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It’s estimated that the average American will move 11.4 times in their lifetime. For some of us it can be significantly higher. I don’t know but about you but that’s a lot of boxes. We all tend to do they same thing after every move and that’s either vow we will never move again or vow we will hire professionals movers next time. I have promised myself both in the past. Even as I write this I’m getting flashbacks off me sobbing on the floor amid of sea of corrugated boxes, but enough about me.
Hopefully we’ve all learned our lesson, and if our wallets will allow, have decided to hire professional movers to do the work this time around. Having worked in the moving industry for a 3rd of my professional career I can say these top my list of things we should always know before we hire professional movers in Chicago.

  1. Are they licensed? Each state has its’ particular rules on this but in Illinois all movers must be licensed by the Illinois Commerce Commission. Each is issued a motor carrier number that they must display on vehicles they use. Just displaying the number is one thing but I recommend going the extra step and contacting the commission to ensure their certification is in good standing. As Illinois citizens there are particular laws that govern the moving industry to ensure the citizens of Illinois are protected from predatory movers and to ensure we are protected should any issues arise (such as damages) with your move.
  2. Are they insured? In Illinois movers need to carry general liability as well as workers comp insurance. The company should be able to forward you their certificate of insurance upon request. Should there be property damage as a result of your move or if a mover is accidentally injured on your property, making sure they are insured will offer you piece of mind.
  3. How do they charge? The biggest sign your movers may not be licensed or insured is if they are charging you a flat rate. Movers in Illinois are not permitted to charge flat rates. We can either charge by the hour or what is referred to as a weight mileage move it you are going longer distances (special rules apply but your mover should advise you as to which applies upon learning your move from and to addresses). Movers in Illinois are required to publish their individual tariffs (rates) with the ICC. We are required by law to adhere to those tariffs. This is meant to ensure we are charging all customers fairly and are not making special exceptions for some over others. You can always request information from the ICC if you feel your movers may not be charging you appropriately.

While there are many more questions that should be asked these are the very basics to ensure you are hiring a properly licensed and insured moving professionals in Chicago. No movers should ever give you the runaround on these. If they do, buyers beware.

During this time of year, many young adults will be leaving home and going away to college. It’ll be an important time filled with new experiences. If you are moving away to college or helping a student get ready for the next chapter in their academic life, here are some tips for the transition.

What’s Your Dorm or Apartment Like? 

Before you even start the packing and buying process, consider what your dorm or apartment looks like. Take into consideration how big the space is, is there a kitchen, do you need to get furniture. If you’re moving into an apartment you might need to expand this list. 

What should I take, or not take? 

After having a clear picture of what your new space looks like, make a list of things you’ll need. 

Think of clothing, along with towels, bed sheets, blankets, and other toiletries as essentials. Also consider if there is a kitchen and what you need if you’ll actually be using it. 

Consider Storage Bins 

If you’re moving into a dorm, it will probably be smaller than you bedroom, especially if you’re sharing it with a roommate. Storage bins will be essential to keep your items organized in your new space. 

Organize and Pack

Mark everything as you pack. While you won’t be taking much, it will make the unpacking portion that much easier as the move in day will likely be hectic.  

Make the New Place Feel like Home

Moving out will be hard, especially if it’s the first time you’ll be on your own. Be sure to bring some things to make the transition easier. Take pictures and stuffed animals, anything that reminds you of home. 

Hire a Moving Company

If your not sure where to start, consider hiring a moving company. Whether you’re moving within Chicago or beyond, a moving company will get you ready and where you need to go. They can help safely pack and wrap everything that needs to be moved and move you into the new location with ease. 

Moving can be hard under any circumstances but hopefully these tips help you or the student in your life. College will be filled excitement so be sure to plan ahead and pack accordingly so that once you get to campus, you can dive right into your new life and have those great experiences. 

Moving is already a tricky balancing act, from the packing to finding a new home to everything in between. When you factor in the kids, it can make a difficult job that much harder. It comes down to keeping them entertained and content while you handle the logistics. While kids will always be kids, here are some tips to make the process a bit easier and allow you to breathe, even if it’s just for a moment. 

Do the packing when they’re not home

If you’re able, be sure to pack when they’re not home. If they’re in school or you have friends of family that can take them for the day, utilize that time to get a head start. You’ll need all the peace and quiet you can get in order to organize and pack everything away efficiently. Just be sure to pack the toys at the very end, so they always have something to play with. 

Have them help

If they’re a bit older, have them be apart of the process by giving them small jobs to help. You can have them pack or pick a color for their new room. It’s a good way to have them feel invested in the project and determined to see it followed through. It will give them a sense of control at a time where so much change is happening all around them.

Ask for help on move day

If you know move day is going to be tough, have a friend or family member take them off your hands for the day. Have them keep the kids busy during the move while you handle the hard parts. Kids might benefit from a bit of distraction at this time, given that their home might not be their home for much longer. 

Keep them entertained

If you don’t have anyone to take them, be sure to have some entertainment to keep them busy. Whether its a movie or other activities like coloring, it’ll help them pass the time without them getting in the way or even getting hurt. It might be a good idea to keep them surrounded by familiar items such as a favorite blanket or stuffed animals, to comfort them during the move. 

Alway Communicate

If the little ones are old enough to remember the move, there is likely to be some stress and tension associated with it. It can be a disorienting time, especially if your changing schools and neighborhoods. Let them know they can always keep in touch with their old friends but encourage ways to make new ones as well. Above all, be positive by letting them know that life can be a great adventure and that while change might not always be easy, there is always joy to be had. 

Keep these tips in mind throughout the move process and move day to keep your kids safe and entertained. It’ll keep everyone happy, and most importantly give you some peace to handle this new transition as well. 

So you’ve decluttered, packed, and are ready to get moving. With the move date around the corner, we’ve included some helpful tips for the day of. These will help prepare you and the movers so that it goes as smoothly as possible. 

Make sure you’re packed

If you didn’t request packing services, be sure to be packed prior to the move date. Chances are if you have a few small last minute items that still need to be boxed, it won’t make much of a difference. But, it is important to be as ready as you can be. If not, you run the risk of going far longer than expected, which could affect how much you pay at the end. It also makes it easier for the movers to asses you items and arrange them into the truck. In the end, it will save you time and money if you are packed ahead of time. 

Be sure not to overpack your boxes

While you might think that having the least amount of boxes will speed up the process, often times it doesn’t. If they’re too heavy, they might require two people to carry them or they might need to be repacked into several lighter boxes, which will definitely take more time. While it’s tempting to pack all of your books or other items into a single box, try spreading them out to redistribute the weight. If they’re too heavy for you to maneuver, they’ll likely be too heavy for the crew. 

Don’t pack the valuables

If you have jewelry that has sentimental or monetary value, keep them separate and take them with you. Same goes for any cash or medications, things you’ll likely need or want in the near future. It’ll alleviate some stress from the movers as well as yourself if valuables are kept with you at all times. 

Label your boxes

This step is key to an efficient move. Make sure you’ve labeled any boxes that contain fragile items to ensure that extra precaution and care is taken. Also label what room the boxes should be going into so that the movers can leave them in the designated areas. It’ll be easier for you as well when it’s time to unpack. 

Remove items from drawers

This is probably one of the most popular topics of moving day etiquette. While each mover will have different requirements, you can typically leave drawers inside dressers or tables. Most will request that they be emptied of the contents. This will make it easier to move the items and safer for the crew and furniture piece. 

Prepare your home for the move day

This can include a number of things. For instance, if you live in an apartment be sure to reserve the elevators. If possible, secure a spot in the driveway, loading dock, or street to ensure the movers park as close to your home as possible. This will speed up the process as well. 

Try not to get in the way

You’ve hired movers, so relax and let them handle the hard stuff. Most crews have a system and interference might slow things down. That being said, be present for any questions or concerns they might have. For everyone’s safety, make sure pets and kids aren’t in the way either. 

Tipping

While not necessary, tipping is common and usually very appreciated. It’s like any other service, standard tips are about 20% of your final total. If possible, having drinks and snacks available for the movers will also keep up morale and it’s a nice gesture overall. 

We hope this guide provides some insight on move day etiquette, ensuring that it all goes smoothly and according to plan. Be sure to check out our FAQ sections for more relevant questions.