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The Best Packing Tips for Moving

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

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

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

Don’t make the box too heavy

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

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

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

Know what NOT to pack

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

Keep important personal items with you during your move

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

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

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

Elite Moving & Storage can help you move!

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

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Common Moving Mistakes

Moving isn’t always the most pleasant activity. It requires planning, money, effort, and the ability to juggle plenty of moving parts. You have to think about what to do at your old house, your new home, and everywhere in between, from moving big-ticket items to filling out change of address cards.

We started Elite Moving & Storage to reduce some of those headaches. If you can hire dependable local movers with a reputation for affordable and professional service, it reduces stress and makes your life easier. But we’ve also seen many mistakes in our professional moving experiences, and we have some tips for you on how to keep your move from being a total disaster.

Mistake #1 – Not Giving Yourself Enough Time

Repeat after us. Do not procrastinate. Get started early, because you are going to need all the time you can give yourself. Make a checklist, and hire movers as early as you can – especially if this is a busy time of year for moves. Make sure you have the time to take inventory, to get rid of all your furniture that you don’t want, to house-hunt, to go through the entire process. If you’re rushing at the end, you may think labeling isn’t so important, and then you won’t be able to find anything when you get to the new place. Create a timeline and stick with it.

Mistake #2 – Not Doing the Research

When you move, there are a number of areas you’ll need to research – including insurance, moving companies, real estate, where to board your pets. It might be tempting, with all the work you have to do, to skimp in one area or another. Don’t! Know how to spot a shady mover and get an accurate estimate. Find out when the best times are for moving – for your budget, and for your schedule. Don’t go with the first offer you get on anything until you’ve done some legwork on whether you’re getting a good deal. Check references.

Mistake #3 – Not Decluttering Mercilessly

What do you need? What can you toss? Sure, you’ve collected a bunch of interesting tchotchkes and knick-knacks over the years. But do you need these items? Keep things you have used in the last year, and stow sentimental items – or, even better, toss them after you’ve taken pictures of them. But donate or sell anything you don’t want to move. Not only will this make your move cheaper in terms of fuel and labor costs, it feels liberating. Let’s face it, once you complete your move, you’re going to throw away many of those items before they find a new space in your home anyway, and then you’ll kick yourself for having waited so long.

Mistake #4 – Not Creating An Appropriate Budget

Moving is expensive, and sticker shock is normal. But the financial hit can be mitigated if you do your research, estimate your costs realistically, and plan ahead of time. Thinking to cut corners? Sometimes, a DIY approach may make sense for your move, but don’t skimp on the important stuff. You may need some of the advantages a good moving company can offer – peace of mind, insurance, packing services, fewer fuel and gas headaches, and less muscle strain. And remember that if you don’t do the work beforehand, you may end up paying more – in moving costs, mortgage rates, or post-move needs. Make a comprehensive budget and update it as you go. Hint: don’t skimp on packing materials.

Mistake #5 – Not Planning for the Day of the Move

One of the pitfalls of moving is not having what you need when you need it. So, pack a bag of daily essentials for every member of your family that stores all the items that you will need on and around moving day, and as soon as you get to your new place. This prevents you from hasty unpacking of all your boxes trying to find your child’s lovey immediately after arrival at your new house. Medications, chargers, electronics, clothing, valuables, and toiletries should be included here.

Count on Elite Moving & Storage for full-service moving and relocation. 

We’ve done thousands of local and long distance moves, and we’ve seen it all. If you want the best expertise and affordable rates from the best movers in Chicagoland, call us today!

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How To Alleviate Stress During A Move

No matter how you do it, moving is a stressful process. There’s so much involved, and so many steps, and it seems overwhelming. We get it – this is, after all, what we at Elite Moving & Storage do for a living. We got into this business because we know it’s hard and we want to help with every step of the moving process – and because there’s a new start at the end, and the potential for hope and happiness. So, here are some quick tips to help keep you centered during this crazy moving process that overtakes your life.

1. Make A Plan for Your Move

Simple, but true. The more things you can plan for, the less you have to think about on a last-minute basis. If you love list-making, now’s the time to do it. If you aren’t the organized type, take a shot at it. Anything you can do ahead of time helps. Of course, plans fall through, so also make sure you can roll with those punches and be flexible.

2. Create Deadlines and Start Early

Schedule things out for the day of, the week before, the month before, and so on. Take opportunities to build yourself in some extra time if at all possible. Add big blocks of time into your day to focus on moving tasks, but do it in your bits of spare time as well. Remember, moving isn’t part of our daily routines, and doing all this new work is very tiring. If you start early and know when things will happen, it can definitely help!

3. Get Others Involved With Your Move

You may need to talk to lawyers and accountants, deal with moving companies and schools, find mortgage brokers and realtors and others. Surround yourself with dependable people, including friends that can come over and bring you wine or take those extra clothes off your hands. If you need a night off, get your pals together and blow off some steam. Asking for help when you need it is a great life skill – and this is one of the times you’ll need it.

4. Get Yourself Mentally Prepared

Sometimes, all it takes to reduce stress is to give yourself a bit of an attitude adjustment. Don’t get bogged down in details – remember the big picture. You’re going for new experiences, new people, new routines. It’s a totally new beginning in a world where change is the only constant. Don’t forget your old friends, though, and find ways of connecting to both the place you’re leaving behind and the place you’re going to. Allow yourself to feel sad, too, because that’s absolutely okay.

5. Take Time Out For Yourself

Whether it’s a bit of extra yoga or meditation, an additional Zumba class, or eating more healthy, this is a great time to pay attention to your body’s needs. Try to work in some meditation or relaxation time. Take your kids out for pizza and ice cream instead of cooking after a long day of moving tasks, walk through a nearby nature preserve – whatever works for you. Just do it. Remember, moving is an emotional upheaval as well as a physical one, so take care of those emotions too.

Elite Moving & Storage can help with the stressful parts of your move.

One sure way of alleviating stress during a move is to hire the best moving company in Chicago, Elite Moving & Storage. Feel free to check us out through the Better Business Bureau, the FMCSA, or just drive by our Skokie location. Elite Moving & Storage can help make your move easy and give you peace of mind! We know you’ll need that when you’re moving in Chicago, or out of Chicago.

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How to Prevent Identity Theft During A Move

Identity theft is big business these days, and it’s also a giant hassle for victims trying to prove who they are. Moving is one of the times you’re most vulnerable to this crime. And it’s a stressful enough time already, don’t you think? Don’t add to your woes by leaving yourself open to having your information stolen.

Over the years, we at Elite Moving & Storage have learned a few tricks to help you navigate the details of a move, so count on us. Here are a few tips to stop identity theft before it happens.

Before Your Move

Moving often includes a lot of decluttering. You’ll be getting rid of papers and files, along with unneeded clothing and toys. Make sure any ones that include sensitive information are shredded. Also, make sure you submit a Change of Address form to the U.S. Postal Service at least a week before you move. If companies send your mail to the wrong address, personal information could end up in the wrong hands. You may also want to notify your bank, utility companies, schools, insurance companies, and other services about your new move.

If your home is being shown to potential buyers, keep your wills, passports, tax returns, birth certificates, financial statements, medical records, tax returns, and anything with sensitive information out of the house, or in a locked cabinet or drawer. Do the same when contractors come in for painting, carpeting, or other services. Are you hiring movers? Check their Better Business Bureau rating. Ours is an A+, and any movers you hire should have a similar rating. Make sure your moving company gets good reviews, is trustworthy, and can be responsible for sensitive items. This is important for your peace of mind, as well as your wallet.

During Your Move

If you’re taking documents and electronic devices that might reveal personal information with you, consider leaving them out of the hands of movers. If you can keep them in your line of sight, they’ll be safest. We recommend keeping these items with you if at all possible.

Stick around while the moving process happens. If you’re there supervising, there are fewer opportunities for anything bad to happen, whether it’s things going missing without your realizing it, or someone sneaking in and taking things. We can vouch for our drivers, but there are plenty of moving companies out there that may be more careless. If you can’t be there, find a trusted friend or family member who can.

After Your Move

If you haven’t already, once you’ve settled in a bit, change your address with every website you shop with. Make sure all the businesses you work with have your new information. Do your best to remember everyone. Doing this now can save you headaches later. Verify that your mail is now being forwarded, and check utilities to make sure they’ve been closed at the old address. Check your credit reports.

Even though your move is complete, and you think you’ve taken care of everything, stuff still happens. You may have missed a credit card company that sends your bill, complete with account information, to your old address. Savvy thieves might be able to use your old address for new accounts. Some credit card companies and other financial institutions may offer identity theft protection for a small fee; utilize this for a few months just to make sure.

 For peace of mind, consider moving with Elite Moving & Storage!

Elite Moving & Storage has seen it all. With your years of experience, we don’t just move you from Point A to Point B, we also advise you on how to do it right. Are you ready to move into Chicago, or out of Chicago? Let us know how we can help! Get a free quote today.