“Awesome crew they [Bernard Movers] sent out. They moved me from a third floor apartment to my storage. They were quick and handled all my things with care.”
“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.”
When it comes to knowing how to pack for a move there are some items that are no brainers. Boxes? Check! Movers? Check! Moving van? Check! But what about packing materials? There are so many options out there, trying to chose the right ones can make your brain hurt. Check out our guide below on the best packing materials, when to use them and how to pack for a move with them.
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.
Hiring a mover can seem like something other, wealthier people do. Some even call it a status symbol, while others have simpler reasons for skimping when it comes time to move – “I have friends, I don’t need movers,” they say.
But when is it time to stop calling on friends to do your dirty work and finally hire a mover?
The Apartment Therapy blog touched on this subject, and the post is worth a read if only for the comments, which include this gem: “movers are for people that actually LIKE their friends :).”
But even though we’re in the business of moving people, we know that not everyone needs a moving company in Chicago.
But let’s say you’re 32 years old. You have a real job, some real furniture, and a few valuables, and it’s time to move into a new place. If you haven’t moved into the realm of hiring pros by now, you’ve probably leaned on friends and family at least a handful of times, if not a dozen or so. Can you go back to the well?
It’s no big deal to ply your friends with beer and pizza when you’re 22 and need help lugging your books down the stairs again, but when you’re 32 it may be a different story. Here’s a helpful 3-point guide.
If your belongings fit in a compact car, do it yourself, and maybe call on a favor to move your bed and a few large items.
Chicago Moving Purgatory
When you live in a studio it’s a tough call. A studio means you probably don’t have a bunch of major belongings like dressers, heavy furniture, or appliances. Everything you own will likely fit in about half a moving truck, unless you’re a hoarder. This probably means you just need a friend or two, but it’s going to take a while.
You have to consider the stairs. Moving in Chicago often means moving from a second, third, or fourth floor apartment. Running a few dozen trips down the stoop isn’t a big thing to ask. Trudging up and down three flights of winding staircases is quite another. At the very least, you should be throwing your friends some cash in this case, and buying the good beer!
The Time to Hire Professional Chicago Movers
If you own appliances, hire a mover. This goes beyond the convenience factor and into the investment factor. If you’ve at the point where you’re taking refrigerators, stoves, or a washer and dryer with you, you’ve made some pretty solid investments that should be put in the care of a professional.
It’s one thing to go through the stress of having to persuade your friends to help, it’s quite another to then get angry when they slam appliances into your new walls, staircases, or countertops. Do you really want to be in that situation?
What You Save When You Hire A Mover
When it comes time to move, we fret about inconveniencing our friends, but what about yourself? What is your time worth?
Would you prefer to save a few hundred dollars by calling on friends? Or would you rather save a day’s worth of time for you and several hours for all of your friends when you hire a mover? Not to mention several arguments, uncomfortable conversations, and the hassle of renting, driving, and returning a rental truck.
Now imagine you’ve hired a great moving company in Chicago who you can trust. What’s it worth to you to have that day, or multiple days, back? Can you spend that time working and making money? Can you spend it setting up your new home or apartment by squaring away cable hookups, gas and electric, or unpacking as others move the boxes?
Better yet, what’s it worth to you to not have arguments with friends and family about how to move your furniture and get it up the steps to the new place? And when you have a favor to call in from your friends, do you really want to use it up on moving?
Not every move requires a moving company, but when you add up the real costs of moving, you may find that it’s a cheaper alternative than you thought. As another commenter on that Apartment Therapy blog wrote, “once you’ve hired that job out, you can never go back.”
How about you, when did you finally make the call to hire movers and spare your friends? Or do you still ply them with beer and pizza?
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Moving can be a stressful endeavor; when you add pets into the mix, that stress can escalate into all-out panic. Here are some tips for moving with pets that can do wonders in lowering difficulties on moving day.
The short distance guide to moving with pets
You could try to move your pet with a simple box, but we don’t recommend it. Neither does he.
If your move is an hour or less, the opportunity for disaster is greatly reduced. Still, there are some problems moving with pets that can be averted with these moving tips.
1. Gather all of your pet’s necessities into one box or a group of boxes, and mark them clearly.
This includes food and water bowl, litter box for a cat, dog bed, toys; anything that is necessary for that first night in the new home should be packed along with the animal for easy access.
2. Scope out the home beforehand and figure out where Fido will sleep. If your dog is destined for the backyard, ensure it is fenced properly with no holes that allow for an easy escape.
3. If you have a smaller animal like a bird, rabbit or guinea pig, put him or her into a quiet place at first, even if that is not their permanent home. This allows them to get used to the smells and sounds of the new area without having too much at once.
The long distance move
If your move is over an hour long but does not include an overnight stay, here are some pet moving tips to help you on your way. The above moving tips also apply.
1. Get Fido used to car rides. Many animals associate being in the car with uncomfortable occasions; veterinarian visits, or being left at a boarding facility. You can help your dog or cat get comfortable with car rides by rewarding them with something instead of taking them somewhere “bad.” Take your dog to a dog park, or your cat around the block and right back home.
2. Ensure you have water and necessities in the car. For your dog, make sure you have easy access to a bowl for water (and bring water with you) and a leash to allow them to do their necessities; for a cat, make sure you have kibble and water to feed her as well.
The overnight move with pets
Travelling overnight? Here are some great moving tips to make sure everyone gets to their new home safely!
1. Research beforehand which hotels or motels you can stay in that allow pets. This allows you and Fido to be together, which will make for a much less stressful situation.
2. Schedule regular breaks so your dog or cat (and in turn, you) can stretch their legs.
3. If you are traveling via plane, you should contact your veterinarian to see about sedating your pet to make for a more comfortable ride.
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We’ve been moving Chicagoans for more than 40 years, but lately it seems more and more people are taking note of the work we do, whether it’s how we treat our employees or how we help with your Chicago move. Here are a few highlights from what people have been saying over the last few weeks!
Motivating employees without money
The folks at Doostang, a career advice portal, reached out to our president, Mina Georgala, for her thoughts on how to reward employees without big dollars.
Georgalas stays in the office until her employees return after a hard days work to show them that they are all in the long haul altogether.
“When the employees see you, the boss, waiting for them to come back and they realize that you are as tired as them, they will show up the next day waiting to see you at work as well,” Georgala says. “And they do. And that makes them feel part of the company.”
Kristen Bosse of Illinois Homes interviewed Georgalas to get her thoughts on how to make a smooth move, and how a Chicago moving company can help you do it. Mina shared three big mistakes many people make when it’s time to move in Chicago.
“There are a few big issues to keep in mind. First, they choose only based on rates, not recognizing the add-ons that will come later. Second, they choose a moving company based only on online reviews. Checking credentials with the ICC or IMAWA is a better bet. Third, the homeowners do not disclose everything that needs to be moved, as well as special instructions about stairs, pets, etc.. Moving companies schedule trucks and crews based on the size or restrictions, and not disclosing this info can leave you hanging. And lastly, not being ready on the day of the move. The hours can add up!”
Making a good first impression is essential in the moving business, but it might be even more important when it comes to your move to a new home.
The folks at LoganSquarist, the hip neighborhood on Chicago’s Northwest side, profiled one new resident whose initial impression was far from stellar. They also talked to Georgalas for some advice on choosing a company to help you move in Chicago, focussing on warning signs of a shady company.
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Our president, Mina Georgalas, is featured on Illinois Homes today. Check out the interview in which she talks about the Bernard Movers values, tips for moving in Chicago, and what sets Bernard Movers apart from the competition.