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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(Link to PAWS official website)

Your local movers and packers in Chicago,

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

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Animal Magnetism 2015

This is our favorite time of year as we support one of our favorite causes.  Come join us for an unforgettable night!  

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Presented by:

Professionals Moving Specialists

All proceeds of Animal Magnetism  are used to better the lives of endangered animals throughout Chicago, and the success of the event is dependent on our generous supporters.

PAWS Chicago is leading the way in transforming animal welfare throughout Chicagoland. Since its founding in 1997, the number of homeless pets killed in the city has been reduced by nearly 70 percent, but nearly 14,000 homeless pets are still being killed in Chicago every year. In 2013 alone, PAWS Chicago found homes for 5,872 homeless pets and performed 17,767 spay and neuter surgeries through its Lurie Clinic and GusMobile Spay/Neuter Van. These two medical resources give PAWS Chicago the ability to provide free and lowcost spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and humane education to the city’s most under-resourced families and neighborhoods that need the most help in controlling its pet population. As a No Kill shelter, PAWS Chicago is committed to the life of every pet in its care, treating each cat and dog with respect and dignity.

Please come join us!!!

 

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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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Remembering 2014 - The Professionals Moving Specialists

With another year having come to a close we can’t help but look back on what a great year it really has been for us here at The Professionals Moving Specialist.  With the help our amazing crews, dedicated staff and Daddy (the hardest working Rottweiler in Chicago) we have been able to continue to grow and remain the most trusted moving company in Chicago. Here are a few highlights from our 2014.

We had the great fortune of sponsoring several Paws Events this year.  We were the presenting sponsor for Animal Magnetism in February and The Fur Ball in November.

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Come summer we  sponsoring the World’s Largest Block Party!!   Neighborhood and block parties are definately one of the highlights of the Chicago summer.

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*****A few of us look a little too excited at the chance to dunk our bosses

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...................................…come to think of it even Chicago’s finest got in on the action.***

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We performed some exciting moves this year.  Allegiant Air at Chicago’s O’hare International Airport was definitely a highlight for us.

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Looking back we’ve made new friends, supported great causes, and did our best to provide Chicago with the best service of any moving company.

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It’s easy for us to say we’ve had a great year.  We are truly humbled by the opportunity to serve Chicago.   Our family here at the Professionals Moving Specialist would like to wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015.   We look forward to serving you for many years to come.

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Preparing Your Home for the Winter

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Moving into a new home in Chicago and becoming a first time homeowner brings about a lot of responsibility when it comes to taking care of and providing proper maintenance of your residence.Moving can be a challenge, but a lot of the work comes down to making sure that your home is protected and that you provide the necessary effort to keep in ideal condition.Most people however, overlook the effect that changing seasons and weather can have on a house, as weather can corrode and damage the house in significant and sometimes unforeseen measures.At The Professionals Moving Specialists, wants to make sure that after we help clients move into their new homes, they get the help and knowledge of taking care of the home especially during the rough winter seasons.The best thing to do is by preparing your home for the Winter and to stay vigilant, the following winter tips below will help you stay ready for the upcoming winter season, and the random and debilitating weather that is often associated.

Outdoor Maintenance

-Repair Sidings: Siding stability is important to maintaining the strength and durability of your home.Make sure that your house sidings are properly inspected and that their is no evidence of damage or leakage that could cause potential abrasive damage in the future.If there is damage evident, the typical repair job involves using a primer or sealant in order to ensure that your sidings are waterproof and capable of protection during the rigid winter months.

-Repair roof shingles: The maintenance of roof shingles is also very significant in making sure that your home is properly protected against the ravaging weather experienced during the winter months.If there is evidence of cracking, or other kind of damage make sure to repair the shingles.Roofing nails and cement are effective in sealing and filling in any cracks in your roof shingles.

-Clear brushes and weeds from around your house: During winter storms typically outside brush and weeds are forcibly thrown around causing abrasive damage to the outside of your home.The collective damage can create scrapes and scratches along your house sidings.Make sure to trim all bushes and weeds around your property before the winter season begins.

Indoor Maintenance

-Reinforce Windows: Window screens and the windows themselves can be seriously damaged during the ravaging of winter storms.Tears and rips in window screens can occur as a result of the influx of heavy winds and this can in turn cause damage to the windows themselves.It is recommended that you replace your current window screens with storm windows.

-Check batteries in all alarm systems: Make sure that all of your alarm systems are working fully and efficiently.It is extremely important, especially during instances of heavy winter storms, that all of your alarm systems are working to prepare against any unexpected emergencies that may arise.Make sure that all of the batteries in these systems are fresh, so that in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide link, you are properly protected.

-Store Outdoor Furniture: Outdoor furniture must be stored indoors during the winter season.Winter storms can wreck havoc on all outdoor furniture including tables, chairs, and benches.Make sure that all of your outdoor furniture is stored in a secured area where it will not be damaged by prevalent winter storms.To this effect, also make sure if you have an outdoor pool it is properly drained.

At the Professionals Moving Specialists we want to make sure that you take all of these precautions into consideration, as they are important for preparation against the upcoming winter season.Winter storms can bring about unforeseen complications and damages to your home, and it is important to be properly protected and secure.Just remember that your work is not done simply after you finish moving.Home-ownership is a big responsibility, at we at the Professionals Moving Specialists, want to make sure you’re prepared for that challenge.And to prepare for your big move as a new homeowner Contact The Professionals Moving Specialists, for all your local moving in Chicago Metro Area.

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