Packing Tips

Prepping for a Local Move: Before the Movers Arrive

Whether you are moving 10 miles or 30 miles there are just some things that need to get taken care of before the movers show up:

  • Disconnect and unplug your appliances and electronics

*Helpful Hint- Take a picture so you remember how to reconnect everything

  • Un-mount any TVs from walls

*Movers will not un-mount your flat-screen

  • Stash your cash and prescription medications

*Make sure any money, valuables and medications are with you

  • Hazardous Materials

*Use or give up motor oils, antifreeze, paint, charcoal, propane tanks, fertilizers, pesticides, chemicals,

car batteries, cleaning supplies and other flammable, explosive or corrosive items

  • Pets & Other Living Things

*Movers will move your plants but not your pets. Remove all pets from tanks and cages that the movers are taking

Packing Tips

5 Moving Tips For A Stress-Free Move Day

1. Packing

This is the best time to downsize

2. Draw a Plan

Crunch time for last minute things……. Did I change my address?

3. Tips & Logistics

Label your boxes or color code them for easy moving and unpacking

4. Use a moving company

Save money on pizzas and beer and get the job done right

5. Keep kids and pets out of the way

Open doors- children & pets don’t mix

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New Moving Season, New Moving Rates

Moving season is right around the corner and most movers are starting to prepare now. The industry generally sees a huge increase in moving demand mid-March, which usually stays active until November.  With that being said, most movers have two types of seasonal rates: winter (December-February) and summer (March-November). Winter rates are always going to be cheaper than their counterpart. Most movers (us being one) honor winter rates even when someone is moving in the spring/summer. This means that if you’re planning on moving, explore options now and try to schedule with a mover within the coming weeks!

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The Value of a Detailed Inventory List

A detailed home inventory list is not something that most homeowners have readily available. Keeping a current record that’s updated quarterly is a good idea, especially for high-value items. Maintaining tabs on your belongings is beneficial when it comes to insurance claims and relocating homes.
We recommend this Home Inventory Checklist created by StateFarm:


When contacting movers in preparation of moving, one of the most important pieces of information they’ll need to collect is the list of items being relocated. In addition to the list in itself, if you’re concerned about your delicate/expensive items, a moving company will request an approximate valuation in order to quote you for FVP (Full Value Protection) insurance for specific items or even lump sum insurance.

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When Local Movers Guarantee a Price

Beware! Movers operating legally and under licensure provided by the ICC (Illinois Commerce Commission) are not permitted to offer guaranteed and flat-prices for a local move. Every now and again we come across a client that mentions something to the effect of, “..But X Movers quoted me exactly $500.00! Why can’t you guarantee a price!?” So, if it’s illegal, why do some movers do it?

There are two possible reasons:


  • A “mover” isn’t legally licensed to help people relocate within Illinois. Instead they advertise themselves on online classified pages. These guys are simply looking for work. Chances are they’ll show up with a truck, van, or even a rented truck. Since they aren’t licensed, your goods aren’t protected and covered by a movers insurance. If something is damaged…you’re on your own.
  • Bait-and-switch! A licensed mover can assure a customer that they will charge them a flat-rate of, say, $300.00 to move their 2 bedroom apartment from River North, Chicago, IL to Evanston, IL. Then the movers show up, begin the move, load the customer’s goods onto their truck, and BAM! “Hi, this is Frank with Y Movers. My crew is telling me that you have more furniture than we expected and that the move is going to take longer. We can no longer honor our quote of $300.00. We’re going to have to charge $700.00.” Well, what choices does a customer really have in such a situation? Not very many. The movers verbally told you they are offering a flat-rate, but in reality, on paper, and filed with the ICC, they charge hourly. You have to pay up, especially since your items are already on their truck.

The takeaway should be to double-check a mover’s reputation online, verify that they are licensed through the ICC, and not believe promises that other movers can’t make.


Resource links:

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Top Four Sites to Search a Movers History and Reputation


Today we’re going to share with you the top 4 best places to search and understand a mover’s reputation online:

This following list is in no specific order

  1. BBB – Most people are familiar with BBB, at least I think they are. The Better Business Bureau “…Ensures that high standards for trust are set and maintained. We exist so consumers and businesses alike have an unbiased source to guide them on matters of trust. We provide educational information and expert advice that is free of charge and easily accessible.” This is the go-to site for seeing a quick snapshot of a mover’s reputation over the years.
  2. Moving Company Reviews – “MCR verifies every review with a Bill of Lading (move receipt) to ensure it was written by a real customer for a real move.” MCR has paved the way for reliably reviewing moving companies. Each review is verified, so you know everything you read is accurate and trustworthy.
  3. ICC – The ICC (Illinois Commerce Commission) is the issuing body for a mover’s local license. Without a license through the ICC, a moving company can’t legally perform a local relocation within Illinois. Always make sure to ask a mover what their ICC license number is, so that you may be able to double-check their credibility.
  4. DOT – The DOT (Department of Transportation) is the issuing body of a mover’s long distance licenses. Without a license through the DOT, a moving company can’t legally perform a long distance relocation.

What about all the other review sites out there? They’re nice and each serve their own purpose, but will all the sites out there it becomes too overwhelming. Pick 1, 2, 3, or 4 from the above and you should easily be able to get a general feel of a moving company.


A few resource links:


Industry Facts

Industry Trends Are Neat!

I guess people in Chicago have had it with these passive-aggressive seasons we experience. According to AMSA’s (American Moving & Storage Association) most recently published Mobility Data trends, Chicago had the second most outbound moves in Q4, 2014!

Their reporting’s are as follows:

Top 10 Metropolitan Areas, Outbound

  1. Washington, DC
  2. Chicago, IL
  3. San Diego, CA
  4. Phoenix-Mesa, AZ
  5. New York, NY
  6. Atlanta, GA
  7. Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA
  8. Philadelphia, PA
  9. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA
  10. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

That’s out of an estimated 307 million Americans that relocate annually!

Hopefully this just means less crowded rush hour traffic?



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Why We Love, Love, Love MovingCompanyReviews

MCR (MovingCompanyReviews) changed the moving review’s game for the better when they first launched in 2012. See, the problem movers have (had!) with online review giants is validation. Essentially, and very easily, anyone can hop online and write a review, good or bad. There’s no verification process. It suuuucks. Why does it suuuuuck? Well, mostly because very few customers go online and publish positive reviews and, believe it or not, there was this awful period of time where movers would go and publish fake reviews bashing other companies. THE ORIGINAL INTERNET TROLLS!


Anyhow, fast forward to 2012 when MCR launched. They decided that it was time movers received the praise they deserved. As they so accurately write on their About Us page, “MCR verifies every review with a Bill of Lading (move receipt) to ensure it was written by a real customer for a real move.” They even reward people who post a review with a gift card, or better yet a PIZZA! If only you guys came around sooner!


I’ve seen a lot of good come from MCR. Most specifically, we had the chance to move MCR’s Founder, Doug Breaker. He actually wrote about it here: The best part…we didn’t know until after we moved him! Don’t you just love it when someone really believes in their own product? We sure do!


Thank you MCR for trying to fix an issue the moving industry has been facing for quite some time now.