November 7

Hold the door for our most recent project! It’s not every day we get called to carry the Iron Throne. However, this goes to show that Alliance Moving & Storage is prepared to help you transport any item, from your office items to your throne. Check out the featured Cubs video of #ForTheThrone.

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November 7

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June 28

Moving senior citizens, retirees and the elderly is one of our specialty services. Baby-boomers are faced with downsizing themselves, while simultaneously transitioning their parents to one of the many types of senior housing.

1. Start with a floor plan of your new space
A floor plan may be the single most important thing you can have. It will tell you how much furniture you can fit and help you decide where everything will go before you step foot into your new home.

2. Reduce the amount of belongings you have to move
Downsizing can be physically exhausting and emotionally draining. Take some time to sort through your belongings and give special items to friends and family. You can also have a yard sale or donate some items to charity. For certain items you’re not ready to part with but cannot bring to your new place, consider using a storage facility.

3. Begin in areas of the house no longer in use
This strategy will be least disruptive to normal life and will help develop some momentum to carry you through other areas of the home.

4. Have a sorting system
Use colored stickers to identify which items you want to donate, which you want to give to family and which ones you need to keep. Make a list of potential recipients and match up the items, instead of coming up with different recipients as you sort through items one by one.

5. Start with large items and work toward smaller ones
Sorting through large furniture first will create a sense of progress for senior citizens. This will make it easier to sort smaller items later on, as it will be clear what storage will be available in the new home.

6. Block off a certain amount of time for working each day and stick to it
Start and stop your preparations at a certain time. Don’t get sidetracked and you’ll be surprised by how much you can accomplish.

7. Focus on one area of the house at a time
Dealing with an entire house can be overwhelming. Break it up into smaller chunks by focusing on one part of a room at a time, then move on to the next.

8. Packing – let the movers take care of it
A professional moving company like, Alliance Moving and Storage to help prepare your dishes, linens and furniture. Hiring such a team will make packing go by faster and your items will be safer as they are moved.

9. Create a move-day suitcase with essentials for the first 24 hours in your new home
Set aside a few outfits, a set of dishes, towels and sheets for your first few days. Include a first aid kit and a flashlight or night light as well. This way, you’ll have what you need at your finger tips instead of having to dive into many different boxes to find what you need.

10. Be patient – with yourself and others
Moving is hard, especially for senior citizens leaving a home they’ve spent decades in with their family.  Remember, it’s okay to be sad about parting with things. However, the goal is not to get rid of everything, but rather to simplify your life. Set aside downtime and reward yourself at various stages in the process.

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June 21

When it comes to spring cleaning, or any cleaning, garage sales are the way to go! You may not sell everything, but it is worth a shot. If you follow these tips below, you can become a garage sales expert!!!

1. Do Buy or Borrow Folding Tables (or Make Some from Sawhorses and Plywood). If you borrow your breakfast table from the kitchen, that’s the one thing every shopper will want to buy –even if it’s clearly marked “not for sale.” They’ll ask about folding tables too, but not as often

2.Location, location, location: If you don’t live on a well-traveled street, or live in a spot with no parking, maybe it’s time to make a deal with a friend or family member in a better spot.

3. Do Group Like Items Together. When you group like items together, the goods look more abundant and makes for a better display. Also, shoppers looking for something specific can find it faster — and they’re more likely to buy multiple pieces.

4. Do Clean the Goods Before Putting Displaying Them. Dusty furniture, sticky glassware, and stinky, stained clothing scream of neglect. Clean, well-tended pieces appear more valuable. Spritz old coats, draperies and curtains, and upholstered furniture with something to get rid of the musty smell if they’ve been in storage. Make antique wood furniture shine with a fresh coax of wax.

5. Don’t Go Overboard Cleaning and Prepping the Merchandise. It’s one thing to polish the copper and wash the dirty clothes, but don’t iron the outgrown onesies or refinish the furniture. You won’t make enough money to recoup the time you invested.

6. Do Display Small Valuable Items Close to the Checkout Area. Keep valuable objects close to the house or at the checkout table so you can keep an eye on them, especially if they’re small or fragile. If you don’t, jewelry and real silver may walk away when you’re not looking. And, delicate ephemera (vintage paper items) may be damaged by shoppers that don’t appreciate its value.

7. Do Place Breakables Out of Children’s Reach. Some shoppers let their children run wild — and those who do will probably refuse to pay for your now-broken collection of carnival glass.

8. Do Display Big Showy Pieces Closest to the Street. Place desirable sale merchandise at the street end of your yard or driveway, especially seasonal items and large pieces (such as furniture). Even if you’re setting up most of the merchandise in the garage, it’s makes the sale look bigger and better — and it gives drive-by browsers a reason to stop.

9. Do Display Adult and Big Kids’ Clothing on Hangers. Hang the clothing on racks and arrange it by size. It looks better, it’s easier to look through, and it’s less likely to end up on the ground.

10. Don’t Place Tables and Clothing Racks Too Close. Don’t place tables and clothing racks so close together that shoppers can’t comfortably get through. Not every shopper is a size two. If space is an issue, you don’t have to cram everything into the garage. Spread out across the driveway and yard. It makes your sale look bigger anyway.

11. Do Display Baby and Small Children’s Clothing on Tables. Fold and stack baby and young kids’ clothing on tables — and arrange it by size and type. It takes up less space than hanging them, and little pieces are easy to straighten and refold.

12. Do Have an Outlet or Extension Cord Handy Customers expect to check electrical items.If you don’t have an outside outlet, run a heavy-duty extension cord from your house or garage. Keep a light bulb on hand for testing lamps too.

13. Don’t Sell Merchandise That’s Damaged Beyond Repair or Recalled. Don’t sell dangerous or destroyed merchandise. The money you’ll make isn’t worth it.

14. Do Remove All Non-Sale Items from The Area. Remove all portable objects from your garage, porch, or yard before the sale. If you don’t, every other shopper will ask for a price on your potted plants and garden hose. If you can’t move it, mark with a sign that says “Not for Sale.” Some will still ask, but not as many.

15. Do Straighten and Rearrange the Tables During Downtime. Yard sales get hectic and shoppers make a mess of the merchandise. When you have a moment, do some straightening before the next wave of shoppers arrive.

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June 20

Check Local Ordinances and Bylaws of Your New Community:

Moving with a pet can be difficult if you don’t do your research. There are a lot of restrictions placed on pets in many communities. For instance, if you are moving to a neighborhood where all pets had to weigh 30 pounds or less or maybe they only allow cats.  You can save yourself a lot of stress if do your moving homework.

Schedule a Veterinarian Visit Before Moving:

Before you move, take your pet to the veterinarian to get all necessary vaccinations, medications and a copy of all their medical records. Once you have settled into your new home, have a list of veterinarians that you can contact to schedule a visit. Just like for humans, check out the vet by talking to neighbors or going there before bringing your pet(s).

Keep Contact Information Current:

A lot of pets have a microchip ID so it’s important to keep this contact information up-to-date. You can update your pet’s contact information at Found Animals. Thank goodness for technology! We can locate our pets much faster, though not everyone is familiar with the microchip process. We also suggest making sure your pet’s collar and crate has up-to-date contact information.

 You Should Make Plans for Your Pet to Stay with a Friend or at a Kennel:

All the extra noises and movement in your home can create a stressful environment for your pet. We suggest taking your friend up on that offer to help and let them take care of your pet on moving day. This way your pet gets their food, medicine, walks and, most importantly, is happy. You will thank yourself for doing this!

Check Airline Rules for Pets And Make Sure Lodging Allows for them:

Airplane or car? There are a lot of things to consider when traveling with a pet. Once you have booked your flight, go to the airline website to make sure your pet complies with airline policies. A helpful hint is to have someone you trust meet your pet in baggage claim. If you are traveling by car, you might want to do research on hotels that are pet-friendly before embarking on your journey. There are many websites out there that provide information on great pet-friendly hotels. Be sure and check the hotel policies.

Treat Your Pet:

The new environment for your pet may be overwhelming. Be sure to give your pet lots extra love and attention. Find a local dog park and let you pet run around freely.

Create a New Home with Your Pet in Mind:

Do not forget about your pet when searching for that new home. Before your pet gets to your new dwelling, make sure to have all their things in place, such as food, toys and bedding. The more familiar and comfortable the setting the faster your pet will adjust to their new home.

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June 20

Yes, it’s possible to pack up and move your belongings on your own but there are some items that require extra attention. To take the guesswork out of knowing which items you can tackle yourself and which require more experts.

Here is a list of the four most difficult things to move.


People don’t realize that moving houseplants is tricky. You are essentially moving a large container of dirt and it can get messy. Throw in extreme temperatures and a long drive and you could be looking at plant fatalities.

The safest way to move your plants is to transfer them to a plastic pot if they’re in heavy ceramic ones. Do this a few weeks before you plan on moving and give them time to settle. After they’ve settled into their new pots, transport them inside of your own vehicle rather than a moving truck. This way, you can control the temperature they’re experiencing and guarantee they’re not shifting in a way that could cause damage during the move.


Pianos are heavy and challenging to move. They are large and hulking, yet have small, intricate parts inside that can be easily damaged. They really are a true moving nightmare which is why most people tend to leave them behind during a move. If, you don’t wish to leave your piano behind, hiring a professional piano moving service is the simplest and safest way to get your piano moved. If you try to take on the task yourself, you can cause serious damage not only to your piano, but to your doorways or hallways. You can also seriously injure yourself or any others assisting you, so it’s in your best interest to leave it to the pros.

Fish Tanks

It’s incredibly difficult to move fish tanks. They’re large and heavy, and a lot of the time the fish don’t survive the move due to the hectic sloshing and fluctuating conditions. Just like houseplants, it can be hard to move without your fish, so following a certain procedures will increase their chances of survival during your move.

Empty out the fish tank most of the way, but still leave some water in the bottom to ensure the existing bacteria colony remains when you refill it. Move your fish into small containers or bags using your tank water and transport them that way. Do your best to stabilize them during transport so they aren’t sloshing around in their containers, which can cause stress or physical injury.

Once you’ve arrived at your new home you can start setting up the tank as soon as possible. Float the bags (or containers) in the new tank to allow your fish to adjust to the new temperature before transferring them into the tank. You will need to keep a close eye on them for a few days to ensure the transition is going smoothly.


Artwork is another difficult item to move. Often times the work is either expensive or has sentimental value, so avoiding any damage to the piece is important. If your artwork is in a frame, wrap it in paper or bubble wrap and secure it. Once it’s wrapped, tape cardboard pieces to the over-wrapping all around the frame for extra protection. Place it in a box and cushion it with packing peanuts or a similar material to keep it from moving around. Multiple frames can be secured together inside the box after they’ve been wrapped and covered to consolidate space.

If your artwork isn’t in a frame, wrap it heavily in bubble wrap and place it in an appropriately sized box with a reinforced bottom. Fill the box with packing peanuts and secure the top with tape. Be sure to label your artwork boxes appropriately and note that they’re fragile to indicate to movers or helpers to take extra care when handling them.

While some items may be difficult to move if you do your research you can make sure you have the appropriate tools. If you’d rather not take on the tasks yourself it’s best to hire a professional team to do it. It’s always reassuring to know that you can hire experts to move challenging items with sentimental value and you will have the confidence that they will arrive safely.

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June 20

Alliance Moving & Storage wants you to know that finding the right moving company for your commercial or residential move is essential and it will determine the success of your relocation. A do-it-yourself move is always one option but getting help from a reputable moving company means that you’ll get someone with experience making sure that your move is completed efficiently. If you want confidence in your choice of movers, you’ll need to know exactly what to look for. Here are some helpful tips to help you choose a reputable mover.

1) Research Moving Companies Online

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of moving companies to choose from on the internet. Different movers should be thoroughly researched, but it doesn’t have to take forever to get this done. Use Google search to find multiple movers in your area. Study the movers’ websites to see what types of moving services they offer and in what areas. This will quickly narrow down your options as some movers might not offer the type of moving and storage services you need.

2) Read Moving Company Reviews

You need to be sure to look at review sites. For each potential mover, look at a few review sites before making a final decision. Make sure to look at more than one review for each company you consider and try to find ones that mention the exact services you will need such as local or long distance. Try to find user reviews from people who have used them recently, as these reviews will better reflect the moving company’s recent work.

3) Get an In-Home Estimate

Ask for a detailed, in-home estimate from your movers. The quote should be based on the inventory the movers took during the walk through of your home. Make sure the movers check all areas of your home where there are items that will be moved! An in-home moving estimate, as opposed to an online estimate, will closely reflect the total costs of your move. In-home estimates are often more accurate than quotes that are completed online, but many moving companies offer an online form to fill out on their website, or you can send them photos or videos of everything to be moved, so you can receive a moving quote.

If you are unsure about something on your moving estimate, now’s the time to ask. Don’t wait until your move is complete and the costs are not refundable. Your mover should be able to explain any moving terminology on the quote that you don’t understand so you can have a good idea of what each item covers for your move. Estimates should be free. Most moves can be fully paid for once you’ve finished moving.

4) Ask If There Will Be Any Extra Fees

Tell you mover everything about your move beforehand so they can completely fill you in on the details of your moving costs. Ask if there will be any extra fees for your move based on what you’ve told them. Some moving companies may not tell you about any extra fees that will be applied to your move if you don’t ask. You can expect extra fees for transporting items up a flight of stairs, an elevator, or down the street if the movers must park far away. You can also be charged extra if the movers transfer heavy items such as large furniture and if you choose to use the company’s packing supplies.

5) Review Your Moving Paperwork

Lastly, carefully read through all contracts and documentation from your movers. Don’t sign anything before you read it! You wouldn’t want to be stuck in a moving contract you can’t get out of. It’s important to inspect every detail of any paperwork you sign. Never sign a blank contract, and make sure you clearly understand the conditions of what you’re agreeing to. Get all details of your moving plan and costs in writing so you know exactly what to expect from the moving company on your moving day. Remember, move at your own speed, and don’t submit to any pressure to move faster or do anything else that you do not feel comfortable doing.

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June 19

Even though you’ve taken care of the major details like figuring out how to find a good school district and selecting your new house, it can take a while for you to truly feel at home in your new city zip code. Achieving a level of comfort in your brand new surroundings may seem daunting, but there are practical moving tips that you can put into play that can lessen the fear and anxiety you feel and make you even more excited about this new adventure.

Consider Your Interests:

Put yourself in environments where it’s easier to be social. Think about the things you’re interested in to help you make this transition. For instance, if you’re an avid baker, consider taking a baking class at the local culinary school. If you love to dance, find out if there’s a salsa club in your area. When you arrive, you’ll be surrounded by people with similar interests. This will make you feel less awkward about starting a conversation.


When you’re moving to a new city, one of the best things you can do is find ways to make your community better. After you’ve gotten all your belongings from the movers and you’ve made your home space a little more comfortable, contact community centers to see how you can volunteer. You may want to help out at the local soup kitchen during the holidays or read to children at the nearby library. This is another great way to meet people while doing something that will better the lives of others around you.

Get Community Support:

Find out if there are groups for play dates, so that both you and your kids can start making new friends. If you have a particular hobby, check to see if your new city has a meetup group for people who enjoy it as much as you do. If you have a health condition and want to get additional support in your new hometown, do a little research to see if a group is available. These groups can help to relieve the stress of being the new kid in town, and you may be inspired during meetings as well.

Explore the Area:

Do a little research before moving so that you’ll know which attractions your city has to offer. When you get there, start exploring. Visit a local museum to learn more about the history of the area. Cheer on your new home team at a professional or amateur game. Find the nearest hiking trails and have an outdoor adventure. As you’re discovering everything that the area has to offer, you’re bound to meet people that you and your family have a lot in common with, and you’ll start to feel more at home.

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June 18

Alliance Moving and Storage not only helps households move into their new homes with our superb residential moving services, our relocation specialists also work with commercial business owners on moving their companies into new spaces.

Don’t let your next office move, impact your bottom line. Businesses will experience a fast and efficient move, while ensuring secure and careful handling of files, furniture and fixtures. Alliance Moving & Storage is mindful of your business’ policies and time restrictions to ensure business operations can resume as quickly as possible.

Office Moving:
Alliance specializes in being able to completely deconstruct an office setting and then rebuild it at your new address so that you lose the least amount of business time possible. We have trained professionals to take apart cubicle partitions, desks, and other office furnishings and make sure they are carefully packed and moved to the truck the right way ensuring all of your company’s furniture’s safety. They are then loaded onto our impeccably clean trucks to minimize the damage or dirt that a traditional move can add to your office furniture. Alliance prides themselves on the state of our moving trucks and the fact that all of our workers are trained professionals.

  • Any commercial office move of any type.
  • Disassembly and reassembly of most furniture and equipment.
  • Cubicle partition disassembly/reassembly.
  • Electronics moving included.
  • Professional movers trained in packing and moving your high priced furniture.
  • The cleanest moving trucks available.
  • We can handle large commercial moves nationwide.

We also take special care to properly package all of your electronics because we understand these are often the most expensive items in the office. We make sure they are safe and secure so that when we get to the new space they can be reconnected and up and running in as little time as possible.

Warehouse Moving:
Alliance will help your company with every aspect of the warehouse move including but not limited to:

  • Evaluate all shelving and storage needs before and after the move.
  • Compare the cost of moving the industrial shelving and racks as opposed to buying new ones and installing them at the new plant or factory.
  • Assess the need for temporary storage for while the move is going on.
  • Access to top of the line heavy machinery and craning equipment needed to move expensive industrial property.
  • A professional moving team certified, insured, and full of individuals who passed our screening and background tests.
  • A crew chief coordinating everything making your life easier.
  • We can handle large commercial moves nationwide.

Industrial Moves:
Alliance will help your company with every aspect of the commercial move including but not limited to:
Evaluate all shelving and storage needs before and after the move.
Compare the cost of moving the industrial shelving and racks as opposed to buying new ones and installing them at the new plant or factory.

  • Assess the need for temporary storage for while the move is going on.
  • Access to top of the line heavy machinery and craning equipment needed to move expensive industrial property
  • A professional moving team certified, insured, and full of individuals who passed our screening and background tests.
  • A crew chief coordinating everything making your life easier.
  • We can handle large commercial moves nationwide.

Retail Store Moves:
Alliance will help your company with every aspect of the retail store move including but not limited to:

  • Evaluate all shelving and storage needs before and after the move.
  • Compare the cost of moving the industrial shelving and racks as opposed to buying new ones and installing them at the new plant or factory.
  • Assess the need for temporary storage for while the move is going on.
  • Access to top of the line heavy machinery and craning equipment needed to move expensive industrial property.
  • A professional moving team certified, insured, and full of individuals who passed our screening and background tests.
  • A crew chief coordinating everything making your life easier.
  • We can handle large commercial moves nationwide.

Call Alliance Moving & Storage to schedule a FREE onsite estimate today! (847) 378-4949.

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June 18

There is no doubt that summer is the busiest moving season. But why is it a good time to move? Are there other better times? Are there times in the year when you should not move?

So, why is summer a good time to move?

The Weather

Winter just makes everything harder, when it comes to moving. If you have moved during the winter time, you’ll understand the challenges that come with moving in the cold. Icy walkways, slipping and sliding on the roads, dealing with snow banks when trying to pull up close to the curb, etc. And of course, the freezing hands and feet while lugging item after item to and fro. Moving when the weather is warm and dry is certainly a lot easier and more enjoyable. Good weather also ensures that your stuff won’t get wet, moldy or freeze – that helps when moving antiques or other items that are more sensitive to the weather.

Great Time for Garage Sales

Besides moving season, summer is also garage sale season. It is just a North American thing – people love to go to garage sales in the summer, so it’s the perfect time to host a yard sale. Why not make some money while getting ride of unwanted items? It will surely help with the expensive of moving.

Good Time to Sell Your Home

Summer (and into fall) is also when houses start to sell. Selling and moving are two sides to the same coin. You sell, so you move. Or you decide to move, and so it’s time to sell. However it turns out, the stats are there to prove that houses (and people) move the most during summer.

Kids and School

It’s all about timing. The school year starts in the fall, so if there is moving to be done, you should try to move before the new school year starts. Don’t forget you need to budget time to research good schools ahead of time, so summer is when you want to move to your new location. Also, it is less disruptive to move in the summer when the kids are out of school. Moving in the middle of term is unsettling.

Moving for Work

People find seasonal work in the summer, and some of them may be forced to relocate, if only temporarily. While hiring tends to not happen in the summer as much as other times of the year, people still choose to move during the summer for an upcoming fall move.

Students Moving to College

Summer is also the time when college-age kids move out of home to go to college, perhaps in another state. Even high-school graduates who decide not to go to college, or to take a year off, are also moving out of home in the summer.

With all the reasons for moving in the summer, it is not surprising to find the volume of moving that takes place during this peak season. So don’t forget that if you do have to move during this busy season, to allow for the fact that movers and trucks will be in demand.

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