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Summer is the moving season, and we’re right in the middle of it. While it’s certainly not the summer any of us planned, it’s the one we have. We hope you’re staying safe and making the most of it. While many things have changed or come to a halt, moves are still happening. If you are moving this time around, you are certainly not alone. Here are some tips to help you get through it. 

Everyone Will be Moving, Plan Accordingly

Summer is peak moving season. While COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives, people still have to move. So we recommend you start early and plan ahead. If you’re renting, start talking to your building as soon as possible. Figure out elevator times and move requirements. The more details you have, the better prepared you’ll be when you reach out to moving companies for estimates. Keep in mind, the ends and beginnings of the month will start to book up 3 to 4 weeks in advance. Reach out to companies early and start gathering quotes so you can choose the right company for you.  

Start Your Move Early

Morning spots are often limited but ideal. If you have the option, always move early in the day. You’ll not only beat most of the heat but you also don’t have to worry about any moves scheduled before you. If you’re lucky enough to get that spot, you’ll likely experience less traffic over all as well. 

Turn On the AC

Once you have your movers started at your move out location, head over to your new home and turn on the AC. You definitely don’t want to get there when it’s unbearably hot and your crew will appreciate it. It will help them move efficiently and get less fatigued if the new location is cool and comfortable to work in. 

Avoid the Holiday Weekends

While you may think a 3 day weekend would be the ideal time to move, it’s best to avoid it. Some movers might close those days. And those who are open will likely be booked up before you know it. It’s often more expensive to move on those days as well. Keep in mind traffic will also increase as many leave and enter the city to enjoy the holiday weekends. While this summer is coming to a close, remember Labor Day is still coming up. 

Keep the Electronics Cool

While it’s easy to get distracted on move day, don’t forget about your electronics. If possible, move any TVs and laptops yourself. If that’s not an option, make sure they are packed safely. Have them loaded into the truck last and unloaded at the delivery location first, if at all possible. This way they won’t overheat or get damaged sitting in a hot truck all day. 

While this summer is unlike any we’ve ever experienced, people still have to move. Be prepared and start planning early so moving is the least of your worries this year. 

Moving is stressful under normal circumstances. Factor in a pandemic in addition to our everyday anxiety and it can almost be too much to bear. Moving now will be tough but not impossible. We wanted to gather some tips for navigating this difficult time and make moving a bit more manageable. We’ve also included practical tips to ensure your health and the health of your movers during Covid-19. 

Don’t Minimize Just Yet

While many suggest getting rid of items you don’t need or want prior to a move, don’t feel pressured to do that this time around. During difficult times, our objects tend to comfort and make us feel a bit more secure. If you’re feeling overwhelmed about what to take and what not to take, move it and decide later when you feel ready. Do what you need to get through this.

Ask for Help

If you need help, ask for it. While a lot of us feel like we should be able to handle hardship on our own, this is not a time to go at it alone. It’s important to keep a distance and practice precaution as you move during a pandemic, but there are ways to do it safely. Have people you trust help you pack while wearing masks and gloves, or secure a moving company to do the heavy lifting. Even emotional support can be extremely necessary and welcome during this time. 

Be Kind to Yourself

While moving efficiently benefits from organization and set goals, it’s okay if you don’t meet every single one of them this time around. So what if you didn’t pack up your closets or disassemble your bed when you thought you would. Start the moving process early, take your time, and don’t fixate on the small stuff. Get the rest you need and chip away at the project bit by bit. It’s okay to not to be completely prepared for the moment. Be kind to yourself.

Some Tips for Moving During Covid-19

  • Make sure you are using new moving materials when you prep and pack for your move. Before Covid-19, we would encourage this option. It’s both cost efficient and environmentally friendly to reuse materials. For your safety, we’d definitely advise against it.
  • In addition, ask your movers what precautions they are taking to ensure limited contact during a move. Do they have gloves and masks? Double check the payment method as some aren’t accepting cash at the moment.
  •  Be sure to have hand sanitizer or wipes on hand for the move day and keep a good distance apart from your crew after your walk through. Some people leave their move out location and wait at the delivery.
  •  Opt out of any packing or unpacking services to limit exposure. 
  • Above all, delay your move if you are feeling sick!

These are unusual and distressing times. Move safely, be kind to yourself, and ask for help when you need it.

Preparing to move an office or business is no easy feat. It will be a complicated and intense juggling act. Preparation and organization is going to be key if you want the move to be successful. Here are some tips to help get you through this move as smoothly as possible.

Set as schedule and stick to it

Determine your schedule, like when you have to be out of your current location. Depending on how much stuff you have, you’ll probably need a few days to pack and move everything out.

Include your staff and assign tasks

Get your staff included in the move process early. An office move can have a lot of moving parts and tasks can easily be forgotten, it’s just too much for one person to handle. A move committee can help organize and prepare for the move. Have the committee review the tasks and assign roles if needed. They can be in charge of researching and securing movers or coordinating and designing the new office layout.

Have a plan and communicate

Set up a plan that will ensure employees are kept informed of every step in the process and moving plans. Be sure to communicate clearly with any clients and suppliers you may have, keeping them up to date during the move so you can stay open and in business during the transition.

Hire movers

Be sure to do some research and secure knowledgeable and experienced movers. It will be key to moving everything safely and smoothly. Determine budgets and quotes and compare them. Ask movers if they’ve done office moves before as it will help narrow down the choices. It may take awhile to determine which one is the right fit so start contacting movers early on in the process.

Hire packers, if you can

If your budget is flexible, consider hiring professional packers to. This will save you and your staff from having to pack some of the more difficult communal spaces. While the packers take care of everything else, your employees can pack their desks and offices.

Prepare the new space

Determine what the new location needs to ensure that there isn’t a gap in service. Talk to your new landlord as well as your service providers to set up appropriate telephone lines and network infrastructure. Determine and finalize layout as well.

While this is not an exhaustive list, it will give a good start to the moving process.

Maybe you’re not the most organized. Or maybe you always plan ahead. Regardless of how well you prepare (or don’t), moving is a really stressful experience that will throw you more than a few curve-balls. It’s crucial to be as prepared as possible to ensure your move goes smoothly. Here are some tips the most organized among us swear by. While you just never know what will happen, these tips will give you a good foundation to take on any challenge.

Use a notebook and stay organized
Whether it’s a notebook or a folder, get something to keep all of your important paperwork related to the move. It can be the central hub where you can place any inventories, checklists, budgets, and quotes for movers. If you consolidate all the moving parts, it’ll help you from feeling overwhelmed. If you’re more comfortable with a digital platform, the Moved app can also help keep everything organized.

Get boxes and start labelling
It’s never too early to start getting boxes. The sooner you start preparing, the less you’ll have to do towards the end. If you’re a procrastinator, we suggest jumping right in. It will definitely feel strange but you’ll be much more relaxed throughout the whole process. Get boxes, start placing them in each room, and label accordingly. It’ll help you remember what’s inside and it will also let the movers know where they go at the new location. Computer labels, stickers, and even just a marker will work just fine.

Plan the layout
If you’ve found your next home or apartment, make sure everything you have fits by pre-planning the layout. You’ll need a tape measure to make sure you have all the correct measurements. While it might sound like a lot of work, it’ll pay off in the end. It’s better to know you’re couch doesn’t fit ahead of time rather than on move day.

In an ideal world, you have plenty of time to pack and coordinate a move. But life isn’t always that simple. Sometimes apartments don’t work out or new job opportunities force you to relocate quickly. While moving on short notice is difficult, it’s not impossible. So here are some tips to help you prepare and execute a last minute move.


Book the movers or a truck immediately


Whether you’re hiring movers or just renting a truck, do it quickly. As soon as you know you have to move, call around. If it’s short notice, finding availability at a moving company might be rough so any bit of time helps. Movers are usually just as eager to fill a spot as you are to move. In any event, secure a truck just in case you can’t find movers in time.


Start packing, be ruthless


Last minute moves can be stressful, especially if you’re a procrastinator. You won’t have the time or the luxury to contemplate what you will and won’t take. Be ruthless, as much as you possibly can. If you don’t need or want it, toss or donate. The smaller, more contained your move is, the less daunting it will feel. Then start packing immediately. Don’t think too much, just place items into boxes where they fit. Be diligent and organized, and always remember to label boxes.


Be honest and request packing if needed


If you’re really strapped for time, hire movers to do the packing as well. They will make sure furniture is taken apart and properly wrapped. Frames and pictures will be taken down and packed securely. Boxes will be labeled and sorted according to room. They will handle everything. Just be sure to be open and honest with your movers. Be upfront and let them know you need packing services so they don’t show up unprepared. While packing services are an additional expense regardless, it will be less stressful and more efficient if everyone knows the job ahead of time.

If you live in an area where all four seasons make an appearance, most people take the opportunity to move in the summer. While no one likes moving in the winter, sometimes it’s necessary. Moving is already a stressful task but the winter months can bring on unexpected weather and of course, snow. It’s important to be prepared so that everything goes as smoothly as possible. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Preparing Your new Home

Make Sure Utilities are Set Up
While this is a good general tip regardless of the season, be extra sure that they are set up if you’re moving in the winter. If you have access to your new location ahead of the move day, stop by and make sure your everything is working, especially your heat and water. Winter days are colder, shorter, and get darker sooner so be sure you’re ready to go when you move in.


Clear the Snow
Make sure the sidewalks, driveways, and alleys are clear at your new home. If possible, stop by the new place to make sure snow is removed and free of ice. Be sure to salt before the move day as well.


Check for Parking
Always make sure there is parking available for the moving truck. This is a good general tip but can be more cumbersome during the winter. It may mean you have to coordinate with your neighbors so be sure to give them plenty of time to adjust on their end.

Preparing Your Old Home

Clear the Snow
Don’t forget to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, walkways, and driveways of your move out location. Salt thoroughly to avoid any accidents and damage to your home, furniture, or movers. The parking area should be clear as well. Let this be the first thing you check on move day.


Protect the Inside of Your Home
Moving in is generally a fast process but the move out will take a bit more time. Be sure to prepare the inside of your move out location and new place by putting cardboard or plastic in high traffic areas to protect from snow, ice, and water. Secure whatever you do place on the floor to avoid anyone from tripping.


Stock up on Winter Supplies
Keep shovels and salt on hand in case it starts to snow. You might have these items already so just make sure they don’t get packed. In any case, keep an eye on the weather so you can act accordingly.


Have Hot Drinks Available
Moving is rough regardless of the weather. If you’re moving yourself or have hired movers, make sure you have hot drinks available for everyone. It’ll help keep morale up and get the job done, especially is we approach the dreaded winter months.

You did it. You packed up, moved out, and you’re ready for the next chapter. Except, there are a few things you need to do when you move into your new space. While the hard part is certainly over, now you must face all the logistical details that go into moving before you can truly relax.


Set up your utilities

Don’t forget to set up your utilities before you move in. While it might not seem as important as packing and moving out, there’s nothing worse than arriving at your new place and realizing your lights don’t work.


Clean your new space


Take advantage of the empty state of your new space. The whole moving process has probably left your new home dusty with so many people walking in and out. It’s also a great time to make cosmetic changes like painting or adding new fixtures before you arrange all of your belongings.


Check on your appliances


If you moved any appliances such as a stove or washer and dryer, double check to make sure they arrived safely and that nothing was damaged.


Check your boxes and furniture


Also take a look at your boxes and furniture, making sure everything arrived and nothing looks damaged. You can conduct a quick home inventory before unpacking completely. If something is damaged, contact your movers immediately to resolve the issue as efficiently and stress-free as possible.


Make sure you’re getting your mail


Check your post office or your old residence to make sure your mail is being forwarded and that you’ve registered your new address. This is also a great time to update your accounts and personal records to reflect your new address.


Now you’re ready to unpack. Be sure to rest, take breaks, and take your time settling in.

While summer is over, it doesn’t mean Chicago has closed down for the winter. There are still events happening throughout the city that may catch your interest. You may have to bundle up a bit more, but there is no need to stop having fun just yet.

4th Annual Campfire Festival

October 12th – 30thChase Park

4701 North Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

If you’re eager to get into the fall spirit, then this event is perfect for you. The 4th Annual Campfire Festival will transform Chase Park into a huge pumpkin patch where there will be live music, a corn maze, and so many more fun activities. Be sure to stop by this weekend but don’t worry, it’ll up for the whole month.

Lit & Luz Festival

October 12th – 19th

Multiple Locations*

Most events are free and open to the public Chicago is an amazing literary city, with bookstores and writers bring life into the city. This week, you’ll have another amazing chance to meet and listen to a wide variety of local and international writers and creatives. Lit & Luz started in 2012, largely focused on Latin American topics and writers. It has expanded and now includes multiple venues all throughout the city so be sure to check out their website for details.

Chicago Architecture Biennial

September 2019 – January 2020

Chicago Cultural Center – 78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602

If you’re a lover of architecture or just curious, be sure to go to this years Architecture Biennial. You’ll be immersed in not only architecture but ideas about planning, design, visual, policymaking, and activism. While the main exhibition is at the Chicago Cultural Center, there other iterations taking place throughout the city.

For most, packing and moving is a necessity. You have to do it and you will, several times over the course of your life. Whether you have thought about it or not, the moving industry is an industry of waste. Considering the amount of bubble wrap, tap, and boxes purchased, a move only adds to the crisis happening on our planet. Most of the materials are used once and discarded. While some items can be recycled, the nerve-wrecking process of a move often overrides our best intentions and we don’t always follow through. But there are ways to reduce waste in the moving industry, here are some tips on how you can too.


Start Planning Early


Once you know you have to move, figure out what you do and don’t want to take with you. Instead of waiting a few days before and having to throw most of your unwanted items in the trash, start planning early. Drop them off at donation centers, start listing the items you want to sell online, or give them away. Your items will find new homes instead of adding to our landfills.


Consider Reusable


Once you begin the packing process, consider using plastic reusable bins. Take inventory of the ones you have first. This option will also eliminate the need for tape. If you go through or don’t have reusable options, reach out to local supermarkets or stores for boxes. While each place is different, most will be happy to let you take the boxes of their hands.


Go Unconventional


To keep your fragile objects protected, consider skipping the bubble wrap and packing paper all together. Use your soft items instead, like linens, clothes, and towels. These items have to be moved anyway so let them have another purpose as well. If you have to use other packing materials, there are environmentally conscious products available such as biodegradable packing peanuts and recycled packing paper.


Think Green


If you’re looking to get movers, be sure to research eco-minded companies in your area. Some have reusable bin options or are conscious of the packing material they use. As long as you’re willing to do a bit more research, you’ll be surprised how many do take the environment into consideration.

While packing books seems like an easy task, here are some tips to help with the process. This will ensure books make their journey safely and you can check this portion off of your to-do list.


Sort and Donate

This may be a good time to sort through your books and create categories for what you want to do with them. While there are some you may want to keep, there are others you are less likely to read again or ever. Second-hand stores, school libraries, and used book retailers are all great places to leave the books you no longer want.


Get the Boxes


Try and find boxes that are sturdy and if you can, it’s better if they’re new. Or if you’re going to utilize used boxes, just make sure they aren’t damp as the moisture can damage your books. Be sure to use strong packing tape and secure all sides to avoid the boxes from falling apart.


Packing Securely and Safely


While it’s tempting to pack all of your books into a single box, try spreading them out to redistribute the weight. 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. If they’re too heavy for you to maneuver, they’ll likely be too heavy for the crew. You can also use packing paper to secure loose items and fill in any gaps as the contents might shift as they’re moved around.


Arranging them in the Truck


If you have movers, they will likely access the contents of your home and pack the truck accordingly. If you’re doing this yourself, be sure to pack any book boxes on the floor of the truck. The books can be heavy and in order to avoid them from toppling over, it’s best to pack them at the bottom so they don’t cause damage to the furniture.


Long Term Storage


If you are taking your books and leaving them in a storage facility for an extended period of time, make sure you find a facility that is dry and cool. If possible, find a place that is inside a building and is climate-controlled as well.