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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.

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!

Your Local Move – Step by Step

Moving day is finally here! It should be an exciting day and filled with emotions since you are finishing a chapter and starting a new one in your life. To have a successful move, you need to be well prepared, organized and also ready to handle anything that comes your way. We are here to help ease the stress, to remind you of things you need to do, and to provide information so you’ll know exactly what to expect when moving day arrives.

 

BE PREPARED

The more prepared and organized you are, the faster the movers will complete your move and less costly it will be for you. If you are packing your own boxes, make sure that all the boxes are packed and ready to go before the movers arrive. 

Have extra boxes, packing supplies and tape in case additional packing is needed. 

Have all the important documents, valuables, passports, jewelry, cash, insurance papers, or birth certificates with you. 

Mark all boxes clearly to indicate what room they belong to. 

Have an essential box ready and marked with everything you will need for your first 24 hours in your new home. This box will be the first box you open at your new place. 

Any items that should not be moved, must be separated and clearly marked for the movers to identify.

 

STEP BY STEP – WHAT TO EXPECT ON MOVING DAY

Movers will arrive and after greeting the foreman, they will ask to do a walk through your home with you. You will need to inform them anything that they need to know about the move. Example: If some items don’t need to be moved, or if you need them to stop on the way to pick up or drop off furniture, if you need help packing something specific, etc.

After the walk through, the foreman will prepare a new estimate (even if it is the same as you already signed when you hired the service) and will have you sign it with the Bill of Lading, Packing page and a few other pages.

While you are handling the paperwork with the foreman, the rest of the crew will start wrapping all the furniture with moving pads to protect the items and also your house. They will take the beds apart and any other items that cannot be moved without disassembly. All items will be loaded in the truck including the boxes. 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.  

After all your stuff is loaded, you and the foreman should do another walk through the house to make sure that nothing was left behind. Make sure to open every cabinet and check every room before leaving, as it will be costly to come back.

Now the movers will be driving straight to your new home. Feel free to follow them or have them follow you, just keep in mind that the truck drives slower.

Upon arrival to your new home, the foreman will ask to tour the property to know exactly where each room is and they will start unloading. The movers will unload all the furniture and will place them in each room accordingly. They will remove all the moving pads and assemble the items that were taken apart. If the boxes are labeled with the room name or description, they will be placed in the right room. On the contrary, all the boxes will be placed in one spot designated for boxes. 

Once all your items are in each room: Congratulations! Your move is complete.

We know that moving is stressful, but if you are well prepared, organized and hire a professional moving company, your move will be a success. Hiring a professional moving company will make your moving process smooth and easy.

 

 

Elite Moving & Storage is in business since 2006, helping over 2,500 families each year with their moving needs. 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!

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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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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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Plan a Garage Sale Before You Move

If there’s one thing that’s always true about moving, it’s that it is the perfect opportunity to go through all your stuff and get rid of things you no longer want or need. Clearing out unwanted or less-used items makes packing, moving, and unpacking less stressful and less time-consuming. Doing a pre-move garage sale is a great way to free yourself of those extra items and make some extra money for the move as well.

Hosting a successful garage sale takes a bit more work than simply arranging your stuff on your front lawn and sticking up a sign. If you want to get rid of the most items possible and for the best price possible, follow the following tips:

DECIDE WHAT TO SELL

Go through each room in your home with a notebook and decide what things you no longer want to keep. The next step is gathering them all together and making sure they are in good shape. People who frequent garage sales are looking for bargains, but that doesn’t mean they want something that is old or falling apart.

CHECK WITH THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES

If you are planning a garage sale in Chicago you must have a permit. Residents are limited to 3 sales per year, with the third sale being a moving sale. Each Garage sale is limited to 3 consecutive days between 9:00 a.m. and sunset. The permits are FREE and must be displayed during the sale period.

SELECT A DATE

Everybody loves a sunny weekend garage sale! Spring/Summer is usually the ideal time for hosting a garage sale, since the weather is finally turning and people are eager to be outside. Timing wise, aim to start in the morning and go through the afternoon. If you still have a lot left at the end of the day, it’s time to go for the deep discounts.

PRICE IT RIGHT

We all find value in our belongings, but garage sale shoppers are looking for a bargain! Be careful not to over-price items. If you can, check out a couple garage sales in your neighborhood so you can see what kind of prices are being set. Remember that you are trying to get rid of these items, so price them in a way that will make a buyer ready to take it right then and there. Write your prices clearly with a marker on a sticker and affix it to the item. Also make a list of all your items and posted prices to have with you the day of your sale for easy inventory and price questions.

BE CREATIVE WITH THE ADVERTISING

You want to make sure that people are able to find your garage sale. A sign on the side of the road is the most common way to advertise it, but it’s not necessarily the most effective. Many libraries, grocery stores, and other public spaces allow posting fliers with permission. Do the advertising ahead of time, in the newspaper, public places and on social media. The more you get the word out, the more likely you are to draw a decent crowd

GET ORGANIZED

Organize your items in a way that makes sense. Clothes and accessories, dishes and kitchen items, home decor, and furniture. Display items in a way that makes them easier to sift through, such as records in a cardboard box, clothes hanging on a rack, and jewelry laid out on a mat. Make sure you rearrange items as other things are sold to keep the display enticing.

DONATE THE REST

If you end up having some stuff left at the end of your garage sale, you may want to consider donating it to a good cause. If they were good enough to try to sell, they should be good enough to donate. Find a local Salvation Army, Goodwill, or other donation center. Don’t forget to get a receipt, your donated items can be tax-deductible.

Always keep in mind the main goal of your sale: to clear out items you won’t be taking with you on your move! Now that you are ready to move, Elite Moving & Storage can help you with moving services. We’re highly rated, safe movers that offer full moving services year round. Contact us today for all your moving service needs!

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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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How to Navigate Last Minute Changes to Your Move

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

Get as organized as you can prior to the move

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

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

Utilize all the tools at your disposal

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

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

Be flexible, and know that things will happen

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

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

Move with Elite Moving & Storage

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

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How to Declutter Before A Move

The thing about moving is, the less you have to move, the easier it is.  I don’t know about you, but I’m no minimalist. If you’re like me, this means that prior to any move you’ll have to go through your things and just get rid of as much junk as you can. Own clothes you are hoping will come back into fashion…someday? Do you have small kitchen appliances that seemed like a good idea when you bought them, except that you’re never going to actually grind your own coffee beans? Do you own a heap of electronics for which you’re going to get that part you need as you have the spare time (spoiler alert: you’ll never have the time)?

Then it’s time to declutter. We realize this can be a tough process for some, but the closer you are to your deadline, the harder it will be to keep things organized for your move. Fortunately, we at Elite Moving & Storage, being the best moving company around, have seen it all. We can show you exactly what to do.

Start now and start small

Even if your move is months away, don’t delay. Trust me, you’re going to have lots to do as the day arrives, and any work you can put in beforehand is good. Yes, it may seem overwhelming, but it’s easier if you can do it before the stress kicks in. The key is to do it before you’ve packed anything. Is it really worth the effort to put something into a box and move it halfway across the country, or even onto the third floor or your average Chicago walk-up, if you’re never going to use it?

Start with small spaces – a junk drawer, a cabinet. Get into your refrigerator and throw out things that are expired. Honestly, a lot of clutter happens in small spaces! You can do these quickly, and they’ll motivate you for the larger spaces as you notice that you’ve made progress. Do a little bit every day, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly the mess recedes.

Be methodical and make a plan

Decide how you’re going to attack the clutter. Have the items you will need for the process of decluttering on hand, such as trash bags or boxes for donation and storage. Know what your options are, in terms of getting rid of your stuff. Set yourself a deadline by arranging a pickup with a charity, or put an ad online for the date you’re going to have that yard sale.

Remember that initially, it’ll be pretty obvious what you need to throw away. Start with that. Then, it’ll get more difficult. Just work on decreasing the amount of stuff you have, and then focus on what’s left, one area at a time. Make goals – fill one trash bag, or set a timer for five minutes in which you just focus on getting rid of stuff. Then, set aside longer times for digging into the mess. And then just keep going!

Make it fun, and don’t stress – yet!

Invite friends over to help, and then take them out to dinner for their efforts! That way, you get a bit of assistance, and a reward to boot. Or hey, skip the helping part and just go for a reward with your friends after some of the hard work is done. That works also.

Give yourself a bit of leeway to keep things you truly love, but be strict with yourself, too. For example, if you have papers you think might be useful someday, maybe you could just scan them into your computer instead instead of taking a pile of papers with you. In the meantime, decluttering may help you unearth items you’ve forgotten about. That can be part of the fun!

Get help from Elite Moving & Storage

Depending on your personality, decluttering can be an easy process or a more difficult one, so do what you can to give yourself the advantage. And not just in decluttering – in the entire moving process! That’s what Elite is here for. We’re one of the best moving companies in the Chicagoland area, and we want to help you. Get an estimate today!