Simple Holiday Moving Guide

The holidays are here and it’s time… to move? This is one of the least popular times of the year to move, but once it’s done, you’ll get to spend the holidays at your brand new home! It may be one of the most exciting times to move since everyone is already available to celebrate the holidays, help you pack, and give you an extra special sendoff.

While you’re singing carols and driving past holiday lights, you can still successfully move your family into your new home without missing a beat this holiday season. You’ll want to plan ahead, consider the weather, and make it a fun process being the holiday season. Take a look at this guide that will make winter moving during the holidays a little more simple and exciting.

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The planning process

Start with a great game plan. While you probably won’t have time to do everything you would normally do during the holiday season, you can still do what you make time for. Keep your expectations reasonable knowing that you are going through a big life change of moving during an already busy holiday season. It’s time to make a list of the things that have to be done and what things could be missed this year.

Instead of putting up your decorations this year, pack anything that you would normally pack away to put up your holiday decorations. If you’ll be spending a decent amount of time in your original home, be sure to decorate at least one space to keep the holiday spirit alive before moving to the new house. Start purging the rest of the house to eliminate things that you don’t need anymore, and start purchasing your moving supplies to pack up right away.

Consider your budget with the move and what you can afford for holiday shopping this year. You can have presents shipped to your new home by buying online and updating your shipping address. Pack up plates and dinnerware in exchange for high-quality paper and plastic items that can make party cleanup a cinch while still looking elegant. Then be sure your professional moving crew is hired and ready for moving day.

Have a moving holiday party

This is a great time to have a holiday party that can also be thought of as a moving party. Keep out a few holiday items for the party and that can get you started in your new home. Have a holiday playlist for the party that you can also enjoy on your travels to the new home and for when you arrive. It will be a great send-off that also gives you that holiday cheer you want to enjoy right now. This is also a great time to hand out your holiday cards with your new address!

The actual move

For the moving day, be sure to have your first-week box ready for your essentials, favorite holiday items, and supplies for the actual trip. You may want to pack a picnic if you plan to drive far and try to stop somewhere fun on the way, such as a national park or landmark that the kids would love. Bring hot drinks and blankets for the winter move. Don’t forget your holiday playlist, snacks for the trip, winter supplies such as coats and ice scrapers, and preparing your driveway to get the car and moving truck in and out safely.

Of course, you should have your utilities set up in advance so that your home will be nice and heated upon arrival. Once you’ve unpacked everything, you’ll now have the convenience of boxes to use for wrapping gifts, and a new home ready to start new traditions in. Allow yourself to dine out as you get settled and enjoying community holiday events for the first time.

Try to have fun with your holiday move knowing that you’re moving during that time of year where everyone is already a little bit jollier and there’s an excitement in the air. Enjoy your new home and the new space to celebrate your family holidays every year!

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When is the Best Time to Move in Chicago?

Whether you are relocating to the windy city or just moving from one apartment to another, it's important to know the best time to move in Chicago. The answer to this question isn't exactly straightforward. It depends on your needs. Here's what you should know about moving in Chicago.

Moving to Chicago in the Summer

Chicago summers are very beautiful and provide a great time to move. However, this is also one of the most popular times of the year to move because of the weather. The summer season is also the time when rentals and homes for sale become readily available. They also rent and sell fast, which leaves less room for negotiating.

Winter Moving in Chicago

The winter can be cold, icy, snowy and no fun for moving. This isn't the best time to move in Chicago, but there are some pros to moving in the winter.

During the winter season, fewer rentals and for sale options will be available. However, the owners are often ready to negotiate because they need a tenant or a buyer. You may be able to get a shorter lease or a better price during the winter.

Busiest Time to Move in Chicago

If you want to avoid the busiest months for moving in Chicago, you will want to avoid May and August. Both months are full of college students moving and many others moving. These two months are super busy in Chicago, so if you're looking for less competition, don't move during May and August.

Slowest Month for Moving in Chicago

Those seeking less competition when moving in Chicago will enjoy moving in November. The weather may be cold and you may see some snow, but there will be far less people looking to move during November than most other months of the year.

The slower season in Chicago for real estate, rentals and moving typically starts in November and runs through February.

Two Moving Days in Chicago

Many real estate agents and landlords are aware of the two moving days in Chicago. However, are you aware of these two days?

About 20% of the properties sold or rented will be moved into on October 1st and May 1st every single year in Chicago. In the real estate industry, these two days are known as the moving days.

Depends on your Neighborhood

Of course, with everything above, it can vary depending on your neighborhood. Some neighborhoods cater to a younger audience and see a larger turnover, while other neighborhoods provide housing for older families and couples willing to stay longer. Each Chicago neighborhood will be a little bit different when it comes to the best time of the year to move.

 Best time to move in Chicago

Choosing the best time of the year to move in Chicago isn't cut-and-dry. It depends on what you want and need. If you need to move because you are relocating for a job, you may not get much say in the time of year you move. However, if you just want to move because your lease is up, you may be able to negotiate a few extra months to move during a slower time or a time when more rentals are available.

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Attend PAWS Beach Party Event with Your Local Movers!

Local Movers and PAWS Event at North Avenue Beach in Chicago!
Local Movers and PAWS Event at North Avenue Beach in Chicago!

BEACH PARTY

Thursday, July 23 • 6 p.m. Castaways at North Avenue Beach -

Join 400 guests and their beach-ready pups for Chicago’s premier pet-friendly event of the summer! Sip cool cocktails, enjoy an auction & raffle, music, dancing and more! Furry guests can be pampered at the complimentary pet spa while guests enjoy a beachy dinner and a “pawgarita” with friends.

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Your local movers and packers in Chicago,

The Professionals Moving Specialists, are a proud sponsor of this local event.

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6 Tips for Moving During the Winter by Niccole Schreck

Snow TruckThe winter can be a great time to move. Most Americans move between May and September, and the winter is notoriously slow for apartment hunting – which means you're more likely to get a great deal on an apartment and save on your moving costs. The downside to moving into your new place in winter is that you deal with the weather. Even if the sun has been beating down all week, a sudden blizzard might pop up just as you're pulling away in your car. Here are a few cold weather moving tips for a safe transition:

1. Keep an eye on the weather. Periodically check weather reports, and keep an eye on the weather map for approaching storm fronts that could inhibit your move. Even if you've been watching for a few days, weather is fickle and may change with little warning. You should also keep an eye on traffic reports. Plan the route to your new apartment around roads that have stalled traffic. Avoiding busy streets during poor weather will help keep you and your apartment furnishings safe.

2. Don't pack winter supplies. Keep items such as a shovel, ice scraper, salt and winter accessories like gloves and hats in the car with you. If there is a lot of snow on the ground, you may have to dig a path to your new apartment when you arrive. Instead of going through boxes, you'll have the shovel out and ready to go. If the sidewalk leading to your apartment is icy, throw salt on the ground. This will melt the ice and keep you and your fellow movers safe.

3. Get some help. Hiring a moving company has a lot of benefits, including a faster move and no heavy lifting, and those benefits are amplified when you move during the winter. But if you can't afford to hire movers, get as many friends and family members involved as possible, which will lighten the load and prevent you from moving in and out of the cold all day long. Once all the boxes are inside, order some hot food to thank them for their efforts.

4. Board your pets. Boarding your pets during your move is a good idea for a few reasons. First, pets can get under the feet of people carrying boxes and heavy furniture – especially in a small apartment – which is a hazard for everyone. Second, with doors open and people moving in and out, there's a chance your pets might get out. Moving is stressful enough without a missing pet! Lastly, adjusting to a new home isn't always easy for your pet. In fact, more than a third of renters in a recent Rent.com survey listed their pet's emotional trauma as their biggest concern during a move. It's best to move your dog or cat last so he or she will be greeted by familiar scents in your new apartment.

5. Regulate body temperature. Dress in layers so you can shed clothing if you start to overheat. Moving boxes, especially up and down stairs, is heavy work. You can also prevent your body from getting fatigued by leaving the door to the building and your new apartment open. This balances the temperature between inside and outside of the apartment and allows your body to stay at one consistent level. Otherwise, changing between hot and cold can take a toll on you.

6. Keep it clean. Have towels in the car to wipe down boxes and other items that get wet with dirty snow. This will keep your objects and your apartment safe from the damaging effects of moisture. Put padding down on your apartment floor to soak up any excess water that clings to boxes or your shoes.

Niccole Schreck is the rental experience expert for rent.com, a free rental site that helps you find an affordable apartment and provides tips on how to move.

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Chicago Associations

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The Professionals Moving Specialists locally based moving company in Chicago, IL joined association with community. For the Professionals Moving Specialists the participation and involvement is rewarding to those who strive for the improvement of the Chicagoland area.

Not only are we activity involved with our customers and relocation, we are also committed to engaging in causes of the community that allow the greatest diversity of people and organizations to participate.

Because we understand the importance of pets within the family unit, The Professionals Moving Specialists is committed to the causes of both PAWS Chicago Adoption Center and The Anti-Cruelty Society.

Our commitment isn’t just limited to that of the animal lover’s community. We are also active participants in with the NorthCenter Chamber of Commerce, Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, and Chicago Association of Realtors, as all three have strong goals and commitments the improvement and endeavors of the community.

The Professional Moving Specialists are proud members of Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, Northcenter Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Association of Realtors, PAWS Chicago Adoption Center, and The Anti-Cruelty Society.

Northcenter Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization dedicated to community and business development in the Northcenter neighborhood on Chicago's north side. The mission of the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce is to promote the interests of and secure the well-being of the businesses and neighborhood of the Northcenter community.

Chicago Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R), the “Voice for Real Estate” in Chicago since 1883, represents more than 15,000 members from all real estate specialties including commercial sales, development, property management, appraisal, auctions, and residential sales. Their mission is to help members prosper. Today, C.A.R. services 11,500 members through its two offices and is one of the largest local real estate association boards in the country! The Chicago Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R) array of member programs, products and services are unmatched.

Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce (RVCC) is a nonprofit organization committed to representing Roscoe Village businesses and to advancing the growth and prosperity of the Roscoe Village neighborhood. This year the RVCC expanded its service district to include the area from Belmont to Diversey and Metra tracks to the Chicago River. Their entire service area now includes everything from Addision to Diversey and the Metra tracks to the Chicago River. The Chamber chose to expand its geographic boundaries in order to include a territory that was previously without representation and is poised for growth.

PAWS Chicago Adoption Center is Chicago’s largest no kill humane organization, focused on implementing solutions to end the killing of homeless pets. Since PAWS Chicago's founding in 1997, the number of homeless dogs and cats killed annually has dropped more than 60 percent: from more than 42,000 homeless pets killed in 1997 to under 18,000 killed in 2011. PAWS Chicago is working to build a no kill Chicago - a city where pets are no longer destroyed just because they are homeless. PAWS Chicago will find new homes for more than 5,000 homeless pets this year at the state-of-the-art Lincoln Park Adoption & Humane Center.

The Anti-Cruelty Society (also known as the SPCA of Illinois), founded in 1899, is a private, open-admission, unlimited stay humane society, committed to helping both animals and people. Our programs and services include: Cat and Dog Adoptions - over 5,000 annually; Low or No Cost Spay/Neuter surgeries open to the general public - over 11,000 annually; Cruelty Investigations and Rescue Services - over 2,600 annually; Humane Education and Community Outreach programs - over 25,000 participants annually. Other services include a charity veterinary clinic, dog training classes; a free behavior hotline; and short-term accommodations for emergencies program, providing temporary housing for pets whose owners have been involved in crisis situations, e.g., domestic violence, fire, flood, illness, or foreclosure.

 

All four organizations are key components to the various communities within Chicago and The Professionals Moving Specialists is proud to be a part of their commitment and in association with each group.

 

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