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Movers in Illinois

 

As you start looking for moving companies in Illinois, you’ll no doubt notice the overwhelming amount to choose from. Scrolling through top 10 lists will get old quick, not to mention confusing as you read over and over again how each and every company is the best.

 

If you’d like to verify every certification and read every user review, the team at iMoving can’t blame you. But most people just don’t have that kind of time.

 

That’s precisely why iMoving has done the work for you. Using our platform, you can search and book a trusted Illinois moving company that has already been screened by us and have:

  • A Certificate of Insurance (COI),
  • 2 years minimum experience in the moving business,
  • Department of Transportation or Illinois authentication,
  • Passed our interview process,
  • High levels of accountability and are removed from our network if iMoving’s community standards are violated.

 

After entering the details of your upcoming move, you can instantly choose from our selection of handpicked, fully insured and licensed Illinois movers. At iMoving, you can expect transparency, honest pricing, reliability, professionalism and respect every time.

 

Moving Services in Illinois

 

Knowing the kind of services you need before you move can go a long way in helping you find an Illinois moving company more efficiently.

 

The amount of time you are able to dedicate to the preparation of your move will also affect the services you need. The more time you put in, the less help you may need from a professional service.

 

Most companies you come across will provide similar basic services that help you prepare and organize your belongings for the trip ahead. For more in-depth needs, you’ll want to look at companies that specialize or are full-service.

 

  • Storage: Moving companies offer the option of storing your things with them for both short and long amounts of time. Perfect for those moving from larger to smaller places or who need quick, temporary storage due to an unexpected housing situation, there’s no need to panic about what to do with your things.

 

  • Packing Services: Properly securing a whole house or apartment is time consuming and can be overwhelming. Use this service to take some of the pressure off yourself. Illinois moving companies, including those in iMoving’s network, are trained to pack your things to reduce damage. They also disassemble, reassemble and do partial packing.

 

  • Boxes & Supplies: Moving companies supply their customers with any and all supplies they need for the move. From the necessities like boxes and tape, to less thought about, yet useful, supplies like labels, they carry everything you need to get your things organized. For oddly shaped or heavy duty items, they may have crates.

 

  • Business Services: Changing office buildings or retail space? This service is what you’re looking for. An Illinois moving company will move your furniture, equipment and employees if you need them to. You can even find places with climate controlled storage for equipment that is temperature sensitive. Make sure to find a trusted mover for your company’s data!

 

  • Long-Distance Moving: Interstate and cross-country moves are a bit complex and take more time to make sure everything goes according to plan than a shorter move. These professional Illinois movers are trained to pack your things to survive the bumps and bruises that can happen on the long road to their final destination.

 

  • Local Moving: Moving a short distance to a new neighborhood is still stressful. A local moving company can help you make this a more positive experience, getting your entire move done usually within a day or less. They can do the packing, transportation and unpacking and you’ll end your day much happier.

 

Important Things to Keep in Mind before Hiring an Illinois Moving Company

 

No matter where you’re moving in Illinois, you’ll find its Midwestern charm hard to resist. Before getting too caught up in the Prairie State’s scenic beauty and rich history, you still have to make it there first. It’s important to think about a few things before handing over your prized possessions to a moving company for relocation.

 

Is This an Honest Moving Company?

 

There is just no shortage of moving companies in Illinois that are going to tell you they are the best and that every fee you’re paying is absolutely worth it. To this, iMoving says do your research. No one likes to feel as if they are being lied to or taken advantage of, which is why we keep you in control of your move and only work with the best Illinois movers to bring you the fairest price possible.

 

It’s important to compare quotes from 3-5 companies. After that, make sure you know the answers to these questions:

  • Are there any additional moving supplies you must pay for?
  • Do potential charges exist that you are not already aware of?
  • Do you have a list of referrals I can speak with
  • Does the company have a ton of complaints lodged against them?
  • Will there be any additional transfers of your belongings?

 

Do not dismiss any red flags or bad feelings you get from a company. Trust yourself, find a new company and move on. And, if the mover is part of our iMoving network, please tell us!

 

Check if the Mover Offers Sufficient Insurance

 

Opening your boxes and finding your favorite crystal goblets have shattered or a vintage piece of furniture has been damaged is not a good feeling. Having insurance that doesn’t cover the loss of irreplaceable items is worse.

 

Before agreeing to hire anyone, make sure you clearly understand the insurance policies of the company you intend to move with. It’s common for Illinois movers to provide bare bones insurance but offer premium replacement coverage. If you have expensive, or high-sentiment items, getting extra coverage may be a good idea.

 

Time of Year

 

Consider moving to Illinois in any time but the winter. The sub-zero temperatures are enough to bypass this time of year, but add the blizzards which are commonplace in Illinois and you have a recipe for disaster.

 

Another thing to know about an Illinois winter is that it comes with heavy construction! The roads gets so worn down from salt that pot holes form and must be covered up annually.

 

You have three other seasons to choose from. You’ve been warned.

 

Toll Roads

 

If you’re going to be driving, start collecting quarters, actually all spare change, right now and put them in your car. Illinois has over 250 miles of toll roads, especially in Northern Illinois, so get ready to have to pay your toll to access some of the areas upstate.

 

To make your life a bit easier, you may want to purchase an I-Pass. Attached to your bank account, it can be placed in your car’s front window for automatic payment of tolls, instead of having to worry about always keeping change around (because honestly, who still carries change). It’s faster, easier and saves you from counting out coins and holding up traffic.

 

Be sure to ask your moving company how that affects the move, and what is expected of you.

 

Searching for Illinois Moving Companies: Common Questions

 

Moving to Illinois doesn’t have to be frustrating or scary if you ask the right questions. Some of the most common concerns and questions we’ve heard over time should be able to help you during this upcoming transition.

The more you know, the better prepared you are to handle the unexpected with finesses.

 

1. What are some important questions I should ask my moving company that I may not think of?

 

During the chaos of scheduling and coordinating moves, a lot can go unsaid. These questions are often overlooked, hopefully they will get your wheels spinning about other questions to ask the moving company.

 

  • Are there any restrictions on how and what is packed?
  • Will the same company that picked up your items be delivering them?
  • How can you get in touch with the driver and move coordinator during the move?
  • What is their cancellation policy?

 

2. Is an on-site estimate really necessary?

 

It may seem inconvenient to have someone come in your home and survey your belongings, but we assure you they are doing it for your benefit.

 

If a company refuses to do an on-site estimate and only offers phone estimates, that is a problem.

 

An on-site estimate is a more accurate representation of the labor needed to complete the job. Things such as parking, steep stair cases and narrow doorways can be discussed beforehand, making for a better job done by the company. You’ll also be able to ask questions about what should be disassembled and if doing it yourself can save you money.

 

So while it’s not absolutely necessary, it definitely keeps you from being blindsided by extra fees.

 

3. What kind of insurance should I get?

 

Full value protection is the more comprehensive plan that protects your items. The moving company is liable for replacing the value of any of your belongings that have been lost or damaged. The price of this insurance varies by company.

 

Release value protection doesn’t cost anything extra but only offers minimal protection. Illinois movers are not liable for more than $0.60 per pound.

 

Don’t forget you can purchase third party insurance if those options are not good enough for you but remember to check your homeowners insurance if you have one. You may already be covered!

 

4. What’s the best way to find a reliable mover?

 

Is this a setup for a shameless plug or what? While iMoving knows we can make your moving experience a breeze with our trusted network, if you are going at it alone there are a few ways you can build a list of good moving companies in Illinois.

 

Ask for recommendations: ask your friends and family for the companies they’ve used in the past. Even though all the online reviews exist in the word, getting a recommendation from a trusted friend is still one of the best ways to get a trustworthy mover.

 

Online Forums: look for people who have completed the same move that you are about to complete. They may even have information than just about companies to choose; they’ll be able to offer advice on the best time of year to move or just a great local spot to visit once you’ve settled in.

 

Best Ways to Save Money on your Next Move

 

Moving is expensive but necessary because when it’s time to go, it’s time to go.

 

To keep your pockets from being completely empty when you arrive to your new destination, these handy tips will help you reduce the costs of moving.

 

Relocation Stipend

 

We can think of nothing better than getting someone else to pay for your move altogether. Often, if you are moving for a new job, you can put everything on the company’s dime.

 

If you have gotten lucky enough to have a job that does this for you, it’s the ultimate win. Just make sure you do your research and get a good company that will get all your things to Illinois in one piece.

 

Donate

 

We are all guilty of having things we don’t remember buying, haven’t used in years or forgot even existed. In the corners of your closets, basements, attics and other places are unused items that the less fortunate need or someone else will actually use.

 

This is the opportunity to clear out some unneeded items, do good for others and save some money. If you make sure to get a receipt for everything you’ve donated, you can claim it on your taxes and get some extra money back in that refund.

 

DIY Packing Materials

 

Blankets, sheets and sweaters make great cushioning. There’s no need to do everything the professionally trained, expert way - especially if you simply cannot afford it.

 

You can also use newspaper and magazines for glassware and plates instead of bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Keep that ink from ruining your things though!

 

Don’t forget to stuff your socks or other clothes into any open spots you see in those boxes. You want to make sure nothing moves.

 

Weight = Money

 

You are going to get charged by the pound. Now that you know this, are you really going to use that exercise machine? It’s already covered in dust. Maybe it’s time to part ways?

 

Taking everything with you just because it’s yours is going to cost you. For larger items, take the time to really think about the space it takes up in your everyday life and if it is something worth bringing along to your new place.

 

You’ll be surprised at how quickly sentiment fades when your hard-earned money is on the line.

 

Bundle Services

 

It’s great if you can find one company that can do it all. If you need storage but also packing services and a truck, going to 3 different places will cost you more money that finding one place that offers all three.

 

They may even offer discounts with each service added on. If your negotiating skills are up to par, you may be able to get them to go lower. It never hurts to ask or try!

 

That’s What Friends Are For

 

You may have no choice but to use movers for some items, but if you’re moving locally, ask a few friends with cars to help out with the lighter things.

 

Try limiting them to just one trip per friend and then buy them pizza at your new place.

 

Last Thoughts

 

With so many Illinois moving companies to choose from, don’t bother wading through tons of information and quotes.

If you don’t have as much time as you’d like to get everything done, or planning a move just isn’t your thing, try iMoving.

 

The professional movers we partner with are experienced and reliable, we offer full transparency and you are connected with someone during your big move the entire time.

 

We have done the work and know the best companies that will handle your things with care.

No stress, just excitement at the journey ahead.

 

Benefits to Packing with Plastic Storage Bins

Getting ready for a move can be really exciting, and there are a lot of ways in which you can sort out exactly what it is that you want to try and accomplish. Packing can be a lot of work, though. Finding quality movers who offer packing services using our iMoving tools certainly helps, but you will still need to sort out what it is that you’re going to pack those items into.

 

For many people, plastic bins have become a really big deal when it comes to packing things away at home. But, have you ever really thought about using them as an option for packing for your move? Here are some of the big benefits that you’ll find when packing with plastic storage bins.

 

Plastic Bins are Reusable

 

While you can definitely go ahead and reuse a cardboard box, it’s not likely that it’s going to last as long as a plastic bin will. Plastic bins can be used for all sorts of things, and they can be used by multiple people for multiple reasons as well. That reusability means that you’re going to get a lot more “bang for your buck” and that you’re going to have them around for a long time.

 

So, if you’re planning on storing some of the items away in a storage unit, or you plan on moving again soon, or you have someone to pass the bins onto, they’re not a bad investment. You can even use them before your move, while you’re selling items at a yard sale or taking them to the thrift store! In any event, they make it very simple to get things done and to transport items to where they need to go.

 

Plastic Bins Are Waterproof

 

Sometimes, the weather just does not cooperate when we’re trying to move. Because of that, you may be a little apprehensive about whether or not you’re going to want to go ahead and use cardboard boxes as your main item for packing and loading onto the truck. Plastic bins, on the other hand, are going to resist any sort of water that may come in or cause issues for you while you’re trying to get everything into the truck.

 

Plus, if you have to store them away for any period of time or they need to sit on the porch or in the yard while you’re arranging stuff, you don’t need to feel too worried if it rains or if something else were to happen while you were trying to get things done. Water stays out, your items stay safe, and you can have peace of mind.

 

Plastic Bins Come in Every Shape and Size

 

While cardboard boxes can do this as well, you have a lot more agency when it comes to the size of your plastic bins. You can choose the dimensions of each bin and ensure that you have the right ones for your job. You can even find them in unique shapes (though most are boxes) so that you can fit specialty items exactly where you need them to go without any problems.

 

This also allows for more efficient storage when you’re not using the boxes, as well. You can nest different sizes together and take up a lot less space than if you had gotten boxes of the same exact size. While they always take up more space than cardboard boxes (since you can’t fold them up), careful planning will allow you to store them away without needing to worry about exactly where they go in the long run.

 

Clear Plastic Bins are Perfect for Your “Easy to Access” Box

 

One of the most important packing tips that we have for people is that they should always have some sort of “easy to access” box or bin. This is the box that is filled with important items for that first night. Toiletries, important documentation, a change of clothing, and a variety of other important items should be packed in a box or bag that goes with you in your vehicle (or whatever other form of transport that you may be using).

 

Clear plastic bins work best for this because it gives you an “at a glance” option while you’re searching. You can look at it from the outside, see approximately where the item in question is located, and not spend 15 minutes digging through the box so that you can try to get at it. That one simple step makes the process of getting those important items much quicker.

 

You Can Color Code Bins More Easily

 

When you’ve got multi-room homes, or you have multiple family members, you know that it’s essential to take some time and label everything appropriately. But, with plastic storage bins, you’re going to find that it’s that much easier to actually keep things in order!

 

Plastic storage bins come in so many colors and styles that it’s going to be simple for you to work out exactly how you want to indicate the difference between different rooms or different persons’ possessions.

 

Here are some ways that you can color-code your bins so that it makes the organization easier.

 

  • By room: Kitchen items could go in purple bins; living room items could go in blue bins; bedroom items can go in white bins, and so on. Then, all you need to do is remember which color is which, and you can instruct your movers to take those items to their appropriate rooms.

 

  • By family member: This is especially helpful when you have young kids that may be nervous about their items being “taken away” to a new place. Color coding the boxes and letting them know which color boxes are theirs can make them feel much more comfortable when they get to their location and see those same color boxes!

 

You’ll still want to put some labels on there, especially if you have other people involved in the moving process with you. But, it allows you to know where boxes should go at a glance, which can make the loading and unloading process go much more quickly than it may have otherwise.

 

Easier to Clean

 

Obviously, if a cardboard box gets dirty, you’re likely stuck tossing it out. But, if you have a plastic storage bin that gets dirty, you have a lot of different options that will make it easy for you to clean it out. You can always wipe it down with a damp, soft cloth. Or, you can take it outside and use the hose to rinse it out really quickly. Either way, you can make sure that there’s no dirt or debris inside of the container so that anything you pack is going to be free of dirt and debris as well!

 

All in all, plastic storage bins can be a really great asset to packing your items away for a move. You can make sure that everything is in order, that it’s kept safe, and that you’re going to be ready to go on moving day. Good luck with your packing and sorting out how you want to make moving day as low-stress as you can!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How can I easily store plastic bins when I’m done using them?

 

Many people will use their plastic bins as another layer of storage in their homes. They have so many different uses that you’re sure to find some way in which you can store them without too many issues or without them taking up a ton of space.

 

How long do plastic bins last?

 

Plastic bins can last you a number of years if you take care of them properly. While you may find cracks after awhile (especially if they’re left out in the sun), they are likely to last you 3, 5, or even 10 years if you’re careful with them. If you start to notice that the sides are starting to give or there is some brittleness there, then you may want to go ahead and replace them.

 

Do plastic bins break easily?

 

Not at all! Unless you’re putting too much into them or you’re throwing them around, you’re going to find that they are quite a durable option for all of the different items that you’re going to be moving with you. You may not want to put fragile items in them (or, if you do, stack them separately and label them well), but otherwise they’re pretty durable.

 

Will packing services pack into plastic bins?

 

It all depends. Many moving companies will bring their own supplies. But, if you talk to them ahead of time and let them know that you’re going to have plastic storage bins on hand, they may be willing to use them as part of your packing materials.

 

Just be sure that you talk with them ahead of time instead of just assuming that they’ll do that for you. That little bit of extra work can help you ensure that you have everything in order so that your movers know what to expect.

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    5. No Address or Office

     

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    7. Many Extreme Reviews

     

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    How To

    No matter how smart you might claim to be, when you are unfamiliar with a particular terrain, your chances of getting scammed are high. The scams can come in many different forms, and you could fall a victim of one of the styles or become a victim of more than one type on the same day. You have to get the necessary knowledge and information that will help you stay away from any scam you might encounter from local movers. Imagine being scammed to pay certain additional fees, with your belongings seized until you pay. Or having to pay extra fees on your insurance. The scams come differently, but you have to also be smart to understand it and prevent it.

     

    Finding the ideal company can be a bit of a problem because of all the things that are involved in it. One problem you might be faced with is your eagerness to move. You might be so excited to move that you hire any moving company that comes to mind, or pops up on your screen first. Another situation is that you might be tempted by offers that look too good. Some unlicensed and unprofessional movers can also be on the internet pretending to be excellent in service and ripping people off. The things that can make you fall are numerous but the information is power.

     

    Being a victim of a scam can be very disheartening, and we hate to see you get disappointed. There are sometimes psychological and emotional afterthoughts that come as a result of the scam. In a trial to stop or help you avoid the scams in every possible way, we have come up with useful tips, and advice to save you the stress of being scammed, and protecting your property and saving you time to focus on other productive things.

     

    here are some of the most useful tips you can help yourself with avoiding moving scams

     

    1. Choose a Company With a Good Reputation

     

    The idea of writing these tips is to guide you in making your choices so that you do not get scammed. It is not hard to come by a reputable company. It’s all up to you to sit down and do your findings yourself, this way you will be able to choose the best. Trust me, when you search for a moving company that has a long track record of quality services, you reduce your chances of getting scammed. Companies that understand what it means to have a good name over trying to make money immediately are the best types of companies to work with.

     

    If you have been following our previous posts, you will understand that we have given you some tips on how to find these reputable companies, but if you missed them, here’s a summary.

     

    The best way to get them is by asking out friends and family on what movers they have tried before and what was their level of satisfaction. Once this is answered, you will be left with some choices which you now have to make more inquiries so that you can get the best from them. Be careful to listen carefully and regard any warning they give to you. You have to make sure a no is a no, do not consider even if they seem to be enticing.

     

    Another way is for you to run research yourself. Once you run this research, you will be able to determine what’s best for you. Shortlist a few companies you have background knowledge about, and make a call to them one by one to sample their opinions and prices. Finally, you should take to the internet and see what people are talking about them. Be cautious of the red flag and make sure you follow your instincts when they refuse some companies.

     

    Another thing to look for in a good and honest company is that they have insurance, and they are licensed. Surely, the government will never give license to a company that scams, and even if they do after they notice they revoke their rights to operate as a moving company. So these are the things you need to look out for when you are thinking of a moving company with a good reputation. It saves you a lot of stress and also gives you the confidence to trade with them.

     

    Insurance comes in handy, especially for those who are going to have a long distance move or those who have special, expensive, and very important items they cannot lose. If this is the case, then you have to make sure you hire insured movers. When you do not hire insured movers, you have to bear the brunt of whatever comes your way from the scammers. They will take your most prized possessions and vanish into thin air, and most times, there is nothing you can do about it.

     

    Added to the fact that you must hire a company that has insurance, you must also make sure you the insurance claim the provide you with is not bogus or reasonable. If they ever say their insurance covers the entirety of your items with no extra charges, you need to get suspicious as this is practically impossible. Every moving insurance must have two forms – one is the released value insurance, where you don’t have to pay, and the other is the full value protection where you have to pay.

     

    2. Planning Ahead Cuts you Some Serious Problems

     

    We always advise everyone packing or planning a move to start early. You almost cannot miss it when you start early because of the length of time you have in making a lot of solid decisions. So plan way back before you even decide to box the items. No matter the circumstance or situation that might be around your moving, it is always better to take time out to make adequate plans to help you through the move and also to help beat the scam.

     

    Many companies are excellent at ripping off desperate customers. When you come to them at the very last minute, or with few moments to go, they end up making a lot more over your head than they would if you come on a good day without tension. Moving companies equally tell many people to book down their move long before the actual date. This way you will be at least assured that your date will not be moved. Seeing how desperate you will appear to be during the last-minute move, you will give in to anyone who promises to excellent services when you need them the most.

     

    3. Question Offers Critically

     

    After making your finding from a couple of moving companies, you then get in touch with this company that offers you an amount respectably low from the others you have enquired from. It is very normal to be tempted because you want to save money, cut down a few dollars, and use the money for something else. Whatever the situation is, you should be able to look into these types of deals and see if any shady. Do not just jump at the offer. Take your time to compare.

     

    You need to be careful with scammers because they can cause you a lot of issues if they are not properly managed after you have hired them. They tend to give you a lower price, and when it’s the delivery day, they will seize your belongings and ask you to pay some additional fee. If you do not comply, they continue to hold your items. If you dare make a move to take them to court, they will vanish with your property forever. Now you will have to start life all over, and you end up losing what you thought you could gain.

     

    4. Watch out for Moving Companies That Ask for Full Upfront Payment

     

    Most first timers always fall for this scheme. After making inquiries with their selected moving company, they are asked to pay the complete amount before the day of the move. This might not seem to you as a big deal, but most of these scamming companies do this to take your money away, and you fall victim even before moving a single item from your home. You have to open your mind up and search for the companies that will require you to only make part payment.

     

    Reputable movers will always ask that you go on a contract and the both of you have your contracts signed while you have your copy. If anything goes wrong, then you can use your contract as evidence against them. Some of these moving companies that ask for full payment do not even exist in the first place, they only have a well-advertised scamming scheme, and you fall for it. It might be too late for you to realize that they will never come after you make payments, or they disappear with all of your property, yes! Your entire property and that is more gain for them because they get to sell it off.

     

    5. Get the necessary Recommendations From Reliable Sources

     

    Your first reliable source when it comes to issues of moving and selecting a company that you feel is dim fit to help you is to get the information from those who have successfully moved. They might be family members, your relatives, your colleagues, your friends, and even your neighbors. They are the ones that will give you the best types of information without bending the truth. So if you want something raw, and very direct, you should ask them. They will never try to paint any company to be good (except if they own the company of course) so make use of that information in deciding.

     

    Also, remember that reputable companies don’t have issues with getting positive reviews from satisfied customers. It is essential; once you choose to hire a company, you need to make sure you are paying close attention to how they are reviewed. They should also be able to give you the contact details of their past satisfied customers, if they refuse, then understand that you are headed for a ditch. Scan through various websites and see if they even have an online presence. If they do, check out the consistency of their ratings, if it seems as though they have bad ratings on a platform and good ratings elsewhere, be suspicious because it might have been paid reviews.

     

    6. Try The Credit Card Test

     

    This works most of the times when you are dealing with moving companies that want to scam you. Tell them that all you have to pay is with your credit card. Professional and reliable companies will never have an issue with that, but fake movers will insist on cash-only policy. If they continue to persist this request, make sure you look elsewhere. Try out another moving company, and you will see the difference. It’s a simple trick to use in knowing who is fake and who is not. But do not limit your test to this alone, make sure you apply other methods.

     

    7. Try to Search for Quality, not Cheap Services

     

    Try as much as possible to search for quality instead of searching for cheap services. If you are always looking for who will give you a ridiculously small quote, then you stand at the best position to be scammed. Make sure you plan for your move well enough and save up for it so that you can choose between the best offers from professional and reputable companies.

     

    In conclusion

    You have to make follow these guidelines to help yourself. These are the tips that will help you avoid scams in possible ways. The best things in life come with proper planning. Even if you are a newbie, or have little experience, you can still fall victim to a scam, so take your time and study this guide to help you.

     

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