Chicago mover offers expert advice
There seems to be plenty of transition that comes from living in the Chicago area. According to recent census data, more residents of the Chicago area are moving out of the city or into the city — apparently in direct correlation to their stages of life.
"While many younger folks are moving into the city for the ‘city life’ and ‘atmosphere,’ those over the age of 30, or those with children tend to be moving out of the city into the suburbs,” says Jim Hanson, vice president of Burrows Moving Co. in Chicago.
If you’re among those who are planning to move in the near future, leave it up to the pros to ensure your transition is safe, easy and cost-effective. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Decide on a budget. Figure out how much you are prepared to spend and try to stay within that budget. However, keep in mind there are usually additional unexpected costs. Factor that into your budget so you aren’t caught off guard.
- Keep all receipts. Your moving expenses may be tax deductible.
- Compare fees and services. Keeping your budget in mind, request at least three quotes from various moving companies. Find out what is included in the quote. Many companies charge extra for bulky items, equipment, supplies and certain types of insurance coverage.
- Time your move. If it all possible, plan your move during the off-season. Summer tends to be the busiest time for movers. Moving during weekdays could also result in savings because many companies charge more during the weekend.
- Pack strategically. If you are packing your own items, label boxes detailing where the items belong, such as the “kitchen” or “bathroom.” It’s also important to place special labels on fragile items. Make sure everything is packed and ready to move. "Pack pictures, kitchen stuff, books, lamps … because movers are not allowed to move unpacked goods and they don't cover the loss of value for antique items," Hanson says.