Friday, December 12, 2014

Preparing for the Arrival of your Movers

If you’ve never hired one of the many moving companies in Chicago before, it can be scary. You may be uncertain about what you’ll be responsible for or how to properly prepare for the arrival of your movers. Here are a few preparation tips that will ensure a smooth moving day for everybody. 

·         Before the movers arrive, know the company guidelines. There are some things that movers will not move, as per company restrictions. For instance, some will not move flammable items or household cleaners while other will not handle things for liability reasons, such as important documents or medication. You may be required to transport these items on your own.
·         Prepare your home and items for the arrival of your movers. Ensure that doorways are not blocked by boxes. Prepare larger pieces of equipment—empty your fridge and allow for the proper time to defrost. Drain the water line from your washing machine. Failure to carry out these simple necessary steps will result in a delay and could lead to extra costs for you.
·         Keep pets contained. Letting your furry friend run freely puts not only the pet in danger, but also the movers. If you can, have a friend watch the pet for the day, or, keep him or her contained in a room that is already packed up.
·         Have drinks and food ready. You certainly aren’t responsible for feeding your movers a gourmet meal, but having bottles of water on hand or ordering a couple of pizzas will keep you and the movers feeling energized throughout strenuous activity. This extra thought will go a long way in the service you receive.

Hiring a moving company can help to make your move easy and quick. Use these tips to prepare for their arrival, further making your day a success! 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Have a Smooth Moving Day with These Packing Tips

So you’ve finally put a deposit down on a new home! Congratulations! Unfortunately, now comes the hard part—the move. Moving into a new location can be exciting, refreshing and…. stressful (especially the packing phase). But it doesn’t have to be! Here are some helpful packing tips to make your transition as painless as possible.

·         Color-code your packing boxes and assign colors to different rooms. For instance, use orange duct tape to make note that a specific box is filled with kitchen items. Use green for a box filled with living room d├ęcor.
·         Keep packing boxes to a maximum of 50 pounds. Heavy boxes mean struggling to carry them, and might require more bodies to move them. Keep boxes to a manageable weight so that one person can easily carry them.
·         Use your move as an opportunity to clean out unnecessary items. As you’re rummaging through all of your belongings, you’re likely to find things that you didn’t even remember you had, which means that you might not actually need them! Donate them or throw them out so that you can lighten your load.
·         If you can, head into your new home a day before the big moving day so that you clean up a bit. Chances are, surfaces may be dusty or tiles may be moldy. Cleaning beforehand will allow you to start off with a clean slate.
·         Keep important can’t-live-without items together. Pack passports, birth certificates, necessary medications, and other important documents and items together, with nothing else. This will ensure that you don’t lose any important paperwork and that you’re not rummaging frantically through boxes to find your medication at a time of need.
·         Consider hiring a moving company. You may think you know the basics of moving, but there are some who are well-trained in making successful moves. Hiring a moving company will allow you to make the move with experts on your side.

Moving can be one of the most stressful experiences that we’ll encounter in our lifetime. Make the move a bit easier with these simple tactics!