course, the easiest way to avoid working up a sweat is to engage a moving service like Elite Moving and Storage to do the loading and unloading for you. Our moving experts will help you get everything out the door, loaded, and unloaded as fast as possible. Plus save your delicate muscles from added strain.

 

5.   Your belongings might be safer

And if you think you’re hot in the summer, imagine how it must be for your belongings, all packaged up in the moving truck. And the problem with that is, unlike with people, once heat has gotten to your possessions it takes more than a cold shower and a glass of iced tea to get rid of the damage.

If you are moving with delicate items like antique furniture, records, rare pieces of art, pantry items, or anything that runs the risk of melting (like candles or soap), a summer move can drastically increase the risk of unpacking boxes upon boxes just to throw them away. And while careful packing can usually save you from this fate, isn’t it easier to just play it safe? If you move in the winter, there’s much lesser risk of damage, even though in extreme circumstances cold can do its own harm.

If you’re worried about the safety of your items—whether you’re moving in the cold or the heat—Elite Moving and Storage also offers a full packing service. Our professional movers/packers will bring the boxes to your door on the day of the move, pack all items that fit into the boxes, and crate the larger furniture with glass tops and doors. We’ll also provide mattress covers for your beds and pack your electronics. We’ll pack everything in just a few hours, freeing up your time to take care of more important matters—and saving you from living out of boxes in the weeks before the move.

 

Cons of a Winter Move

But like we said earlier, there’s no right answer, only the answer that’s right for you. And that’s why it’s important to think about both the pros and the cons, and which affect you, your family, and your situation the most. So here are some reasons a winter move, while smart for some, may cause trouble for others.

1. Fewer Daylight Hours

Thanks to our good friend daylight savings time, it can get dark quite early in winter, so for particularly large moves, it can be difficult to get everything done in one day without a major rush. Especially if you’re not exactly the kind of person that’s up and about to start loading at 6:00 AM.

2. Difficult Driving

If you live somewhere where ice and snow is common, driving can be difficult. Especially if you’re transporting things in your car, getting to your destination with boxes blocking your view in conjunction with icy roads can be a deal breaker. Of course, using movers makes this significantly easier, only requiring you to carry the essentials. And if you live in a place where snow is a regular occurrence, you’re probably well prepared to do just a bit of regular snowy driving

3. The mid-school year move

For families with school-aged children, a move in the winter, even over winter break, can be difficult. Starting at a new school in the middle of the year in a completely new place can be stressful for children, not to mention for parents working to acclimate them to their new environment.

4. Danger in the Driveway

Much like it can be difficult to drive on icy roads, walking on icy streets or up snow-covered driveways when loading and unloading can be difficult. To keep yourself, your family, and your movers as safe as possible, it’s important to make sure there is a clear pathway from the house to the car or moving truck, and that tarps or other coverings are laid out inside to prevent slipping in the house or water damage to your new home’s floors.

 

Face the Cold with Elite

If you’re considering a winter move—whether it’s for the good prices, the flexible scheduling, or just a matter of necessity—Elite Moving and Storage can help. Rain or shine…or sleet…or snow…or ice, Elite’s moving experts and 15+ years as one of Chicagoland’s top movers will ensure that your move goes off without a hitch. Visit www.elitemover.com to learn more about our services including full service packing, loading, unloading, and storage options.

Six Important Items and How To Pack Them For Storage

Sometimes, it can be hard to get everything you need packed into a moving truck. Even more commonly, you might not want to. Decluttering, especially if you’re downsizing, is a great way to make a new home feel cleaner, more modern, and more open. And if you’re downsizing, it may be a necessity. But it’s hard to let things go, and storage can be a great solution.

Whether it’s long-term or just while you’re getting settled in, having a safe location for your things can be a huge relief. But even if your storage facility is protected, that doesn’t necessarily mean your belongings are. It’s important to pack your things for storage correctly, just like it’s important to pack the boxes you’re moving the right way.

Out of sight out of mind? Maybe. But out of sight out of danger from mold, dust, or damage? Certainly not. Here are tips for packing up six important categories of items for the best possible storage experience.

 

1.   Furniture

Anyone who said there’s no creativity in moving and storage never tried to pack away a curved sofa. Some of your largest, most cumbersome pieces may also be some of your most expensive—the pieces you most want to keep safe. And with the variety of shapes, materials, and sizes, furniture can be one of the more difficult things to figure out what to do with. But while there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment (just like your old couch may not fit in your new home) there are some basic steps to take when it comes to keeping your furniture safe in storage.

The first step is cleaning. It may feel like a waste of time to clean your furniture—which can be an arduous task—just to hide it away where no one will see it. But your future self will thank you because dust, dirt, mold, and odor only get worse when left unattended, especially if your storage is long term. To get the best clean, use a general solution of soap and water (unless your fabric needs something more specific) and let your piece fully dry in sunlight before storing it away. Last minute cleaning, and storing wet items is a guaranteed formula for mold. Yuck!

Furniture protectant and leather conditioner (if applicable) are also important to keeping your furniture in the best condition. For wooden tables and chairs, you can finish with a coat of wax to seal the wood and prevent mold development, and for metal surfaces, channel your inner Dorothy Gale and coat with oil to prevent tarnish and rust (ruby slippers not required).

The next step: break it down. Not in a cool, hip-hop way, although anything that makes the experience a little more fun is fine by us. Even though breaking down furniture can be a hassle, as can putting it back together (make sure that if you have the instructions, you store those too), it will make the process of moving and storing your belongings so much simpler. Individual pieces are much easier to lift, carry, stack, and store in contrast to heavy, bulky, potentially awkwardly shaped pieces that you’d have to jigsaw into your storage unit.

Next, you’ll want to use blankets or other furniture covers to make sure your items are fully covered. You wouldn’t want your furniture to get cold. Or, rather, you wouldn’t want your furniture to get mold. Keep everything in place with rubber bands, cinches, or anything else that will hold your coverings tight to fend off dust, dirt, and anything else that could damage your belongings.

Remember too that plastic wrap should never be used on wood or leather; plastic traps moisture and heat and can easily cause mold or warping of your favorite pieces. Instead, it’s always safer to opt for cotton sheets or items specifically designed for fabric.

 

2.   Appliances

Appliances are another tricky thing to pack up as they are fragile and easily damaged by water or impact, but if done correctly, they should easily last in your storage unit.

First, again, is cleaning. This is, perhaps the most obvious step. After all, you wouldn’t put a full refrigerator in your storage space unless you’re really dedicated to feeding the dust mites. But make sure your fridge is not only empty, but completely defrosted and cleaned. The same goes for other appliances, especially ones in your kitchen. Even a crumb can start an infestation, not to mention create a lingering stink. Make sure water is fully drained from everything as well to avoid freezing damage if it gets too cold and mildew if it gets too hot.

The tip that, perhaps, is most likely to save you a mental breakdown, though? Don’t get your cables in a twist. Nothing is worse than untangling disorganized cables, especially when you’re storing your appliances all together. Trust us, if you don’t take special care to coil and tie them separately, they will somehow end up in a knot that even Houdini himself couldn’t untangle.

 

3.   Electronics

Like everything else, electronic equipment should be clean and dust free before going into storage—don’t forget to clean between those keyboard keys! Keeping sensitive equipment in its original box or in another protective container is the best way to give an extra protective layer, as well as wrapping your devices and stuffing your boxes for extra protection. Packing peanuts, foam, or even crumpled paper works great for this. Seal everything tightly to prevent water damage. And remember to back up any data on devices before you start packing!

 

4.   Clothing

Much of clothing storage comes down to time frame. If you’re only storing for a short period of time, most clothes will be fine in boxes, just like much of your regular moving material. But for long stints in storage, hanging your clothes in wardrobe boxes is the best way to keep them clean and wrinkle free as well as ensuring good ventilation to protect against mold. Wardrobe boxes are available in most places where you get regular moving boxes, but can also be purchased directly from many movers. Elite Moving and Storage has a catch-all moving store that sells not only traditional boxes for your move in sets specific to your house’s needs, but also specialty boxes for items like your wardrobe and mattress.

For particularly delicate items or fussy fabrics, consider keeping garments covered can help fend off dust and mold. You may also want to use an insect repellent like naphthalene (that’s mothballs in mover’s speak) to ensure that no unexpected pests are taking after younger siblings everywhere and borrowing your clothes without asking.

 

5.   Mattresses

Step one of preparing your mattress is cleaning—wash gently and let air dry in the sun. Then using a specialized mattress box or mattress bag, seal up your mattress with quality packing tape for maximum protection. Vacuum bags can also help store comforters, duvets, linens and other bedding items. Before you even think about packing, though, make sure you check for any signs of infestations. Your parents said it and we will too: DON’T let the bed bugs bite.

 

6.   Books

Rare books or anything leatherbound may need more extensive care, but for the most part, books are one of the easier things to pack. Before you start, make sure all your books are dry and perhaps consider a humidifier to prevent mildew. Other than that, just pack them into boxes. Be careful, though. It may not seem like it when you’re just holding one, but even the lightest paperbacks can be heavy (and we’re not just talking philosophically) when they start to stack up.

Use small, sturdy boxes for books in order to keep from throwing your back out when carrying them, and arrange them with larger, heavier books on the bottom and smaller, lighter ones on top.

 

7.   Fragile Items

The best way to ensure your fragile items are safe in storage? Don’t put them there. Breakable items, especially of the invaluable family heirloom variety, are not the kind of things you want to throw around or leave in a storage facility for too much time

That being said, there are certainly ways to keep things safe within reason. Wrap all fragile items individually with packing paper or another padding material (make sure to keep it away from kids who might have a little too much fun with your bubble wrap). You can even use extra towels or dishrags—a bonus if you were planning on storing those anyway.

Expensive or delicate dishes can go in specialty dishware containers for safety, but regular dishes should be fine as long as they’re stacked evenly and padded well. Always place cups and glasses rim down, and nest smaller dishes in larger ones as well as they’re relatively sturdy.

Art as well as statues and other fragile decorations may need to be stored in crates rather than regular boxes to ensure their safety.

Lastly, make sure you mark the boxes as FRAGILE and treat them as such when you’re moving them. This is also where having expert movers comes in handy. Professionals like those at Elite Moving and Storage have over 15 years of experience handling all kinds of materials, both packing and moving. We’ll ensure your items get into storage safely and stay that way with a secure, climate-controlled facility available both for long term and short term storage, whether you’re moving down the street or across the country.

Visit elitemover.com to get a free moving or storage quote today.

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Why Choose Elite Moving & Storage?

Written by Curtis Cryer


Since before our introduction to the relocation services industry, when everything was just a mere concept in the making, Elite has wanted to provide service that is so unparalleled and on top of the competition that the name “Elite” is the only name that’s fit to describe the heartbeat and professionalism we strive for every day and believe in.

We could go on and on about our top-shelf, top-hat, white-glove service, but at the end of the day, besides the cost benefits, word of mouth is the key to our success. And word of mouth can build or destroy a business in a heartbeat! 

The primary reason anyone in need of relocation services should choose Elite is that we stand behind our name in everything we do. Our name is our brand, and that’s because of all the great compliments we’ve been receiving by word of mouth over the years, along with an amazing Better Business Bureau rating which any company in any industry would be proud of. For over 16 years, Elite Moving & Storage has grown bigger and better – with more trucks, products for moving, and repeat customers since our grand opening.

To be able to do this for so long at the level we’re doing is a great reason for you to pick Elite for your moving needs. It just makes sense to go with a name and a brand you can clearly trust. 

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 have allowed Elite Moving & Storage, a full-service moving company and a woman-owned 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! So when you’re ready to make a move, make it with Elite Moving & Storage. We’re big enough to move you, small enough to care!

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Testimonial: “Our Cross-Country Moving Experience with Elite”

The following is based on a customer experience shared with us after a long-distance move:


As someone who moved around a lot when I was young, I thought I could handle a move on my own easily. I have always prided myself on my packing prowess—I like to say that Mary Poppins has nothing on me when it comes to the number of things I can squeeze in a bag. But moving now, with three kids, two dogs, and a dining room table the size and weight of a small elephant (or at least that’s what it felt like) proved to be more difficult.

That’s why I’m so glad I found Elite for our recent move from Highland Park to New Jersey. Having their experts’ help packing, moving, and unpacking our things gave me so much extra time to get everything ready, and to keep up with our kids during the moving process. Honestly, I’m not sure what would have happened if I had to do all of it myself—I have a feeling there would have been a lot of Domino’s pizza nights. Even thinking about how much work that would’ve been almost makes me too tired to cook.

Initially I only called to use Elite as a moving service, but when I found out they also did packing, I figured it couldn’t hurt to get a quote. They gave me one quickly with just a single phone call, and it lifted a huge weight off my chest. Their partial packing services handled our larger furniture and more fragile electronics—the stuff that would have been a major hassle—and they could not have been nicer. They worked diligently and, surprisingly enough, I don’t think I’d change a single thing about how they did it. They really are experts. They do full packing as well though, even if my pride wouldn’t allow me to take advantage of it.

And they were able to do it all the day of the move, which was the best part. I was worried we’d have to spend our last week in our old home eating takeout on the floor because all our furniture would be packed up, but we were able to use everything until the last day, and our movers were on time and incredibly well prepared. They even brought their own boxes and tape!

The move itself went exactly as they’d described the first time I called, when they assigned a personal consultant who created our moving package specifically for our budget. They got everything out of the house even faster than I expected and were very polite. Good with the kids too, and the dogs although we eventually had to put them in the back room so they wouldn’t accidentally get a couch dropped on their heads.

I assume the snacks we put out may have helped endear the movers to us a little too—a little bribery via donuts and coffee goes a long way—but I have a feeling they would have been just as kind regardless.

Before they left, they explained exactly what we could expect on arrival and how everything would be delivered. I felt oddly at ease, even though the most stressful part of the move for me hadn’t happened yet, but it all felt under control.

When we arrived at our new home, our express delivery was already on its way, and within three days, we were completely moved in. This is, I’ll admit, also mostly thanks to Elite who also unpacked our things, even bringing them up the stairs, much to the relief of my husband’s knees. All we had to do was put things away and reorganize, and we were as good as moved in. No awkward limbo period of living in a world of cardboard boxes, no taking ages to feel at home. With everything done, we acclimated so much faster.

With the kids starting school and my husband going back to work (and our dogs looking for new places to pee), it was such a relief to get our home situation settled so quickly. It’s been almost three months now, and we are so thankful to Elite for not only making our move so much easier, but for treating us with respect and warmth, and, most of all, making us feel at home every step of the way.

I would honestly recommend Elite to anyone, especially those with families, whether they’re moving locally or long-distance. Even if it’s just for packing or unpacking help. They really are seasoned pros.