February 28

Common Items Forgotten on Moving Day

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 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 […]

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February 26

Unpacking Tips for Colder Weather

Would you rather move in the heat of the summer sun or in the bitter cold of a Chicago winter? Neither are ideal, but sometimes there is no choice but to brave the elements during a move. If you’re currently planning a relocation, it’s likely that your move could be wracked with cold weather. Moving during winter months provides its own set of challenges, so you’ll want to make sure that you’re properly prepared. Here is a list of unpacking tips for colder weather to help you conquer your winter move.  Watch the Weather: If you’re moving during winter months, you’ll need to keep a close eye on the weather. Chicagoland weather can quickly reach extremes, so you’ll want to be aware of any snow, ice, or other inclement weather that could get in the way of your move and make unpacking a nightmare. This may require some flexibility if your moving date needs to be adjusted accordingly.  Set Up Utilities: It’s easy to accidentally overlook a […]

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February 19

Survive the Winter with Temperature Controlled Storage

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 […]

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February 12

Searching for an Affordable Chicago Moving Company?

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 […]

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June 28

10 Moving and Downsizing Tips for Senior Citizens

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 […]

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June 21

How to Become a Garage Sale Expert

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 […]

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June 20

Things To Consider When You Are Moving With A Pet

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.

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June 20

4 Items That Are Harder to Move Than You Think

Yes, it’s possible to pack up and move your belongings on your own but there are some items that require extra attention.

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June 20

Finding A Reputable Moving Company For Your Relocation

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 […]

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June 19

Tips for Settling Into Your New Community

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. […]

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