While most people move during the summer, it’s not the only season you can do it in. If you don’t have any constraints, consider waiting a few months until after the peak moving season slows down. Moving in the fall is probably the most flexible time to move, and the least utilized.

More Openings
Most moves take place between April and September, when winter gives way to more manageable weather. This makes fall the off-season for most companies. College kids and families with little ones make use of the summer months to move, further limiting the spaces moving companies have available. Moving in the fall ensures there will be more flexibility in the dates you choose.

Lower Prices
Because fall is the off-season, pricing is often less competitive. This may mean you pay less as demand is no longer high. You’ll likely have more options as more companies will be within your price range, allowing you to choose the best mover for you instead of going with the cheapest. Be sure to get multiple estimates so you can find a mover that fits within your desired requirements.

Fewer People Moving, More Options
It also makes it easier to move out, especially if you live in an apartment building. Fewer moving tenants means there will be more flexibility securing elevator times. Some residential apartments also give rental incentives in order to fill any remaining units. With fewer people moving, you may be able to take advantage of these offers that just aren’t available when demand is high.

Moving can be a difficult process but it can be less stressful and more affordable if you reevaluate the timing. Consider moving in the fall when there is more availability and lower prices.

While no move is easy, moving our elderly parents or loved ones can be especially difficult. Whether it’s sorting through years of memories or relinquishing some independence, these moves can be physically and emotionally demanding. Here are some tips to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.

  1. Sort Through and Donate
    There is a pretty good chance that a lot of the items will be excess and ready to be disposed of, especially if they’re downsizing. Local charities like Goodwill or a Habitat for Humanity ReStore will take in gently-used items of your hands and even have pick-up services for added convenience.
  2. Junk it
    If there are items that need to be thrown away, call 1-800-GOT-JUNK to schedule an at-home pick-up. This junk removal service will take almost anything and dispose of it for you.
  3. Rent a Storage Unit
    If your loved ones aren’t ready to part with certain items or are planning to keep but don’t have the space at the new location, rent a storage unit. There hundreds of locations around the Chicago area and beyond so your bound to find one within your neighborhood and price point.
  4. Ask Family Members to Help
    Moving a elderly parent of loved one is a major undertaking. Ask family members for help with the sorting and packing. Be sure to reach out in advance and give enough time to figure out when it should all take place.
  5. Find a New Doctor
    Healthcare is probably a high priority. If your loved one is moving across the city or even to a new city or state, you’ll need to find a new doctor. Do the research and even schedule an appointment with the new doctor so the transition is as smooth as possible. Also be sure to let your loved one’s current doctor know about the move. Prescription refills should be updated and moved to a pharmacy near their new home as well.
  6. Hire Professional Movers
    We definitely recommend hiring professional movers to ease the burden of relocating. With so many elements to keep track of, movers will allow you to balance everything going on. Some professional movers also provide in-home estimates, packing, and unpacking services, so be sure to get a wide variety of quotes for what your specific needs are.
  7. Prep the new home
    Whether your loved ones are moving into your home and downsizing to a separate location, you’ll need to prep the new home to best accommodate your parent’s needs. Some examples include installing an electric stair lift, installing safety rails, or placing a ramp outside the front door.
    While it won’t be easy, it’s a necessary step. So take your time, be organized, and ask for help when you need it.

You did it! You survived your move. Unfortunately, you have another important and cumbersome task to get through. The unpacking. While its the last thing you want to do, you should get it out of the way as soon as you can. Then you can go on to enjoying and settling into your new space. Here are some tips to help you through this part.

Unpack With a System

Before jumping in, use what you already have available. It’s a good idea to use the inventory list you provided your movers, so you can keep track of the items your unpacking. Also, if you labeled your boxes, start by sorting them into their designated areas. It will seem less overwhelming this way.

Focus on the Essentials

We recommend unpacking the box filled will all of your essentials next. These are the items that you need to keep your home running for the next few days. This might include items like coffee, food, cleaning supplies, bedding, pajamas, toothpaste, shampoo, anything you’ll need right away.

Start with the Kitchen

For a lot of people the kitchen is another living space for gathering so it should be one of the first to get unpacked. Eating is also very important. If you have time, we recommend lining the kitchen cupboards and cabinets first. Unpack what you need most and be sure to hook up any appliances. You can come back to this space if you need to.

Do the Bedrooms Next

After such a long process, having somewhere to sleep and rest will be much needed. So the bedrooms should be another priority. Put the beds together and unpack the linens. At this point you can decide where furniture will go and install shelves so everything is ready to go.

Move to the Bathrooms

While everything should be in place, do unpack towels, toiletries, and other bathroom items such as curtains, medications, soap. This will make the subsequent days flow much easier, especially if you have work or other errands to get to.

Assemble and Arrange the Furniture

Once boxes and other items are in their general areas, you can now begin to assemble and arrange the furniture.

Start Settling In

From here you can now go through each room and take your time unboxing. You can arrange and rearrange to your liking, and begin to settle into your new home.

Also, be sure to celebrate after your done! You’ve certainly earned and it will mark a new chapter in your new home.

Our pets are precious, even when they’re silently judging you. Moving can be just as stressful to our companions as it is for us. From the packing up, moving, and adjusting to a new environment, it’s important to consider their needs. While each pet is unique, here are some tips to help them in this transition.

Prepare an Overnight Kit
Prepare an easily-accessible ‘overnight kit’ with dog food, kitty litter, toys, and any grooming supplies to tide you over the first few days as you unpack and get settled.

Contacting Your Vet
If you’re moving outside of your neighborhood, chances are your regular vet might not be the most convenient. Consider having them recommend another vet closer to your new location and have any records and prescriptions transferred over.

Keep Pets Away from the Move
If you can’t leave your pets with a friend or family member, set them up in an enclosed area away from the action. It limits their exposure to the chaos, which usually makes pets jittery and uncomfortable. This could be an empty bedroom, or a garage. Let’s be honest, this can also provide peace of mind for us humans if we know where they are and they can’t escape through an open door. Make sure to check on them regularly and keep to their normal routine as best as possible.

Take Pets in Your Own Vehicle
This might go without saying but let’s just make it clear. Do take your pets to the new home in your own vehicle. Cats and small dogs can be put in a carrier and larger dogs can be moved in a crates in the back of the car. If your pets aren’t totally comfortable in crates or carriers, gradually introduce them a few weeks leading up to move.

Moving In
Similar to the moving out process, it’s important to get a designated space set up for them before you move them in. With so much movement and the opening of doors taking place, be sure to confine them to a room at the new location so they don’t get out or lost. Moves can also be overwhelming to pets so be sure to introduce them to their new home one room at a time until they get settled. If you have curious pets who are always getting into trouble, you can use this time to pet-proof the new location.

Updating Tracking Info
After you move, make sure you update their tags or microchip information to the new address and phone number.

Moving Fish
If your moving with fish, you can transport them short distances in bags filled with their old tank water. Do make sure to check in with either your vet or pet store to get the best supplies for your fishy friend’s needs.

Moving Birds
If your moving with birds, be sure to secure them in their cage regardless of size and type. If they get jittery and anxious with all the change happening around them, you can cover their cage with a blanket.

We know moving appliances sucks. But here are some things to keep in mind

Washing Machine
– Clean and dry thoroughly.
– Disconnect hoses, wrap them in a towel, and place them inside of the washer for safe transport.

– Clean.
– Unplug, or disconnect from gas /turn off from power source.

– Be sure to clean and dry thoroughly.
– Leave the door open for a few days before moving, this will ensure it’s free of any moisture prior to transport.
– Disconnect all hoses; wrap them in packing paper or towels and place inside for safe keeping.

– Clean and dry thoroughly.
– Remove all detachable parts.
– Mark each part and pack safely in a marked box.
*If you have a gas range, have it disconnected by a qualified technician as our movers can’t. Upon arrival at your new home, your technician will connect you to a new line.

Refrigerator and Freezer
– Defrost, clean, and dry thoroughly.
– Dispose of all perishables.
– Turn off water and disconnect the water line.
– Pack all loose/removable parts together in a marked box.

Let’s face it hiring movers in Chicago is stressful. With so many companies often finding the one for you can be a challenge but what if you waited too long and the date is just around the corner. Or it’s a sudden need to move. Now the pressure is on. Here are my best tips to ensure you’re not left in a bind.

    Please don’t panic. I am a firm believer with a bit of tenacity a solution can always be found. The best thing to do is get organized. Start a call around, we used to do this in hospitality on sold out nights. Make a list of the reputable moving companies in your area and ask what they have available around the dates you need to move. Who knows you might get lucky and one of them has the date you need but if you don’t get lucky hold on to that list, you’ll need it again.
    Make sure with all the stress you haven’t neglected to get yourself ready. Be packed completely and ready to go. Invite some friends and get some drinks for a packing party and get done that much faster. If you can do some of the disassembly it may help speed things up if a company has agreed to try and fit you in.
    Whether it be start times or elevators that need to be scheduled. Now’s the time to talk to your doorman, management company, or and maintenance staff. The more flexible you are the more likely you will find someone who can help you move.
    if you haven’t found someone go through the list every day of companies you called. Last minute cancellations happen. From someone who worked as a professional mover for years I can tell you they do. Even if the company puts you on a waiting list. This time of year is so busy that it’s likely that the spot was rebooked before they had a chance to check the list so don’t be afraid to call back.
    Move the boxes and smaller items on your own and advise the movers you will only need to move a few pieces. This may help fit you in to a smaller time slot but be honest. Lying to the movers only puts them and you in an difficult position. They may not have brought a truck that was large enough and they may have other scheduled moves that are being pushed because you have a lot more.
    It’s stressful but hopefully you’ve secured movers by now. This time of year movers will do several moves a day in this heat. As long they are treated with respect they will always go above and beyond to help their clients.

Good Luck and Happy Moving!

Moving day is stressful but there are always a few things we can do to relieve some of the pressure.

Here are my top suggestions:

  1. Get a goodnights sleep and have a few protein bars and snacks on hand for move day. Having enough sleep and full stomach will affect our moods and ability to adapt to all the challenges moving can present.
  2. If you have pets my best suggestion is to either move them ahead or have them taken care off by someone else. There is already a lot of change and all the people in your home will not only make it dangerous and stressful for them. Plus you don’t know what allergies your movers may have so the safe thing is to keep them out of the way.
  3. Do a walk through with your foreman on arrival. This will ensure that you are on the same page with regard to the estimate, rates and policies. It will also give you the chance to make sure you point out and concerns you have to your crew.
  4. Ask questions so that you are comfortable but be sure to give your movers the space they need to work. As long as you have chosen a professional moving company their experience should overcome any challenges.

Ok so packing isn’t a load of fun. You have two option, you can sit back and let the movers do all the work or do it yourself. Honestly the best advice I can give you as someone who has moved their fair share is let someone else do it 🙂 . Realistically though, the wallet takes a big hit with this option so most of us pack ourselves. These are my best tips when prepping for a move.

Boxes – Ask your movers about reusable totes. They’re pretty much industrial bins you can sometimes order ahead to do your packing. You don’t have to worry about crushed boxes as they plastic makes that pretty much impossible and you don’t have to worry about disposing of tons of materials. They’re also a greener, eco-friendly option. If available it’s a great choice.

Emergency Box and Valuables – I highly suggest packing valuables yourself and moving them ahead of time. Any documents and the like to be safe. We also recommend an emergency box. We all plan on unpacking the moment we get to the new place but at times it gets to much to handle and we end up doing it over time. The best bet is to pack a box with your essentials. Everything you would need to stay in your new place if you decide not to unpack, it will save you a headache. I mean after a long move the last thing you want to do is track down the box with your toothbrush, bathroom tissue and drinking glasses.

Furniture -This is where the movers come it. Leave this to them and perhaps any odds and ends you don’t know how to pack. They typically carry extra materials to get the job done.

Wardrobe Boxes – Ask about these. They can handle any hanging items in your closet without you having to take them off the hangers and many movers will provide these as a perk or for a minimal fee. Not having to pack and unpack a closet, trust me you will thank me.

Most of all relax. If you’ve chosen a professional mover let they can always pick up the slack. Moving usually is a change that opens a new chapter weather it’s your first apartment, first home or a new city. Take a moment to enjoy your new start.

Whether you move every year or haven’t moved in years, there are 3 tips I always recommend.

1. Declutter- The first thing I always recommend is getting rid of items you really aren’t using. Old books, nonperishable foods, and lightly worn clothing is always where I start. Often we get in the habit of lugging around things we don’t need. Not only is it extra work but it can add to the cost of your move. My best suggestion is take inventory of the things you can do without and reach out to local donation centers and see what they can accept. Some centers will even arrange to pick up furniture pieces you may be looking to replace. Best part is you can feel good knowing you did something to help others.

2. Plan ahead- Moving season typically runs from spring to fall with peaks in the summer months. Take a look at your lease and make sure if you are moving around this time that you are requesting estimates from movers as early as you can to avoid scrambling last minute.

3. Pack a clearly labeled box with essentials. Some of us take a lot longer to unpack than others. That can mean a bit of a shock when we realize we don’t know where our toiletries are, coffee maker or other must haves ended up. The easiest way to avoid is with a box I often move myself with everything I need to survive a few nights without unpacking.