Tips on How to Get a Precise Moving Quote for a Long Distance Move

Moving long distance is already a super stressful situation and making sure you get an accurate estimate can make it even more daunting. Not getting an accurate estimate usually means the cost of your move will increase on the day of which is a terrible thing if you are trying to stay within a budget. Below are a few helpful tips to getting the most spot on estimate possible.

 

Inventory

If you are looking to move out of state, the majority of moving companies will require a detailed inventory list of what you are looking to move. If the company offers an in home estimate or a virtual walk through, definitely take that option. That way the company can physically see your items and get a better idea of your moving situation. If that option is not available, being as detailed as possible with your inventory is critical in ensuring you receive a precise estimate.

You will need to mention all items that will not fit into a standard moving size box along with your best estimate of boxes. Going room by room and listing all the items tends to make the process a lot easier. Make sure not to forget the random items like lamps, rugs, or trash cans because even though they seem insignificant they do add up in the end. Be super specific with the size of your items for example: are you moving a queen or a king size bed? Is it a double dresser or a triple? Even providing the dimensions of items like bookshelves or shelving units can be very helpful in getting your estimate.

Estimating the number of boxes is typically the trickiest part especially when you haven’t started packing. A helpful tip to keep in mind is on average each room will have about 8-10 boxes. For example, a one-bedroom apartment with a living room and kitchen on average has about 30 boxes. When getting your initial estimate it’s always best to start on the higher end of the box count and that way you can see a worst case scenario and work your way down.

 

Stairs and Elevators

For long distance moves, companies do charge for stairs or sometimes even elevators. That’s why if you are moving out from a walk-up apartment or a high rise building, double check what the companies’ policies are regarding stairs/elevators. Counting the flights and the steps themselves will ensure complete accuracy with your quote.

 

Semi-Trailer and Long Carry

Most moving companies pick up and deliver in semi trailers (72ft bumper to bumper) and will require access for the semi to park within a certain distance from your door. You’re going to want to make sure that both your locations do have access because this is where one of the biggest surprise charges comes from. Asking your property management, leasing management, or any neighbors is sometimes the best way to check if its possible for a semi-truck to pull up in front of your home. If either one of your locations do not have access for the semi that means the moving company is going to need a shuttle. The shuttle means the movers will have to rent a smaller to be able to load or unload at your location. The price of the shuttle is usually dependent on the size of your move so you’ll definitely want to ask your moving consultant what the price for that service will be before booking your move.

The other hidden fee that is usually not discussed and can be a surprise is a long carry. Typically the first 75ft (actual distance may vary company to company) that the movers carry the items, from the truck to your front door, are free, any additional distance will be an additional cost. Again double check with your consultant on what their policy is before scheduling the move.

 

Packing

Every moving company will charge for packing, whether they show it to you during the initial estimate or spring it on you on the day of the move. To avoid having them surprise you with it on the day of your move, make sure you mention any glass top/furniture, marble top/furniture, mirrors, TVs, pianos, or anything fragile. You’re probably thinking to yourself, well don’t they wrap everything with moving pads? The answer is yes they do however, for glass and fragile items, moving pads are just not sufficient. They will need to cardboard crate the item and that is an additional cost. Depending on the size of the item the prince can range from $30-$250. If you were looking to pack all fragile items to save yourself some money then we recommend first bubble/blanket wrap the item. Then on top wrap them in cardboard to almost create a box. You can visit www.elitemover.com/elite-moving-videos/ and look at our packing videos to give you an idea on how to properly pack your things.

 

Getting an accurate estimate can be a difficult task but with these simple tips you can make it happen. Feel free to contact us at 847-675-8701 for any additional questions or so we could provide you with an accurate estimate for your move.

Long distance move: What to Expect

Long Distance Move: What to Expect

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

 

Be ready when moving day arrives

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

 

Be Prepared

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

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

 

Moderate the move

After the inventory is done, the movers will start loading the truck determining the best order in which to do so. Separate out anything you don’t want in the truck, like personal goods and high-value items you plan to carry separately. Stay around as your movers load up the boxes in case they have questions about the move. Professional movers have a precise technique of loading your furniture and other items. Each piece will be pad wrapped and taken to the truck. At Elite Moving & Storage, will make sure to stock the items bottom to top to assure that not much shifting and movement will happen during the drive.

 

Be aware of the delivery window

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

 

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

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Easy Tips for Packing Fragile Items

When you move, you might not bring every last thing with you, but your most important items tend to make the trip. In many cases, that means high-value, fragile items are part of the equation. You are at the first, and most important, step in making sure your delicate items stay protected throughout your move. Taking the time to properly package and label your fragile items can ensure your breakables arrive in one piece. Here are our easy tips to pack up your fragile items and keep them safe:

  1. Prepare in advance.

    It is easy to forget to wrap something when you’re in a hurry. Packing up valuable crystal, porcelain and other breakables requires time, so plan ahead and set aside a reasonable amount of time to focus on packing your breakables before your moving date. By setting aside the appropriate time can help ensure they will arrive safely – just as you packed them.

  2. Have the right tools.

    Here’s what you need: quality boxes in various sizes (none too large); packing paper (allot), bubble wrap, cardboard, scissors, and packing tape. A large table to lay out your items and pack on can save you from stooping while you are packing for your move. When it comes to using bubble wrap, remember if you’re moving heavier, oddly shaped, or pointed items it is likely that the bubble wrap will pop during the move, leaving the item unprotected. Especially in the case of a long-distance move, opt for cardboard and packing paper to provide cushioning.

Packing the Most Common Fragile Items While Moving:

How to Pack Plates While Moving

Plates should be packed vertically in small or medium boxes. Professional movers use dish pack or china boxes lined with allot of crumpled packing paper on the bottom, top and in between of each plate. By placing your plates vertically inside the box instead of stacking them, you reduce the risk of breakage during transport. Wrap each plate in bubble wrap and secure with tape. Place crumpled paper in between the standing plates. Make sure to have allot of crumpled paper as the floor of the box and cover on top. For finer china we recommend going an extra step and placing a piece of cardboard or foam between each plate. Do not over pack the box to be too heavy to lift or for the box to brake. Do make sure to use packing material to fill out the box that there is no movement inside the box when you give the box a jiggle.

How to Pack Glasses While Moving

Wrap glasses individually with clean packing paper, tucking the paper inside the glass. Place crumpled paper inside larger pieces to diminish empty space. Since glassware tends to be smaller, but heavier when stacked, your best bet is to use a double-walled box for packing. Pack the heaviest glasses at the bottom and the lighter glasses nearer the top, using a piece of cardboard in between each layer and fill spaces around glasses with crumpled paper as well.

How to Pack Lamps While Moving

Lamp shades should be boxed (flat side down) separately with lots of paper. Lamp bases can be bubble wrapped and placed in a larger box with crumpled paper where appropriate.

How to Pack Pictures/Frames While Moving

Picture frames should be placed standing up in small or medium paper-lined boxes, with crumpled paper in between each piece. Wrap frames in packing paper. Top frames with more packing paper to ensure items don’t move around in the box. Pictures that are over 3 feet should be foam wrapped and packed into adjustable sized picture boxes.

Packing Specialty Items for Moving

It’s important to consider the shape and size of the piece, as well as any handles or protruding pieces that could break easily. Wrap the piece completely in bubble wrap, securing with tape. Place it on one piece of pliable cut cardboard. Place an identical piece of cardboard on top of the item. Then bend the cardboard ends to meet and secure with tape. Don’t be shy with the tape. Make sure all edges and angles are protected. Remember, when packing fragile items, do not over pack but do not leave empty space in the box for your items to move around. Fill in gaps with crumpled packing paper and/or bubble wrap. You want your items to be snug and secure throughout transport, so don’t be shy with the bubble wrap or tape. Use all you need to feel confident. Better safe than sorry.

Follow these packing steps and you can be confident that your items will show up to their new home in one piece.

Rule of thumb:

No matter what you are packing, always make sure to have allots of protective materials, clearly mark fragile items ‘Fragile’ and label the top of the box (This Side Up) where possible. We also recommend noting the room that the box should go into at your new home so that your movers can place things where you like them.

What not to do:

Many people use old towels, small blankets, newsprint, or even paper towels to wrap their fragile items. These are less than ideal choices. Newsprint can be dirty and means you have more washing to do when you get to your new home. Paper towels aren’t strong or reliable. Blankets and towels slip easily, so your fragile items could become unprotected and break during the move. Instead, invest in the proper packing materials – you won’t be sorry.

Elite Moving & Storage can help!

We get it. Packing can be overwhelming. Did you know that we offer packing services as well as supplies? Elite Moving has everything from tape to packing paper and every moving box you could need. Call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage for your next move. Together we can get you packed and moved- around the corner or coast to coast.

Happy Moving!

 

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How to Select the Right Moving Company

If you’re using professional movers for your move, you want to make sure you’re using the best movers available to you. But how do you sort through the chaff to find a dependable, affordable moving company with great service?

The fact is, there are many dishonest moving companies around. They might offer you a great price at first, then tack on extra charges after the pickup is done. How can you avoid being fooled by bad moving companies? Look for warning signs and do your research!

Is The Price Too Good To Be True?

Moving is not cheap, and we all want to get the best deal possible, but consider value rather than just price. It’s beneficial for you as a customer to use a company with well-equipped trucks, trained staff and storage. A good company has the experience and the space to accommodate a variety of requests, needs, and last-minute changes. You’re paying for peace of mind, and if the price is too low, it could be a red flag. You wouldn’t choose a surgeon based solely on price, right?

Some companies will offer you estimates for a minimum job so that the price sounds appealing, knowing that your local move is likely to take much longer and cost more. An honest mover will offer you a more realistic estimate based on the hours your local move is likely to take.

Check For A Physical Location

All legitimate moving companies will have an address listed that includes an actual storage site, not just a P.O. Box or an apartment. A solid moving company must have a place for employees and for equipment. If a moving company doesn’t have a physical space that you can drive by (or at least visit on Google Maps) and check out, don’t do business with it. A moving company without land could easily disappear with your belongings.

Check For A License

As with the physical location, all legitimate moving companies will have a license, so that they can be monitored and regulated by governmental agencies. Check on the Department of Transportation’s website, and you may see a license that has been revoked or expired. Have the company’s MC or DOT number in hand so you know what you’re looking for, and check safer.fmcsa.dot.gov for safety information and more. Here are our numbers.

Check About Insurance

All licensed moving companies must provide liability coverage for your items during the move. Additional coverage can be purchased through your insurance agent. You can also visit movinginsurance.com to find a policy that works for you.

Do Your Research and Use Common Sense to Find the Best Movers in Chicagoland!

So how can you find the best Chicago movers? Get references from friends and family. Check online reviews. Google or drive by the address to make sure they are established. Get estimates from more than one company. Make sure the moving trucks are branded. Check the company’s Better Business Bureau rating. Don’t use a broker.

Naturally we’d like you to choose Elite Moving & Storage for your project, but as long as you follow these tips, you can confidently hire legitimate movers.

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Tips for Making A Winter Move

It’s officially cold here in the Chicago area. Moving seems like it’s not that fun this time of year, but actually, there are certain advantages. For one, prime moving season happens between May and September – which means that it’s easier to get movers on the times and dates that you want, and finding a place may be easier or cheaper. Of course, there are problems, too. A little caution, foresight, and flexibility will get you through! And Elite Moving’s guide to cold-weather moving will help.

Take the weather into account

As your moving day comes near, make sure to check weather reports to make sure that you’re prepared. Of course, Chicago weather is notoriously changeable and often unpredictable, so you’ll want to keep that in mind. Remember to keep your cold-weather supplies easily available. You may need your snowblower, coats, gloves, and scrapers. And lots of towels.

If there’s going to be lots of snow, plan your moving route to include main streets that are likely to be shoveled and salted. If the weather is going to be bad, avoiding busy streets might be the way to go. Clear your sidewalks and driveways so that moving your belongings is less dangerous. At your new place, make sure all the utilities are working before you move in. Do this a few days in advance so you can deal with any problems before moving day. Make sure your car is also ready.

Take care of your people and pets

Some sites recommend turning off your heat during a move; we don’t, as we think a couple of hours aren’t going to be that much of a hit on your utility bill, and Chicago is no fun in icy temps. Still, it will be colder in your house because need doors will be propped open. It might be nice to provide warming alternatives for you and your helpers – a warm bathroom with a space heater, for example, or a carafe full of hot coffee in the kitchen (don’t forget cups!).

If you have small children and pets, do your best to keep them away from the chaos of moving. This will expedite the moving process and lower your stress levels – as well as theirs. Arrange care for your pets and kids in advance. Consider boarding your pets, so they don’t get underfoot or lost during the moving process. If you wish your kids to be part of the moving experience, let them pack and move their toys at the end of the move. This lets them feel part of the crew, but keeps them away while the big stuff is being done.

Take care of your things

Take shorter days into account, and get started early. Know what kind of action is likely to be happening on your street – will trucks come out to shovel the snow while you’re moving? Are there parking restrictions in place due to snow or season?

Snow, ice, and dirt may very well get into your car, your old home, and your new home. Make sure towels are available to wipe down furniture and boxes. Put mats or tarps down on your floors to soak up snow and water. Cover your boxes and furniture with blankets or sheets as you move them outside to minimize moisture and damage due to inclement weather conditions.

Be extra careful with fragile items and electronics. Electronics don’t like the cold, so know where you’re placing them and take care to keep them with you in a warm car. Fragile items can be packed with additional cushioning to avoid breakage. Remember that moving trucks may sit out overnight, so if your items can be damaged by cold you’ll want to make alternative arrangements.

Seriously, hire movers. Professionals know how to deal with this kind of weather. Listen to them. They have plenty of experience in moving, and they know what works.

Consider Elite Moving & Storage for all your winter moving needs!

Part of our job at Elite Moving & Storage is to advise you on how to make hassle-free moves, and we’re good at it. We’ve been moving people in Chicago for 11 winters now, and we know what we’re doing. The winter move of a two-bedroom apartment that may take you all day can be done by our professionals in just five hours!

If you’re moving in the winter, you’ll have to be careful and work out as many elements in advance as possible. You’ll also have to be flexible! Elite Moving & Storage can help – get an estimate today.

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Moving With Pets: Keeping Animals Safe and Stress-Free

Did you know that one of the top reasons that people decide to rehome their pets, or leave them at a shelter, is because they’re moving?

It’s sad, but true. It may be because a new landlord doesn’t allow pets, for example, or your roommate has allergies, or the new space just isn’t appropriate for any furry friends. About five percent of pets never make it to the new home with their owners, and get left behind.

But for most of us, moving without our pets is simply not an option. And we want to do it with as little stress to our favorite pets as possible. So, here are some tips for moving your pet to your new home.

Before Your Move

You wouldn’t leave town or change living situations without thinking about your loved ones, would you? Your pets are part of your family, so make sure you consider their needs as you decide where you’re going, what kind of space you want to live in, and who else will share that space with you.

If it’s possible for you to do so, make sure your pet is part of your moving equation from the very beginning. Don’t rent an apartment that doesn’t allow cats. If you have a big dog, try to search out a house with a yard. If you answer a Craigslist ad for a new roommate, be upfront about your pets’ importance to you. Check state and local laws for licensing and other ordinances that may apply to your situation.

Research Pet Travel Options for Your Move

Will you be flying? Driving? Will you take your animals with you, or count on a family member to bring them up a few weeks later? Maybe an animal relocation service will have the charge of your pet for a while? You have many options when it comes to traveling with a pet. How you choose to transport them may have to do with your comfort level, and that of your pets.

If you’re traveling by plane, check with your airline about specific policies regarding pets – and get tickets well in advance. If you’re driving, remember to find out if restaurants and hotels along your route are pet-friendly. If not, you may have to make contingency plans. And, if you’re moving to a new country, know about quarantine rules getting your pet in and out.

Plan Your Pet’s Transition

Individual animals react to changes in environment differently. Cats, especially, are tied to locations and habit. We don’t socialize them the same way we do with dogs. So, when it comes to a move, they may need special attention. Acclimate your animals to the idea of a move.

Obtain a hard-sided pet carrier and put them inside for a few minutes more each day with a toy, to acclimate them and make them think the carrier is a place of safety. Take them out for rides if they’re not used to that. Confine them, or send them to a kennel on the day the movers come if they are stressed out by change. Keep them away from moving chaos, and don’t pick them up until you’re ready to go.

Pack Their Things for the Move

Make sure to have your pets’ medical information on hand. Pack a bag for each animal, with their favorite toys inside. You will also want to take a pet first aid kit, food and water (as water conditions will change from state to state), doggie bags, or a litter box. Have I.D. tags made up with your cell phone number and new address, just in case. Smaller animals will also need hard-sided carriers.

Consider having fish shipped for safety. If you have a good aquarium store nearby, have your fish put into bags with extra oxygen for the move. If your pet is a bad traveler, visit your vet for potential medical solutions. You may want a pre-move checkup to refill prescriptions or transfer records.

Things To Remember While Traveling for A Move

Keep all animals restrained. A dog can be held with a leash or harness, but cats and smaller animals should be placed inside hard-sided carriers with some breathing room. Not only does this allow for safe driving without worrying about animals getting in the way, it helps prevent escapes by stressed-out pets.

Birds, guinea pigs and other small animals are especially prone to moving-day nerves and changes in environment, so this is not the time to let them run loose. Animals can get car sick and disoriented by movement, so keep that in mind. Keep extra towels in the car for accidents. Cover carriers, especially for the first few hours of the drive, to prevent overstimulation. Remember that in hotels and strange places, cats will want to hide immediately.

After You Move In

When you get to your new residence, go in and inspect the house before you let your pets out. Find potential hiding places, and locate and get rid of any hazards (leftover mouse traps). Ideally, you’ll wait until your furniture is placed before your animals leave the carriers. That way, they will come out to some familiar sights.

Release your pets into one room first, let them adjust, and allow them more freedom. Keep things consistent, the way you did in your previous home, so your pets know to expect the same rules and the same behavior. You know your pet best, so watch for any signalers of anxiety, fear, or illness. Locate your resources, such a new vet, dog parks, and your emergency vets, so you know where to go from the start if anything happens. Also, if your pet is microchipped, update that information.

Give your pets some time, and they’ll be back to ruling the roost in no time. And for your move, consider the experts here at Elite Moving & Storage. We know the industry and we offer complete moving services. If you’re moving in Chicago, from Chicago, or to Chicago, we have the knowhow because we’re a local company. We’re also the best movers in town! Contact us today so we can help you.

 

 

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We’ve Received Recognition from CityOf.com/Chicago!

It’s always nice to be recognized for your hard work and the care of your customers, so we are especially proud today to have received this Premier Service Award from CityOf.com/Chicago for our moving services!

We hope all our customers have experiences with our company that exceed their expectations, and we strive for perfection in every job. We’re so glad that others are realizing that our local, community-based moving company is the best moving company out there (yes, we’re biased)! We want to prove it whenever we can, so let us know how we can help you.

Thanks to CityOf.com/Chicago for this honor! Elite Moving & Storage will do our best to always live up to it.

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5 Tips for Moving to a New City: Before You Go

Got a new job? Found your dream home? Starting at a new school? No matter the reason for your relocation, a little bit of preparation can help ease your mind and make the transition an exciting one. Here are some things you should do before you start the actual process of moving.

1. Check out your new city before a move

Research your new town. Get a guidebook, or check online. Arm yourself with useful knowledge about schools, culture, hospitals, safety, places of worship, local doctors and dentists, and social experiences. Scope out the proximity of your new residence to your workplace – or where you want to work, if you’re arriving without a job. This can help you choose the neighborhood you will call home, and help to make you more confident in your new surroundings. Find out about opportunities for future exploration.

2. Read up about your new neighborhood when moving

Try to visit your new street and get a feel for how your life will be as a resident there. Check out your route and commute time to get to work. Explore your new local grocery stores, cleaners, shops, gas stations, coffee shops, gyms, restaurants, and other places you may like to visit. Armed with this information, you can decide if the neighborhood is right for you before you arrive with all your belongings. Have a friend nearby? Get the lowdown from locals on what life is really like in your new area.

3. Know the cost of living in a new city

Find the cost of living where you’ll be moving, so you can budget accordingly and understand what kind of income you need to live comfortably there. Use cost of living statistics to project your probable monthly expenses. Don’t forget to factor in taxes, transportation (will you be driving, or are you taking public transit?), and entertainment. Also, remember to keep a financial cushion at hand just in case. You may wish to create a spreadsheet that takes your anticipated income and projected expenses into account.

4. Keep track of important information before a move

Keep bills, vital records, and other important documents with you for safety. Quick access to these documents will come in handy when it is time to set up accounts in your new location. Collect and bring important information such as medical and dental records, banking information, school records, driver’s licenses, insurance papers, utility information and account numbers to get you registered with services in your new city. Don’t forget the contact information of friends, resources, and members of your social and professional networks.

5. Get organized, but be flexible

Start as far ahead of time as you can, so that you can work methodically. Pack rooms one at a time, and label your boxes accordingly. Make sure you keep your necessities with you, just in case (keep a couple of changes of clothing and toiletries with you). Be mindful of where your most fragile items are located and know what’s being done with them. Remember that there may be bumps along the road, but if you’re as prepared as you can be, you can get through anything with a minimum of fuss.

Prepare and Get Moving

Moving can be intimidating. But with a little research, you can move on to the next adventure confident in knowing these details about your new neighborhood. Hit the ground running!

We understand that the moving process can be stressful. As always, if you need help with your move, you can talk to your friends at Elite Moving & Storage! We’re one of the best Chicago moving companies around, and we’d like to prove it to you. Call for a quote today.