July 24

Lift on three! One, two…

Picture yourself, with one friend, gripping the bottom of a 300-pound oven with white-knuckled intensity. Your grasp is shaky, your arms feel weak. You can’t possibly imagine what might happen on “three” – chances are, it won’t be pretty.

While all moving situations are not this precarious, the benefit of hiring appliance movers to take care of your hefty, expensive items cannot be overstated. Why? Because transporting heavy appliances DIY-style is dangerous, costly, and time-consuming. Hiring professionals eliminates these three concerns, resulting in a stress-free, pain-free, hospital-bill-free move.

Hiring Appliance Movers is a Safety Precaution

Professional moving teams are specifically and carefully trained to transport your heavy appliances with caution. With years of experience, a professional team will utilize the proper equipment and safety measures to stay safe, keep you safe, and maintain the integrity of your appliances. Moving appliances DIY, without taking correct safety precautions, commonly results in injury – most often, back or muscular damage.

Back Injury

Most individuals don’t regularly utilize their back muscles. Really! Arm muscles are used for light, easy lifting, household chores, etc. Therefore, when the time comes, lifting heavy objects (such as appliances) puts unusual strain on relatively weak muscles, resulting in common back injuries, such as herniated disks or pinched nerves. More serious injuries, such as spinal fractures, are less likely but possible.

Muscular Injury

Muscular injuries result from the same situation described above: unused muscles suddenly put to arduous work. Injuries of this nature often include strains.

Safety Precautions

If you decide to move DIY, certain safety precautions should be taken to lessen the likelihood of serious injury. These include staying hydrated, taking breaks, asking friends for help, utilizing moving tools, lifting with your legs (not your back), and leaving the heaviest items to professionals with the proper equipment.

Hiring Appliance Movers is Cost-Effective

Besides eliminating the possibility of hospital bills, hiring professional movers is cost-effective because they will carefully transport your appliances with the proper equipment. When your appliances are packed, disassembled, unpacked, and reassembled with caution, hefty repair or replacement costs are out of the picture. Furthermore, if you hire a trustworthy moving company with a single, upfront price, no hidden fees or extraneous costs can hurt your budget – on moving day this is especially important.

Appliance Movers Save Time

Moving is a time-consuming process. Packing, transporting, and unpacking is arduous. Attempting to transport heavy appliances without the proper equipment or training can add unwarranted length to the process. For most individuals, with busy lives and hectic schedules, the idea of a timely move is relieving.

Alliance Moving & Storage

Alliance Moving & Storage is dedicated to excellence in every move. We send out an appropriately sized team, headed by a veteran with years of moving experience. And, of course, we arrive at our destination on time, with all the necessary equipment to safely, efficiently transport your appliances. For safety and liability purposes, we do not disconnect or reconnect appliances, so make sure to contact a licensed tradesman for these steps.

We provide you with an accurate quote, so you can know the upfront cost – and we carry out the entire move without hidden fees. With included disassembly and reassembly services, our team helps you every step of the way, until your new location feels like home. Contact Alliance Moving & Storage today to talk about your upcoming move!

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July 22

In the midst of moving season, finding an honest, reliable moving company is important for a smooth transition – a transition that is memorable for its successful completion. One excellent way to judge the reliability of a moving company is to check for BBB accreditation. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) exists to help the community discover trustworthy companies by “advancing marketplace trust.” The following content will explore the BBB vision, how they choose trustworthy companies, and how to find a BBB accredited, reliable moving company.

The Better Business Bureau

 Vision

The BBB has a simple vision: to create “an ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers trust each other.” Their mission reflects their vision. To create an ethical marketplace, the BBB begins by setting an example of trust to the marketplace. Then, the BBB rewards companies who are exemplary in following the best practices of an honest marketplace and addresses companies who fall short. Ultimately, the BBB is designed to create an atmosphere of trust between companies, charities, communities, and consumers. In order to foster an ethical marketplace, the BBB holds to specific accreditation standards, founded on the BBB standards of trust.

BBB Accreditation Standards

To be accredited, “a business or organization affirms that it meets and will abide by” the standards detailed here, built on eight principles.

  • Build Trust: Trust is built with time. BBB-accredited organizations have carefully followed governmental regulations and BBB standards for over six months.

  • Honestly Advertise: The BBB expects businesses to advertise according to the law, be willing to adjust advertisements if they go against the BBB Code of Advertising, and – generally – avoid lying to or misleading customers.

  • Be Truthful: Truthfulness, simply, requires honest representations of goods and services.

  • Be Transparent: Misleading content, hidden information, undisclosed policies, secret fees, and “small print” are in direct contradiction to the BBB standard of transparency.

  • Honor Promises: Formal contract and agreements must be followed-through.

  • Be Responsive: Responsiveness includes professional answers to negative feedback, complaints, or disputes.

  • Safeguard Privacy: Privacy is safeguarded through fraud prevention and respectful attention given to personal privacy preferences.

  • Embody Integrity: Integrity embodiment is simple. In all dealings and interactions, a BBB accredited organization must act with integrity. Finally, BBB companies must “avoid involvement, by the business or its principals, in activities that reflect unfavorably on, or otherwise adversely affect the public image of BBB or its accredited businesses.”

Understanding the BBB accreditation standards is helpful in choosing any company, and especially helpful when searching for an honest, reliable moving company. You can know with assurance that a BBB-accredited company will abide by the BBB’s eight ethical standards.

BBB-Accredited Moving Company

The Better Business Bureau recently wrote a helpful article on hiring an honest, reliable moving company. To begin, the BBB mentions being careful of criminals posing as moving companies. Moving company criminals may steal your belongings, attempt to sell them back to you, or ignores the need for a contract and asks for more money. Fortunately, you can take a few steps of precaution to avoid these costly, often detrimental, scenarios.

Firstly, make sure the company is BBB-accredited. Of course, read reviews as well. Get a good feel for the atmosphere of the company and if other customers have been satisfied with the quality of service. Secondly, ensure that the company has the proper credentials and licenses. Thirdly, get a contract in writing, detailing deposit requirements and insurance policy information. Remove the possibility of hidden fees. Finally, keep your valuables on your person. This precaution is good advice for any situation, and especially important during a move.

Alliance Moving & Storage

BBB-accredited Alliance Moving & Storage is dedicated to marketplace excellence, fully engaged in the mission of creating trust between the company and our customers. Alliance offers a variety of expert moving services, designed to provide a stress-free relocation.

Residential & Commercial Moves

Alliance Moving & Storage specializes in both residential and commercial moves. During residential moves, we are passionate about smoothly guiding our customers into their next stage of life. The process of moving is weighty, especially for busy families. This is why we offer comprehensive services during the entire move. For every move, we:

  • Provide one point of contact who will guide you from the planning stage to the completion of the process.

  • Bring an accurately sized crew with a clean truck, supervised by a knowledgeable professional, leading professionals with at least five years of experience.

  • Disassemble furniture at your location of origin and carefully reassemble each piece in your designated spaces.

  • Wrap each item carefully with protective padding, ensuring maximum safety for your items.

  • Provide basic liability per pound of items, for no extra charge.

During commercial moves, we are passionate about not letting your move impact your bottom line. Your time restrictions, business operations, and safe transportation of expensive items are our top priorities. Regardless of your company, we can smoothly move you. We specialize in a variety of moves, including warehouse and retail store relocations which may require heavy machinery and a large amount of manpower. Once again, commercial moves will be led by a professional, experienced crew leader and include disassembly and reassembly services.

Alliance Moving & Storage proudly embodies integrity. Hear what our customers are saying about past experiences: “We highly recommend this mover! We had over 200 boxes to move and several stops to make,” Suzy A. wrote, “and everything went very smoothly.” Mary Beth said, “We had 8 gentlemen move us from Illinois to Indiana. We thought it was going to take 6 hours to load and it took a little more than 4.” Finally, Tara D. shared, “They were very accommodating and were able to schedule our local move the same day I reached out. Very efficient all around.” We are highly rated on Yelp, Angie’s List, Facebook, Google, and Thumbtack, and – of course – Better Business Bureau.

For a free quote, contact us today – and know that you have found an honest, reliable moving company that will make your move a stress-free, smooth experience.

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July 8

As you prepare to move, the most grueling task is the process of packing, loading, and moving everything you own. Luckily, local movers can be hired to take the physical and mental stress off so you can focus on getting yourself, your family, and your pets ready for all the fun involved in moving to a new home!

Benefits of Hiring Local Movers

Convenient: Hiring professional movers takes a lot of stress off of you. They are able to carefully handle and transport all of your items, from simple boxes, to large furniture, to fragile electronics. All of this also saves you time and effort because you don’t have to worry about taking a whole day to load or unload a moving truck.

Secure: Your belongings are safe, secure, and insured. There is no question about whether or not your items will be carried, loaded, transported, and unloaded in a safe way. Items should remain intact and in their original quality. If something were to happen, all moving companies are required by law to have basic liability for the items they are in charge of moving. 

No risk: When you hire local movers, you do not have to worry about time getting away from you before your property is closed on. Heavy lifting or carrying difficult items like furniture, TVs, or appliances can be dangerous. Movers are professionals, and their moving teams always include multiple, able-bodied people so that they can lift items without risking injury.

One trip: If you were to move on your own by using vehicles or renting a truck, odds are you would spend much of your time taking multiple trips moving everything from your current home to your new one. Using local movers means that they can load everything into the truck and transport it in one trip so that no one has to worry about going back and forth.

Experience equals ease: Professional movers are just that—professionals. When you commission them, they are going to be able to get your belongings packed up, loaded, and driven to the next location without any major issues.

Disassembly & reassembly: Many moving companies will offer disassembly and reassembly services, meaning they will take apart large items and put them back together once they make it to the proper destination. This makes your life easier because you don’t have to spend time, energy, or effort doing this yourself, and you don’t have to worry about getting hurt.

Organization: Local movers know how to organize items whether in the truck, or once they get to your new home. With labels, they will be able to match boxes and furniture to the proper room, so you don’t have to waste time and energy rearranging everything later.

Hire Local Movers at Alliance Moving & Storage

If you’re ready to relocate and you’re in the Chicagoland area, Alliance Moving & Storage is the company to call! We can help pack up your old place and get everything moved into your new home. We offer moving and storage services and provide everything you need such as boxes, bubble wrap, or carpet shields. We’ll even pack for you! Contact your local movers at Alliance Moving & Storage and relax as we handle all the tough stuff for you!

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June 18

Whatever your reason for moving, preparing for a long distance move can be a difficult and stressful task. There are a lot of chores to be accomplished such as finding the perfect place to live, planning various logistics, hiring a moving company, packing your belongings, and officially moving out. Keep yourself on a schedule and follow these tips to make the most out of your long distance move!

Getting Ready to Move

Once you’ve decided on where you’re moving, there is a lot left to do. To keep yourself from becoming too stressed, make a plan! Write your plan out, because having some type of timeline and list of things to do will keep you organized and make the entire process much easier for everyone involved.

Here are some of the most important “to do” list items that you don’t want to forget:

1. Change your address with the United States Postal Service and set up mail forwarding.

2. Find service providers in your new area and set up utilities, such as gas, water, internet, and electricity.

3. Transfer homeowner’s or renter’s insurance to your new place.

4. Find out the timeline and process to obtain a new driver’s license if moving to a different state.

5. Change your address on important documentation such as Social Security benefits, vehicle registration, bills, banking, and any subscription services that you use.

6. Found out how long your commute to work will be and determine the best route.

7. Find the closest amenities in your area, such as the grocery store, mechanic, and mall.

8. Find recommendations for the best doctor’s office, dentist, eye doctor, and veterinarian.

9. Transfer any prescriptions to your new local pharmacy and forward medical records to your new medical provider.

10. If you’re flying, make sure to buy plane tickets early enough to get the best deals and find out about policies for traveling with pets if you plan to do so.

11. Keep receipts and track all expenses that have been spent throughout the entire moving process.

12. If you’re moving because of work, find out exactly which services will be covered by your company and how much of it is left for you to handle.

Purging

Before you start packing, you should go through everything you have. Everyone has plenty of items they no longer want, use, or need. Moving is the perfect time to go through and separate all of this out! Clothes, blankets, kitchen supplies, unopened bathroom products, backpacks, purses, books, and plenty of other goods can be donated, sold, or thrown out if necessary. When you are preparing for a long distance move, you don’t want to bring anything extra along that you no longer have a use for.

Garage Sales

Looking to make a little extra cash before heading to your new home? After separating all unwanted belongings, pick the best ones and have a garage sale! This is a great way to know that everything you don’t want can be used by someone else. Garage sales are also a fun way to get the whole family involved. If you have any items that didn’t sell, you can donate them to your local homeless shelter or veterans center.

Packing

Once you’ve gotten rid of all unwanted items, it’s time to start packing everything else! Packing up your entire life can be a daunting task, especially for a long distance move. You have to make sure everything is packed securely so that you don’t risk breaks or damage. But if you choose the right moving company, they can help you pack! Make sure to check out their packing policies to see if there are any dangerous or fragile items that they won’t handle.

Packing Tips

  1. Sort by category. Keep all similar items together and label the boxes! Sort by room so you know where everything goes once you get to your new place. This way you won’t be searching for a specific item and not know where to find it.

  2. Smart packing. Use what you already have! Fill up suitcases, duffel bags, and backpacks with everything you can. Packing up glassware? Wrap them in t-shirts or towels.

  3. Safe packing. Use boxes, but don’t overfill them; this risks the box breaking or hurting the person carrying it. Make sure to use moving blankets, plastic wrap, and bubble wrap for fragile items.

  4. Valuables. Bring all of the most important items with you. This includes IDs, passports, birth certificates, Social Security cards, jewelry, precious heirlooms, and other important documents.

  5. Food. If you’re driving, you can bring food with you. If you’re flying, you can bring a few items like chips or granola bars, but donate anything that will not spoil or give perishables to a friend or neighbor in order to reduce waste.

Moving Company

The smartest way to move is to hire a trusted moving company. This allows you to focus on getting all other details set up without having to worry about transporting or storing anything yourself. Check out exactly what items they transport, including antiques and large furniture, as well as dangerous items they may not transport such as weapons, hazardous chemicals, aerosol, or batteries.

Be sure that the company you choose is licensed to move across the country and will properly take care of your belongings. The company should also include insurance, as this is required by law. You will want to look at their insurance policies to see how much liability they offer, especially if they are packing for you as well. 

Discounts

If you’re hiring a moving company, ask for any possible discounts! Most businesses offer military discounts, student discounts, or senior discounts. Don’t fit into any of these categories? There may still be regular discounts or offers that you can take advantage of! Moving is expensive enough on its own, so always ask about any current or upcoming promotions to save as much as you can.

Hire a Long Distance Moving Company

At Alliance Moving and Storage, we know that every move is unique, so we strive to provide exceptional services! Located in the Midwest, we offer both local and long distance moves to support any of your moving or storage needs. Contact us to receive a free quote and get your move started!

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June 11

No matter how far you’re moving, packing is a time-consuming task. It takes a lot of effort and planning and can be hard to accomplish among work, school, or other daily responsibilities. This might make you ask, “Do moving companies pack for you?” The answer to this question can vary depending on the moving company. Thankfully, for most moving companies the answer is yes! There are certain specialty items that moving companies may not pack, but generally moving companies can help you by expertly packing up most of your items. Here’s what you need to know about hiring a moving company to pack for you!

Why Hire a Moving Company for Packing?

Quick: Moving companies can pack and unpack your items in a timely manner, so you don’t have to worry about changing your schedule around to do so yourself. This can be a huge sigh of relief if you have a busy schedule and don’t know how you would ever find the time to pack up your items.

Reliable: Your moving company will pack everything up efficiently and safely. They know the load limits of boxes and dollies, so they can pack things in a way that will not damage the items or hurt the people transporting them. When asking the question “Do moving companies pack for you?”, know that not only will they pack for you, they will also do so in a way that puts you and your belongings first.

Insurance: Moving companies offer insurance for general moving purposes, but they might also include extra insurance if they are packing your items. This is important because if something is damaged, your belongings will be insured since the moving company was in charge of proper packing and handling.

What Item Won’t Moving Companies Pack?

Perishables: Food items that can spoil should not be packed. Think fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, and basically anything that is stored in a refrigerator or freezer. If you have too many perishables left over before a move that cannot be easily transported in a cooler, these items can be donated, given to a neighbor or friend, or thrown away.

Dangerous items: Hazardous items like matches, lighter fluid, gasoline, oxygen bottles, paint, and paint thinners should not be packed for transport by your moving company. If you must bring these items with you, pack them in your personal vehicle or check airline and Transportation Security Administration regulations to determine how to safely transport dangerous items that you must bring with you. 

Valuables and documents: A good rule of thumb, no matter what method of transport you’re using, is to keep your valuables with you. This includes expensive jewelry, cash, collections, deeds, social security cards, birth certificates, passports, or any other important documents. Keeping your most important possessions with you will give you peace of mind during the moving process. 

Schedule Your Moving Company Today

At Alliance Moving & Storage, our packing services are designed with you in mind.  Every item is handled with expert care and organized in a way that will make unpacking even easier! We know that when it comes to moving, you already have a long list of tasks to complete. That’s why we are here for any of your moving, packing, and storage needs. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today!

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May 24

Moving can be a stressful season, especially if you’re pressed for time or funds. You might want to save money by moving some items yourself, but it’s important to stay safe before you call your professional moving team. With proper packing techniques, correct equipment, and careful listening to your body, you can get ready for your new home while keeping safety at the front of your mind.

Packing Preparation

When it comes to packing up your home, you probably want to get it done as efficiently and quickly as possible. Make sure you are not overpacking, because this can become dangerous during transportation. Moving boxes are typically created to hold a certain amount of weight. If you exceed that limit, you are putting strain on your body and risking the box breaking.

Be sure to pack your items properly. Wrap sharp objects like knives or garage supplies up in bubble wrap, packing paper, or towels. Wrap glass up tightly and properly, and label it so that your professional moving team knows they are carrying a fragile item. Extra-large boxes are made for blankets or pillows. Don’t use them to pile up as many items as you can fit. One way to make packing easy is to use specific boxes to fit your needs, whether for dishes, mirrors, TVs, or lamps.

Moving Equipment

Besides boxes, you should use proper moving gear to ensure safety when packing up your moving truck or car. For moving heavy items like furniture, use a good pair of work gloves for easy handling. Moving dollies or hand trucks will be the most beneficial to you because they are used to transport boxes, appliances, or furniture. Dollies will do most of the work for you because once the item is loaded on and strapped in, all you have to do is push or pull the dolly.

To protect your items, use bubble wrap, moving blankets or paper pads, and/or stretch wrap. These ensure that you can maneuver your items around in the truck without worrying about them becoming scratched, scuffed, or damaged.

Listen to Your Body

One of the most important moving safety tips is making sure your body stays healthy! Get enough sleep, eat regular meals, and stay hydrated. This will help to give you more energy and keep your mind sharp so that you keep safety in mind. It’s also wise to watch for heavy lifting. If you cannot lift something yourself, ask for help or leave it to your professional moving team! You can stretch in the morning or evening to help your muscles warm up before lifting numerous items all day. Finally, take breaks! If you’re feeling exhausted, stop for 20 minutes and allow your body to rest. Your health is more important than timely packing or loading, so let your body take a break when needed.

Your Professional Moving Team

To guarantee safety, professional moving teams are always your best option. Alliance Moving & Storage can provide you with proper packing materials and will make your relocation a breeze with careful packing, moving, and reassembly services. Inquire about a free quote today!

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May 22

Whether you’re moving one state over or across the country, moving out of your home state can be exciting, but also scary and stressful. There can be many reasons for this type of move: going to college, searching for new job opportunities, being closer to family, getting married, or seeking the thrill of living in a new place. Whatever your motivation, there are some things you should consider when moving out of state.

Types of Out-of-State Moves

Household Moves: Household relocations can be difficult because there are a lot of people involved, from parents to kids to movers. The process is time-consuming and can be hard to accomplish when people are working, going to school, enjoying extracurricular activities, cooking and running errands, or taking care of pets.

Business Moves: Business moves are exciting and can include office, warehouse, and retail store relocation. Your property, products, and electronics are important and should be moved with care to protect their safety and quality.

College Moves: Moving to college for the first time can be intimidating and fun, especially when transferring out of state. Taking advantage of a moving company can make the process easier and allow your family to spend time together, exploring your new home. Living out of state can also mean that new items are bought that must be stored over the summer. Climate controlled storage units are a great way to make sure your college belongings, like furniture, stay safe while you move back home.

Long-Distance Moves

Moving to another state can be stressful, from the time you decide to do so until you arrive at your new location. The process of moving includes many factors. For this reason, you should consider using a moving company to help make the process smoother. Relocating to a new state should be a great adventure; the climate may be different, there are new activities and adventures to be had, and there may be new opportunities. However, it is important to consider practical matters such as different taxes, state laws, and licensing. And, if you have children, familiarize yourself with the available school districts.

Large furniture and electronics can require disassembly and reassembly. This takes time and is often difficult. When moving out of state, let your moving company take care of this for you. This aids in creating a stress-free move for yourself, your family, or your business.

Tips for Moving Out of State

  • Do your research. It’s important to look into the differences between your current state and the new one, such as climate, taxes, school systems, crime rates, and more. Make sure you can afford property tax and do your research to ensure that the properties you’re looking at are in a safe area.
  • Budgeting is necessary for any long-distance move. Be certain you have adequately planned for various expenses including a moving company, gas or travel fares, and unexpected expenses like repairs to your current property before selling.
  • Visit your new city to get a feel for the culture there. Research various activities, restaurants, and attractions to check out before you move and see if you can picture yourself living there.
  • Forward mail and make sure utilities like water, gas, internet, and cable are ready to be set up. Depending on state laws, you’ll have some time to obtain a state license for your new property. Don’t forget to change your address for any subscriptions or accounts you have, whether for online shopping or prescription deliveries.

Packing Tips

Packing up your entire home takes up a lot of time and effort. There are many packing tips out there for both traveling and moving. Here are a few tricks to help you pack for your out-of-state move.

Purging While Packing: Use this move as an opportunity to purge. As you pack, go through your items and determine what you need and use versus what could be donated, sold, recycled, or thrown out. This can seem tedious, but it will make packing easier, cheaper, and save time when unpacking.

Saving Space While Packing: You can roll your clothes for optimal space or use packing cubes for suitcases and duffels. One great tip for efficient packing is to use your items as boxes or padding! Use towels, socks, or t-shirts to wrap up glass. Store items in backpacks, purses, tote bags, trash bins, or pots and pans. Have any leftover pantry foods, fruit, or veggies? Put them in old grocery bags or backpacks to use as snacks for the road trip or flight!

Important Packing and Moving Supplies: Eventually you’ll run out of suitcases, duffel bags, or tote bins. This is when your moving company comes into play. It’s important to use quality moving boxes, tape, bubble or stretch wrap, and moving blankets or carpet shields. Doing so will maintain the condition of your items and ensure they stay safe during the move.

Weather and Moving

Summer tends to be the best time to move; kids are out of school, everyone has more time to pack, and the weather is often prime. However, moving during the summer is not always practical or possible. No matter the weather conditions during your move, make sure you are prepared for anything. In summer, wear sunscreen and a hat, and bring water. Spontaneous storms can happen anywhere, so bring along umbrellas, plastic bags, rain boots, and towels. Moving to a cold-weather state? Don’t forget coats, boots, gloves, hats, hand warmers, shovels, and car scrapers!

Storage While Moving

Sometimes you may have items that you do not need immediately upon entering your new location. There’s an easy solution for this! Rent out a storage unit for your extra furniture or boxes. This allows you to make renovations, arrange furniture, or unpack without extra items being in the way.

Start Planning Today

As you look to make your long-distance moving process smooth and stress-free, consider Alliance Moving & Storage. Get in touch with us today for questions or to schedule your move.

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May 14

Storage units can be a lifesaving solution for any stage of life – from temporary storage for college students to long-term storage for companies. For some people, storage units are the perfect solution for transitioning from one home to the next. For others, storage units function as a second garage or supply room for extra items. Whatever your reason for needing a storage unit, you’ll need to consider what you can and cannot store away. Take a moment to review what items you shouldn’t pack in a storage unit.  

Food

It may already be obvious to you that perishable food items should not be packed in a storage unit under any circumstance. Perishables will quickly begin to spoil, inviting mold and bacteria to infect any nearby belongings. However, have you considered that even storing pet food should be avoided? Sure, you may need a place to store your pet food while transitioning from one home to the next, but a storage unit is not the right place. Pet food, like perishables, may attract critters that you don’t want near your storage unit. This is why any food items, human or otherwise, should not make it on the packing list for your new storage unit.

Hazardous Materials

Though storage units can hold a multitude of items – hazardous materials should not be included on your packing list either. Potential hazards include explosive materials, illegal substances, medical or pharmaceutical supplies, and radioactive materials. Flammable materials such as gasoline, propane, oil, grease, cleaning supplies, fertilizer, chemicals, and fireworks are all items that should be kept far from your storage unit as well. So, if you have a flare for pyrotechnics, a storage unit may not be the right option for you. For your own safety, and the safety of the entire storage facility, these types of hazardous materials are strictly prohibited.

Living Things

You just signed the lease to your amazing new apartment, but you inadvertently missed the rule restricting your particular breed of dog. What will you do with Spots now? You will not make him a stowaway at your local storage unit. As a general rule, storage units are for non-living items only. This means that anything requiring light, food, and/or water to survive is strictly prohibited. Plants, and even seeds, are no exception to this rule. And no, you can’t live in a storage unit either. We know, storage units are much more affordable than the cost of rent in the Chicago area, but living in a storage unit is not allowed.

Finding the Perfect Storage Unit

Now that you know what you shouldn’t place a storage unit, you’re ready to find a place to safely store the rest of your belongings! Alliance Moving & Storage offers custom storage solutions for any situation, including flexible short-term and long-term storage options. Our climate controlled storage units are professionally monitored and routinely inspected, so you can rest assured that your belongings are in safe hands. To learn more about the options available for your storage needs, give us a call at (847) 378-4949.

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April 19

Moving to a new location is a complex process, simultaneously full of nostalgia and anticipation. Change of any kind brings some sadness and some excitement. Moving is no different. In the midst of your transition, however, unwanted stress can creep into the mix of emotions. How can you handle your moving process in an efficient and stress-free way? Should you do it yourself? Should you hire a professional company? Both DIY moving and enlisting a professional moving company have their benefits. Discovering which route is best for you is crucial to a smooth transition.

Benefits of DIY Moving

  • With careful planning, DIY moving can be financially beneficial. Some professional moving companies are far from budget-friendly, so choosing to move on your own is a good option if you’re hoping to save money wherever possible. If you own a large vehicle, you may be able to move without renting a truck, which will also save some money.
  • Moving on your own provides a reason to spend quality time with friends and family. Working together toward a common goal is an excellent bonding experience, and your loved ones will probably appreciate an excuse to help you!
  • Your timeline is flexible. Because your schedule is the only one that matters during your move, you can take your time. This is good if you are efficient and organized; however, don’t let this inspire procrastination!

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Moving Company

  • Hiring a professional company will alleviate one, massive burden! Amid a flood of stress, assigning a skilled team to move your belongings allows for one less concern.
  • A professional company will ensure that your belongings are safely transported. The team sent to your door was extensively trained, with plenty of previous experience. The team will understand how to use their specialized equipment well.
  • Hiring a company will free your friends and family to help with other, safer tasks, such as cleaning, organizing, and offering emotional support. Because your friends and family are probably not trained to handle heavy boxes and expensive furniture, you can avoid the risk of injury or damaged items altogether.
  • Your move will be streamlined and fast. A moving company knows how to work on your timeline. You can put a definite arrival date into your calendar and plan all your unpacking activities. The move will be efficient and timely. All your items will leave your old location and arrive at your new home—guaranteed.
  • A professional moving company will have access to everything you could possibly need: a capable team leader, a strong team, packing supplies, moving equipment, and trucks/ trailers. No need to rent moving trucks or containers.

If you decide that hiring a professional moving company is the best route for you, Alliance Moving and Storage exists to help make your move simple and streamlined. At Alliance, we pride ourselves in reliable, quality, and affordable service. We ensure that you experience a stress-free move, free to enjoy the excitement and nostalgia of relocation. For a free quote, contact us today!

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April 12

Are you a business owner looking to relocate? Have you recently discovered a smarter business location? Are you excited about your prospects? Moving is no small task. It involves organization and careful planning. If you are preparing to relocate your company, you are probably feeling concerned about several main issues: time restrictions, pricing, insurance, the safety of your objects, disassembly and reassembly services, and the reviews and legitimacy of a moving company. The right moving company will understand your needs to expertly and efficiently move your business to its new location!

The Right Moving Company:

Considers Time Restrictions

A poor or slow office move will negatively impact your bottom line. Unnecessary time spent in this process could heavily reduce sales and severely diminish productivity. The right moving company for your business relocation will be primarily concerned with your time restrictions and policies. With this in place, your business will successfully transition to a smarter location without harming your bottom line.

Traveling long-distance is time-consuming as well, and the best moving team will take this into consideration during preparation. You will not have to spend time worrying about missing out on being able to complete work, or your clients not being able to meet with you.

Is Honest About Pricing

When you book movers to help your business relocate, you want to know exactly how much money you will be spending. They should be able to provide you with a quote for everything you are requesting of them. There should be no hidden fees or add-ons after the contract has been signed by both parties. As a business owner or manager, you can rest assured that you will be paying exactly what the moving company said that you would from the start.

Includes Insurance

Insurance and liability are required by federal law, so if the company you’re considering doesn’t have any, then they are not reliable. Your items should be protected by the right moving company based on the weight of each item.

Considers Your Expensive, Heavy Objects

From a small coffee shop to a massive corporation, every business owns expensive electronics and important assets that cannot be damaged. An excellent moving company will understand this and act accordingly! The team that transports your expensive assets and electronics should professionally and properly package each item, creating a stress-free, seamless move.

Is your office decorated with a collection of beautiful, delicate furniture? Does your business have heavy equipment essential to your processes? The right moving company will send a team with an experienced manager who will carefully oversee each step of the process, from the packaging of furniture to the transport of machinery.

If your commercial move involves a warehouse or large retail store, extensive, intricate preparation and organization are required. The right moving company will walk with you through this process, covering all the bases.

Includes Disassembly and Reassembly Services

The right moving team for your business relocation will assist in the disassembly and reassembly of your space. The moving process does not end when the last piece of equipment is unloaded. Cubicles need to be reassembled. Desks, tables, and chairs require proper configuration. Printers, scanners, monitors, and every other piece of equipment must be put in its proper place.

You should not be responsible for the disassembly and reassembly of all your furniture and equipment; the right moving company for your business will coordinate this for you. A professional, experienced moving team will provide the correct equipment and appropriate manpower to make sure every piece of equipment and is accounted for every step of the way.

Has Great Reviews

How do you hire a company you can trust? Check out their reviews! A great moving company will have reliable, positive reviews available online. Don’t worry if you see a few negative reviews sprinkled throughout. This just means that yes, the company has flaws, but they have used this feedback to improve their services!

You can also ask friends, relatives, or coworkers for moving company suggestions. Your trusted friends will be able to tell you what they did or did not like about the company which can help you determine if they’re worth a call or not.

Another great way to ensure the abilities of a moving company is to check their report from the Better Business Bureau. The BBB will rate the moving company with a letter grade and include complaints, reviews, and any government actions that have been required in the past. It also shows if the company is accredited which is important because this means that the moving company withholds the BBB’s standards of making an effort to be a trusted company that: resolves consumer complaints, advertises honestly, is transparent in policies and content, and protects the privacy of their customers.

Is Legitimate

A reliable, honest moving company will be legitimate. This means that they should have an actual street address, with a location that is able to be found. Watch out for addresses that show a residential area on a map. The address should be listed and registered under the name of the company.

In order to be able to move across states, moving companies must have a number issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The number should be located somewhere on the company’s website. You can plug this number or the name of the company into the DOT’s motor carrier safety website to ensure that the company is allowed to move your belongings across state lines, if necessary. 

Business Moving Professionals

As you plan to move your business, Alliance Moving and Storage works to meet your concerns and respond expertly. Professional, courteous, and experienced, Alliance is always prepared to address any specific needs your company may have, prepared to go the distance. We are happy to offer you information or a quote, so contact us to get started on relocating your business!

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