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Posted on Jan 11, 2017
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If this is the year you move to Chicago, you may be wondering what you can expect from the popular “windy city.” What tips could you use before making the relocation? The first thing you’ll likely want to know about is what to expect with the weather and how to dress for it. Next, you’ll want to find out more about the architecture and neighborhoods.
Will you be driving or taking public transportation? The food, the sports, the traditions, and the overall culture is likely striking your curiosity. There is so much to know before you move to Chicago this year and it’s a good time to get the heads up on all of the things a newbie needs to know. Take a look at these seven things to consider before moving to Chicago in 2017.
The first thing you may want to know is how windy is the “windy city?” The weather in Chicago will offer you the full effect of each of the four seasons, with wonderfully hot summers, beautiful springs and falls, and very cold winters. There is a lake-effect snow and low-pressure systems coming from the proximity to Canada which means the winters get snowy and quite cold.
You’ll need a great pair of boots and a warm coat to prepare for your winter commutes. Consider planning vacations during the winter for some place warmer and then enjoy the offerings of your city the rest of the year when the weather warms up. Make sure you have a great pair of shorts for the hot and humid summertime.
Where to live
There are so many excellent neighborhood options in Chicago to get you close to your favorite restaurants, an exciting social life, or a dreamy suburban area near top schools. Consider school districts, mixed-use buildings downtown, residential neighborhoods, or locations near favorite businesses around town. You can rent or buy all over the city.
Most people utilize the excellent public transportation systems in Chicago. Consider living near it if you want to use this over driving. Buying a car means that you’ll pay for parking, sometimes struggle to find a parking spot, and you’ll pay for car maintenance, insurance, and fuel.
Many people live in locations with a designated parking spot or garage while others choose to go carless in order to use public transportation. Most locals enjoy not needing a car to get around, especially when you can walk or bike all year.
You’ll love the local traditions this year, such as the St. Patty’s Day celebration which involves dying the river green, or the regular fireworks especially at the Pier. Make sure you don’t schedule your move during a local tradition where the city is more chaotic than usual!
The Culture and Landmarks
The culture in Chicago involves an appreciation for the arts, museums, sports, food, drink, and more. You’ll love festivals like Lollapalooza, a night out at Second City’s improv scene, a Chicago deep dish pizza, rooting on the Cubs and enjoying Wrigley Field, as well as appreciating the local architecture.
You’ll always see people out and about enjoying local culture being in such a social city. When you arrive, look out for landmarks that will help you find your way around and others that will have you becoming a tourist in your own town in no time such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Navy Pier, Wrigley Field, and so much more.
If you are planning your move to Chicago this year, it’s important that you find a local moving company (*wink wink*) that knows how to handle such a busy and intricate city like Chicago. They will help you avoid moving on the wrong day of the year because of a local festivity or inclement weather. They will help you navigate the busy city, move your items up into that high rise or in your new suburban neighborhood, and help you feel settled as you join in on life in the Windy City.
Call The Professionals Moving Specialists to help you get settled into Chicago in 2017!
Posted on Dec 28, 2016
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Moving isn’t fun, but it doesn’t have to be as stressful as you remember it from the last time. By creating a moving checklist early and getting everything done on a timeline, you’ll be far better prepared for actual moving day. There are several items you may not be aware of that belong on your moving checklist. Here’s a look at a complete moving checklist to help you create one for your specific move.
60 Days Before Moving Day
About two months before you move, it’s time to start going through some of your things. This is a great time to deal with decisions, such as items you want to sell, donate or get rid of. It’s even a good time to consider planning a yard sale, if that is part of your strategy.
Another good task to get off your list is to start looking into local movers to help with packing or the actual moving. You can also create a moving folder for all of your forms, estimates and receipts from the move.
45 Days Before Moving Day
When you it the six-week mark or about 45 days before moving day, it’s time to start thinking about when you want to pack up and getting the right supplies. You can make your reservation for plastic moving boxes at this time and calculate how many you will need. This will give you ample time to change the delivery date, if necessary.
You should also start thinking about buying other packing supplies, such as tape, packing paper, specialty boxes for specific items and bubble wrap. At the 45-day mark, it’s also a good idea to start paring down your groceries, especially the perishables and frozen items. This will allow you to move without needing to worry about food spoiling.
30 Days Before Moving Day
About one month before you start moving, you may want to start packing up some of the less needed items, such as holiday decoration or sporting gear you won’t be using anytime soon. This is also a good time to locate important documents and valuable items you want to travel with you and not in the moving truck.
At the 30-day mark, you can also change your address online and start contacting important companies to notify them of your move.
10 to 14 Days Before Moving Day
Since you already made your reservation for green moving boxes (plastic boxes), you will want to start packing once your boxes are delivered. You get to keep the boxes for a full 14 days without any additional charge, so this is a great time to start packing. It is possible to have items already wrapped in bubble wrap or sorted out for packing ahead of this time.
2 to 4 Days Before Moving Day
A few days before moving day, you need to wrap up the packing portion of the move. This is also a great time to take apart furniture, defrost the freezer and make sure you have the right amount to pay the movers and cash for the tip.
On Moving Day
When moving day comes along, you want to make one final sweep through the home before you leave for good. Look for any items you may have forgotten and make sure to turn off all lights and lock the door. It’s also a good idea to leave contact information for the new tenants just in case you left something behind.
Use this moving checklist and you’ll be set for a much less stressful move.
Posted on Dec 21, 2016
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Moving is always a stressful process. It can bring out the worst in a family trying to handle packing, cleaning, moving boxes, and unpacking at a new house. The good news is that with the right professionals in your area, you can avoid a great deal of the work yourself.
While you’ll still find that some stress and challenges come with the process, you can make the most of it by finding humor in the situation. Sometimes a great sense of humor can get you through any difficult time in life, with moving being no exception. Take a look at six tips that are a sure way that you’ll keep your sense of humor while making your relocation.
Focus on the positives
Sometimes you have to go through a difficult time to get to the good part. Moving is one of those things and focusing on the positives to come in a new home makes the moving process a little bit easier. Don’t forget to keep perspective during this time and smile thinking of the new neighborhood, the new activities, and the new surroundings you’ll get to enjoy in a new home. Look forward to that new dining room you can entertain your friends in, the new part of town that will offer a chance of scenery, and new outdoor experiences that you can enjoy on the weekends.
Once you appreciate the good things to come, the packing up process you’re going through now will start to excite you. It will be hard to wipe that smile off of your face when envision your new home and what negative aspects of your current home that you can finally say goodbye to.
Find reasons to laugh during this process
Even if the moving process isn’t necessarily hilarious, finding chances to laugh right now may give you the occasional breaks you need to get through. Make it a family movie night at the beginning of the process where you can end a long day of packing with some laughter. Put on some fun, light-hearted music while you work on cleaning the house for the move.
Look for a joke of the day that you can tell the family during your relocation and tell funny stories to keep the mood up. Just because you are going through a tiring time, doesn’t mean you have to stop the laughter.
Have a moving party
This is the perfect time to recruit your friends to help you, celebrate with you, and help you close one chapter and begin another. It’s time for a moving party, whether you need help packing those last few items, friends to help you load the truck, or just people around you as you handle the emotions of this transition. Having a moving party is the perfect way to have some fun, enjoy some laughs, and get a little extra help before a round of cards and drinks.
Stay calm in heated moments
Sometimes stay positive and humorous in the moving process is about minimizing conflict and heated moments. Make sure that you allow yourself to feel the emotions of finding out you’re moving, calmly prepare for the process, stay confident through challenging times, and stay positive at each step of the way. Don’t allow yourself to get frustrated at those around you or to allow the emotions you’re experiencing to cloud your judgement. Keep the positivity and laughter, even during the worst moments of the move.
Make a game out of everything
Make the moving process more exciting by turning everything into a game. Your kids will love getting a prize for winning the game and you’ll love coming up with fun contests and prizes to incorporate. One game could be guessing the correct amount of coins that you’ve found around the house and the winner gets to keep that dollar amount. Another game could be guessing what object is in a box since you’ll be surrounded with so many random household objects and plenty of boxes to utilize. The winner of the boxed object guess gets to pick the pizza toppings for tonight’s delivery.
Make moving day the funniest of all
Finally, prepare for the upcoming stress of moving day by filling the day with laughter now. Write jokes on different moving boxes so that the person who carries that box will get a bit of humor during the carrying. It’ll be a fun way to bring laughter to everyone’s day during a challenging and exciting day.
Use these six tips and you’ll find that you can keep your sense of humor while going through your relocation. Have some fun with your move and leave the heavy lifting to the professional residential movers in your area.
Posted on Dec 15, 2016
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One of the trickiest parts of moving may be something you haven’t even thought about yet; how are you going to move your plants? You can pack everything else in bubble wrap and place it into the appropriate box, but you wouldn’t do that with anything living like the pets.
That means that you need a game plan for your living plants. Even a fake plant is going to be a challenge to move without damaging it’s complex and intricate structure. When you are concerned about the stress a move will have on your plants, use these seven tips to make sure moving your house plants is done right.
Open boxes work for a short move
For a shorter move that is just going from one part of town to another, you can simply store your house plants in open boxes. That way, your drive across town won’t be too hard on your plants and they can remain in place by good cushioning on the sides with newspaper. Put your plants in the car or have someone hold them until you arrive at your new house. This will be simple ad it will allow you to bring in your beautiful plants first into the new space.
They can be shipped by land or air
Are you moving across the country or even to a new country? Shipping by land or air is another possibility for you. Shipping your plants will be expensive and there is no guarantee that your plants will arrive safe and sound. For a long distance move, you may want to choose a few favorite plants to be shipped or moved by you, but plan to purchase new plants when you arrive at your new house.
Staying at room temperature is important
If you or a moving service is going to take on the task of moving your plants, keep in mind that your plants are used to your home’s room temperature all year round. Make sure the move isn’t going to happen in which your house plants are being exposed to really strong hot or cold temps. For cold temperatures in the winter, make sure you wrap your plants in newspaper before loading them because a few seconds in the extreme chill will injure your plants. Most people load plants into the car through the garage to avoid this.
If boxing them, cushion them appropriately
Just like you would do in an open box, any box that you place your plants in need to be cushioned appropriately. That means cushioning on the sides of the plants to avoid movement inside. Use newspaper and other packing supplies to ensure your plants are not going anywhere even inside of the box or in the event that the box tips over.
Keep movement minimal
Speaking of tipping over, it’s important that there is minimal movement during the plant’s ride to your new home. Keep movement minimal during the move in order to protect the plant. Try to get your plant from its original place, to the vehicle, and then into its new spot in the home without any other movement involved.
Vehicle transportation requires extra attention
If possible, have someone hold the plant or keep it steady on the floor during a moving in your vehicle. Long distance travel will be a challenge, especially if you have overnight stops planned. You don’t want your plants getting too hot or cold, so be sure to crack the windows if you’ll be leaving the car for more than an hour. Provide water for your plant and consider packing your tall plants with sphagnum moss to make sure the potting mix doesn’t get out.
Use a trusted moving service for expert care
The best advice is to call The Professionals Moving Specialists to ensure you have the proper boxes, cushioning, and packing and unpacking services at your disposal. Being experienced in residential moves, they will be able to ensure a safe move for your favorite plants.
These seven tips will ensure that moving your house plants will be as painless as everything else in your home. You can check this one off the list!
Posted on Dec 7, 2016
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Finding the right packing supplies for your move may seem like a daunting task. There are good ways to go about it and bad ways. Some of the supplies you may think are good for packing may actually be the reason items show up damaged or you struggle to get them moved properly. Here’s a look at a couple different ways you can find your packing supplies.
The Green Way
If you want to “Go Green” with your move and make your move hassle free, using green packing boxes is the best way to go. You may still need other packing supplies, such as bubble wrap, some packing tape and packing paper, but the boxes will be taken care of.
Not only will green packing boxes provide a more environmentally friendly solution, but they are also far more durable. Since the boxes are made of plastic, you don’t have to worry about any bottoms breaking or any sides collapsing. In addition, you will rent the boxes, so you don’t have to figure out where you will throw them away.
The Cardboard Way
Getting your packing materials from your moving company is always the best choice if you go cardboard. They will have boxes you can use for different types of items, along with all of the other packing supplies you need. Whether you just need a few regular boxes or you want boxes specifically for items, such as a flat screen TV or a nice wall painting, you’ll find them from your moving company.
The cardboard way isn’t the best way, but it’s acceptable. Using green boxes for your move is a much better solution. Even with the best brand new cardboard boxes, if you overload them or they get wet, they will likely break. This could damage your items. In addition, buying boxes can actually be more expensive than renting green boxes.
The Cheap and Wrong Way
Many people want to go very cheap with their moving supplies and their most breakable items suffer the consequences. Could you imagine arriving at your new home with broken dishes, lamps and other fragile items? It would just add additional stress to an already stressful day.
Choosing used boxes for your move, even if they seem like they are in good shape, is a bad idea. It may be cheap and the boxes may be free, but they are also not going to hold up the same as new cardboard boxes or plastic packing boxes. Sometimes, a used box looks great, but ends up breaking as soon as it has any weight inside it.
If you want to protect your items, don’t collect free boxes from friends, family, grocery stores, restaurants or anywhere else giving them away. They may not come at a price in dollars, but they could come at a price in broken items.
Getting the best packing supplies is very important when it comes to moving. Using green boxes will give you the best possible boxes for your move. In addition, you can get your bubble wrap, packing paper, tape and specialty boxes from your moving company. This will ensure you have the best possible packing supplies for your next move.
Posted on Nov 30, 2016
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Moving provides a great opportunity to purge the clutter. When you get rid of clutter, it will make the move lighter and may even relieve some of the stress of moving. Here are a few ways to get rid of the clutter when you’re moving.
Start Creating Piles
One of the easiest ways to get rid of clutter and purge things from your life is with piles. Create one for things going with you when you move, one for things to donate and one for things to throw away.
Have you Used the Item in the Past Year?
When moving, you’ll probably come across things you forgot you owned. You might start thinking of all the times you could have used the item, but you forgot you had it. However, if you forgot you had it, you probably wouldn’t have used it, anyway.
A simple rule of thumb when eliminating clutter is, if you haven’t used it in the past year, it needs to go. You can choose to donate the item, if it’s in good shape, or pitch it.
Bring in an Outside Party
Sometimes, we have too much of an emotional attachment to items we don’t really need in our lives. Bringing in a friend or family member to help you make the difficult decisions will make getting rid of clutter easier.
Throw Out Items that Don’t Work
Do you still own a toaster that doesn’t work or some other items you can’t use? During a move, you may discover multiple items you should have thrown out long ago because they don’t work anymore. If it doesn’t work, pitch it.
Take Pictures of Sentimental Items
Often, you will come across items you only keep because of the memory or some other sentimental reason. You may have no intentions of ever displaying the item and it may just be taking up space in a closet. If this is the case, take a picture of it, put the picture in an album and get rid of the item. When you want to remember the memory, just look at the picture.
Have a Garage Sale
Maybe you don’t want to donate or throw away a large portion of your things. Instead, you can have a garage sale and let someone else give you money to take the items off your hands. Any items you know you won’t be using in the new home can go up for sale and you can get rid of them once and for all.
Clutter can easily take over our lives and make us feel disorganized or even trapped in our own home. Everything should have a place in your home and only a few items should not be on display. If you don’t plan on putting something on display or it doesn’t provide a necessary function, it might be time to purge it from your life.
During the moving process, you have a great opportunity to get rid of clutter. Go through each room, as you pack, and eliminate anything you don’t need. You’ll feel lighter when you arrive at your new home.
Posted on Nov 23, 2016
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Whenever you move, it involved packing and unpacking everything you own. This may seem like a very tedious task and your time may be better spent doing other things. Often, it will even require taking time off from work to get the packing done.
If you don’t like the idea of packing up your entire home and unpacking it when you arrive, you do have the option of hiring a professional packing service. This type of service will come in and do all the packing for you. They will even take apart furniture and other items. Then, when your things arrive at the new home, the packing service will actually unpack everything for you.
Should you Hire a Professional Packing Service?
Not all moves require a professional packing service and there are times when this type of service comes in handy more than others. Here are a few guidelines to help you decide if you need a packing service:
If you’re moving a longer distance, it’s a good idea to hire a packing service. The long drive can be very exhausting and it’s even worse after spending days packing everything up.
When you need to move a large home or office, a packing service should be used. Any home with more than 2 bedrooms will take a very long time to get packed up.
Those with a number of obligations or needing to work during the move should also consider hiring a packing service. The money spent on the service may be worth it when it comes to the time you will save.
If the move will include a number of valuable items, antiques or other collectible items, you may want to have a professional do the packing. This will ensure everything it packed properly and you won’t have to worry about anything arriving damaged.
All of these situations, along with anytime you cannot physically handle the packing, a professional packing service should be considered.
How Long will it Take for the Service to Pack you Home?
The number of time needed to pack up your home and get it ready to be moved to your new locations depends on the size of your home and the number of people packing. Some of the averages are:
- Under 1,000 Square Feet – 4 to 6 hours for two people or 2-3 hours for four people.
- 1,500 to 2,000 Square Feet – 13 to 16 hours for two people, 7 to 9 hours for four people or 4 to 5 hours for six people.
- 2,500 to 3,000 Square Feet – 21 to 25 hours for two people, 11 to 14 hours for four people or 7 to 9 hours for six people.
- 4,000 square feet or larger – 36 to 40 hours for 2 people, 19 to 22 people for four people or 12 to 16 hours for six people
With the help of a professional packing service, the job will be done faster than you could imagine. They will also make sure everything is packed correctly and there will be enough workers on site to make the process go much smoother and quicker.
Some of the other things you can expect from a professional packing service include:
- Creation of a full moving inventory
- Use of the right boxes and packing materials
- Proper packing and labeling of fragile and valuable items
- And More!
It all starts with a professional, on-site estimate for the total cost of packing your home. If you want to save time and enjoy the fact that you won’t have to do any packing or unpacking, hiring a professional packing services the best choice you can make.
Posted on Nov 16, 2016
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Since there’s so much information to cover about the cost to move an office, we split this post into two parts. We already covered the challenges of an office move and the elements you should consider in the costs. In part two, we will look at the actual costs for moving an office.
Breakdown of costs
Now that you have a sense of the elements that will affect your pricing, it’s important to understand a breakdown of these potential costs. Not all of these costs will apply to your move, but many could apply to it.
When you’re moving about 1,500 square feet of office space, your pricing could range from as low as $750 to as high as $4,500 depending on the materials, disassembly, and furniture. The packing and moving of a 3,000 square foot space would likely start at around $1,500 and range up to $9,000 depending on your files and furniture. A 10,000 square foot space would likely start at $5,000 and range up to $30,000 due to numerous employees and workstations. Consider about $50 -$250 per employee.
You’ll have additional costs for a moving consultant, long carries and shuttling boxes through elevators, packing and moving cable, data lines, and computer or phone cables, and you’ll want to tip your moving crew. New furniture could cost $200-$2,000 per employee, computers ranging from $300-$3,000 per employee, and phone systems anywhere from $100 to $1,000.
You could also look at the expenses as it costing about $1-$2 per square foot for an office move or around $.75 per square foot for packing your office. Determine if you want a crew to pack up your office outside of business hours to save from losing out on your own operations or if you’d rather have your office staff pack their offices up during working hours which could affect your business income.
Best advice before your move
The best advice before your upcoming office move is to spend a great deal of time planning this out. You’ll need to work with a professional moving team early to make sure everything is prepared for well before moving day.
Not only do you need to work with the movers now, but you should work with internet service providers on your transfers, contractors like plumbing and cable to get you all setup, and talking to any of your staff members about expectations for the upcoming move.
You also need to prepare financially for such a big ordeal. On the lower end, you could be spending $5,000 on a small business move and up to $10,000 if your business has up to 30 people. If you wait too long to plan your move, you could end up with unexpected charges for last minute planning like expedited shipping, weekend labor rates, after-hour assistance, redoing jobs that were rushed the first time, and more.
Your cable or internet provider could charge you a rush for transferring services in such a hurry or contractors you hire to set up services in the new location could charge for rushed labor. You can’t go without plumbing, electric, internet, or other important services, so you would definitely pay whatever it takes to get things setup which could cause you a huge bill in the end.
The alternative would be shutting down the business for a few days which could cost you hundreds or thousands in unhappy or lost clients. It’s important to plan ahead to avoid any major costs like these or others that you haven’t even considered for trying to do everything at the last minute.
You’ll likely want to hire a professional mover in Chicago to handle the disassemble and reassemble of your furniture equipment, customized packing and crating, the moving of computers and servers, and other individual needs that will be worth every penny when your business is back up and running without missing a beat.
We are an experienced moving company and are used to clients that need their offices moved and special crating for extra protection of their gear. We can handle moving that large office copier, using a sanitized truck fleet to keep your belongings protected, and will help you with the logistics and scheduling with ease.
Don’t fear your upcoming office move. Hire a great moving team, plan out the details, and look forward to a bigger and better, or smaller and simpler office space!
Posted on Nov 9, 2016
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Setting the timeline for your next move is very important. If you wait until the last minute to handle everything, you may miss some of the most important steps. In addition, procrastinating during a move will only cause more stress.
Here’s a professional timeline you can customize to fit your specific residential moving needs.
10 Weeks Out
When you reach about ten weeks from your moving date, it’s time to start getting things organized and make some decisions. This is a good time to look into local moving companies, especially if you’re considering hiring the company to pack, move and unpack your things. Check out our reviews at The Professionals and let us know as soon as you’re ready!
8 Weeks Out
At the eight-week mark, you will need to think about buying your packing materials. The Professionals will be able to help you with all of your supplies, including boxes for specialty items, such as flat screen TVs. If you’re considering a garage/moving sale, this is the time to schedule the dates and get everything ready for it. Perhaps you should checkout The Chicago GreenBox and see if using their green, plastic moving totes would help keep your possessions clean and out of harms’ way.
6 Weeks Out
When you’re about six weeks away from moving, it’s time to let the school your children attend know, unless they will attend the same school after the move. You want to get all the copies of your children’s school records and look into enrollment at the new schools. This is also a good time to book your moving appointment with us, and also get all of your medical records, if you’re moving away from your current doctor.
4 Weeks Out
If you’re about four weeks from your moving date, it’s a great time to start packing anything you won’t need for the next four weeks. Pack things down to just the essentials so that you can get as much packed ahead of time as possible. You can also notify the utility companies and your landlord, at this time. If you have a specific clause in your lease about notifying your landlord, make sure you check this plenty early. Some require 60 days notification, but most just ask for 30 days.
2 Weeks Out
At the two-week mark, it’s time to get a plan together for groceries and food for the next few weeks. It’s also a good time to have your car serviced, if you’re moving long distance. You may also need to transfer insurance and pack as much as possible, as you don’t want to be packing on moving day.
1 Week Out
At the one week mark, hopefully, you’re just about all packed up. This is a good tie to confirm with your us and anything else having to do with your move. You can also pack an overnight bag with some essentials you will need when you first get into your new place.
The Day Before
Moving day is tomorrow and it’s time to get your important documents together and anything else going with you on moving day. It’s also a great time to do a final sweep of your home and make sure you didn’t forget anything.
When moving day arrives, work with your movers to make sure everything safely makes it into the truck. You can also make a final sweep, if necessary. There are plenty of things you need to do before moving day shows up. Use this moving timeline to create your own timeline based on your specific needs.
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