Moving Without a Car: The Guide

Moving Without a Car: The Guide

Congratulations, you want to move into a new house / apartment! You only have one problem: you don’t have a car. What do you do? How do you move your entire belongings without wheels? If you live in a big city with a good public transportation system, chances are, you don’t really need a car in your everyday life. A move can be a logistical hassle, and we’re here to help you plan ahead for a smooth transition. Option #1: Rent a truck This option is great because moving trucks come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You’ll need to estimate the size ahead of time and schedule your move ahead of time. You will need a license to drive it though! Don’t forget to check the truck for damages before signing off when accepting it, and get insurance! Option #2: Hire professional movers Hiring professional movers is the easiest, simplest plan, and it will definitely make your moving day easier. You won’t have to worry about your most valuable belongings getting damaged during the move, you won’t have to lift the furniture, you won’t have to rent a truck and return it will a full tank of gas. Don’t forget to get moving insurance! Option #3: Ask around on social media One of your friends may actually have a truck, and can help you out for the day. If you do take a friend’s truck, make sure you bring it back with a full tank of gas, washed and in the same condition you had received it. Have a safe, smooth...
Rain / Snow During Your Move & What To Do

Rain / Snow During Your Move & What To Do

Is it raining or snowing during your moving day? Don’t worry, we have the guide to help you avoid weather damage from destroying your most valuable possessions. You don’t need to reschedule the move A bit of rain or snow should not deter you from going forward with your move. Professional movers know exactly how to handle it, and we have the tips you need right here! Before moving day Rain may come any time of year, so make sure you check the weather forecast at least a week before moving day, and get the supplies if needed. Cover the moving boxes with waterproof bags, so you wouldn’t see them fall apart. On moving day Cover the way from your house to the truck with a waterproof canopy. This will help the people, furniture, and even boxes that are covered with bags – as it’s not 100% watertight. Get water safety mats, to avoid people holding boxes from slipping on the walkway. A trip to the ER is no way to start your moving day. Wear proper clothes for both the areas you move from and move to. You don’t want to move to a cold place and shiver all day. On the drive over to your new home Make sure you check your car’s ability to drive in rough conditions: from windshield wipers to snow chains. Make sure you are prepared with enough gas, water and snacks to get through a long traffic jam and even a road block. Moving blankets Moving blankets are an essential tool to keep your belongings safe during the move, and for laying them...
Choosing a Storage Facility in Chicago

Choosing a Storage Facility in Chicago

You need to store your valuables for a while, but are unsure of where to go? We have the guide to get you on the right track to choose the best storage facility in Chicago for you. What to look for in a storage unit: Size: measure your belongings and estimate the size of the unit you’ll need. Don’t forget to add some room to move in the unit. Estimate: Think about how long you will use the unit, as long term storage requires ventilation. Climate control for sensitive items: some items need to be indoors, not in a shed – type of construction. Building materials: you want the build quality of the storage facility to be top – notch, water tight, ventilated and well – lit. Accessibility: you want to be able to reach your storage unit with ease, as you may need on occasion to get something from it. Availability and working hours: how many hours a day is the storage unit available? Is the gate open at all hours of the day? Safety: you want to choose a place no one can open but you. Lighting: does the storage facility have enough artificial lighting to see what’s in the units? Or is it so dark, you need a flashlight to see anything?   Choosing a storage facility near you requires planning, but it’s an easy feat once you verify you have the answers to the topics listed above. Best of luck in finding the right type of storage facility and unit for...
Moving Your Apartment in Chicago – How To Avoid Fiasco

Moving Your Apartment in Chicago – How To Avoid Fiasco

Moving is never easy, and making it flawless requires focus and lots of planning. But sometimes we don’t see the bigger picture and may miss the necessary steps which can save your relocation. Let’s see what they are. Don’t Underestimate Your Household Size. If you are planning a relocation, especially if it’s a one-room studio, you may get too relaxed about it. It seems like not many things to move, and this is the first mistake. When you prepare everything for a relocation, you’ll see that all the possessions, together with furniture, kitchenware, toiletries, and clothes, take much space. Didn’t look like this before packing, right? If you plan to hire experienced movers, your belongings will be estimated. But if you are planning to do it on your own, it’s much harder to evaluate the amount of packing supplies, work, and time. 2. Say “No” To Procrastination. If the first point was relevant, you might experience issues with lack of time, too. Underestimating your household may give you a feeling of spare time and no urge to start planning a relocation as soon as possible. Though, we advise avoiding it, too. And it’s not only because you can never know what obstacles will come on the way. Sometimes, until you get to the next step, you don’t foresee some things to consider. That’s why we urge you to start the moment you can; this way, it’s possible can prevent some moving mishaps. 3. Avoid Saving On Essentials. What’s crucial for you mainly is individual, but we suggest to look at the most common examples. Re-use Packing Supplies  Usually, there’s nothing wrong...
What You Need To Know Before Moving To Illinois During Pandemic?

What You Need To Know Before Moving To Illinois During Pandemic?

The situation with coronavirus and related restrictions vary by state and sometimes county, you should be aware of what to expect before moving to Illinois in July 2020. Here we will describe main changes and recent recommendations, but it’s always worth double-checking with CDC and IDPH sites as the situation may change.   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: All nonessential international travel advised being postponed. Employees who are sick should avoid commuting to work; Frequently touched surfaces have to be cleaned regularly;   The State Of Illinois has developed Restore Illinois Plan. As of 26th June, the state moved to Phase 4 of reopening. The plan includes below: 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.   Consider postponing your relocation is possible, but if you can’t do so, check what the precautions are.   What Moving Companies Do To Protect From The Virus Spread? Moving teams 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 Can You Prepare For Moving Day? As the virus can be dangerous for hours and days on surfaces, finish packing at least 24 hours before moving day; Avoid reusing old boxes for packing. Consider ordering new boxes at your movers or renting plastic crates; Prepare disinfectors and paper towels for movers...
How To Choose A Moving Company

How To Choose A Moving Company

When it comes to moving, locally or across the country, hiring a moving company could be the most convenient and less stressful way to do it, though not the cheapest one. Let’s see what’s important to consider when choosing your movers and how to prevent additional charges being applied.   Company’s License And Insurance. You should know that every moving company in The U.S. for hire has to have a license and insurance. To find a company’s license number, you can go to the “About Us” section. If you’d like to see more details or ensure the license is relevant, you should visit The U.S. Department of Transportation page.    Company’s Presence At The Market. If a company has a long operating experience, it doesn’t always mean providing excellent service now. Then it’s worth to look for recent reviews. Though long-term expertise is essential, it’s not the most crucial point.    Offered Services.  Apart from loading, moving, and unloading, different companies offer various options, additionally. Check if you can order packing supplies or rent storage.   Compare The Costs. Price usually depends on the number of boxes and relocation distance, but they vary from state to state and one company from another. Ask for a free quote on the company’s site if you know a planned date and where you are moving.    Additional fees. Try to foresee as many additional services as you may request, check on the web page, or call what it will cost you. If you have to cancel or postpone your relocation, inform the movers as early as you can.   CDC Health Recommendations....