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“I recommend Bernard Movers for anyone. I was given only three weeks to move from Chicago to New York [to] start my new job and Bernard Movers took a lot of stress out of this relocation experience … I had my two-bedroom apartment packed and onto the truck within three hours, then everything moved and unpacked neatly into my new place in New York after two days.” 

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How To Pack Furniture for Moving Day

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Moving can be a nightmare. Because furniture doesn’t go into boxes, it seems simple enough just to stuff it into a truck and go, but that often ends with scratched wood and broken items. Doing things the right way can make all the difference when you move into your new home. Here’s how to correctly pack furniture for a move.

Bernard Movers' team moving furniture in Chicago

1. Do Your Prep Work

If you approach moving furniture haphazardly, the casualties can range from your back to your floors to your precious pieces of furniture themselves. A little bit of planning is essential. First, take stock of your furniture and figure out which pieces should be disassembled for the move, then devote an evening to taking legs off of tables and chairs and glass out of tabletops.

Another key logistical step is to label furniture by the room it will go in so that it can be loaded, unloaded and arranged in an orderly fashion. A great way to make this even easier is to sketch out a rough floor plan of your new house with notes about which furniture will go in each room. Even if you do not disassemble or assemble your furniture yourself (professional movers can do it for you), this is a huge time and effort saver.

 

2. Keep the Pieces Together

Nothing is worse than arriving at your destination, pulling your belongings out and realizing that you are missing important items or parts. When you take furniture apart for the move, have a stack of Ziploc bags, a permanent marker and some strong tape handy. Seal the hardware for each piece in a bag, label it and stick it to the bottom of the corresponding piece of furniture so that assembly will be simple in the next location. If you have instruction booklets for assembling furniture or other large items, either tape them to the item or put them in a box together, well-labeled. If your furniture has loose cushions, wrap them carefully in trash bags, tape them shut, label them and keep them with the furniture they came from.

 

3. Protect Your Precious Items

There’s a good reason professional movers rely on moving blankets. They save wood finishes and floors that can be scratched by hasty and careless furniture moving. Blankets can be bought or rented, and their purposes go far beyond just wrapping furniture items. Moving blankets can be put under a dresser or table, enabling you to slide it from one place to another over floor or carpet, and the same thing can be done over grass as you move a heavy piece from the moving truck to the door. Your own linens and pillows can also be invaluable padding as you load the truck. Above all, wrap and tape everything thoroughly, and be aware of your fragile items and don’t get so rushed that you fail to take the necessary measures to keep them safe.

Of course, your movers are able to wrap your items in blankets and plastic wrap with a professional’s care. Doing so yourself before their arrival, though, will save them time (and therefore save you money).

 

4. Protect Yourself, Too

Don’t let your back, neck or any other muscle group become a victim of your move. For every large item that needs to be moved, there is a safe way to get the job done, and support items like ropes turned into support slings, hump straps and ramps rely on leverage to help transport heavy items. Bribery with pizza can only appease worn out a ragtag team of friends so much. Anytime you have reservations about the proper and safe way to move your belongings, movers are available to take the stress out of the process. Call today to see how efficient a move can be.

10 Moving Tips for Chicagoans

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We all love our windy city, but sometimes it doesn’t love us back. Harsh weather, “construction season”, parking tickets: things that Chicagoans endure with a smile (after a hot dog or two, of course). The last thing you want during a move is one of these to ruin an already stressful day. To help you avoid this here are 10 moving tips for Chicagoans.

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Why Some Chicago Apartments Don’t Allow Pets

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As a pet owner, looking for an apartment can be frustrating. Finding the right apartment is hard enough; you have to consider neighborhood, size, cost, amenities and more. But throw a pet into the mix? Fuggedaboutit. It can often seem like landlords have a personal vendetta against all of our furry friends.  So what is a pet owner to do?

Why Some Chicago Apartments Don’t Allow Pets (And What to Do about It)

Why some apartments don't allow dogs
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Risk of Damage

Whether or not it is the truth, many landlords believe that pets cause damage. I would argue it is negligent owners that cause damage, but that is a discussion for another day. Dogs can:

  • Scratch floors, molding and woodwork
  • Have accidents in the house
  • Bring in fleas, ticks, and dirt from outside

 

Cats can:

  • Scratch furniture, curtains, walls and floors
  • Spray urine with a smell that never really goes away
  • Cause damage to household items

 

Yes, I can report many of these things from experience: see my plant that my elderly cat turned into a litter box or the aluminum siding eaten off my cousin’s house by her dog. Some types of damage may end up costing the landlord, either directly for repair or by lowering the value of the unit. No matter how responsible of a pet owner you might be, it only takes one irresponsible owner to turn a landlord off of allowing pets forever.

Fear of Liability

Although it is unlikely, under Illinois law there is a possibility that the owner or landlord of a property can be sued if a tenant’s animal attacks another person. Also, many landlords can have trouble getting insurance for their property if they allow pets, especially certain breeds or weights of dogs. Even if a landlord is personally pet-friendly, their insurance choices may be to blame for policies. These risks can lead many landlords to just forgo the trouble all together and not allow pets.

Keeping the Neighbors Happy

You know you love your dog, and when he wakes up at 3:00am and decides to bark out the window at a sadistic squirrel for an hour you write it off as a cute character flaw. Running across hardwood floors at full speed to greet you? Sure makes you feel loved! But your downstairs neighbor may not be so forgiving. Many people have:

  • Animal allergies
  • A fear of animals (dogs usually take the heat on this one)
  • Don’t like the mess or smell animals can create
  • Don’t appreciate any extra noise from the neighbors

 

Many landlords will put keeping the peace over keeping pets, and it’s fairly understandable.

So What Can You Do?

It does seem like the odds are stacked against us pet owners, but there is hope. There are several steps pet owners can take to find a wonderful, pet friendly apartment.

  • Look for pet friendly options from the start. When searching online, only consider pet friendly buildings or use a realtor (like this one) or rental agent who can find pet-friendly rentals for you.
  • Find someone willing to compromise. Individual owners might be willing to make an exception for you and your pet if they find you to be an excellent rental candidate. Be upfront with them at the start and offer to let them meet your pet.
  • Offer to get insurance. If your landlord is still on the fence, you can offer to buy your own liability insurance for your pet. Many renters’ insurance policies offer pet options, just make sure you do your research when choosing a policy. There are also pet liability plans available (like this one) for so called “dangerous breed” dogs that could help put a landlord’s mind at ease.
  • Pay a pet deposit. If all else fails, money talks. Offer your landlord an extra “pet deposit” if they will allow your pet to stay. This shows responsibility on your part and helps cover the cost of any damage that may occur.

 

More and more rentals are allowing pets as many pet owners tend to be more responsible and stay put longer. Landlords that do not allow pets are also missing out on almost half of their possible rental pool.   We Chicago pet owners need to keep it awesome by being responsible, thus making us amazing and irresistible tenants. Soon we will have landlords fighting over who get the privilege of renting to a pet owner!

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