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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.

I can not tell you the amount of times I have been asked why I wanted to start a moving company.

I knew I wanted to be good, the best Chicago movers we could be. I wanted my employees to speak about where they worked with pride. I wanted it to be a collaboration between us all. I believe fostering that pride instills ownership and that ownership is caring. Caring about our customers as much as we do about ourselves.

I wanted this company to be conscious of it’s impact. Late last year I attended an event during Chicago Ideas Week. It was about whether businesses could do good for society and be profitable. The thing that struck me during the speeches was that I didn’t think it was a question. I firmly believe that we can to good for our society and sustain ourselves but then again I guess it depends what you measure success by.

So after some reflection I decided on these goals:

1. We will be committed to finding environmentally safe options for our customers. The moving industry creates more waste than any of us would like to think of. We will do everything we can to reduce our impact on the environment even though it not always the easiest route.

2. We are committed to our employees. We believe in a living wage and know the impact it has on our society as a whole. We will treat everyone with the dignity and respect that they are entitled to and through this demonstrate the values that they will show our customers.

3. We are committed to social responsibility. Through volunteer work and donation initiatives we will work to become an example of how small acts can add up to big results. Chicago is our home and it is our honor as citizens to help it move in right direction.

May 2019 be when we stand for what we believe.

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. 

As a northsider, they don’t tell you that a place like Hyde Park exists. With its impressive architecture and college town feel, it’s very different than the Chicago that’s always presented on the news or on TV or in movies. While it may be further south than most venture to, just go. For many, Hyde park is an entry point to getting to know the southside. One of the city’s most historic and popular destinations is in fact Hyde Park. Not only did it host the Chicago’s World Fair in 1893, also known as the Columbian Exposition, but it is also the home of the University of Chicago and The Museum of Science and Industry. Touted as one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the city, it is clear to see why it’s become such a cross section for so many different people. That isn’t to say Hyde Park isn’t without it’s ‘ivory tower’ institutions and privileges but it is a model for a cohesive and diverse city. It’s no wonder President Barack Obama lived here, with cultural institutions and people breathing life into the local community and beyond. 

Here are just some places to consider, although you’ll find so many more. 

DuSable Museum of African American History

740 E. 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637

One of the first independent museums focused on the study and preservation of African American history.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House

5757 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

An amazing example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential architecture. 

Hyde Park Art Center

5020 S. Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

Contemporary Art Space and local artist hub. 

57th Street Books

1301 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Because, books!

Hyde Park Records

1377 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

Such a cool spot to browse and find something unexpected. 

Fabiana’s Bakery

1658 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

The deserts are incredible, a very cute place, and a woman owned business!

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.