How to get the most out of your storage unit during a move

Storage units are the perfect way to make your move a breeze. They have become a huge trend in the moving world because families need a way to store their belongings when they are in the middle of waiting for their new home to close or they are trying to sell their home and have it staged to sell. If you need a storage unit for your move, make sure you check out the information below to make sure you get the most of your unit and storage needs.

Where can I get a storage unit for my move?

While most moving families would have to seek out their own private storage unit during a move, you can get them right with your moving company when choosing to work with Professional Moving Specialists.

Not only can they help you get your move done in a professional and efficient manner, but they can help you by providing a storage unit during this transition period. It’s great for storing things while you selling your home or move, and even for some extra storage space once you get settled in your new home.

What goes into my storage decision?

Deciding on getting a storage unit is just the first step. Next, you’ll need to discuss your needs with your storage unit provider because there will be a few decisions to consider. Climate control is a popular option for storage facilities because it allows you to protect your belongings from hot and cold temperatures.

Consider if you’ll need climate control to avoid damaging furniture, photos, and antiques. Then you’ll need to determine the size of the unit needed, such as a 5x5 for small boxes or a 10x20 if you have a 3-4 bedroom home’s worth of goods.

Loading up the storage unit

Lastly, you’ll need to strategize loading your belongings into the storage unit to make sure you get the most of your unit. Being organized is important to make sure you can easily get into the unit to move your things around and clearly see everything labeled for accessing later. Make sure you have plenty of packing materials to protect your items in bubble wrap and cardboard boxes.

It’s best to try to keep your items off of the ground. Occasionally, a storage unit could end up getting flooded from weather or a spill in another unit, and it would be a shame to have your items on the ground getting ruined. Getting a wooden shipping pallet or blocks to keep your belongings off the ground is a great way to protect yourself. Then be sure to disassemble your furniture so that you can stack them high, such as the legs off of your tables.

Don’t forget to get the appropriate lock for your storage unit and check your homeowners’ insurance policy to make sure it will cover items in your unit in the event of damage.

The easiest way to get the most out of your storage unit during a move is to get the storage unit from the same company handling the move. Talk to The Professionals Moving Specialists today about your upcoming moving and storing needs!

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What are the best days of the week to move?

Have you been thinking about scheduling your upcoming move for the best day of the week to move rather than going with the standard weekend choice? Some people are wising up to the fact that sometimes things just go smoother when you do them on the right day rather than the day that works best for them.

While Saturday and Sunday might work best for your schedule, your best moving days are actually going to fall on the work week and that’s not always the news moving families want to hear. If you can rearrange your schedule for your upcoming move, you’ll find that moving between Monday and Thursday is going to be a heck of a lot easier than moving over the weekend. Find out why, below.

Why moving on the weekend isn’t best

While the most popular day to move is on a Friday, this doesn’t mean it’s the best day to be moving. This was the most chosen moving day in the recent past and that’s because most people can easily take off a Friday from work and they hope to have the weekend to relax after the process.

While it’s tempting to move on a Friday and enjoy your new home over the weekend, you’re going to be up against the challenge of finding movers with availability on that day and traffic tends to be more chaotic. After Fridays, Saturdays tend to be the most popular day to move, but it’s another hard to book and you’ll be dealing with everybody off work and driving at the same time as you.

It turns out that the best days to move are between Monday and Thursday, despite Tuesdays being the least popular moving day. There is far less demand for movers making it a cinch to schedule your moving day, and taking the day the off work to get it done will pay off in big ways. You’ll likely save money hiring movers during this strange part of the week when no one else is moving, and you’ll have the weekend to look forward to unpack and get organized before the work week.

What time of year should I choose?

If you’re looking at your options for the best time of year to plan your relocation, be sure to avoid May and June, the most popular moving months in the country, and the timeframe from Memorial Day to Labor Day in general. Depending on the weather in your area, scheduling a move for the months between September to April will likely save you money and make it easy to schedule being the slower season for moving.

Is there a best time of day or best week out of the month?

Since you’re taking the day off work, you may be tempted to sleep in before the move, but you should actually keep things early since the early bird gets the worm. The early morning is the best time to move with an arrival between 8-10am, and you’ll love the better temperatures before the hot sun later in the day.

Consider scheduling your move in the middle of the month too, because mid-month moves tend to allow for the best availability since they are the lowest in demand. The first of the month and the end of the month are busiest as leases start and end.

If you’re getting ready to move, be sure to schedule it between Monday and Thursday mornings, in the middle of the month, avoiding a May through August move. You’ll find that following these tips makes it easier and more affordable to get your move done fast and efficiently from professional movers!

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The Difficulties of Packing Your Shed

One of the last things you’re probably thinking about with your upcoming moving is packing up the outdoors, specifically the things in your shed. It’s one of those areas that can be easy to forget between packing up your attic, getting everything from your children’s rooms, and even grabbing the dog’s toys.

Once you remember that your shed is going to need to be handled as well, you’re going to have to take extra precautions, since the items in your shed tend to have dangerous elements that have to be addressed before a move. Take a look at why your shed can be difficult to pack and why a professional moving company should handle it for you.

Moving your tools

One of the items likely living in your shed is your toolset which means you have items with blades, sharp edges, and heavyweight. You’ll want to prep for the move by putting all of your small tools in the toolbox and then gathering all of the tools of the same length to secure them together with a cord or plastic tab. Your movers will then secure all of the large or dangerous items with bubble wrap and properly label the box to make sure you are cautious when unpacking.

Furniture

Do you keep your lawn furniture in the shed during the offseason? You’ll need to think about how these items will be moved as well. They are usually bulky and lightweight, making it more likely that you’ll be able to dismantle some of it before the move. Look at the table legs, glass tops, and umbrellas in the table to see if things can come apart. Be sure to wash everything down and let it dry all the way before the movers secure it with plastic.

Gas-powered items or motorized vehicles

Next up is the items in your shed that contain gas, oil, or a motor. You’re going to have to drain these items of any harmful liquids like oil and gas from your lawn mower, grill, chainsaw, or snow blower. Your movers will have protective covers for your chainsaws and lawnmower blades, but they may want to remove all attachments and pack them in a separate box. They will either have you empty propane tanks or not bring them on the truck.

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Be sure to discuss any motorized vehicles that you need to have moved that you don’t plan on driving. There are steps involved in preparing your car for shipping that your mover will need to discuss with you. Most people drive the vehicle or use a trailer behind the moving truck. If you own a motorized boat like a Jet Ski or ski-doo, or need your motorcycle moved, talk to your movers about what you need to do to get them ready before moving day.

Outdoor equipment and planters

Lastly, your shed likely holds your outdoor equipment, children’s stuff, and pots for your plants. Your mover will have to disassemble your swing sets and climbing toys unless you do them in advance, and then they will likely box your bikes to avoid bending them during the move. Before moving to another state, you’ll have to check if plants can be moved with you. Clean your planter boxes or pots thoroughly before the move and make sure to mark the box to show its heavy.

Being such a big job, it’s important to hire a professional moving company to handle your household move and everything in your shed. This is a look at how the move will go with the most common items in a shed.

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How to Move a Heavy Safe

Do you have a heavy safe that you’re wondering how to move to your new home? Such a bulky item like this can present a challenge for a family that wants to keep such a large and valuable asset, but it can seem impossible in a relocation. Large, heavy, and awkward items are a challenge for moving families, as well as moving crews, but it doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

You aren’t the first one to have an item like this that needs to be moved, which means your professional moving crew will have the right equipment to get the job done. Take a look at how you’ll go about moving a heavy safe properly and without damaging it.

How to prepare the safe

First, you’ll want to prepare the safe for the move. Empty it of all of your valuables so that things don’t get damaged or knocked around in the process of moving it downstairs or in a ride down the highway in the truck. Pack your valuables separately and safely to ensure they are protected and that the move goes smoothly.

Moving it

Once you’ve prepared the safe, it will be time for transport. Your moving crew will bring in a heavy-duty appliance dolly that is made to move heavy items like your refrigerator or washing machine. They will strap it in with moving straps to make sure it doesn’t adjust while moving it to the truck. They will have enough men to handle the move, which is an important difference between trying to do it yourself with a friend and allowing professionals to handle the task.

What to be careful of

There are extra precautions that come in with moving a big, heavy item, such as protection of your floors, walls, clothing, and doorways. It’s easy to snag your clothing on something like this which is why baggy clothing or jewelry should be avoided. Wearing proper footwear is important for the move since shoes that you could slip wearing could cause serious injury. You don’t want to harm your home either, which is why a furniture blanket around the safe could protect your floors, walls, or entryway.

Loading it on the dolly and moving

Your movers will need to carefully load the safe onto the dolly by tilting it to one side, sliding the dolly underneath and allowing it to safely rest against the dolly. Once strapped down properly, it will be tilted onto its wheels and rolled to the exit. A few people will need to help get it into position and keeping it steady during the move. Once it is on the truck, it will need to rest flat on the floor.

With such a big and dangerous job, it’s vital to have a professional moving service handle this for you. Don’t risk damaging your valuable possession, harming yourself, or damaging your house in the process of moving it. Call your local movers to handle this for you and make sure you empty it before they arrive.

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Should You Help Your Movers or Simply Get Out of the Way?

You’ve hired the movers and moving day is coming up quickly, but is there anything else you need to do to prep your home for a move? For most families, it may feel like you’re overstepping to get anything ready for the movers since the movers likely have a system in place for how they pack and load your things.

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They are liable for getting things moved safely which means that packing up your house for them may cause a feud later if something were to be damaged on their watch. How do you help the moving crew out without causing a bigger project for them? Take a look at these things that movers wish you knew to help them out before moving day.

Get appliances and other electrical belongings ready

The first way you can help your movers is to get the appliances ready now, instead of trying to do so on moving day. That goes for any appliance or anything electrical that can be unplugged and taken down before the move (hint - see last week's blog post!).

You don’t want your moving crew to have to try to figure out how to disassemble your washing machine, or worse, find out that they are not allowed to do that for you due to liability. Make sure you have appliances disconnected before the move and prep them in advance, such as defrosting the freezer in advance. Unplug your DVD player, coffee maker, clocks, lamps, and anything else that will need to be unplugged for the move.

Remove things from the wall

Next, check out each room of your house to see what is currently on your walls. You’ll find the moving day to be much easier if you remove these items now rather than to wait for the moving day. Remove pictures, paintings, mirrors, clocks, and anything else you’ve gotten used to being out of sight and out of mind. Put all of these items on one wall space so that they can be packed at one time.

Make a room for things not meant for the movers

If you have things that aren’t going to be moved for any reason, dedicate one space in the house for these items rather than trying to sort them out one-by-one on moving day. Your movers will appreciate if you’ve already sorted things and have a room that contains the items they aren’t meant to move. Many people choose a kitchen counter for things like phone chargers, mail, first-week box, and medicine, to avoid the movers trying to pack these items for you.

Prep your outdoor goods

You probably forgot about those outdoor items that need moved or didn’t realize they needed to be prepared as well (hint - we've given tips before on how to move outdoor items!). Your mowers and blowers are not going to be moved if they still have gas in them, so be sure to drain anything you own with oil or gasoline in them. You can run them out of gas or siphon them into a neighbor’s mower. Don’t try to bring propane tanks because your movers likely won’t accept them.

Pack some of it ahead of time

While you may be wondering if you should be packing up your house ahead of time, most of the time it’s better to have the movers handle this job to make sure everything is packed carefully. You can pack things but make sure they are labeled and marked if they are valuable.

You could always pack some of it beforehand if you have bubble wrap and proper boxes, but your movers will have all of this too. Be sure to discuss ahead of time what you’ll need to be moved so that your movers can prepare for the move. Perhaps put together a Moving Checklist.

On moving day, be sure to give your movers plenty of space to get the job done and tipping for a good job is standard. Your moving day can be simple if you do some of the prep work and stay out of the way on moving day in order to allow the professionals handle your move with care!

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How to Move a Washer and Dryer

One of the heaviest items you may need have moved on your upcoming moving day is the bulky, heavy, huge washing machine and dryer. Some people even include it in the sale of their home because they are such a challenge to move, while others are ready and willing to get these favorite machines moved to their new home.

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If you are going to have it moved, you just need to make sure you’ve done your part to prepare it for moving and that you’ve discussed it with your moving company in advance. Take a look at how the process goes to move a washer and dryer.

Preparing the machine

You’ll need to prepare your machine for moving by completing several steps. It will need more done than just unplugging the machine like your coffee machine or toaster; a washer and dryer are much more complicated.

To begin, you’ll want to run a rinse cycle that can clean it out since washers have a tendency to be musty. Once the rinse cycle is complete, let it air dry with the door open. Giving yourself a week in advance to handle these tasks will ensure that you have enough time to do all this and the next steps.

Next, you’ll want to shut off your hot and cold water valves to the wash and then you can move on to the dryer. The dryer will need to have the lint trap vacuumed out before the move, as part of the normal maintenance.

Disconnecting and securing the washer drum

Now that the machines are prepped, it’s time to disconnect everything for the move. Start by shutting off the power at the breaker, even if it means shutting off power to the whole house. Since you’re dealing with electricity and gas, many times people will choose to have a professional come out and help with the disconnection process.

If you are handling your own disconnection, you’ll need tape your electrical cords to the back of each appliance to avoid someone tripping during the move. Start with disconnecting the hoses from the wall and the machines using a wrench and a towel for drips. Put them in a plastic bag with within the appliance for the move to avoid losing pieces.

Next, disconnect your dryer’s gas if you have a gas dryer, which means your gas should be shut off ahead of time. Disconnect the gas line from the dryer after you’ve shut the gas valve. Then disconnect your dryer’s vent, but be sure to keep your vent connectors and hoses in a bag inside the dryer to avoid losing these when it’s time to set it up at the new house.

Last but not least, secure the washer’s drum using shipping bolts which will prevent unwanted movement that can lead to damaging the appliance.

Moving day

Finally, it’s moving day and the real work begins. Your professional moving crew will be thankful that you’ve prepared your machines for transport. They will first begin by protecting your machines with clean moving blankets and strong moving tape to avoid denting the machines. If there are stairs to haul the machine, they will likely use forearm forklifts or an appliance dolly and securing it with ropes or bungee cords.

Once it’s moved from the basement or laundry room, the machines will be put on to the truck and they will have to be loaded closest to the cab for the best weight distribution. Upon arrival, the machines will likely be placed a couple of feet away from their spot in order to leave room for hooking up your water, electricity, hoses, and gas.

You’ll want to have your utilities setup before the move in order to get these set back up again. If your new home isn’t ready yet and it’s time for storage, you’ll want to make sure the units are getting some air flow and to store them with old sheets to allow for breathing.

Make sure you start a week in advance to prep your machines for moving, discuss the items with your moving company so that they can properly prepare, and keep all of the pieces in the machines to allow for an easy setup at your new home. This is how moving a washer and dryer will typically go for moves involving appliances.

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Downsizing Tips for New Empty-Nesters

You may remember back to the times when you were buying your first home, starting a family, and beginning to acquire things like furniture and household goods. Eventually, you may have upgraded to a larger space, grew the family more, and maybe even acquired family pets.

Now that the kids have moved out of the house and you’ve become empty nesters, you may look at your house full of memories as a place that is just too large for only two of you. If you don’t think it’s worth it to maintain such a large space meant for a growing family, you may be ready to downsize into a smaller retirement home.

When you’re ready to move into a smaller space, you’ll have to be prepared to downsize your belongings and the things you want to keep going forward. Take a look at this guide to helping you downsize now that you’re a new empty-nester.

Decluttering each room

The best way to start is to declutter each room of your house. Downsizing one room at a time will make it feel like less of a daunting task and more manageable of one. Try to start small by going through each room to see what you’re going to want to keep and what you’re ready to part with.

It tends to be easiest to start with the extra spaces specifically in your peripheral, including the attic, the garage, sheds, and cellars. It will be easy to look at the items in these rooms before you start tackling your living space, office, kitchen, bedroom, and bathrooms.

What to do with the excess

Once you’ve started creating a pile of things you’re ready to part with, you’ll have to determine what you’re going to do with all of these things. Are you going to pass on items to your children? Would these items make a good donation?

Perhaps some of it is simply trash. Many people take the time to host a garage sale seeing that they have enough items worth selling, such as old children’s toys and antiques. Make a pile of the items that will be gifted to family members, a pile for selling or donating, and a pile of trash.

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Why downsizing makes sense

Now that you’ve reached this point, you may start to feel one of two ways. You may either begin to feel a relief that you have less stuff to worry about or you may start to feel sad and unwilling to part with your belongings.

Keeping in mind the benefits of downsizing in the back of your mind will help you along the process. The best thing you can do is consider what the future will hold for you if you make each step to own fewer things.

When you’re ready to downsize, you’ll get to manage a much smaller space than you’re used to which means less time spent cleaning, repairing, and organizing, and more time enjoying relatives and retirement.

This will also equate to less money spent on your home since your mortgage or rent will decrease, as well as your utilities, taxes, and maintenance costs. This smaller space will help you tremendously too if you struggle with mobility, but if not, the money you’ll save or recover from a smaller property may finally pay for that vacation to Europe you’ve been dreaming of.

Think about the future

Make sure your downsizing tasks consider what you’ll need in your future. While you may have done well at lessening the belongings in your house, you need to think about what your next house or chapter in life will look like and how much of what is left is needed for it. Do you need supplies for three bathrooms or will you be downsizing to 1 and ½?

Will your favorite dining table fit in your new table or will you be working with something that can only accommodate a breakfast nook? Do you need your desk and office chair in your new space or will you be less likely to have an office space or even need one? Consider your future plans in the process of downsizing your stuff.

Decluttering in order to downsize may feel scary, but you’ll feel so much lighter once you get going. Have fun in this process and look forward to your upcoming move into a new and smaller space! Of course, when you are ready, call The Professional Moving Specialists and we'll help get you going!

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Moving your grill and other outdoor living essentials

You’ve packed up your kitchen and you have a plan for your house plants, but have you considered how you’re going to move things like the grill and other outdoor gear? It’s one of those areas that are often overlooked by families that are moving because they tend to get caught up in how they are going to move everything inside the house first.

It’s easy to forget about the details of the outside of the house, but that is just as important. When it comes to moving your favorite summer cooking device and outdoor gear like patio furniture, golf clubs, gardening tools, and outdoor kitchenware, make sure you use this guide to move them carefully and avoid any damage.

Moving outdoor essentials

When you have outdoor toys and essentials to think of such as the kids sporting goods and your golf clubs, you’ll want to make sure you securely wrap all of these items before loading them on a moving truck. You’ll need pads to keep your golf club heads and other delicate items protected and then you’ll want to bubble wrap and secure with packing tape. Be sure to use the appropriate boxes for all of the sporting goods since everything will have a unique shape.

The same goes for your gardening supplies, patio furniture, lights, and other outdoor supplies. Use bubble wrap with tape over the items, along with extra padding on delicate items, before packing into boxes to avoid damage on the truck. When it comes to your outdoor kitchen, you may find it’s easiest to have it packed with your indoor kitchen supplies, and then separated at the new home.

How to move the grill

One of the most challenging areas of moving is when it comes to the grill. It’s not only that busy moving time of year for many, but it’s the best time to barbeque and entertain. Once you’ve packed up your outdoor kitchen, patio furniture, and party supplies, you’ll want to work on the grill.

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Make sure you don’t move it if you’ve recently used the grill because you’ll need to be completely cool before attempting to move it. You don’t want to hurt yourself or others, as well as any items that come in contact with the grill from the heat it would radiate. Then, you’ll need to take extra precautions depending on the type of grill you have.

If you have a propane grill, you’ll have to disconnect your gas source and empty the fuel from the tank. Don’t move the full propane tank and don’t empty it if it’s actually a rental. If you own a charcoal grill, you’ll just have to clear it of briquettes before the move.

Once you’ve taken these safety precautions, you can simply disconnect each piece and carefully pack all individual pieces. Protect each item before loading it and disassemble as much as you can to make the move of the grill safer and easier. With an expensive item like your grill, you’ll want to make sure you don’t cause any damage to it by neglecting to disassemble or forgetting to cover it with a moving blanket. Lastly, make sure you’ve hired a professional moving crew to handle the move of the grill so that it will be moved safely and effectively.

Don’t allow that brand new shiny grill of yours to get damaged moving it to the new house. Hire a professional moving service to get it moved without any damage so that you can start cooking in the new house that will start to feel like home.

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Reduce stress with a professional mover for freshman year

Do you have a student getting ready to head off to freshman year of college? It’s an exciting time for your family but it also means that you are going to have to go through the stress of a move. It seems that moves are always stressful, no matter how big, small, or well-organized.

The good news is that you don’t have to feel guilty hiring a professional student moving service for a move to the college dorm because it’s going to take a huge burden off of you as you prepare for the big change and so many new things for the student in your family. Take a look at how a professional mover can reduce the stress of moving during freshman year.

Professional movers have been doing this for years

While you’ve likely moved just once or twice in the past, a professional moving crew handles this kind of work every single day. They have the experience, the manpower, and the equipment to make it happen. You would have to rent a truck, call some friends, and handle the job just before your freshman starts brand new classes and unpacks into a dorm room. Rather than adding such a physically-demanding and busy job right before this big change, hiring a professional mover will take the stress right out of the situation.

Tips before the move

Make sure you know what furniture your freshman will need so that you don’t have the moving crew bring a bed or couch that wasn’t needed. This will also help to determine what size of truck is needed and how many men.

Plan ahead just like you would if you were handling the move. You’ll want to move early in the day to avoid the summer heat as your freshman gets moved into freshman year, and it will ensure that you are moving during the business hours of your moving company. Consider a game plan for the day-of for eating a good breakfast, having everything ready for your movers, and knowing what needs to go and what can be sold or donated before moving into the dorm to ensure that your movers aren’t taking items that you don’t have room for.

How they can help you eliminate the stress

It’s a big deal to have your child get older and become an adult that can now attend college. When your child is ready for freshman year at a local college or an out-of-state university, it can be challenging for them to leave the family, just as the family may find it difficult to have one less person living in the house.

Add to that equation that you have to pack up the bedroom, shop for new essentials, and then pack it up all up and move it to a new place, and things can become stressful in a hurry. Don’t allow this exciting time for your freshman to be tarnished with the idea of moving boxes and furniture to the new college and then setting everything up right before classes will be in session. Allow a professional mover to handle it all in a day or less so that you can soak in the experience of your freshman going off to college.

This is an exciting time for freshman around the country. Be sure to eliminate some of the difficulties of the transition by hiring a professional student moving service in Chicago to handle the move.

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How to Move a Grandfather Clock

Do you have an upcoming move and you’re wondering how you are going to safely move that beautiful Grandfather clock of yours? Now is the time to learn how this process will go so that you can be prepared during the moving process.

This is not something you should move alone, as it is a delicate item that should be handled by professionals with experience. It will require everything from removing the weights and pendulum to reinstalling the access panels. It’s not an easy job and it’s one that should be done carefully. Take a look at how the moving of your Grandfather clock will go for your upcoming move.

How the process will go

The movers that you hire will first need to open the side access window to start the process. They will provide packing materials to protect each aspect of the clock with the first one being to protect the weights and the cables. They will likely put tension on the cables to properly wrap everything to begin. If your clock doesn’t have a cable, but rather chains, they will need to secure the chains to avoid them coming off of the sprocket.

After that, your professional movers will remove the weights and pendulum. This step requires gloves and markings to ensure that everything is put back into place properly at the new house. The weights will then be packaged carefully to avoid denting the brass casings. Then, the pendulum can be removed gently, wrapped in packing paper, and packed carefully for transport.

Next, the movers will need to reinstall the access panels to avoid the windows coming out during the move before locking the door and proceeding. Once everything inside has been handled, your movers will wrap your clock and protect the furniture with a queen-sized comforter. The blanket will be taped and then prepared to be moved onto the truck. Once loaded properly on the truck, the movers would then take it to the new home and unload it.

Why it’s important to hire a professional moving crew

Moving a delicate and important item like your grandfather clock is not a simple task and it’s not worth taking a risk by attempting it yourself. It is not only a beautiful item you own, but it’s likely very valuable to you. It’s important that you consider these facts before trying to move something like this yourself. That’s where a professional mover (that's us!) comes in and brings their knowledge, expertise, and experience to do the job right.

They will have the proper gloves and tools to wrap and disassemble various parts of the clock without causing any damage in the teardown and moving process. They will also properly wrap and move items that have been removed while being able to carefully re-secure these items or provide them to you at delivery.

With all of the experience and knowledge that a professional moving company has, it only makes sense to trust them with the simplest of items in your home to the most valuable items like your grandfather clock. Don’t try to do it yourself and hurt the clock or yourself; instead, hire a professional mover to do the job efficiently and carefully from start to finish.

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Keep These 30 Items Handy for When you Move

When you’re going through a move, you’re likely thinking about all of the things that need packed up, moved out, and how you’ll begin to unpack in your new home. What you’re likely not thinking about are the items that you’re going to want handy for the move. It may be tempting to just pack it all and get it over with, but without things like tape, scissors, and a first-aid kit, you may find yourself having a much harder time getting everything done.

Sometimes you have to cut if you forgot something in a box and need to tear it open again, and without the right tools at your disposal, you may struggle to get everything handled. How will you feed the pets, set your alarm for the movers, or make your morning coffee if you’ve packed everything up? Keep these 30 items handy for when you move.

Items for your morning routine

Start by keeping a few handy items readily available to keep up with your morning routine. Just because you’re moving doesn’t mean that you won’t want your alarm clock or a cup of coffee in the AM. Be sure to leave out the alarm clock, coffee maker or instant coffee, your creamer or sugar, and disposable cups for the morning. You’ll also likely need disposable plates and utensils to eat breakfast or snacks during the move. Be sure to have plastic trash bags handy to throw things out as you go too.

Don’t forget about the pet supplies so that your dog or cat has a bed to sleep in, leashes to be walked, and food with bowls to eat and drink. You’ll also want to make sure you’ve accounted for things you’ll need in the morning, such as medication and eyeglasses.

Items you’ll need for packing

When it comes to actually packing and moving, you’ll want to leave a few items accessible that will be important for the process. Have things available like a tape and dispenser, a box cutter or knife, and scissors in case you need to cut something open.

You’ll also likely need some basic cleaning supplies to clean up accidental spills or messes made from the move, in an already-cleaned home. Have a first-aid kit available in case anyone gets hurt and work gloves to protect from accidents. A screwdriver, hammer, flashlight, and notepad with a pen could come in handy as well.

Items you’ll need for when you arrive

When you pull up to the new house and the moving crew unloads it all, you may be overwhelmed trying to figure out where to begin. When you have a few items ready to go, you don’t have to worry about getting some sleep or using the restroom.

Make sure you’ve left things accessible like your bedding and linens, toiletries, a map of the area, and a local phone book. Make sure you’ve packed non-perishable food to get you started, a pain reliever in case of an ailment, as well as batteries and extension cords that you may need to plug in your cell phone, lamps, and other electronics right away. Be sure to have clothes and shoes readily available for the first week, some entertainment to enjoy while you unpack like your TV or books, basic kitchen items to help you start cooking, and phone numbers for the utility companies.

Recap

Make sure you’ve accounted for these thirty items for your upcoming move:

  1. Alarm clock
  2. Coffee maker
  3. Sugar or creamer
  4. Disposable cups
  5. Snacks
  6. Disposable plates and utensils
  7. Trash bags
  8. Pet supplies
  9. Medication
  10. Eyeglasses
  11. Tape and dispenser
  12. Box cutter or knife
  13. Scissors
  14. Cleaning supplies
  15. First-aid kit
  16. Work gloves
  17. Screwdriver
  18. Hammer
  19. Flashlight
  20. Pen and paper
  21. Bedding and linens
  22. Toiletries
  23. A map of the area
  24. Non-perishable food items
  25. Pain reliever
  26. Batteries and extension cords
  27. Clothes and shoes for a week
  28. TV or books
  29. Basic kitchen essentials
  30. Phone numbers for the utility companies

Use this guide to make sure you’ve left the right items handy. Contact The Professionals Moving Specialists today to help you with your move!

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Top 5 Tips for Moving While Pregnant

If your wife or significant other has a little one on the way, you may be wondering how the upcoming residential move is going to go. It’s not a great time for her to be moving boxes or being in the heat of summer, but it may be the perfect time to be going into a new home with the perfect room for baby.

One of the most stressful things in life is moving which is why it’s really important for dad to make sure mom is not getting worn out, stressed out, overheated, or nauseous. Take a look at these five tips to make sure your upcoming move doesn’t harm the mama-to-be.

Planning and more planning

The best thing you can do if you are moving while pregnant is to plan ahead. Just like you would have to do anyway, it’s important to plan ahead for your move but in this case, keeping a pregnant wife in mind. Think months ahead for this move by thinking about how you will handle necessary tasks like cleaning, hiring a moving crew, packing the house, and getting the new house’s utilities set up for the day you’ll arrive. Make sure to make a plan and setup reminders to make sure you get everything done and stay organized along the way.

Keep stress low

The most important thing you could do is keep stress low for a pregnant mom that is moving. This means that mom needs to get plenty of sleep every night in advance of the move, needs to remember to take breaks from thinking about the move to be spend time with loved ones, and needs to take some down time to do things like read a book, practice deep breathing, or taking an hour at the spa. Make sure to incorporate activity into your daily schedule whether it’s a daily walk or light exercise to help fight anxiety, lower cortisol levels, and prepare you for a busier than a normal day at moving time.

Talk to the doctor and listen to your body

Make sure you’ve spoken to your doctor about the upcoming move and how to prepare. Your doctor will let you know what is safe and what isn’t for mom to be doing and will help you learn how to listen to your body. If you start to feel tired, it’s time to lie down and take a nap. If you get dizzy, you are likely pushing yourself too much.

It’s an emotionally and physically draining experience, and mom-to-be needs to focus on herself as much as possible. Then, make sure you have a doctor for the new town you’re moving to that can see you right away and get access to your medical records as you prepare for the little one’s arrival after the move. Your current doctor may be able to make a referral for an OBGYN and hospital.

Watch out for chemicals

One area you may not think about is that moves come with the possibility of exposure to chemicals. Whether it’s the cleaning supplies you are using to clean up the old or new house or coming in contact with chemicals that you are transporting to the new house, be sure to stay far away from these things during pregnancy. Try to choose all-natural ingredients in your products that won’t harm you or the baby rather than getting around bleach, ammonia, cleaning supplies with parabens, and paint.

Hire help

Lastly, don’t be afraid to hire help and recruit friends to help you move. You may have a friend that’s great at cleaning while another one is great at packing boxes. Recruit help to take some of the burdens off mom and be sure to hire a professional moving crew that can help pack, move, and unload your items safely and efficiently. You don’t want mom to try to lift a heavy couch or lift a box and harm the baby’s health.

Don’t let your upcoming move be put on hold because there is a pregnancy in the family. Use these tips to make a safe and efficient process that puts mom and baby first.

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Top 5 Tips for Moving in the Heat of the Summer

When it comes to a summer move, you may have more time on your hands but you’re also working in less than ideal temps. That means that you can move while the kids are no longer busy with school and homework, but you’re moving during the time that it’s too hot to do anything but hang by the pool!

That means you’ll need to come up with some strategies to make the move a more comfortable process. From starting earlier in the day to stocking up on bottled water, here is a look at the top five moving tips that you’ll want to keep in mind if you’re moving this summer.

Dress for the weather

You may be tempted to dress in your favorite yoga pants and a sweatshirt, but you’ll want to prepare for a hot day. Make sure you dress in loose fitting clothes, breathable fabrics, and lightweight materials like linen and cotton.

Materials that absorb sweat and moisture will keep the moving day dry, while materials like rayon or polyester will make you very uncomfortable. Choose whiter colors for the hot sun while avoiding black clothing that will encourage the sun to beat down on you. Bring a hat to protect your face and head from the sun and choose shoes that will make it easy to move boxes and walk back and forth from the truck to the home.

Bring tons of water

You already know you’re going to need to bring some water for the day, but make sure you really stock up on a day’s worth of bottled water. It’s going to be a hot one being a summer moving day, and your body is going to be moving around like you’re exercising.

On top of staying hydrated because it’s a hot day, you’ll be rehydrating from all of the exercises your body is getting from walking, lifting, and loading the truck or house. Don’t get dehydrated and make sure you have plenty of water for the whole crew.

 
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Start early in the day

Another trick for a safe move is to start early in the day before the hottest of the sun hours begins. Make sure you’ve handled the hardest parts of the move in the morning so that the easier parts of the move can happen during the hottest hours of the day, between 11am and 3pm, or try to finish the move by 11am. Early mornings will be much cooler and will allow you to beat the heat by up to 10 degrees. Choose early mornings and be sure to apply that sunscreen for the many hours you’re out in the sun.

Protect your heat-sensitive items

Don’t forget that your stuff won’t like the heat either. Consider what items you own that might be heat-sensitive and be sure not to leave them in the beating sun. For example, your electronics may not fare well in the heat of the sun, nor will your plants, food, pets, or anything that could melt. Make sure to pack these things separately (don't pack your pets, though!) and leave in the air conditioning for as long as possible. Be sure to have your utilities ready in your new home in advance so that you can cool the home down right away when you arrive.

Keep fans and cold towels on-hand

Another trick to keep your family and your stuff cool is to have cold towels on-hand that can live in a cooler with ice. When anyone starts to feel too hot, they can grab a towel and take a breather. When you arrive at the new house, make sure you have portable fans ready to go to cool down the house while you wait for the A/C to kick on.

Be sure to look out for symptoms of overheating, such as dizziness, headaches, and muscle cramps among the crew, and seek medical attention if anyone appears to have gotten too much heat. Make sure to follow these five tips for moving in the heat of the summer to keep you safe and comfortable during this season. Of course, you can always hire The Professional Moving Specialists and sit back and relax while they do the move for you!

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How to Move Your Arcade Machines

One of those areas of the upcoming move that you may have concerns about is how you will move those classic arcade games in the game room or basement. It’s not every day that you think about safely transporting an arcade machine, but if you’re preparing to move, it’s an important consideration to make.

It’s one of the items in your home that is difficult to move in general, it’s more fragile than most things, and it’s most vulnerable to being damaged. That is why you’ll need a professional moving company to ensure it’s being disassembled, loaded, and reassembled properly for your move. Don’t try to handle this large and fragile item yourself; call The Professional Moving Specialists to make sure your arcade machines are moved into your new home safe and sound.

How arcade machines are prepped for moving

When you call The Professional Moving Specialists, they will come out to your house and handle a disassembly of your arcade machine before attempting to move it. This means that first, they will need to remove loose pieces like pinballs, fold down the back of the machine onto the playing field of the machine, and wrapping the two sections together well with plastic wrap.

Then, a professional would need to remove the back legs and set the machine to the ground before turning the machine on its side in order to remove the front legs. After that, the cabinet would be wrapped in blankets to protect the exterior of the game and any paint that may be on it.

Moving an arcade machine

Just like any other piece of furniture or delicate items like your fine china, your arcade machine will need to be wrapped and moved with care. Many people find themselves in the same situation when it comes to moving a pool table, in which the item is as fragile as their fine china but as large as their sofa. Arcade machines are like an expensive cabinet that holds sentimental value and a fragility that means it needs extra care in order to protect the item during a move.

It’s one of those items that you’ll hold on to for years to come for its sentimental value and its expense. That’s why The Professional Moving Specialists are there to take the precautions needed to not only properly pack the machine, but to move it properly so that you aren’t stuck with an expensive machine repair.

Once the most delicate parts of the machine or table have been removed, like the pin balls of your pinball machine or the felt of a pool table, it will be safe to move the machine. It’s never recommended that homeowners handle this themselves since these pieces of equipment can weigh up to 325 lbs (or more even!).

Being a job for at least two people, your professional moving crew will have no problem having the adequate amount of people to handle the item with care moving it from your home into the moving truck. In some cases, the mechanics of your pinball machine could get slightly altered during the move, but with a simple tweaking from an experienced professional; it can be good as new in your new home. Talk to your moving specialists about their experience moving arcade machines and other collectibles in advance of your move.

Don’t allow your arcade machines to lose value and get damaged moving it with a buddy. Talk to The Professional Moving Specialists to make sure it’s done correctly from start to finish so that you can keep your collectible item for years to come.

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The Most Often Damaged Items in a Move and How to Prevent it

Moving comes with its challenges, but one of them is one that will affect you once the move is over: damaged items. It’s almost inevitable that something is going to break during the move, whether it was dropped during packing, packed improperly in its box, or broken from a bumpy drive to the new residence. Hopefully, you saw last week's blog post regarding how to keep items safe during a move. Today, we will break down how to move individual items.

There are ways to greatly reduce the chance of something breaking, especially once you understand which items tend to break and how it could have been avoided. Take a look at this guide to the most often damaged items in residential moves so that you can avoid it happening to you.

Plants

When you have some beloved plants in your home that you wouldn’t dream of leaving behind, you have to figure out a way to carefully move them to the new house. These are one of those items that are likely to get damaged in the move, especially because they are a living thing that can’t just be packed into a box like most items, and it’s important that you research the best ways to move something so delicate.

This item needs to be packed last and unpacked first in your move, and the best thing you can do to protect your plants is to contact a company that specializes in moving plants to schedule an appointment for a special plant move.

Since they are at a higher risk of getting hurt, a moving company is a great way to handle it, but you can also use a box with holes for breathing or bags with ties to protect loose branches. Be sure to check on any regulations of transporting your plants or seeds to your new location.

Furniture

It may seem that your heavy duty furniture is the least of your concerns, but these oddly-shaped and bulky household items are very likely to see damage in a move. If you are trying to move things yourself with not enough help, you are more likely to end up with a broken chair, a dented dresser, or a cracked table. Your heavy furniture is best to be moved by a professional moving service so that they can properly wrap it in custom blankets, secure them, and maneuver it through small doorways, over balconies, or down a flight of stairs.

Glassware and pottery

It may seem like an obvious one, but your glassware and pottery are both items that are likely to end up damaged if improperly packed. Glassware and fine china need to have the proper box, individually wrapping, padding and layering for each object, and a special marking on the box for “fragile.”

Your pottery is just as difficult to move and should require a great deal of padding, cushioning, and bubble wrap. Make sure to carefully label any delicate items like these with markings of which side should go up.

Art

Your favorite pieces of art are not only delicate and carefully hung on a wall, but they are very fragile and awkward to move. Since they offer such a high value, they are not easy to replace and could hurt your financial picture if they are damaged.

That is why it’s important to avoid a dent on a frame, a hole in a canvas, or a broken piece of art by hiring a fine art moving company that will properly handle your investment for you. It’s a good idea to get insurance on the piece, to make sure that custom containers are used, and that whoever moves it is aware of what it is.

Your family

While you were busy making sure all of your stuff was being properly moved and avoiding damage, you may have forgotten to stop and think about your own family’s wellbeing. Make sure to keep yourself and your family protected during the move, by avoiding hurting your back carrying heavy items, forgetting to get a good meal, and neglecting sleep in exchange for more time spent working on the move. Make sure to plan ahead to take care of yourself so that you don’t arrive at your new home feeling beat down!

Be sure to pack these items, as well as your electronics, lamps, sporting equipment, antiques, and kitchenware extra carefully, since these are the items most likely to be damaged in a move. Contact The Professional Moving Specialists today and they can help with all these items and more!

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The Best Ways to Keep Items Safe During a Move

Do you have a plan for keeping your items safe during your upcoming move? If you’ve hired a moving crew that will be packing your belongings as well, then you may not have to worry about getting all of the supplies yourself. If you plan to do all of the packing, then you’ll need everything from moving boxes to packing peanuts, and bubble wrap to extra padding. Aside from the proper supplies, what are the best ways to keep your stuff safe during the move? 

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Pack slowly and properly while taking inventory

The first way to keep things safer is to make sure you are packing ahead of time and packing them properly. Before you pack, keep an inventory of your belongings so that you can come up with the best strategy for how you’ll pack them and if there is anything you don’t want to bring into the new house.

Don’t pack everything the week before your move but instead, pack things a month out starting with rooms you use the least and making sure to leave a box handy for the things you’ll need first when you get to the new home. Pack things properly utilizing bubble wrap or packing peanuts in boxes, and wrap individual glass items in-between padded layers in your boxes. Then, use heavy duty tape to secure boxes and label everything with the room they belong in.

Using plastic moving boxes

One trick you may consider for your upcoming move is to choose plastic moving boxes rather than cardboard boxes. These are a more durable, easily stackable, moving box option that will save you money and time, and your belongings.

These will help you to avoid crushing items which can happen with cardboard boxes. Fill up every part of the box and be sure to use smaller boxes for heavier items like books. These can be rented and returned to the moving company after the move.

Get insurance and a declaration form

For expensive items, consider getting insurance to make sure things are covered. You can sometimes do this with a renters or homeowners policy for valuable pieces of art or heirlooms. Ask your movers about their insurance policies to protect against harm or theft.

You can also fill out a declarations form for your expensive items and submit it to your movers. The moving company will know which items are more valuable and need special attention during the move.

Get a safety deposit box

Some people choose to get a safety deposit box for the move, especially for storing things like paperwork or jewelry during the move. That way, you don’t have to worry about moving them during the big move, but instead, they will be protected until you get things settled. Just be sure not to put anything in there that you’ll need immediately, like your money or identification.

Keep valuables with you or family

If you’re still not sure about some of your valuables, consider storing them from friends or family for now. They can hold onto your valuables during the move so that you can pick them up at a later time. Then you won’t have to worry about moving them with all of the bulky boxes and wondering if they made it safely.

The best thing you can do during the moving process is to communicate with your movers on your needs, preparing ahead of time, and taking extra measure throughout the process. These are the best tips for keeping items safe during your upcoming move.

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Top 6 Things You Might Forget to Do When Moving

The moving process is an overwhelming one, and it can be easy to forget to handle certain details. You may be tempted to choose the first moving company you come across without comparing option, just like you may find it tempting to just pack everything up without getting rid of unused things first.

Did you pay for a bunch of moving boxes you'll never use? Did you look into Green Moving Solutions? There are so many things to keep track of and handle before the move that preparing ahead time will help you avoid rushing through the process and neglecting important tasks. Jot down these 6 things that you may forget to do when moving so that you can cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s.

Sort your items and label the boxes

First, you’ll want to start looking at your items to see if there are things you no longer need. It’s smart to do this before a move so that you can spend less on moving expenses. Sometimes there are things you never use or that you know you’re ready to part with, such as furniture that won’t look good in the new house, wardrobe items, or old holiday items.

Consider what items would be great for donating or put in a garage sale to earn some extra cash for the move. When it’s time to pack everything up, be sure to label each box thoroughly and remind yourself which room each box was intended for, such as “kitchen box” or “bedroom.” We have free moving labels available if you need them!

Get the pets a check-up

Since you’re moving somewhere new, it may take time to find a new doctor, dentist, and vet. Now is the time to get your pet in for a check-up before going somewhere new, and to ensure your pet is handling the stress of the move well. Your pet’s health is important before taking a long trip to a new place, and it will help to have updated pet records from your current vet for when you go to a new vet.

Collect important documents

Now is the time to gather and maintain important documents for your move. You don’t want to have to dig through boxes to find your resume, medical records, or school records when you need them in your new town. Keep your important documents and records handy so as to not pack them into boxes that may not get unpacked for a while.

Compare moving companies

Be sure to do your homework to find a reputable moving company (*wink wink*) rather than hiring the one with the best price or the first one on your google search. Be sure to compare services, prices, conditions, and reviews, and select a reliable moving company in your area that can prove they are licensed and insured, will do an in-home visit, and has a great reputation in the community.

Create your moving checklist

Creating a moving checklist will help you avoid forgetting some of these tasks and others that may slip your mind later. Remind yourself to call for quotes with moving companies, to call around for free moving boxes, and to get utilities set up at your new home.

Remind yourself to redirect your mail and have the furniture sent to your home the day after you’ve moved everything. Be sure to have all of the times and dates on your checklist, as well as things to do and things not to forget on there.

Pack an essentials box

Lastly, make sure you pack a “first week essentials” box. This should include things you’ll need to access right away, such as a shower curtain and towels, cookware and cups, as well as medicine and dog food. These types of things can end up packed with your regular household goods, and make the time after your move a stressful one.

These are the top 6 things that you won’t want to forget to do when it’s time for your upcoming move.

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Top 5 Tips for Moving Delicate Furniture

When you’re moving to a new home, you have to carefully get all of your belongings safely out of your home and then again at your new home. The drive alone can cause concern wondering if everything is going to survive a bumpy road or stop and go traffic. Moving furniture may be one of the items you worry about the least seeing that it’s heavier and less delicate than your glassware or artwork. However, furniture is actually just as delicate as those more obvious fragile items because furniture could get scratched, broken, dented, or ruined. Be sure to use these five tips that will help you to make sure you are protecting your furniture from point A to B.

Proper Wrapping and Securing Drawers

The first thing to keep in mind is that you’ll want to properly wrap your furniture and secure all loose elements before transporting them from the house. When it goes into the moving van, you’ll want wrapped pieces that aren’t going to scratch against the van floor or walls or even other furniture. In the event of rain, you’ll want to make sure you’ve considered waterproof wrapping to avoid the possibility of getting rain into the van where your furniture is.

Make sure to purchase or rent several duvets and masking tape that you can make sure protect your furniture, especially with cabinets or sideboards, and then pad wood furniture, even on the corners, to protect your pieces. Even soft pillows and quilts can help to protect your furniture and help to avoid scratches or paint chippings on the corners. Sometimes a flat box will even help protect pieces that can fit.

Before wrapping your furniture, make sure you’ve secured all of the drawers and doors. You wouldn’t want a door to swing open as you’re placing it into the van, or a drawer to slide out during transport. Secure everything and then wrap it to make sure it stays in one piece. You may even want to remove the doors and drawers on some pieces for extra protection.

How to Carry

Now that you’ve secured your pieces, you’ll want to strategize on how things are carried. You’ll want to make sure that nothing is carried by just one person and that there are always at least two people carrying the items. A moving company would send out two people so be sure that you aren’t trying to do this alone either.

Before moving anything out of the door, make sure you can carry the items high and low, being able to go backward and diagonally without a problem, because there may be parts of the carrying process that require unusual positions to get the job done. Make sure that you can handle this before attempting to take things to the van; otherwise, you may find yourself struggling and dropping pieces.

Make sure not to force any of the pieces through spaces they don’t fit like a narrow doorway, but instead, take extra precautions to avoid breaking or fabrics tears such as removing the glass from windows or taking doors off the hinges. While it may sound like extra work, it may be simpler than it sounds and will help to avoid breaking pieces or tearing couch fabrics. You don’t want to force anything once in the van either, since two trips is sometimes better than one or a professional moving service could bring an adequate van if they know what stuff you are trying to move in advance.

If you want to ensure that nothing is damaged and that no pieces will get lost from disassembly and removal of drawers, hire a professional mover to handle the job. They will be able to ensure the van is the correct size, pieces are wrapped properly, and that nothing is damaged leaving the home or putting it into the van. Talk to the Professionals Moving Specialists about a moving quote today.

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Why You Need Professional Office Movers When Relocating Your Chicago Business

Relocating comes with a lot of work, a lot of details to consider, and a lot of things to do. That is why hiring a moving company to handle the heavy lifting makes sense for your back, your schedule, and the safety of your belongings. When it comes to an office move, many people think that they can just have their staff handle moving their own belongings and that a moving company isn’t necessary.

If you are relocating your Chicago business, you are wise to leave the job to a professional office mover who will know how to not only protect your sensitive materials, but they can stick to a timeline to make sure you aren’t out of the office for long and help keep you organized from start to finish. Take a look at the reasons below as to why it is important to hire a professional office mover.

Staying organized and on time

First and foremost, your professional office movers will keep things organized and on time for you. It’s too easy for an office move to become unorganized and keeping your team out of the office for longer than intended.

Hiring a professional office mover means that you can rest assured that you’ll keep company data, your calendar, lease paperwork, and more organized from point A to B utilizing the crates and boxes they bring to you for the move. You can focus on other details while your moving crew helps you efficiently move your office’s sensitive information, equipment, and furniture to your new office.

You can also guarantee a return to the office date to your clients because you can count on your movers to keep things timely. When you move on your own, it’s too easy to find yourself with more stuff to pack, move, unpack, and set up before you can get back to work than you were expecting.

Since your movers can get you an ETA of how long the move will take, you’ll be able to plan accordingly to get things done before and after the move with a timeline in place. They can tell you how long to expect for packing, moving, unpacking, setting up, and cleaning up from the move so that you can know when to expect to be back to work.

Helping with the technological elements

In addition to the hassle of packing things without damaging them, moving them to the new location, unpacking them and setting up your office, your movers can help you in the technology department as well. Just like the time you had someone set up your office phone system and your desktop computer, your moving crew will be able to disconnect all of your technology, move it efficiently, and set it back up for you at the new location.

If you had to hire a team to set everything up for you, you will likely need help getting everything set up again at the new location. Allow a professional office mover to handle all of your office belongings and your technological needs so that you can focus on taking care of your clients before and after the move.

If an office mover is right for you, be sure to call The Professionals Moving Specialists in your area to get the move done carefully, efficiently, and properly, from start to finish.

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Moving Insurance: Do you Need it? What is the Cost?

It doesn't matter if you're moving one neighborhood over or across the country; you may want to consider moving insurance. Before you decide to buy moving insurance, however, it's important to understand what it will protect and how much it costs.

Most homeowners choose a good moving company instead of going through the stressful process of packing and moving. Will using a residential moving company guarantee an item that covered if lost or damaged? Is the coverage offered good enough or should you get moving insurance?

Are Moving Companies Liable for Your Things?

Licensed moving companies in Illinois are liable for the value of the items they transport. If an item becomes damaged, while they are moving it, they are responsible. Moving companies have to offer two levels of liability, which are Movers Liability and Valuation.

With Valuation coverage, there is usually a fee associated. If an item is damaged the moving company will attempt to repair the damage and if not repairable the client will receive depreciated value for the item.

Movers Liability coverage is usually included in your move and the moving company will pay, if an item is broken. However, they only pay up to 30 cents per pound, per item. So, if you have a heavy coffee table worth $1,500 and it's damaged, the company only pays 60 cents per pound. Even if it weighs 100 pounds, that's only $30.

Buying Moving Insurance

These policies will provide coverage much like a standard insurance policy, which means you, will pay upfront for the coverage and pay a deductible if you make a claim.

It’s important to understand the type of protection you’re getting when buying moving insurance.  With some insurance policies, you will need to create a selected inventory to be covered, while other policies just cover the total value of your goods.

While you may not think you need the added coverage, you’ll probably wish you had it, if something does happen. Even the best moving companies cannot avoid every accident, but with good moving insurance, you’ll be covered.

Third-Party Moving Insurance

While purchasing moving insurance from a third-party may seem like a good idea, it can be rather expensive. This type of coverage can run anywhere from about $200 to $1,000, which is often much more expensive than purchasing additional coverage from your moving company. In addition, the deductible may be much higher in order to make the upfront rate lower.

Moving insurance offers an additional level of protection for your items when you need to move. If you don't feel like the required coverage offered by your professional moving company is enough, consider purchasing additional moving insurance from your moving company for full protection.

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