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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.
Posted on Nov 2, 2016
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When you have to pack up your business because you’re going to be relocating your operations, it can feel like a daunting task. Not only do you have to consider how to go about packing, moving, and unpacking, but you’re likely trying to keep operations up and running during this time.
You need to be able to keep your business running smoothly while you’re moving your office, but it’s already a stressful time to try to keep everything straight and get through this tiring process. With the right, professional moving team, it really doesn’t have to be so hard on you after all.
The best place to start is to look at the costs of moving your office, in order to plan accordingly for your upcoming needs. Take a look at a breakdown of the costs from what type of office you’ll need to how much help you’ll need to bring in versus how much of your staff can handle, and more.
Why are office moves a challenge?
Movers with experience would tell you that moving even the smallest of businesses can be a pain for a business owner, staff members, and others involved. They are necessary because they are often leading to larger spaces that can accommodate more staffers and the potential to grow, but in some cases they are needed for a business that needs to downsize.
Regardless of the reason, moving an office can disrupt the workflow, make it challenging to keep everything straight, and can make unpacking tedious for a business that just wants to get settled and back to work. If you’re moving to something bigger and better, just keep in mind the end goal of having more space, a better location, or the ability to expand your business.
What elements should I expect in costs?
When it comes to the cost of the move, you’ll have to consider the expense of the new place, outsourcing help, the potential of new purchases in equipment and furniture, as well as any costs in lost business during the move.
When it comes to your new space, rather than thinking of your company in terms of the general size of your operations, you should think in terms of workstations needed to accommodate your staff. Many companies have workers handling things from home, workers that travel, and others that work part-time and share desks. Consider how many workstations would need disassembled and reassembled, or if you need to purchase new furniture from desks to chairs, a dinette for the breakroom to chairs for a waiting room.
Have you looked into the internet and cable you currently use vs. what a new space you like can support? If you are going to have to go with a different network, you may have costs with early termination fees and start-up fees unless you can do an easy transfer.
Consider if you’ll need to spend more for an office with a conference room for meetings and a server room for your internet needs. You’ll also likely want to transfer your existing equipment, unless there is no choice than purchase new hardware. If you plan to upgrade your equipment, you may want to make sure that is all handled before moving day.
Don’t forget about hiring a professional moving team. You’ll likely be able to get some of your staff to help out with some of the easier tasks, but some offices may need a team to disassemble, reassemble, pack, and unpack your office. Unless you have a team member that can set up physically move your equipment and set up workstations, consider hiring a professional to avoid potential damage or delays.
Stay tuned for Part 2 on November 16!
Posted on Oct 26, 2016
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Professional movers will take care of you by moving your things from one place to another. While they are working, there are some ways you can take care of them and some things you should know for moving day. Here’s a look at three ways you can take care of your movers and a few things they wish you knew.
Offer a Beverage
Movers work hard and they appreciate it when you offer a sports drink, water or soda. If it’s a hot day and it’s going to be a long one for them, make sure to stock up on water or sports drinks to help keep your movers hydrated. However, it’s not a good idea to ever offer any type of alcoholic beverage to movers. Most companies frown upon this.
Stay out of Their Way
It’s okay to help with some things, but for the most part, you want to stay out of the way of your movers. This will take care of them in the best way possible by providing safety. If you get in the way, it could cause issues, which may prevent the movers from being able to do their job safely.
When you hire full time movers, you should let them do their job. They are trained professionals and know how to take care of your things.
Be prepared to tip your movers. This is probably the best way you can take care of them and the best way to thank them. You can find plenty of information on how much to tip your movers ahead of time. Make sure you have cash ready to go and give it to each mover individually or the foreman in front of the rest of the movers.
A Few Things Movers Wish You Knew
Making moving day easier on movers doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are a few things you can do, which they wish you knew about.
Before the movers arrive, it’s best to be done packing. If you’re still packing, they cannot do their job as efficiently as they would like.
Use a Clear Labeling System
A labeling system makes it easy for movers to load and unload the truck. Make sure you use a clear labeling system and let the movers know the system when they arrive.
Find out Where the Movers can Park the Truck
Before movers arrive, you should know where they can park the truck. The last thing they need is to be told they have to move it in the middle of moving. In addition, you’ll end up paying for extra time if they have to figure out where to park and it takes forever.
Empty Drawers, Desks and Armoires
There’s nothing worse than picking up a piece of furniture and watching a full drawer fall out scattering items everywhere. It’s best to empty drawers and armoires before the movers arrive.
Don’t Leave your Movers
While it’s important to stay out of the way, movers appreciate it when you’re easy to find. If they have questions or need clarification, they shouldn’t have to hunt you down.
Moving day can be less stressful and you can take better care of your movers with the tips above.
Posted on Oct 17, 2016
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Chicago is full of great neighborhoods. If you’re relocating to the windy city or you’re just looking to move to a new neighborhood, you should know which ones are hot right now. Here’s a look at some of the trending Chicago neighborhoods to consider next time you move.
Full of dive bars, modern restaurants and old Ukrainian delis, this neighborhood is one of the hottest right now. It’s a West Side neighborhood and people are moving here en masse.
In January of 2016, Ukrainian Village was ranked as the hottest neighborhood in the entire country by Redfin. It used to be just the center of the Ukrainian community, but it has become so much more.
Filled with a diverse mix of residents, Bridgeport is an older neighborhood with plenty of charm. It’s known for the bakeries and bars, such as Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar. Historically, it’s an Irish-American area, but has become one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city.
A study done by DePaul University in 2008 showed Bridgeport as one of the top diverse areas in the entire city. It has also been the birthplace of five different Chicago mayors.
Near West Side
A Fulton Market District neighborhood, Near West Side is one of the best for foodies. Moving here will put you within walking distance or a short cab ride from some of the hottest restaurants, such as Au Cheval and Girl & the Goat. The neighborhood is also home to The Aviary cocktail lounge, which is one of the best you’ll find in the area.
Known for the live music venues and art deco, Uptown Chicago is one of the hottest places to live. It’s full of great restaurants, found just blocks from the Aragon Ballroom and provides all types of history.
Riviera Theater is found nearby, which has been a music venue since the 1980s. It was once a movie theater and dates all the way back to 1917. This is also the neighborhood where you’ll find Al Capone’s old hangout Green Mill.
An artistic community with plenty to offer, Pilsen is known for the Mexican street food. It’s a Lower West Side neighborhood with a Hispanic influence throughout. The Chicago Art District is also found here with plenty of galleries to export and public art is found all throughout Pilsen.
This neighborhood used to be a slum until the art galleries took over. It has been transformed into one of the finest areas in town with plenty of galleries and commercial buildings throughout. You’ll find the Trump Tower here, along with many other skyscrapers. It’s also home to many celebrities and athletes.
Other top Chicago neighborhoods to consider include:
- Wicker Park
- Gold Coast
- Hyde Park
- Roscoe Village
Chicago is a city full of diverse neighborhoods and something for just about anybody. Moving to the city provides a wide variety of options including these trending Chicago neighborhoods.
Posted on Oct 5, 2016
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The kitchen is one of the most used areas of any home. It’s where you’ll find all your silverware and plates, which need to be packed when it’s time to move. Here are a few tips to help with packing these items before the residential movers show up.
You can switch over to paper plates and plastic silverware for the final weeks or days before you move. This will not only allow you to pack your silverware and plates early, but will also eliminate some, if not all, of the dishes you’d have to do. You’ll need that extra time for the move, anyway.
Get the Right Supplies
When you’re packing, one of the most important things you can do is get the right supplies together. For packing silverware and plates, you’ll need plenty of bubble wrap, cardboard dividers and medium-sized boxes. You’ll also need plenty of packing tape and the right color marker for labeling the boxes.
Packing up your plates isn’t as easy as just throwing them in a box with some padding. If you pack them the wrong way, they are more likely to break, even if the box isn’t moved around much.
The best way to pack plates is to put bubble wrap or packing paper at the bottom of the box. You will also want to wrap each plate in packing paper or bubble wrap. Then, wrap three plates into a bundle and use packing tape to hold them together.
Make sure you pack the plates on their edges. If you pack plates one on top of each other, they are more likely to break. It’s also a good idea to put a horizontal cardboard divider at the top of the box to create a level base. After you’re done, make sure to label the box as fragile.
Packing silverware isn’t exactly straightforward either. You should wrap the pieces in newsprint or plastic wrap to keep your pieces from tarnishing. If you have a silverware chest, you want to fill the voids in the chest with packing paper to keep the pieces from moving. You can also wrap the chest in a large towel to ensure it’s fully protected.
Packing Other Kitchen Items
Along with silverware and plates, you may need to pack pots and pans, glassware and appliances. Each of these should be packed in a specific way.
- Pots and Pans – Pack pots and pans by size with the largest filled with smaller pots. Use packing paper to separate each one and place the set upside down on packing paper inside the box.
- Glassware – The best way to pack glassware is to wrap it in packing paper or bubble wrap. Then, put each piece in a divided box specifically created for glassware.
- Appliances – Appliances should be wrapped in packing paper or bubbles wrap and put into boxes separately. It’s not a good idea to pack multiple appliances in one large box.
There are several things in your kitchen you will need to pack. Make sure you do it right or you could end up with broken or damaged items. If you want to make sure your items are fully protected, hire a professional moving company to handle the packing.
Posted on Sep 28, 2016
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Moving to Chicago may be necessary for a new job opportunity. If you’re planning to relocate to Chicago or you recently moved to the city, you may be concerned about how you will handle storing your car for the winter. This is especially true if you own a convertible or a sports car you don’t plan to drive again until spring.
Storing your car during the Chicago winter might seem tricky, but there are plenty of options available to you. Here are a few of the best ways to handle this situation after moving to Chicago.
A Heated Storage Garage
Many storage companies throughout the Chicago area offer heated storage for vehicles. Sometimes, this is referred to as “climate-controlled” storage and it’s the best choice for those looking to store a convertible or a sports car.
Some of the fluids in a vehicle can freeze during Chicago winters. However, if you choose a heated garage for storage, you won’t have to worry as much.
If there is any possibility you will drive the vehicle during the winter, covered parking may be a better option for you. While your vehicle won’t be protected from the cold, it will be protected from the snow and ice. You will need to winterize the vehicle by checking the fluids and flushing any fluids that could freeze.
Specialty Sports Car Storage
Some companies throughout Chicago offer storage for sports cars, such as Ferrari’s. They may offer in and out services to allow you to drive your vehicle whenever you want. Another big plus of a specialty storage company is the battery tender service and other mechanical services they may offer.
This type of car storage in Chicago won’t be inexpensive and can run as much as $250 per month or more. However, you will usually have options to make sure your vehicle remains in good, running condition all throughout the winter. You won’t have to worry about a dead battery come spring if you choose the right specialty storage company.
Of course, you can always park your vehicle in a long-term outside parking facility. This will be the least expensive of the car storage options and will probably require a good car cover, along with full winterizing of the vehicle. However, if your budget is tight, outside parking may be the right solution.
A Private/Friend’s Garage
Many Chicago residents will rent out garage space of their own for winter car storage. If you can find a good place near where you live, this may be a good option. Of course, it’s even better if the private garage happens to be owned by someone you know.
While there are plenty of options for car storage during the winter in Chicago, some of the best options fill up fast. It’s important to make sure your vehicle is winterized if it won’t be stored in a heated garage. Make sure you go through all of the steps to winterize your vehicle or you may discover major issues come spring.
Posted on Sep 21, 2016
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Even the most organized person can quickly become disorganized during moving. Residential moving is one of the most chaotic and stressful times in most people’s lives. However, proper labeling of your moving boxes will help to ensure it’s a less stressful process.
With a smart labeling system, you will make unpacking much easier and there will actually be a system to loading and unloading the truck. It’s best to start the labeling process as you start packing. Here are a few tips to help you label your moving boxes like a pro.
Get the Right Labeling Tools
You need more than just a sharpie to label your boxes. The best type of labeling system requires markers in a variety of colors. Make sure they are good quality markers, as you don’t want one to go out halfway through the process.
Quality markers won’t be the cheapest on the shelves. Make sure they come from a brand you can trust and you get at least five different colors. It’s also best to use permanent, waterproof markers for labeling moving boxes.
Along with the markers, you should get colored tape matching the colors of your markers. While most of the packing tape you will use will be clear, a roll of each color will help with your labeling process. If you are using our Chicago Green Moving Boxes, use masking tape and mark where the boxes need to go. We can supply most of these items here and here.
Use a Color Coding System
Now that you have your markers and your colored tape, it’s time to put together your system. Choose a color for each of the major rooms, such as green for the kitchen, red for the family/living room, blue for the bedroom, orange for the bathroom(s) and yellow for the dining room. You can assign the colors to any room you want, as long as it makes sense for you.
Now, as you pack up each room, use the marker with the corresponding color to write on each box. Write the room name in large, capital letters one each box. Then, list out the items in the box in smaller print.
You will also want to use the colored tape on each box. Just one strip on the top or on the side of the box will be enough. It just provides another easy way to recognize the color for the room.
Let Your Movers Know About Your System
When the movers arrive to pick up your items, have a sheet of paper printed out with each color and what it means. If they don’t know your system, they won’t be able to put the boxes in the right place when they arrive at your new home. Giving this sheet to the movers before they pack up the truck will allow them to better load the truck, as well.
Using a color coded labeling system will take the guesswork out of unpacking. You’ll be able to easily spot an out-of-place box and your movers will know where the boxes go before they arrive.
It’s also important to make sure you tape over or black out any old markings if you’re reusing boxes. When you write the description of what’s in the box, you should be as specific as possible, as well. This will help with your own confusion as you start unpacking.
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