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Moving During the Coronavirus Outbreak

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

Over the past several weeks, we have been closely monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 and will do our best to provide you with a safe and smooth move through this time. If you have a move scheduled or are planning a move, we understand you may have questions. Working together and following recommended best practices will allow us to continue to provide moving services to our customers with appropriate levels of caution. While we still continue to help our customers plan and execute efficient local and long-distance moves, at Elite Moving & Storage we are ensuring that our team is working in conditions that are safe and sanitary.

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

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

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

If you are looking for a safe, clean and sanitary option for your moving needs, call us today. All our movers are highly trained and equipped according to the last news. They know how to pack, load or unload properly without damages or injures. Our moving company is looking forward to hearing from you.

How to Pack Books When Moving

For book lovers, packing up to move to a new home can be especially challenging, since books are among the heaviest items. While it’s important to purge and get rid of what you don’t need before you move into your new place, books can sometimes be a little trickier to assess whether they stay or go. Whether it’s one shelf full or an entire library, books need to be carefully packed to stay protected. When packing them, consider their weight and distribute them so you can easily carry the boxes.

 

Assess your books

It is best to go through all of your books before you move and figure what you should pass along to a friend, place in storage, donate and/or get rid of. It can be tempting to hold onto every book in your collection, but donating them is a great idea to give back to a local charity or school, or you can also give them to a friend who you think would love the book just as much as you did.

You could also have a yard sale (season and weather permitting). Yard sales are a great way to earn a little extra money before you move, and get rid of a lot of the things you don’t need in your new home.

Go through your books, start early, and take your time: you don’t want to rush your decision.

 

Pack your books early

Books take a long time to pack, mainly because it involves multiple boxes, careful placement, and the occasional reading break. One of the easiest mistakes to make when packing books is packing boxes too full. Books are heavy, and their bulk adds up quickly. The best way to pack books for moving is to use small boxes that will keep the weight below 40 lbs. This will make your books easier – and safer – to move.

 

Make sure boxes are strong enough

The boxes you get should be small and made of thick cardboard, very strong on the sides and corners. While we love to reuse boxes where we can, you don’t want to use a book box that looks like it’s seen better days. When you’ve made certain the box will be strong enough for books, add extra tape to the bottom where the seam is formed. This adds some extra sealing power, and protects your books from any liquid or dirt.

Finally, line all your book boxes with a couple layers of packing paper. This adds a bit of extra cushioning and it’s just one more way to protect your books. If you have any space in between your books, consider filling them with small dish towels, shirts, underwear, and/or socks for padding.

Don’t forget to label your boxes. It’s really important to do it so your movers know exactly where your boxes should go when you finally get into your new house. And since these boxes will be super heavy, labeling them as books will ensure that they won’t be placed on top of anything that mark as fragile.

 

Tips for Hardcover books

Place them in the box standing upright, spine against the box’s side, just like you were placing it on a shelf. If you pack them this way, make sure they’re packed well, but not so tightly that they might be damaged when removing them from the box. If you’re packing valuable editions, wrap those in packing paper or use cardboard slotted between volumes to protect their covers and to keep them from shifting during transport.

 

Tips for Paperback books

Place them flat or spine first so that their paper edges face upwards. Don’t pack them so the edges of the pages face down or they’ll bend and warp. If you leave the boxes this way long term, they’ll be permanently damaged. Fill empty spaces with wadded-up paper to help limit any shifting in the box. You want to keep the books from falling onto their sides or bending.

 

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 us for your next move. Together we can get you packed and moved- around the corner or coast to coast.

Moving While Closing on Both Houses on the Same Day

Life happens fast. And sometimes, you may find yourself in the position of having to sell your home and buy a new one, without any sort of break in between. In a perfect world, this transition would take place in one day. You’d simply sell your old one, then go on to the closing of the new one. However, in the real world, it’s not that simple, and you’ll need to expect some time between selling your house and buying your new one or vice versa. Here at Elite Moving & Storage, we know that when it comes to buying, selling and moving, the unexpected happens — it doesn’t matter if you’re hiring a mover, handling it yourself, working with one or multiple agents. If you’re scheduling both a move and a closing, here are few tips for you to plan a more frustration-free move.

 

Make your move

The best way to coordinate your move and your closing is to align your move with the moves of the people involved in your transaction and closing. Getting everybody on the same page can be complicated, especially when dealing with real estate agents, lawyers and banks; but the initial effort will save you time, and potentially money, too. It’s much easier to schedule a move if you know what your closing date will be. If you must be out of your current residence on or before closing day, it’s essential you schedule your move for a specific date.  Keep in mind rush moves or last-minute scheduling or rescheduling can cost you more in moving costs. Making sure everybody can move in and out on the same day is ideal and it means that your belongings will spend less time trapped away in boxes. When dealing with the process of moving, anything you can do to save time and money is worthwhile.

 

Have a plan

Make a packing plan that includes a packing schedule, list of necessary materials and an itemized list that designates specific responsibilities to each person in your house.  Stick to the plan, especially the schedule. Touch base with members of your household on a regular basis to find out how they’re handling their packing responsibilities. When you’re making your packing plan, start packing up items tucked away in storage, in the attic and in the shed. The last things in your house to be packed up should be those things that are in plain sight when visitors walk in. An empty house or a house full of boxes can seem impersonal and unattractive to buyers. Also keeping your home clean can be tiring, but it’s critical during the stages when your home is being seen by visitors. Don’t wait until your home is a mess to do the cleaning. Clean a little bit each night to ensure that your home stays beautiful for buyers and will make for a smoother move on moving day. Keep a rotating schedule and clean a different room of the house each night. Elite Moving & Storage can even help with the staging of your home to make it look more inviting to visitors.

 

Communicate

Just in case something delays your ability to close at a certain time, make sure you keep open the lines of communication with the buyers of your home, the sellers of your new home, your movers and the lawyers involved in the process. Giving everyone a heads up means that the problem can be resolved faster and more successfully than if it was left unmentioned. Instead of re-scheduling the move, Elite Moving & Storage offers overnight truck storage. We can load your items into our truck and store them for you securely overnight in the truck without any unloading fee to storage, and deliver them to you the next morning. We can also store your belongings in our storage unit, giving you time to pick a new date to bring everything to your new home after the closing finally happens. Our secure, climate-controlled storage facility is available for you whether you are moving across the USA or around the block. Whether you need to store the contents of a studio, a five-bedroom house, or an office, rest assured that we have the storage solution for you.

 

Moving while trying to sell your house and buy a new one can be challenging, but it is possible. If you have any other questions about storing or moving your belongings, contact us. We are always happy to help and to provide you with more specific guidelines before your moving day. Contact us today for all your moving service needs!

 

 

 

How to Reduce Stress During a Move

Moving can be really stressful, from finding the right movers to packing up all of your belongings to saying goodbye to your family and friends. Since there is a lot going, and in some cases during a very short period of time, we understand that you may not be able to control the life changes coming your way. However, the good news is that managing the stress is possible and here are some ways to having a stress-free move.

Give yourself TIME

The less time you have to prepare for the big day, the more stress you’ll experience because you just cannot process the thought of what should happen if you don’t finish your preparations on time. One excellent way to reduce the stress during a move is to give yourself as much time as you can. If possible, initiate the preparations at least 8 weeks before the day of the move. The more time you’ve given yourself to work on your moving tasks, the less pressure you should feel as the day of the move gets closer, even when something unexpected comes up and slows down your progress.

Make a to-do list

One of the secrets to reduce the stress of moving is to efficiently use all of the time you have until the day of your move. Follow a moving checklist that will list all the tasks you need to do in order to get 100% ready to move out. When you start getting overwhelmed by how many things still need doing, one of the best ways to get that stress off your shoulders is to write it all down. List all the tasks you need to do, small and large and prioritize them. Every time you check a task as complete, you’ll know that you are making progress, and that will keep you calm and stress-free because you know you’re getting things done.

Declutter your home

Believe it or not, clutter tends to create stress and the less you have to move, the easier it is. One of the best ways to avoid stress when moving is to take this unique opportunity to get rid of all the clutter in your home. Once you do that, you’ll be left only with the things you really want and really need. As a result, the new apartment or house will be tidier and much more spacious having sorted out your belongings before moving in. Give yourself a bit of leeway to keep things you truly love, but be strict with yourself, too. Group all the things you won’t be taking with you into 3 major categories: Sell, Donate, Throw Away.

Keep a regular exercise routine

Thirty minutes a day can greatly reduce stress and anxiety, not to mention help you maintain the energy and strength you’ll need for the big move. Since moving is so busy, try to get your exercise out of the way early in the morning, which is sure to help you to feel revitalized, centered and accomplished. Running, in particular, is a great way to zone out your world as you get your heart and body moving.

Get regular sleep

Stress is one of the main reasons behind sleep loss, which is understandable considering the various pressures associated with moving. Proper sleep is super important during the moving process and the better rested you are, the better you will be able to handle the work load. The optimal sleep time recommended is 7-9 hours, so make a genuine effort to keep yours within that range. Also, it may be a good idea to take 30 minute break each day during your moving process, to exercise or get a little extra sleep. A 30 minutes break can happen anytime, day or night, and you can spend it doing just about anything that helps you relax.

Eat healthy and drink water

Eating well will help you keep up your energy, keep your body in shape, and keep your immune system strong. Plan your meals ahead and make sure you stock up on healthy foods – fruit and vegetables, whole grain bread, lean meats, milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, granola bars, etc.
Just as important as healthy eating while moving is making sure you’re drinking enough water. For most people, water is the best thing to drink to stay hydrated. Sources of water also include foods, such as fruits and vegetables which contain a high percentage of water.

We know that moving is stressful, but if you are well prepared, organized and hire a professional and experienced moving company, your move will be a success. Hiring a professional moving company will make your moving process smooth and easy. 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. From full-service moving capabilities to storage options, Elite Moving & Storage can assist you with every aspect of your move. For more information on how we can assist you, contact us today!

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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Staying Healthy During Your Move

Summer moving season is upon us. Are you moving soon? You’re not alone. Roughly 35 million Americans move each year. It is a stressful process which sometimes takes weeks and often months to prepare and complete. It is easy to get overwhelmed during the moving process and forsake your typical habits; especially when it comes to eating well. Keep in mind that your health must remain your number one priority during the move, and of course – after the move is over too.

Keep these tips in mind as you prepare to move to your new home.

SLEEP WELL DURING YOUR MOVE

Stress is one of the main reasons behind sleep loss, which is understandable considering the various pressures associated with moving. Proper sleep is super important during the moving process and the better rested you are, the better you will be able to handle the work load. The optimal sleep time remains 7-9 hours, so make a genuine effort to keep yours within that range. It is easier said than done with so much work to do, so start your moving preparation as early as possible. Also, it may be a good idea to take 30 minutes break each day during your moving process, to exercise or get a little extra sleep. A 30 minutes break can happen anytime, day or night, and you can spend it doing just about anything that helps you relax.

KEEP A HEALTHY DIET

There’s nothing wrong with ordering a pizza every once in a while, especially if you do it after a long day of packing, cleaning, and preparing for the move. Keep in mind that it will take about the same amount of time to prepare a healthy meal as it would to have a pizza delivered. Eating well will help you keep up your energy, keep your body in shape, and keep your immune system strong. Plan your meals ahead and make sure you stock up on healthy foods – fruit and vegetables, whole grain bread, lean meats, milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, granola bars, etc.

The kitchen is usually the first room to get packed up, meaning if you don’t think ahead you may find yourself with no choice but to eat something in a takeout container lacking in nutrition. Leave out a few kitchen items, including plates, forks, knifes, spoons, and bowl per member of your family. When it’s time to go, pack these items in a clearly marked box so you can easily access them during the unpacking stage too. That box should be the first box you unpack in your new home. Have extra snacks or a meal packed to eat when you arrive. You may not be able to run out to the grocery store right away, so it’s best to have a few options just in case.

KEEP YOUR BODY HYDRATED

Just as important as healthy eating while moving is making sure you’re drinking enough water, especially if you’re moving in the summer. For most people, water is the best thing to drink to stay hydrated. Sources of water also include foods, such fruits and vegetables which contain a high percentage of water. Sports drinks with electrolytes, may be useful during the move specially in very hot weather, though they tend to be high in added sugars and calories. Carbonated drinks are high in sugar and low in nutrition so you want to stay away from drinking sodas when moving. The elevated intake of carbohydrates can lead to sugar crashes and energy slumps.

ASK FOR HELP DURING YOUR MOVE

If you know you’re going to have trouble sticking to a healthy eating plan during your move, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Friends and family will be glad to drop you off something healthy if you don’t have time to cook a meal or pick it up yourself, and it’s a good excuse to take a breather and share a meal.

During the moving process take time to relax, eat healthy and drink plenty of water. You will avoid stress-related illness and you will keep up your energy so you can get everything done for your move.

Have questions about how you can make your move even more stress free? Call Elite Moving & Storage today and see how we can help.

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Moving With Kids

Moving can be a stressful time for the whole family, but it can be especially tough for kids. On moving day, there will be movers coming in and out of your home, packing and moving heavy items. It can be confusing, and if your little ones get mixed up in all the commotion, they could be injured.

Let’s keep your children happy, comfortable, safe and entertained throughout the whole process with these easy tips:

 

  1. Encourage your kids to pack themselves so that they are involved in the moving process.

    They can have their own boxes and suitcases that they are responsible for. Give them color codes, paint, markers or fun stickers to stick on the boxes that belong in their room. It will keep them busy and make it easier for them to identify which boxes hold their possessions when they arrive in your new home. This can help ease any apprehension about their most treasured toys being lost during the move.

  2. Give each child a backpack to fill with overnight items so that you don’t have to search boxes when the moving truck arrives to your new home.

    Include a toothbrush, pajamas, favorite stuffed animal, favorite blanket, favorite bedtime story, pillow, handheld electronic games and a change of clothes. They should keep their favorite toys with them to offer comfort as well as ensure safe passage to your new home.

  3. Keep them occupied.

    If your children are old enough, have books, board games, coloring books or other low-maintenance toys to keep them occupied as you may be tied up helping with the moving process. Keep a cooler with snacks and drinks in the room as well.

  4. Wait to throw away items.

    If you’re planning on getting rid of items your children no longer use, try to do the weeding out well in advance of the move or wait until after you are settled in the new home. This will prevent the children from associating moving day with an unsettling loss.

  5. Plan their new bedroom.

    Tell your children that they will have the opportunity to help decorate their new room by allowing them to pick out room colors or other fun items such as a bean bag chair, inexpensive tent, or a wall decal of their favorite cartoon character. You can give them a floor plan before you move in, so that they can decide where they want their belongings to go.

  6. Let children unpack their belongings first.

    Moving somewhere new is quite the adjustment for your kids, so make them feel important. Before you dive right into unpacking the kitchen, living room or dining room, allow each child to select one of their own boxes and take a few items out.

  7. Hire professional movers for your local or long-distance move.

    From full-service moving capabilities to storage options, Elite Moving & Storage can assist you with every aspect of your move, even unpacking your boxes and putting every last item where it belongs! If you don’t have to bother with the logistics of your move, you will have more time to focus on tending to your children.

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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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10 Ways To Make A New House Feel Like Home

You’ve just moved in. You like your new space, but it just doesn’t feel quite…right yet. So how can you make yourself more comfortable quickly? After all, you have things to do, and you need this to be your sanctuary ASAP.

1. Unpack and Set Up

Get rid of those boxes! Get your big items out, then set up the small things, and put everything where it’ll go. Your space will feel more like home if you aren’t reminding yourself every time you look around that you just got here.

2. Clean Your Space

Chances are the place doesn’t quite smell like home. So, take out your own cleaning supplies and give the place a once-over that will help you get familiar with its nooks and crannies. It’ll feel a bit more familiar. Light a candle once you’re done to infuse the place with a familiar scent.

3. Decorate

If you’re able to, repaint. Recarpet. Your taste is likely a bit different than the people who lived there before. Go big, or go small. Adding some new splashes of color, pillows for the couch, big plants will make the place feel more like yours.

4. Make Your Bathroom A Priority

The bathroom is usually a small space that you can quickly personalize. You’re in there many times a day, after all. You’ll feel better if you get all your familiar toiletries out and available. It’s the little things that make a place feel more like you, and this is a great place to start.

5. Set Up Your Bed

When you first get there, you’ll need at least one place you can relax while you’re getting unpacked. You’ll need your bed, of course, to sleep in. Having that piece of furniture set up will go a long way towards making you feel like you have eked out a restful oasis in your new home.

6. Accessorize

Furniture is one thing, but your personality also comes out with your belongings. Posters, pictures of family and friends, souvenirs you bought on your last vacation, your favorite books, are all parts of you that you can spread around to make your new space feel safe.

7. Play Your Favorite Music

Get out your favorite playlist and turn on some music! As you’re unpacking and getting your new place ready, music can de-stress and soothe you, and make great new associations with your new apartment or house. Don’t be afraid to dance it out.

8. Do A Security Check

Make yourself familiar with the way your doors and windows work. Are your locks secure? If not, get them taken care of right away. Taking steps to make yourself physically safe will go a long way towards allowing you to relax in your new home.

9. Have a Housewarming Party

Bring in your old friends, and invite some new ones too! Moving is about new beginnings, but shouldn’t leave you bereft. So, hold a gathering for your support system. Seeing them enjoy your new home may help you do so as well.

10. Be Patient

It may take some time for you to truly get to know your house and feel like it’s becoming your home. You can do some things to help, but don’t force it. Eventually, you will find the best place to lounge and read, the one place your cat always has to sit, and the greatest storage area for your mixer – and then it all comes together for you.

Count on Elite Moving & Storage for expertise, service, and professional movers!

At Elite Moving & Storage, we pride ourselves on always trying to be the best movers in Chicago. We’re affordable and low-cost for all your needs, whether you’re searching for piano movers, furniture movers, or full-service storage. Try us for local or long-distance jobs. Get a free estimate!

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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.

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