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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....
How To Choose Moving Service In Chicago, Illinois

How To Choose Moving Service In Chicago, Illinois

America sees a raise in moving, including across states, so the question “how to choose the best moving company” becomes relevant again. For that, we prepared the list of things to consider. Service Areas. Probably, the first point to check and see if a company fits your needs. Check it on the related page with a list or a map. License And Insurance. It’s a crucial point to check. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, every moving company has to have a license and insurance. Still, it’s important to note that the insurance level has to be appropriately maintained. If you see that a company is registered, it doesn’t necessarily mean it has a governmental agency’s endorsement. You can usually find licenses in the “About Us” section or at the bottom of the home page. To check the company’s records, you should paste their DOT or MC number on the U.S. Department of Transportation page. Also, you can see if there are complaints. Experience. It’s not the most critical point, but still one of them. If a company managed to stay in business for many years, they probably had enough of satisfied clients. Though any company is people, and its service quality depends on who works there now. Reviews. Sometimes the long history of a company doesn’t promise quality service; that’s why you should check recent reviews. It’s worth to check it not only on the company’s web page as it’s not likely to post a negative comment there. Go to the company’s social site page or search in the browser. Keep in mind that people tend to share...
Moving To Chicago During Coronavirus

Moving To Chicago During Coronavirus

As the stay-at-home order is over, America sees a jump in moving locally and cross-states. Whatever reason you have to move to Chicago, we prepared some tips on how to do it safely during the pandemic time. What Are COVID-19 Recommendations in Illinois? You can find more details on the IDPH (Illinois Department Of Public Health) site, but here we will keep the general guides: CDC recommends that all nonessential international travel be postponed. Employees who are sick are encouraged to stay home; Frequently touched surfaces have to be cleaned regularly; Business is getting back to operate step by step; facilities are getting reopen; life slowly seems normal again. But the restrictions are different state by state, check here the current state of the recovering plan.   The State Of Illinois published Restore Illinois Plan. As of 26th June, the state moved to Phase 4 of reopening. This is what it means: Gatherings of 50 people or fewer are allowed; Restaurants and bars reopen; Travel resumes; Child care and schools reopen under guidance from the IDPH; People to keep social distancing and wear face masks. Restrictions got lighten, but the disease stays as dangerous as it was, so there are still rules to follow to reduce and avoid possible virus spread. If you decide to hire a moving company, check on their website, or make a call to check what exactly they do to protect you and their employees.   What Moving Companies Do Differently? Moving crews wear face masks and keep social distancing; Trucks are equipped with disinfectors; Sick employees stay home; Some companies provide online estimation instead of in person....
How To Deal With Post-lockdown Stress

How To Deal With Post-lockdown Stress

Check Your Healthy Habits. It’s not a secret that health is a key to a long and happy life, but when you are under stress, it’s tremendously hard to change it. Start with a small and achievable target. Sometimes when we want to change, we think that the bigger it is, the better. But it may work vice versa, so try to make one change at a time.   Keep Track Of How You Feel. Sometimes stress is a result of suppressed emotions when we don’t recognize what’s going on. The daily routine or fear of what’s behind this stress may cause it, or many other factors. But the common thing is that we do it subconsciously, so you shouldn’t blame yourself for that. To better understand what you feel, you can take notes during a day describing what you feel and what caused it. In a while, you’ll realize it more often without writing, and it will help stay away from stress by merely recognizing the stress factor coming and being ready to meet it and let go.   Note What Gives You Relief. For someone, it’s a morning routine; for others, it’s a cup of coffee in silence or a couple of hours walk. The main idea is to note what you actually enjoy and do it when you need it. People often tend to underestimate the stress and healing effect of doing the things we love.   Plan Your Relocation In Small Steps. If you need to move soon or your scheduled relocation time has come, but feel too nervous about it, try the following. Plan...
How To Keep Your Home Organized After A Move

How To Keep Your Home Organized After A Move

Seeing your house turning into a mess more and more every day from Monday to Friday and then dedicating all Saturday on ultimate cleaning, having no power to enjoy the rest of the day? Feeling that one day left from the weekend, and it’s not enough? If that’s what you experience in your daily life, even after unpacking is over, here’s how to break this vicious circle and start enjoying cleaning and organized house.    Aim one mission per day Instead of dedicating the whole day to deep cleaning and having a mess growing gradually, try to break down all the cleaning routine into one-two missions per day. E.g., on Monday, you are only mopping the floor, on Tuesday you are taking care of all surfaces by removing dust and cleaning glass. On Wednesday, you are cleaning only the kitchen area, on Thursday – all the bathrooms’ surfaces and plumbing, and Friday you are dedicating to laundry. This way, you can avoid growing mess and spending the whole day off on the cleaning. You won’t feel exhausted but will be able to enjoy your house clean every day. And actually, you will have the entire weekend to spend on yourself and your fave moments.   Five-minute organizing rule If you don’t tend to put things back after using, you should try one rule. This is “a five-minute organizing rule” to maintain your belongings organized and at the right place. It’s effortless and smart from our psychological reaction. When we think that we should clean, we tend to resist, and it’s definitely not something that can make us smile. But...