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 three main issues: your time restrictions, the safety of your expensive and heavy objects, and disassembly and reassembly services. The right moving company to relocate your business will consider these concerns and expertly respond.
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 to relocate your business 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.
The Right Company Considers Your Expensive, Heavy Objects
Every business owns expensive electronics and important assets that cannot be damaged, from a small coffee shop to a massive corporation. 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.
The Right Company 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.
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. Alliance would be happy to offer you a free quote or simply begin a conversation.Read More
Moving day is quickly nearing and the packing process must begin. Don’t put it off any longer. Procrastination doesn’t help. However, loading your entire home into boxes and transporting everything to a new, perhaps distant, location is daunting. It is overwhelming. At times, it can feel impossibly stressful. But do not despair! Packing doesn’t have to be your most dreaded task. Following a few simple tips can eliminate a great deal of anxiety and can even transform your packing process into an exciting challenge. How is this possible? You have reached the perfect starting place. Take a quick look at the following tips for 7 ways to make packing your home easier.
Organize and Declutter
Yes, organizing and decluttering are essential pre-packing activities. Once accomplished, these tasks will completely transform the rest of the packing process. Simply put, before stowing your home into boxes, organize your home. How? Some helpful tips apply to this activity:
Make Lists: One simple yet vital key to organizational success lies in list-making. This will excite some readers and fundamentally worry others. Regardless of where you land, this easy practice will serve you well during a move (and may become a life skill afterward). Make a list of items you don’t want or need—room-by-room.
See What You Own: Some items are obviously unnecessary to bring along. These are the possessions you haven’t used in years or maybe even forgot you possessed. Others will require deliberation. Pull all your items out and really see what you own. Some rooms become a catch-all for extra stuff, like closets and garages—consider starting here. Make sure you know exactly what you will have to bring with you in the move.
Make Piles, Fill Bags: Form two or three piles and fill a few bags. Collect anything you will throw away. Fill a bag of items you will donate. Consider hosting a garage sale and make another pile for these items. Once you complete this, make a point to donate those selected items, throw all garbage away, and get rid of anything that doesn’t sell at your garage sale.
Purchase a Binder
Buy a binder and dedicate it to the storage of all your moving details, from the moment you finish organizing and decluttering to the second you settle in. What details should you include?
A list of needed packing supplies. This includes boxes, bubble wrap, furniture padding, labels, sharpies, etc. Anything you can think to need for a safe, successful move. If you’ve kept old boxes for computers, TV screens, or gaming systems, save money and reuse these. Make sure you have enough because you don’t want to have to purchase more packing supplies half-way through your move.
Make a list of items that will require unique accommodation to transport, such as your piano, trampoline, or antique piece of furniture, and make a moving plan. If you plan to use a moving company, make sure the company will safely, efficiently accommodate your heavy or delicate items.
Write a room-by-room packing schedule. For example, begin packing your bedroom closet, move to your bedroom, the kitchen, bathroom, etc. Don’t start packing every room (or even multiple rooms) at once. In this instance, multitasking will hinder productivity.
Keep track of important receipts, paperwork, etc. These items are sure to pile up throughout the moving process and having a place to put them is invaluable.
Label Your Boxes
Careful labeling is part of a smooth, seamless transition. Be specific with tags, and label multiple sides of the boxes. Even though this might be time-consuming, it will be absolutely worth it when your items are transported. Use anything you need to keep track of your boxes. Are you a visual person? Perhaps color-coded labels will work best for you! Use whatever means will work best for you—simply keep track of your boxes.
Know What’s in Each Box
Take a moment to create a list of what is found in each box. Be as specific as you need to be. If you are not a dedicated list-maker, considering making generalized lists. Sort by category and leave it at that or make a more detailed list of specific items. When in doubt, over-organize. In the midst of transporting and unpacking, you will never regret time spent organizing.
Keep Careful Track of Electronics
Some items need to be transported directly with you, such as your expensive electronics. Keep these in a safe spot, such as your essentials box. Charging cables, chords, earbuds, etc. can be placed in separate, labeled baggies to keep them from untangled and safe.
Make an Essentials Box
An essentials box resembles something you might throw together for a mini vacation, and it is crucial for moving day. In short, it should contain enough supplies to last you about a day so that your move is smooth. What steps should you take to successfully put one together?
Make another list! Identify everything you need to pack or purchase for your box.
The list of essential items will change, depending on the individual. However, here some ideas to get you started:
Pair of clothes
Pack Smart Boxes
After extensive organization, the final step to making moving easier is packing smart boxes. In any relocation, two simple guidelines can be followed:
Pack heavier items on the bottom of boxes
Use your smallest boxes to transport the heaviest items
Even when utilizing the best tips, moving and packing can still present a stressful challenge. Sometimes, finding a professional and affordable moving company is the best option to ensure a streamlined and stress-free move. Alliance Moving & Storage is committed to providing you with an excellent relocation solution. We seek to serve every client well. This is why we provide packing, unpacking, disassembly, and reassembly services with every move. We are dedicated to excellent service and superb organization to provide you with a successful transition. Contact us today for a free quote!Read More
Moving is a challenge, and moving offices is no easier than moving homes. From the masses of electronics to bulky furniture, loads of files, décor, and personal kitsch, it hits all the marks. Add to that, there is rarely the luxury of packing up a box here and there, and instead, a push to get packed up and moved in a couple of days tops. Here are some office moving tips to help you get through it with grace.
Start Planning Well Ahead
Most people underestimate how long it will take to pack things up and move when doing it for themselves. If that is you, and you aren’t hiring a firm to move you lock, stock and barrel, then consider adding several weeks to your timeframe. It’s always better to be ahead of schedule than behind.
Assign Someone to Manage the Move
Put someone in charge of making sure no steps are forgotten, and things are moving along as expected. If you have someone with experience in commercial moves, that’s even better.
Do Research on Moving Companies
Start this phase months ahead of the anticipated move. Make sure to get several quotes and ask for proof of insurance. Remember, moving companies—if they are packing your office entirely and moving you—will not throw anything away. You will get it all on the other end, including the garbage in your trash cans and the rotting food in the refrigerator.
Also, make sure to ask about insurance coverage options to protect your belongings during the move and make sure you get a copy of their workers’ comp insurance, so you have no liability if a worker is injured on the job. If you rent a truck, make sure to opt for the insurance coverage since most private insurance companies do not cover them.
Clean Out Everything
This is the perfect time to unload things you no longer need, from office supplies to old phones to that picture of a fish that you’ve always hated. Get rid of anything you don’t need or want—sell it on Facebook Marketplace, donate it to a registered charity for a tax break, or throw it in the dumpster.
Pack Your Own Desk
Make sure everyone knows they are responsible for cleaning out and packing their own desk and give them the date they need to be finished. This is another chance to deep clean, getting rid of things you no longer need. Be sure to give them the time to finish it (a few hours) on the day you want it done.
Give IT Advance Notice
Moving IT equipment takes special care and time. Giving them advance notice lets them draft a plan for the move, to donate old equipment you no longer use or need, and to pack up nonessential equipment early. If you have a small business and no IT department, make sure you remove all cables from equipment and label each one, so you know where it goes when you are setting back up on the other end.
New Building Rules
Are there different rules in the building you are moving to? Make sure everyone is informed of what they are. Also, are there restrictions on when you can move in, such as non-business hours, or do you have to reserve the use of the service elevator?
Update With New Address
Order replacement business cards, letterhead, envelopes and anything else with your address on it weeks ahead of the move. This way you will have it ready when you need it and don’t have to wait. Also, make sure all vendors are notified well ahead of time that your company will be moving and give them the new contact information.
Label Your Boxes and Color Code
Consider color coding boxes by department and numbering them. On a separate paper or notebook, write down what is in the box by color and number. This will make it much easier to find the things you need and direct the boxes to their proper location on the other end. It will also make it easier to file a claim in case any boxes go missing.
Have a Buffer Zone for a Few Days
No one feels good about holding client meetings in a war zone of boxes or trying to meet a deadline when your desk is being unpacked. Give yourself and employees a few days to get settled and unpacked before going back to the usual sprint. It will make a huge difference in getting things back in order, and fewer boxes left to put away.
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As spring transforms our winter-ravaged Chicagoland, moving season blooms with the flowers. In a rush of spring cleaning, organization, and new beginnings, countless individuals hunt for homes and prepare to move. Numerous businesses look to relocate. If you are in this category, you probably hope for the best move possible. You probably desire efficiency, safety, and organization. Perhaps you are juggling a dozen other commitments as you prepare to move. Perhaps work, school, and appointments fill your schedule to bursting. Still, a successful transition is possible. In fact, with the best packing and moving company, a stress-free moving process is guaranteed. As you begin the search, consider the following 4 indicators of the best packing and moving company.
The Best Company Will Genuinely Care About Your Move
The best packing and moving company will care about your successful transition. This will show in their professionalism and courtesy. A company that cares will never rush you or mishandle your belongings. A company that cares will have positive reviews and excellent past experiences. Ask your friends and family about their moving stories and read some testimonials. These are outstanding indicators to determine the health of a company. A healthy company will produce positive customer testimonies. Before deciding on a company, make sure you feel confident about the future success of your move.
The Best Company Will Move Everything Safely
Do you have a trampoline? A piano? Are you moving your coffee shop or large corporation? These items may seem impossible to move on your own, yet they should not be left behind. If you are relocating a business, your items cannot be left behind. The best packing and moving company will have the equipment and expertise to leave nothing behind, from your precious antiques to your small business. Beyond the ability to simply transport your items, the best packing and moving company will do this efficiently, safely, and with care.
The Best Company Will Pack and Unpack
A quality moving company will never leave a job unfinished. The hassle of packing is intensive, and a good team will assist you in making this process as smooth as possible. However, the hassle is not over when the truck drops off the final box. Your company should organize your belongings so that unpacking is flawless and streamlined, according to your vision. Also, search for a company that offers moving supplies to purchase, such as various boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and protective pads or blankets. This will ensure that you have all the materials you need, exactly when you need them.
The Best Packing and Moving Company Will Be Affordable
Quality and affordability can go hand in hand; in fact, they should. You should feel comfortable about your items being moved efficiently and quickly without breaking your budget. Alliance Moving and Storage is dedicated to exceeding your expectations for a smooth, stress-free, budget-friendly move. Alliance genuinely cares about you and your transition. You deserve quality, courteous service and a successful and affordable moving experience. Contact us today for a free quote!Read More
Believe it or not, the end of the school year is closer than you think. If you’re from out-of-town or out-of-state, you’ll need a plan for your belongings once your dorm closes for the summer. Even if you packed lightly when you moved in, it’s likely that you’ve accumulated extra items throughout the year. Affordable moving and storage options for college students could be exactly what you need.
Benefits of Student Moving Services
Did you know that some moving companies have services specifically for college students? This is great news if you already know your stuff won’t fit in your car to bring home, especially if you’ve added any extra furniture to your room since moving in. If you don’t have a car at college, this is even better news for your parents if they were planning to pick you up from a different state. If this is your final year in college, you’ll be moving out of your dorm for good and will likely need help moving into your next space. Rather than having your family and dormmates help carry your belongings out of your dorm and pack them in the car Tetris-style, leave the moving to the professionals.
Affordable Summer Storage
If you aren’t planning to bring your belongings back home, renting a storage unit over the summer could be the perfect solution for you. This is especially helpful for students who live very far away and typically fly to and from school. Storage units offer the perfect amount of space for dorm room items. If you’re only leaving a few larger furniture or storage pieces behind and don’t need an entire storage unit, you can even rent a storage unit with other college friends.
Find the Best Student Moving & Storage Company
Student moving and storage sound like the perfect solution, right? The next step is to find the moving company near you with services for college students. When searching for the best company, look for companies offering free quotes to help you find the most affordable services.
Free Quotes: As a college student, you don’t have time to waste searching for the information that you need, only to discover dishonest prices listed online. A good, honest moving company will provide free quotes to help you know if their services the best for your price range. Free quotes will save you time and effort during your search, and also help you quickly identify services that are within your price range.
Affordable Services: It’s no secret that many college students don’t have extra money to spend on moving or storage services. Steer clear from companies that list exorbitant prices. There are plenty of quality companies that offer the same services at a very reasonable and affordable price, and many even offer special discounts for college students.
Don’t get stuck in a pinch at the end of the semester wondering what to do with your belongings. At Alliance Moving & Storage, we are happy to help college students figure out the best plan when the semester ends. Contact us today to learn more about the affordable student moving and storage options available to you!Read More
When moving day arrives, it’s all hands on deck. It can be a bit crazy at times with boxes and people seeming to go every which way. Even with the most organized plans, it’s inevitable that things are missed. Here are some common items forgotten on moving day.
Batteries are always needed when you don’t have them on hand. Especially when moving into a new home. Make sure to pick up a fresh supply of AA, D and 9-volt to take care of remote controls, clocks, smoke detectors and any toys, if you have children.
Broom, Dust Pan, and Vacuum
Whether you are sweeping or vacuuming on your way out or after hundreds of shoes have stomped throughout your new home as they bring in all the boxes, you’re going to want to walk into the living room barefoot on clean carpets.
Chargers and Electronics
Have you ever left a charger in a hotel room or rental car? It’s just as easy to leave them behind in a move. If you can, charge them the day before your move and put all chargers, cords and non-essential electronics in your purse or vehicle. You’re likely to need your phone, but make sure it’s on your checklist so you don’t leave it behind.
Even the cleanest family can leave behind a mess and before you put your hand on something sticky—and let out an ewww!—make sure you have a rubber tub or box dedicated to cleaning supplies. Those should include multi-purpose cleaning spray, Clorox wipes, dishwasher detergent, dish soap, hand soap, laundry detergent, bleach, toilet bowl cleaner, rags, sponges, bucket, and a couple of drying towels.
Be sure to visit your local post office and fill out a change of address card prior to your last day at your current home. That way, you won’t miss any bills.
When it comes to medications, make sure they are in a logical, easy-to-reach place so you can take them when needed. Also, if you don’t already, set an alarm on your phone at the times you need to take them on moving day. It’s easy to forget out-of-sight tasks when overly busy and stressed.
Another of the essential boxes that are last to leave and first to enter your new home is the one containing paper goods—especially toilet paper. Include paper towels and plastic bags for garbage.
Snacks and Drinks
A quick snack and a cold bottle of water can go a long way when you just need something fast and easy. Personal-sized snacks are a great option because you can grab a bag or package and keep moving. There will be time later on for a burger or pizza, but for now granola bars, peanut butter crackers, and protein bars will be worth their weight in gold. If you might need a hit of caffeine, throw some soda or iced tea into the cooler as well.
When choosing your moving day tool kit, make sure you include a hammer, a variety of different size and types of screwdrivers, measuring tape, a level, pliers, a utility knife, and an electric screwdriver if you have one. It could come in really handy—especially at the end of the day when you’re tired.
One Last Item
Consider putting together a “First Few Days” box with some non-perishable, simple food supplies (peanut butter and jelly, anyone?), a flashlight, cups, and non-breakable or disposable dishes and plastic utensils. Don’t forget a manual can opener and a wine bottle opener, if that is something you’ll need after a long day.
Another tub with a bottle of shampoo, shower gel, a towel, pajamas and a couple changes of clothes for each person can give you just enough time to find and put those boxes of items away.
When you are ready to leave your home for the last time, walk through every room and look into every closet and drawer. Make sure any pets are already with family members and not in danger of being forgotten.
After that, go to your new home and collapse regroup.
Help from the Professionals
If all of this has you exhausted just thinking about it, and you would like an experienced, thorough, and careful company to help you move into your new home, request a quote from Alliance Moving & Storage. We are passionate about helping our customers start the next chapter of their lives. This is the heart of why we do what we do, and why we do residential moving so well.Read More
With the Polar Vortex sweeping through the Midwest, it’s no secret that temperatures in this area can get dangerously cold. Homes were heated, water left running to prevent frozen pipes, faces properly covered to avoid frostbite, and the Midwest proved itself to be victorious against the frigid temperatures. But what about the valuables that you no longer have room for in your home? How are they faring this winter? You can help your valuables survive the winter with temperature-controlled storage.
Benefits of Temperature Controlled Storage
What are the benefits of using a temperature-controlled storage unit? We’re glad you asked. Temperature controlled environments protect valuable items against damage from extreme temperature changes. This is especially important as the weather changes from the extreme cold of winter to the warmer temperatures of summer. This shift can cause many materials to warp, constrict, expand, or crack depending on the composition.
Optimal temperature varies slightly for each material, but there are a few guidelines to follow. Artwork should be stored between 60-75 degrees, electronics should be stored between 50-80 degrees, and wood materials such as furniture or instruments should be stored between 55-85 degrees. When in doubt, think of it this way – you don’t want your valuables to be stored in any temperature condition that you wouldn’t be comfortable sleeping in. With Midwest temperatures frequently dropping way below the freezing point, it’s clear that most items will need temperature-controlled storage to avoid damage.
When to Use Temperature Controlled Storage
How do you know if your belongings need temperature control? If you’re planning to have any of these items stored, you’ll definitely want the extra protection that temperature-controlled storage units provide.
Electronics – Televisions, computers, and other electronic equipment all contain delicate components that are sensitive to temperatures on either end of the spectrum. Plasma TVs, for example, are especially sensitive to extreme temperature shifts.
Furniture – This includes wood, leather, and upholstery. When exposed to extreme temperatures, wood furniture can warp or crack over time. In addition, temperature control is essential for leather furniture, which can be easily discolored or damaged.
Instruments – Whether brass, woodwind, strings, or percussion, all instruments need special protection against extreme temperatures. Cold environments cause brass and wood instruments to contract, making them especially susceptible to damage from colder temperature.
Artwork – Paintings and other fine works of art can be destroyed if not properly stored. Left in unregulated environments, these types of items will expand or shrink as the temperature changes.
Collector’s Items – It no surprise that collector’s items should be treated with special care. Coins, stamps, postcards, and the like will need the extra protection of temperature control if being stored.
This isn’t a comprehensive list, but you get the idea – many items do better in temperature regulated environments. If you’re looking for secure storage this winter, look no further than Alliance Moving & Storage. Our climate-controlled storage units offer the benefits of both temperate control and humidity control, meaning that your belongings will be safe during any season. If you’re ready to take the next step, give us a call at 847-378-4949.Read More
You’ve decided to move to Chicago, a city full of opportunity and promise. Now you just need to figure out how to get your belongings there without breaking the bank. How should you begin your search for an affordable moving company, and what constitutes a good moving company anyway? We’ve identified 5 key qualities to look for in a moving company to help get your search started!
- Positive Reviews: The quickest ways to learn about the quality of a moving company is to read through their customer reviews on Google and other online review sites. If the moving company consistently over promises and
under performs, the reviews will let you know. Is the company often behind schedule? If issues arise, do they appropriately resolve customer complaints? These are things you want to know ahead of time. Taking the time to read through customer reviews will help you choose the best company and save you from unnecessary problems.
- Experience: Competence is one of the most important things to look for in a moving company. Since movers will be handling your possessions and furniture, you want to make sure they have the proper experience and training. There’s nothing more frustrating during a move than discovering smashed boxes, scratched furniture, and broken valuables once you arrive at your new home. Avoid this headache by looking for movers that have years of experience and appropriate training.
- Honest Pricing: Some companies boast affordable pricing, but hidden fees can quickly pile up if you’re not careful. An honest moving company will not only provide you with a free quote, but they will also be willing to walk you through any additional fees that might occur during your move. If the company is unwilling to disclose possible extra fees, it’s time to continue your search elsewhere. Do your research to avoid getting duped by companies that dishonestly advertise affordable prices.
- License and Insurance: It would be a huge mistake to trust a moving company that doesn’t have the proper license and insurance in place. If anything were to go wrong, you’d be left with a big mess that could have been prevented with the right moving company. Every legitimate and licensed moving company must provide customers with Basic Carrier Liability coverage at a price set by law. It can be difficult to understanding moving liability and coverage, but it is so crucial to make sure that any moving company you are considering has this coverage in place.
- Specialized Services: You’ll want to know if the moving company offers more than just basic relocation services like loading, transporting, and unloading. Additional services to look for include disassembly and reassembly, appliance moving, packing and unpacking, secure storage, and moving supplies. Any reputable moving company should have these services in place for
theircustomers. You also want to ensure that the moving company has the capability to move special items like antiques, pianos, pool tables, or any other delicate belongings you might have.
Now that you’re familiar with what to look for in an affordable Chicago moving company, we have some good news for you. Alliance Moving & Storage meets these qualifications and more! If you’re ready to schedule your move to Chicago, contact us or request a free quote.Read More
What makes your home feel like home? What object cannot be left behind in the wake of a move? What if this item is simply too difficult to transport? If your trampoline fits this description, too valuable to leave behind but too daunting to move, you are not alone. A serious challenge presents itself in the transportation of large, heavy items, and attempting to move them on your own can be dangerous. However, you should not be compelled to leave your important property behind. This is why finding a trampoline moving company committed to you is crucial. Listed below are precautions to consider as you plan to move your trampoline and qualifications to help you discover the right moving company:
Why Hire Professional Trampoline Movers?
Although moving a trampoline on your own can appear cost effective at first, the risk involved warrants looking into a company to assist you in the process. Transporting a heavy item on your own is precarious for two primary reasons: risk to yourself and risk to the item. Most importantly, moving a trampoline on your own, without the proper equipment or experience, can be physically harmful. Secondly, inexperienced moving risks damage to your trampoline. Therefore, finding the right moving company to assist you is a worthwhile and valuable process to protect you from injury and to ensure the safety of your trampoline.
What Should You Expect from the Right Mover?
1. The Know-How
While this may seem obvious, it is important to ensure that your desired company is able to move your trampoline with the ease and expertise that come with years of experience. How can you judge a company’s expertise and success rate? One simple and effective way is to take note of customer feedback, through both testimonials and professional reviews.
2. The Right Equipment and Protection for Your Trampoline
What size is your trampoline? How much does it weigh? What brand is it? All these factors influence the moving process, so the right company will carefully account for the dimensions of your trampoline and adjust accordingly. With this accounted for, the proper packaging and preparation can be implemented to ensure maximum safety during transportation. This may include the use of special equipment by a ready team of professionals.
3. Quality and Affordability
Affordability should not compromise quality, regardless of the intensity of your move. You should not feel pressured to settle for or expect mediocre work simply because you are on a tight budget. The right trampoline mover will meet your needs with excellent quality and budget-friendly affordability.
Alliance Moving and Storage is committed to providing you with a stress-free and successful moving experience. We will meet and exceed your expectations, exemplifying quality and affordability as the best Chicago trampoline movers. This is why we provide every resource you need to successfully transform your new location into a home, led by a full, professional team committed to you and determined to make your trampoline transportation safe and seamless.Read More