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Posted on Aug 31, 2016
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Moving fine art isn’t the same as moving a couch or another large item. It’s fragile, may be very valuable and needs to be moved properly. Since this type of item is rather unique, it cannot be lumped into the moving estimate with all the other items.
Fine art, such as paintings, sculptures, collector’s items, chandeliers, statues and pictures requires a professional moving company capable of moving the type of item you own. The cost may vary widely, depending on the item or items you need moved. Here are some of the considerations a professional moving company will make when quoting a price for moving fine art.
The Value of the Art
If you plan to insure the fine art during the move, the value will make a big difference in the price. You may need to pay for an appraisal before the item is moved to ensure its value is correct. More valuable pieces are more expensive to move simply because they will cost more to replace if damaged or lost.
The Size of the Art
Size is another huge factor. It’s not going to be the same price to move a simple 24″ x 36″ painting compared to a 300-pound statue. The larger the item is, the more you can expect to pay to have it moved, especially if the larger size means more weight.
With heavier items, moving companies may need to bring out special equipment or staff an additional mover to ensure the move is handled properly. This will cost more and just one extra mover can up the hourly rate by $75 or more per hour.
How Fragile is the Art
Fragile art requires special packing materials and a specific strategy for moving. For example, if you have a highly valuable chandelier you need moved made of crystal, it will probably cost more than moving a painting. The chandelier may be large, oddly shaped and incredibly fragile, while the painting can simply be crated and moved.
If you own very fragile fine art, you should expect the cost of moving it to be much higher compared to moving a handful of valuable paintings. While all fine art must be handled with care, fragile items require an even higher level of care.
Benefit of Hiring a Professional to Move Fine Art
While it’s very hard to narrow down even a simple price range for moving fine art, there are several benefits to hiring a professional moving company to handle your fine art. The benefits include:
- Safety – Professional movers know what they are doing and you will no longer be risking yourself when moving.
- Less chance of Damage – With a professional moving company, your fine art will be packed properly leaving the chances of damage at slim to none.
- Saves you Time – You no longer have to spend the time tracking down the right materials and packing the art yourself.
- Affordable – Usually, the cost of moving fine art is far more affordable than trying to handle it yourself.
The cost of moving fine art will vary widely, depending on what needs to be moved. Just as art can be very subjective, so can the estimate for moving it. If you need to move fine art, it’s best to get an estimate from a professional moving company specializing in fine art moving.
Posted on Aug 23, 2016
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If you didn’t use Chicago GreenBoxes (we HIGHLY recommend them if it’s not too late!), you might have a huge stack of cardboard boxes left over. If they are properly broken down, you may have some options to recycle, donate or even sell your used boxes. Here are some of the options for your moving boxes in Chicago.
Use BoxCycle or Freecycle
BoxCycle allows you to list your boxes for sale. They will sell them for you and you just collect a profit. This is a great way to get a little bit of your cash back and allow someone else to get moving boxes at a discount.
Freecycle, on the other hand, allows you to list items you would like to give away free of charge. Every now and then, you can find moving boxes on the site and many look for moving boxes here. There are several groups found in the Chicago area where you can list your boxes and give them away.
Another place to give your boxes away free of charge is Craigslist. There are always free ads on the Chicago Craigslist site for boxes. This is a popular place for people to look, so why not give it a try to get rid of your boxes?
If your neighborhood or building has a recycling program, you may be able to recycle your used boxes. Sometimes, you have to look up a place in the area that will take a large amount of cardboard for recycling, however. While this isn’t the best or easiest option, it’s still better than tossing the boxes in the trash.
Local Charities and Libraries
The library may need some of your boxes for moving or storing books. If you have any heavy duty books, you can ask your nearby library if they can use the boxes. Often, they will take some of the boxes off your hands.
Other charities may also need boxes, such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, Churches, Schools and anywhere else that might have a need for boxes. Community enters often need boxes for different reasons and with a few phone calls to local organizations; you can probably unload all of your boxes.
Use a Box Broker
There are actually box brokers in Chicago that will sell your used moving boxes for you. You can easily do a Google search and find a few brokers to choose from.
Check with your Moving Company
Some moving companies will recycle the used boxes for you by giving them to others moving or simply recycling them. Always check with your moving company if you’re not sure what to do with your boxes. If they are local to Chicago, they may be able to connect you with someone needing boxes, as well.
While it’s not a good idea to trust used boxes for moving your belongings, they can still have a purpose, if broken down correctly. There are many ways to reuse your moving boxes. You can sell them, give them away, donate them to charity or use a local recycling program. No matter what you choose, all of these options are better than just tossing them in the dumpster. Again, hopefully you are using Chicago GreenBoxes, which are made from 100% recyclable material, and much sturdier.
Posted on Aug 17, 2016
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Moving is a big deal and may be one of the most stressful life events, if you don’t do it right. However, with the help of a moving company, along with the right strategy, you can avoid losing things during your move and eliminate some of the stress.
It seems like something always gets lost or broken during a move. It doesn’t have to be this way. Here are a few tips to help ensure you don’t lose anything during your next move.
Pack One Room at a Time
It may take you a bit longer and it may seem like a pain, but packing one room at a time is a great way to ensure you don’t lose anything. When you’re not floating back and forth between rooms, you’re less likely to misplace an item or put it in the wrong box. It’s much easier to label things properly when dealing with one room at a time.
Create a Proper List
The right list will also make a huge difference. You should create a master list of all of the things you are pacing. As you go room by room with your packing, just make an inventory list of the things you are packing. Make sure everything is on the list and you also inventory where it was packed.
Use Small, Ziploc Bags
There’s nothing worse than getting to your new home and realizing you lost an important piece to your furniture or something else. Even the smallest piece can be lost and if it is, it could make a big difference.
When you use Ziploc bags for small items, you won’t have to worry about losing them. These helps with computer and electronic cables, screws, nuts and bolts and anything else small.
You want to take the bag to the electronic device or piece of furniture the items in the bag belong to. This can make the entire move go much smoother and unpacking much easier.
Don’t Send the Personal Items on the Moving Truck
Even if you hire the most trusted moving company you can find, there are some items you just don’t want to send on the moving truck. You never know what will happen and having personal items, such as photo albums and important documents travel with you is very smart.
There are lasso other items you cannot pack on a moving truck, in some cases, such as your collection of alcohol, fertilizers, gardening chemicals, unsealed foods, perishable foods and gasoline.
If you’re not sure if you can pack an item and send it on the moving truck, check with the company you hired first. Make sure all your small valuables, extra cash and important documents go with you, however.
Use these tips when you move and you will have a better moving experience. Of course, you can always eliminate the moving headaches by hiring a moving company to pack your items, move them and unpack them. Remember, they are professionals and know the best strategies to ensure everything gets to the new location without getting lost or broken.
Posted on Aug 10, 2016
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Moving is a huge hassle, especially if you have heavy items, such as a real, slate or marble pool table. Large, heavy pool tables are not easy to move and often, trying to do it yourself can lead to damage to the table or someone helping you move it. When an item weighs as much as a pool table does, it’s best to pay a professional moving company to handle it.
With a professional moving company, you don’t have to worry about getting injured or hurting your table. They’ve moved many pool tables and they know how to do it efficiently. In addition, they will have special equipment to make moving your heavy pool table much easier.
Answering the question, “how much does it cost to move a pool table,” isn’t as easy as just providing a number. There are some specific factors that must be considered.
First, what type of pool table are you moving? Is it a drop pocket table? Does it have plastic pockets, leather pockets or a ball return system?
Second, how heavy is the pool table? The weight of the table may determine how many movers need to be on the job, which will factor into the cost.
Third, is the pool table going up or down any stairs? Moving a large item up or down stairs makes it a more risky and difficult job, therefore, it may cost a bit more compared to moving a pool table out of the first floor and into the first floor.
Finally, how far will the pool table be traveling from its’ current destination to its’ final destination? The price difference from a local move to an out of city/state move can be quite different.
Should you Move a Pool Table Yourself?
After answering the questions above and getting a quote from a professional moving company, you may consider moving the pool table yourself. However, this could be a huge mistake as damage and injuries can occur.
Videos on YouTube and information found online might show you how to take the table apart and move it piece by piece. However, if you’ve never assembled a pool table, you might be very disappointed with the results once you get it together. Plus, disassembling and reassembling a pool table for the first time may lead to damaging it in ways you haven’t even thought of yet.
Trying to move a pool table in one piece is ridiculous to even attempt. Most slate tables would require 5 to 7 guys and there’s a very good chance at least a few end up with a serious injury. This should not be attempted.
So, How Much Does it Cost to Move a Pool Table?
Getting back to the original question, it costs between $750 and $1000 to move a typical pool table, in most cases. Reassembly will usually require a specialist to level and custom fit the billiard cloth that covers a pool table. The price may be on the lower side if your table is only 7 feet and it may be on the higher side if it’s a 9-foot table with stairs to negotiate.
Here’s a brief video showing our team taking apart a pool table for transportation. Easier said than done! Contact us if you need help with moving your pool table today!
Posted on Aug 3, 2016
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Moving is a huge undertaking, especially if you’re moving to a new city. Most people dread the process of moving, even if they know the new location is far better for them. The packing, lifting, unloading and unpacking are not something most look forward to.
There are several reasons to hire professional movers and many benefits. Whether you simply don’t have the time or you want to eliminate some of the stress of moving, the right professional moving company makes a huge difference. Here are five reasons why you should always hire a moving company.
Free Up Time for Other Things
Moving day is one of the most hectic days of your life. Every single time you go through it, you wish there was an easier way. Not only do you have to get all of your belongings from one location to another, but you also have to handle other things, such as turning off/on utilities, getting your family to your new home, changing your driver’s license and many other tasks.
Hiring a moving company will allow you to concentrate on other tasks instead of moving. Some moving companies will even pack and unpack all of your things for you.
No Need for Additional Equipment or Supplies
Whether you just need to move furniture or you have a valuable collection to move, the right equipment makes a difference. Sometimes, you have to rent or purchase additional supplies or equipment for specialty items or heavy items. It may be something as simple as a tool you need to take apart a piece of furniture.
A professional moving company will have the tool you need, along with all the other equipment/supplies necessary for moving. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving fine art or just basic household furniture, hiring a moving company will give you everything you need for moving day.
You Won’t End Up Injured
One of the most common things people forget about when moving is their own health. Moving heavy items isn’t easy for somebody not doing it on a daily basis. Professional movers handle things like heavy pianos and oddly shaped pieces of furniture every single day. They know how to move these items safely.
If you try to move everything yourself, you may be sore for a few days. Even worse, you may end up in the hospital with an injury because you didn’t properly lift or handle a heavy item.
Your Things Remain Insured and Safe
With experienced professionals, you have the ability to safely move your belongings without as much concern. Not only are they experienced in moving, but they also carry insurance for your belonging. This gives you additional peace of mind when moving.
In addition, professional movers understand how to properly wrap and pack your items. Even fragile items are well protected when you hire a professional moving company.
You May Actually Save Money, in the Long Run
Without professional movers, you may end up in the hospital, with broken items, lost items or racking up unexpected moving expenses. You have to rent a truck, put gas in the truck, get the right tools and equipment and you may need to provide food and refreshments for those helping you. It can add up in a hurry.
Professional movers will give you an estimate and you will only need to pay what they charge. There won’t be additional charges for equipment you didn’t know you needed and you won’t underestimate the amount of gas you need, either.
There are several excellent reasons why you should hire a professional moving company. If you want to take the stress out of your next move, a professional is the way to go.
Posted on Jul 26, 2016
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Moving to Chicago is a big jump for many looking to relocate to the big city. You might be used to hopping in your car and heading to work, the store or anywhere else on a daily basis. While you can certainly do this in Chicago, it’s not a necessity with the public transportation options and the ability to walk to many things nearby.
Keeping your car may allow you to travel outside of the city. You will need a place to park it or store it and this can be expensive. You will also need to get a city vehicle sticker for your car.
Do you Need a Car to Commute to Work?
Commuting to work in Chicago with your own personal vehicle can be challenging. You may have to deal with long rush house from 6:30am to 10:30am and from 3:30pm to 7:30pm. This may be enough reason to ditch the car for public transportation for some.
You don’t need a car to get to work, in most cases. The Chicago Transit Authority or CTA, will get you to every corner of the city. You also have the option to get a bike and ride it to work. Of course, you can always share a ride with UberX or Lyft and there’s always the option of hailing a taxi.
Where will you Park?
If you decide you will be keeping your car, you may need to have a lawn chair or something else ready to call “dibs” on a parking spot. It’s very difficult to deal with parallel parking in Chicago and if you leave a spot open, it will be taken by the time you come back. You have to pay attention to the parking signs and tow zones, too.
In the winter, you will have to fight the snow, which means you may have to claim your parking spot. Just because you shovel it doesn’t mean it’s automatically yours. You have to mark the spot with lawn chairs and other items you are not using. Even by marking the spot, there’s not guarantee it will be open when you come back.
Research the Neighborhood Before Deciding
Chicago is full of unique neighborhoods and some are more car-friendly than others. For example, parking in Hyde Park is much easier than Lakeview. Each neighborhood is a bit different and you may want to make sure you understand what you’re getting into before you choose to keep or sell your car.
There are many things to consider if you keep your car. You may have to pay high parking fees and it may be difficult to find a parking spot. Make sure you take the time to consider all of the possibilities and your personal needs before you move to Chicago with your car.
Moving is already stressful enough without additional decisions. It may be best to make the decision to keep or sell your car before you hire a Chicago moving company and prepare everything for transit. At least it will be one less decision you will have to deal with.
Posted on Jul 18, 2016
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After choosing the right moving company, you must also figure out how much too actually tip the movers. Tipping movers can be a touchy subject and you may need guidance for this situation. You are trusting movers with your personal belongings, they are taking care of the heavy lifting and in some cases, they will also be packing and unpacking for you. They should be rewarded for their hard work, but how much is the right amount to tip your movers?
While movers get paid to provide the service and haul your things from one place to another, a little extra recognition is always appreciated. If you’re happy with your movers, please consider tipping them. While they may not stand in front of your home waiting for a tip, a little extra cash is the best way to show your true appreciation for this very personal service they have provided for you.
How Much to Tip Your Movers
The amount you tip your movers depends on the service they provide for you but is of course completely at your discretion. If you have large items, such as a piano or a heave billiards table, you may need to tip a little extra for the extra work.
It’s best to tip your movers based on the time they spend on the move. A good rule of thumb is to tip between $15 and $25 per person for moves requiring up to 4 hours of time. If it takes longer to move than 4 hours, you should tip between $35 and $45 per person.
In addition, you should consider tipping extra if the movers have to deal with a heavy piano or another specialty item. Even if the item isn’t heavy, if they have to handle something valuable or fragile, add on another $5 to $10 per person.
Other factors to consider when tipping movers include:
- Weather conditions
- Additional services provided
If your movers are packing, loading, moving, unloading, unpacking and assembling your things, a larger tip may be necessary. Remember, to tip a bit more if the movers are providing additional services outside of just loading and dropping off.
A Few Things You Shouldn’t do When Tipping Movers
Whenever you hire a professional moving company to handle your things, make sure you avoid doing any of the following when tipping the moving crew:
Don’t offer a beer or other alcoholic beverage at the end of the move. Most companies have policies against this.
If you prefer to buy them lunch, don’t just order a pizza without asking what they would like. Remember, some may have diet restrictions or simply not care for specific types of food. However, buying your movers lunch is acceptable and much appreciated.
Don’t tip them until the entire job is done. You can’t take it back if you’re unhappy with the move.
Follow these guidelines and use your best judgement when it comes to tipping your movers. Consider the type of move and how much time it takes them. You should also consider having some cold bottles of water, sports drinks and some healthy snacks available, if the move will take all day long.
While tipping movers may be a touchy subject, a cash tips is a great way to show appreciation. If you’re not sure how much to tip, use the guidelines above and always plan to tip in cash, even if you’re paying the actual moving company with a check or credit card.
Posted on Jul 6, 2016
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Whenever you decide it’s time to move, you need specific supplies to make the move easier. Whether you’re a student moving into a new apartment or dorm room or you need to move your family across county to a big city, such as Chicago for work, the right tools will make moving much easier. Here are seven of the top supplies you should have ready when it’s time to move.
Labeling your boxes is one of the best ways to make packing and unpacking easier. Whether you choose a fancy label maker or you simply use markers, you need some type of tool and system for labeling.
It’s best if all of the boxes going to the kitchen are labeled in one color, while all of the boxes going to the other areas of the house all have their own color, as well. This makes it easy to spot which boxes need to go where when unloading the truck.
Clear Ziploc Bags
Ziploc bags are one of the best things you can have around when packing for a move, according to lifehacker.com (http://lifehacker.com/347680/five-essential-tools-for-moving). Before you start packing go to the store and get a few boxes in different sizes. They will come in handy when keep small items together, especially is you need to disassemble pieces of furniture.
Bubble Wrap, Boxes and Other Packing Materials
Of course, you need the right boxes, bubble wrap and packing materials for your items. A professional moving company will use specific boxes designed to transport items, such as flat screen TVs, dishes, aquariums, fine art and other fragile items. If you plan to handle packing on your own, you need to use the same type of boxes. You cannot trust just any old box and expect your items to arrive undamaged. Make sure you get the proper boxes before you start packing. We recommend you try Chicago Green Boxes as they are eco-friendly, sturdy, and reliable.
When you’re doing the moving on your own, furniture sliders come in handy. They help you move large pieces of furniture without scratching the floor and without needing to lift the item the entire way.
A hand truck will make moving heavy items much easier. You can also move multiple boxes at one time making the number of trips you need much less. If you’re taking on the move by yourself, a hand truck is a vital tool for your move.
Moving furniture isn’t easy, but with dollies it becomes easier. In most cases, dollies will give you the ability to roll a piece of heavy furniture to the moving truck.
Whenever you move, you need the right type of transportation. Without the right type of moving truck, you may not be able to move all of your items safely or in one trip.
It may be worth renting some lifting straps, also known as moving straps, if you plan to move heavy objects. These straps will help with weight distribution and make lifting easier.
Furniture Pads, Plastic Wrap and other Moving Supplies
You may also need to get the right furniture pads, plastic wrap and other items to help protect your belonging, while in transit.
A Professional Moving Company
The final tool you need for a successful move is a professional moving company. If you hire the right company to handle your move, you won’t need to worry about any of the other tools. Not only will they transport your items, but they will also pack and unpack for you. Even if you do the packing yourself, you will be able to get all the right packing boxes and materials from the moving company you hire.
These essential tools are necessary if you want to ensure your move is successful. It doesn’t matter if you’re just moving across town or if you need to move across the country, the right tools will make the process easier.
Posted on Jun 21, 2016
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Chicago is known as the windy city, but there’s more than wind throughout the year. You really do experience four full seasons in Chicago and it may be quite different than your current home city.
If you’re planning on moving to Chicago, you may need to choose the right clothing for each season. It’s probably necessary to do a little shopping and pick up some new items, if you want to survive the city’s four seasons.
Clothing for Winter in Chicago
Chicago is a very cold and snowy city in the winter time. You cannot survive a Chicago winter without a quality winter coat. This isn’t an area to go cheap on since zippers often break on cheaply made coats. You will also need gloves, a good hat, scarves, snow boots and other winter gear. Make sure you leave all of these items out and available if you are moving to Chicago in the Winter – you’ll need them!
You may not think it’s that big of a deal, if you’re coming from an area that experiences winter. However, if you don’t live in a big city, you may not have the luxury of using your car to get to work every day or to the store. Many residents of Chicago don’t drive their vehicles as much because they use public transportation and walk quite a bit. If this is going to be you, make sure you have proper winter clothing to dress for being out in the cold.
Clothing for Spring in Chicago
The spring season isn’t going to be super warm, but it will be a welcome break after winter. You will want to make sure you have a lighter jacket and plenty of long sleeve shirts for the spring. Some of the days will be warmer than others, so you need to be prepared for a little bit of both.
While the winter may bring lake effect snow and below zero wind chills, spring will bring warmer temperatures. However, prepare for days in the 30s and 40s, along with days in the 60s.
Clothing for Summer in Chicago
Shorts will start to come out on days when the city sees temperatures in the 60s. You will want to have plenty of summer cloths, especially if you plan to enjoy the local beach. It can actually get rather hot in Chicago when July and August roll around. Be prepared with tank tops, shorts, t-shirts, swimsuits, plenty of sunscreen and other summer clothing items. There’s no greater place to live than Chicago during the Summer!
Clothing for Fall in Chicago
Many local residents will tell you that fall is one of the best times of year in Chicago. There’s just enough chill in the air, most days, to enjoy wearing jeans and a sweater at night, but it’s still warm enough for shorts during some days. This is the time of year for a light jacket and long sleeve shirts, just like spring.
Chicago provides diversity within the weather system. It can be incredibly cold in the winter and very hot in the summer. If you’re used to a more consistent climate, such as Florida, South California or another climate with steady, year-round temperatures, you may need to make serious adjustments to your wardrobe.
When you move to Chicago, you need a little bit of everything in your wardrobe. It’s important to be prepared to wear flip flops and sandals in the summers, but also be prepared for heavy boots in the winter. Make sure you have clothing for all of the seasons if you’re planning to move to Chicago.
Posted on Jun 14, 2016
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Some of the people you know will tell you that moving is a bad idea. They think it’s too expensive, it’s too much work and it’s easier just to stay put. However, the best things in life require work and moving may lead to some great things for you.
If you have dreams of living in a big city, such as Chicago, you might be preparing for a move. If this is the case, don’t let naysayers sway you with their many myths. They will try to tell you that hiring a moving company is a bad idea and you can just do it all yourself, but have you ever really moved an entire home yourself. It’s quite a bit of heavy lifting, logistics and not a fun experience.
Don’t let other people sway you when you decide you want to move. Whether you’re just moving across town or you’re moving across the country, you should be aware of some of the common myths about moving.
The Best Day to Move is Friday
One of the biggest rumors out there is moving on Fridays is the best choice, according to realtor.com (http://www.realtor.com/advice/move/moving-myths/). Some say moving on Friday is the right choice because you have all weekend to unpack. While this is true, the weekends are also the busiest time for moving companies. Add in warmer weather and you may just find the prices are high and the movers are booked.
Free Boxes Work Great
We all want to save money and score a deal. However, using free boxes for your move may not be a great idea. You should never go cheap on the boxes, since they will protect your belongings. While you don’t have to buy your boxes directly from the moving company you hire, it’s usually a good idea. They will carry boxes for all different types of items, such as flat screen TVs, wine glasses and many other items.
Any Old Moving Company Will Do
Another huge myth you might hear about moving is that hiring any moving company will work just fine. However, when you hire a professional moving company compared to a fly-by-night operation, it may be the difference between hidden charges, high prices, theft, loss of good or damage. If you want to receive your goods and pay a fair price, you need to read the reviews, compare prices and hire a moving company with a solid reputation.
Moving Insurance will Cover it
Moving insurance is a good thing, but it’s not going to cover you fully. Professional movers will explain their basic liability and what the insurance will cover if something is lost or damaged. Make sure you understand fully what is covered before you go ahead with the move. If you feel like you will need a full value moving insurance policy, you may need to use a third part or request this type of policy from the movers.
There are several moving myths you have to be careful of as others try to sway you not to move. Most people are comfortable where they are and some are simply afraid to every step out of that comfort zone. Don’t let moving horror stories or myths change your mind.
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