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Major Mistakes to Avoid While Moving

Major Mistakes to Avoid While Moving

While the entire idea of moving to a new environment sounds exciting and fun, the process can be mentally draining, stressful, and worrying. Many things can go wrong if you’re not well prepared or have not done your homework right. Apart from hiring the wrong packing and moving company and failing to label your moving boxes, here are other common mistakes to avoid when moving. Doing Everything on Your Own Hiring a professional moving company is not always cheap, but it’s always worth it. Doing everything on your own can be energy-taking and time-consuming. If it’s a corporate relocation, you have many items of value that require professional handling. A long-distance move also requires adequate preparation and proper packing and labeling, which can be hectic if you do it by yourself. Not Having a Packing and Moving Checklist Even if it’s just a local move, never underestimate the power of a list. Before researching about a relocation company, consider creating a packing list and choose a good moving day. Determine which rooms will go first during packing and know what should be packed first regarding bulkiness and vulnerability. A moving list ensures there are no labeling mistakes, no using wrong boxes, and all measurements are taken to fit every room’s layout. Not Giving Yourself Enough Time to Pack Never underestimate your inventory. Packing is not just about throwing things haphazardly into moving boxes but sorting things and determining what needs to be packed, what needs to be disposed of, and what needs to be donated. In most cases, the areas you thought would take 20 minutes to pack take...
Planning a Moving Timeline

Planning a Moving Timeline

Moving is one of the events in your life that you have to organize well. This way, once you move into your new home, you know where all your belongings are and can effortlessly unload them. However, you must have a plan. We hope these home relocation and moving tips make your move as easy as possible. Send notifications in advance Notify the telephone, electric, gas and water companies and the local city council of the address change at least a few weeks before the move. Tell your employer and the school if you have children. In this way you will avoid confusion and the formal change of address will also be a fluid process. Make sure to forward any other mail to your primary address. Access to transfer cart and transport boxes You need to make sure that the moving truck can stop near the entrance of your home. Inform your neighbors about the move and if parking permits are needed, it is your responsibility to have them mostly if you will be doing long distance move. Prepare in advance Don’t start packing at the last minute. If you work and have a family, you should start packing and arranging for relocation as soon as possible. We recommend that you start at least a few weeks before your transition date. This is especially important as you will also have to fix things with your new home and take on other responsibilities. Unplug your devices You must unplug all electrical appliances before the moving crew arrives. You should also empty the fridge and freezer. You will need a lot...
How long does it take to move offices in Chicago?

How long does it take to move offices in Chicago?

Moving your entire office is challenging and time consuming, but it’s all worth it once you’re done with it. The sooner you’ll get started making your moving plans – the better, and the moving process itself has a few steps we’ll go over: Step 1: Plan the move This step should be done at least 3 month in advanced. During this time, you should plan the layout of the new office, hire a moving company, hire contractors for the new office, hire a locksmith, IT specialist, cleaning services, etc. Step 2: Talk about it Talk to your employees, as soon as possible, to help them make future plans. Some will need to leave early because the traffic will affect them now, some will be concerned about being in an open space layout all of a sudden, and some will be worried for their jobs. Hear them out, reassure them and let them know that you want to find a way to help and accommodate them. Step 3: Moving prep Start a moving calendar and sync it with all your employees and contractors. Get employees to help you out with some things- take inventory, purchase packing materials, etc. Step 4: Physical move This part will be the most intense part of the move, with most of the packing will be done ahead of time – leaving only objects essential to everyday office work. Some boxes will go straight into storage or archives. This will take between 2-3 weeks. Step 5: Unpacking This step will take anywhere between 1-8 weeks, as some boxes can’t be unpacked until other parts are organized....
What Pro Movers Will NOT Move

What Pro Movers Will NOT Move

Most of what you own will probably be allowed on moving trucks, but professional moving companies have some things they are either legally prohibited from moving, or it’s just in their policies. Some of the items our packers and movers have come across are surprising, but some or obvious. Check them out: Weapons Guns, and anything else that is either illegal or needs a special license. Some old guns don’t require a license, but are still considered dangerous, so make sure you check with your moving company before sending them off with your collection of antique guns. Poisonous / hazardous materials Anything that may combust or have a chemical reaction, such as paints, paint thinners, propane, pesticides, chemicals, acids, etc. These materials should only be disposed of in a designated area with a drop – off center. Do not throw it out or spill it in the toilet or the garden, as it will poison the ground and some chemicals can harm your drains and pipes. Flammable materials Aerosols, charcoal for the barbeque, nail polish and nail polish removers, paint thinners, etc. Plants in question According to the National Plant Board, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and plant health agencies in the 50 states “regulate the shipment of nursery and greenhouse stock in an effort to minimize the spread of harmful insects, diseases, and other pests.”, some plants are not allowed to move states – so check with the national plant board and your chosen moving company.  ...
Moving Business Files & Documents Safely

Moving Business Files & Documents Safely

You’re planning an upcoming office move and you’re concerned about keeping your files safe and sound during the move? You are not alone, and we have the tips to help you sort it out! Keeping business documents safe, secure, confidential, damage – free, and organized is no easy feat. I’ve personally heard some horror stories about files getting wet, lost, stolen or worse – uploaded to the internet. Keeping your files safe is crucial to your clients trusting you and for your online reputation. You do not want those documents getting leaked. Find a storage facility Find a safe, accessible place to store old documents. Our storage facilities are equipped for sensitive objects, with temperature control and monitored 24 hours a day. Our storage facilities are made using industry standards and are constructed better than those storage sheds you’re used to. Our storage vaults are secure, because nobody other than you will have access to them! Rest assured that your items will be 100% secure, safe from weather damage and carefully itemized. Get filing cabinets, stickers and plastic bins Make sure to pack your business documents carefully, meaning with protective envelopes or bins. A shelving unit is probably your best way to store these items in an orderly manner, but if you can’t afford it – plastic bins are your best bet. Sort it out This is one of the most tedious parts of storing business files and documents. You should organize it by categories using stickers or a label maker. A much easier option would be to hire professional movers and packers, who will do it all for...
College Moving List

College Moving List

Are you of your kid moving away to college? It’s a bittersweet moment for parents, and the beginning of a new chapter in a teenager’s life. How do you start planning and packing for a dorm room? Your first step should be to hire a moving company to help you with the physical move, even if you don’t have much to move, you want to keep it safe during it’s travels. Sheets and linens Bed sheets, towels, blankets, bed spreads, mattress and pillow covers, laundry supplies, etc. Furniture Trash can, storage boxes, a reading lamp, some shelves and pictures, hangers, etc. Tech A laptop, a mini fridge, a microwave, headphones for learning while it’s loud, a powerbank, extension cords, portable speakers. A TV will need to be approved ahead of time with the roommate and dorm rules. Clothes Shoes, jackets, hats, pajamas, gloves, swimsuits, workout clothes– these are often forgotten. Toiletries Tissues, vitamins, medications, dental hygiene products, female hygiene products, soap, shampoo, brush, tweezers, razor blades, nail clippers, band aids, shower shoes, face creams and sunblock, etc. Cleaning supplies Trash bags, window cleaners, food storage containers, dish soap, paper towels, rags, a bucket (a folding bucket will save space) Don’t forget A bag – backpack, a messenger bag or a book bag, workout gear, an umbrella, and most importantly –let them know that whatever happens, you’re still there for them, just a phone call away. Anything they didn’t pack can be shipped or bought, it’s not the end of the world if they left something at...
The Best Moving Apps in 2021

The Best Moving Apps in 2021

Moving is hard! Luckily, we live in a time where there’s’ an app for everything, and there are lots of moving apps. These are our picks for making the move a bit easier, with the aid of technology: Shortly This app is a great help with packing, as it helps you do a room – by – room packing plan and use the app’s checklists to get through all the items in an organized, labeled way. Moving Organizer Lite This app is perfect for organizing boxes and keeping track of them. OfferUp This app is used to buy and sell belongings. It is highly popular and useful. Wunderlist This app is great for making lists and handling tasks, and that makes it perfect for moving. Magicplan This app is used to help you organize your furniture, which helps with interior design and décor. The best option Whichever apps you choose from the list above will get you a little bit closer to your new home. But do you really need to spend so much time researching, installing apps, renting U-hauls, breaking your back lifting furniture, and overall wasting so much time that could have been spent otherwise? The simplest thing to do is to contact a professional moving company and get a quote for your move, to save you time and money, leaving you with time to work and spend time with your loved ones, instead of stressing for months about the move. Best of luck with your future moving plans!  ...
Unpacking After Moving

Unpacking After Moving

Congratulations, you’ve done it! You have successfully moved your belongings to your new home, give yourself a pat on the back! Now, the next step before you can really feel at home is to unpack your boxes, which is confusing and challenging to most people. How do you even begin unpacking all these boxes? Where to begin unpacking? First, you and your family will need to take a tinkle, so unpack the toilet paper, hygiene products, etc. Take your dogs for a walk to relieve them as well. Your first thing to unpack should be perishables: anything that should be kept frozen or refrigerated, medications that require cooling, etc. The next steps on moving day Beds: get your and your children’s beds and sheets unpacked and ready for bed: children will be tired after moving day and need a place to lay their heads. Right after this, start unpacking your pet’s beds, to make them feel safe at home. After moving day Kitchen items should be a priority, as ordering take – out is not only expensive, it’s unhealthy. Clothes: Organize your wardrobe and the children’s wardrobe. Large furniture: Sofas, dining room table & chairs, etc. Entertainment: TV, coffee maker, internet router, etc. This is less important than your bed, but makes you feel more at home Home office: In case you work from home, make this a priority and organize your home office. Important documents: your important documents should be safely organized, not packed up in boxes in your garage. Make a designated place for them – some important documents need a waterproof bag. Do you really need...
Choosing Moving Insurance, Suited For You

Choosing Moving Insurance, Suited For You

Have you ever moved without insurance, getting your valuables damaged? The best way to avoid the heart ache is to get insurance, but how do you choose from all there is to offer? This is our simple guide to help you pick the right one. The first thing to note, is that moving insurance isn’t actually insurance: it’s called valuation. This is because moving companies aren’t licensed to sell insurance, but they can form a valuation agreement, compensating you for your losses. Moving insurance coverage options: Trip transit insurance: covers personal property, including theft, disappearance or fire. Special perils contents coverage: covers breakage of all, except fragile items. Car insurance verification: covers shipping of automobiles. A floater: covers high value items, like jewelry, collectibles, china sets, etc. Storage insurance: in case you store valuable in a storage facility, check out the insurance options. Moving insurance protection: (liability) Full coverage protection: Will cover the value of the items (minus deductions) – get the money to get a new one, or get a replacement item. Released value protection: The bare minimum, included in the shipping fee of the long distance movers. This covers up to 60 cents per pound per item. This is the least recommended insurance, and will not compensate you well enough to avoid the headache. Separate liability coverage: in order to increase your released value protection, you can get a separate liability coverage, which will get you extra coverage, up to the limit of the policy you have. Don’t forget to get moving insurance, and best of luck in your new...
Moving Experience In Summer – What’s Important To Know?

Moving Experience In Summer – What’s Important To Know?

Some people prefer moving during winter months, but it’s rather rare, as most of the relocations happen in summer. As at any other time, there are aspects worth considering. Why don’t you have a look at them for a stressless moving experience?   The busiest time for movers. As mentioned before, summer is the most popular time for relocations. That means it’s better to hurry up with planning and booking a moving company.   The heat will interfere. Doing anything during the summer months is hard enough, so investing some time for making better conditions for you and the moving crew will improve and speed up the process. This is what’s worth preparing:   Cooldown the new house before moving. Imagine unloading boxes in the place with no AC working. You will make sure to put a reminder to turn on the air conditioner before the moving day. Choose proper clothing. Wearing a tank and shorts is not the best idea for a hot day, especially for carrying heavy boxes that may scratch the skin. If it’s an afternoon and the sun is hot, ensure to put long sleeves and chinos to avoid the sunburns. Stock Up Disinfectors. Coronavirus is still there, so this point is one of the top priorities. If you use a moving company’s service, they should have sanitizers in the truck, but taking extra precautions is our new reality. Prepare Sunscreen. A healthy dose of sun is just 15 minutes per day, and you probably will spend more time outside. That’s why we suggest using sunscreen in case of being exposed outside for too long....