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Chicago is amazing! You’re going to have a great time and the food is to die for. A city as big as Chicago comes with an overwhelming number of options for food, music, late-night fun, and, you guessed it, moving companies.  


Finding moving companies in Chicago will be as hard as you make it. You can:


1. Do-it-yourself. You’ll be exhausted and risk being hounded by local Chicago movers giving you quotes for the next year


2. Use a moving broker and worry about whether you’re getting the best price available


3. Use iMoving and save time, money and sanity


iMoving keeps you in control of your move by removing the uncertainty of moving prices and putting every resource you need at your fingertips.


After entering the details of your move into our site, you’ll instantly see licensed, professional Chicago movers, user recommendations and reviews. Any final quotes you obtain through iMoving are fixed and your money is 100% protected. You’ll get a full refund if something goes wrong during your move.


We only work with the best Chicago moving companies and no matter which you choose to hire, you’ll be in safe hands because iMoving will be involved in every step of the process. How’s that for peace of mind.


Moving Services in Chicago


The basics of relocating to a new place, whether it’s across the country or across the street, don’t really change. You pack your belongings, transport them and place them in the new location. Offered by almost every moving company, including those iMoving works with, these services are pretty straight forward.


  • Boxes & Supplies: It’s so natural to panic about where to get moving materials like boxes, tape, and scissors from that it’s easy to forget moving companies can provide you with everything you need to pack your items safely and securely. You’ll have more options to choose from and don’t have to worry about things being out of stock.


  • Packing Services: Great for when you don’t have time to pack (or unpack) yourself or if you have precious items that need to be safely disassembled and wrapped up tightly, packing services save you time and energy. Chicago moving companies will pack as much or as little as you need. It’s completely up to you!


  • Storage: Downsizing can be more stressful than moving! If you’re not ready to part with items but also don’t have space for them, moving companies offer both long and short term storage. This is also a good option if you have to move out quickly and are between homes before you can move.


Moving becomes a bit more nuanced and complex depending on the type of move you’re doing. Moving across the street is much easier than moving across the country, and it’s important to understand how the services you need will affect the cost of relocating to Chicago. What kind of Chicago moving company do you need?


  • Local Moving: There’s less stress, preparation, time and money involved when moving from one Chicago residence to another. The moving process takes no longer than a day and is much easier. Dare we say fun? We won’t go that far, but seeing your belongings in your new home/apt the same day is nice.  


  • Long-Distance Moving: Interstate moves require much more time, effort and, in our experience, headaches. If you need a long-distance Chicago moving company, make sure they are licensed to transport your things across state lines and can deliver your life’s belongings safely. iMoving’s network of movers will inspire confidence in times like this.


  • Business Services: This one can be tricky and in the wrong hands a nightmare. Trust between you and the moving company is paramount when transporting your business’s furniture, expensive equipment or sensitive information. In the right hands, however, a company should be able to not only get the job done but also reduce employee downtime.


Before Hiring a Moving Company in Chicago, Consider These Things First


There are a million reasons to move to Chicago and only a few of them involve deep dish pizza and Cubs games. The Windy City has already lured you in with its beautiful architecture and the allure of Mag Mile shopping, so make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible by keeping a few things in mind before booking that moving company.


Time of year to relocate


If you are moving to a residential street in a smaller neighborhood, you should know block parties are a common occurrence. In the spring and summer, neighborhoods get out and close their streets off to eat, play music and have fun. Your landlord will be able to tell you if your block has one or not.


The temperatures in Chicago can fall pretty low, making for a trying move in the winter. You’ll also really want to keep in mind the fact that blizzards are a normal part of Chicago winters. Moving in a blizzard is not how you want to start off!


Do you really need to move your car?


If you think a car is necessary, think again. Besides the cost of bringing a car along, it will cost even more in parking tickets or to hold a parking permit on your street. Finding parking can often be a nightmare and is expensive. You will also deal with some of the worst traffic in the country. Alternative transportation includes:


  • The “L” is Chicago’s public transportation train system. It is reliable, runs throughout the entire city (even into some suburbs) and runs late into the early morning. Moving by train is $2.25 for a one-way trip and $2.50 for a transfer. You can ride 2 additional buses or trains for a total of 3 rides with a transfer.


  • The Pedway: a walkway system of overhead bridges and underground tunnels that connect 40+ blocks in the Central Business District.


  • Bike/Divvy: There are protected bike lanes (more than 200 miles) and there are no throngs of people to weave through or hills to battle against. Biking is so popular, Divvy, a bike-sharing company, launched bike rental stations throughout the city.


  • Cabs: they are outside and can be flagged down at all times of the day


  • Uber/Lyft: ride-sharing is very popular and can reduce the cost of travel


It’s understandable to want to bring your car along, just think it over carefully.


Get at least 3 different estimates…then ask questions


With so many options to choose from, going with the first company you hear back from or the cheapest company could be a mistake. Is your quote hourly? Or does it cover the entire move? You want to take the time to do your homework. It’s easy to overlook the details and some companies are counting on it.


Compare companies based on their prices, reviews and mission statements. Failing to research your moving company can jeopardize your move.


Transparency is key when searching for a moving company. iMoving has all your quotes in one, easily accessible place and reduces the risk of your money being taken or you being cheated. You’ll be able to quickly see what your options are and what fits your budget. Our movers are the type of professionals that value your things as much as you do.


Common Questions When Searching for Chicago Moving Companies


Here at iMoving, we live and breathe all things moving related, so we understand just how frustrating moving can be. Though it can be stressful, don’t forget how exciting and thrilling a new start in a new place is either! Browse some of the most common questions and concerns we’ve come across and prepared yourself for your upcoming adventure!


1. When is the best time to move to Chicago?


The summer months tend to be the busiest time for moving companies. But it’s more important than you think about every factor when deciding on when you should move.


If you avoid the wintertime, in general, you should be fine. You’ll want to avoid any kind of extreme weather or circumstances that increase the stress of your move. It’s stressful enough as it!


2. When should I begin my search for a moving company?


You should start as soon as possible. A common mistake people make is not giving themselves enough time to prepare for a move and doing things on a whim is not the way to go for something of this magnitude, especially if you are moving from another state.


Most moving companies prefer 6 – 8 weeks’ notice for a move to allow them enough time to make sure they can fully accommodate your move.


3. Can I bring plants into Chicago?


Most moving companies won’t take your plants because of the stress and heat of being inside the trailer can kill them. You may be better off driving them in your personal vehicle (if you have one) or buying new plants once you’ve settled into your Chicago home.


Be sure to check the Illinois Department of Agriculture to look up state guidelines for the type of plants you’re trying to bring with you. They may not be allowed to cross state lines at all.


This is another reason moving companies often don’t take plants: they can be a regulation nightmare.


4. What should I do if I need to add/remove an item to be moved?


If you need to make a change, contact the person who has been coordinating your move. They are typically able to help you with any changes or updates you need to make to your original plan and quote.


5. Is a deposit required before my move?


Most professional movers will not ask you to pay anything upfront. If they do, it is usually a very tiny “good faith” deposit.


If you are asked to deposit a large amount of money in order to secure your move dates or to receive prompt service, finding another mover is advisable. Only scam movers ask for large deposits and attach silly reasons to it such as those mentioned above.


Regulations do not allow movers to require payment before your move; payment is due when the truck arrives at your new residence. These laws are designed to protect you, the customer, because if you pay ahead of time, movers may feel less of a need to transport your things safely and on schedule.


Ways to Save Money on Your Move


Moving is one of those things that you know is going to cost a lot. The goal isn’t to be cheap (you want your belongings to arrive safe and sound after all), it’s to save money in smart ways.


They may also be slightly inconvenient. Still smart though.


Move when no one else wants to


Peak moves happen in the summer, over the weekends and anytime most of the country is on a break. But you don’t have to be like everyone else. By being flexible, you can avoid the higher costs associated with high-demand moving seasons.


Try moving in the fall or winter. If you’re moving to a mild climate, it doesn’t make much of a difference anyway. For places like Chicago, get a good pair of gloves ready. You’ll be able to afford them with all the money you’ve saved.


Get free packing materials


Boxes and bubble wrap can run your costs up pretty quickly. Instead of paying for boxes, ask local convenience stores for theirs. Be on the lookout for discarded boxes in alleys or outside of homes that are in good enough condition to simply be taped back together. Other places that are usually happy to give you’re their boxes include grocery stores and restaurants.


Why not use your clothes as bubble wrap? Your clothes need to get packed away anyway so make them do some work! If you have dainty, fine items, wrap them in your thickest winter sweaters and blankets. You can also use newspaper to wrap things like vases, plates, and glasses.




Though no one’s favorite thing to do, most people can admit they aren’t using everything they have in their homes. From too many hair curlers to pillows that have sat unused for years, moving is the perfect time for an honest assessment of what matters enough to take with you to the next place. Movers often charge you by the pound, so it’s almost a waste of time and money to pack things, like that old clown lamp, you know you don’t want or need.


Label your boxes


Hear us out here! Most people don’t label their boxes and when the time comes to find something, they have no idea where it is. After the stress of moving, how many people are really going to dig through boxes they’re tired of looking at to find something? Not many. What they’re going to do is go to the store and get it instead.


To avoid double purchases, simply label your boxes with a marker or stickers so you know what is a kitchen, bath, and bedroom. This will make life so much easier.


Pack smart


The first thing we will say is to actually schedule a time to pack. Often people do it last minute, making an already terribly un-fun activity much worse. Packing smart means:

  • Stacking your dishes vertically, as they tend to break horizontally
  • Grouping clothes on hangers into putting them into trash bags
  • Using saran wrap to keep unsecure lids from spilling product

Giving yourself the proper amount of time to pack ensures you won’t have to repurchase items that were damaged, lost or forgotten during the move.


Tying It All Up With a Bow


Moving to any city is exciting, but moving to Chicago comes with a few more things to consider before getting there. By taking the time to research companies, a reliable Chicago moving company will be able to help you make the move at a reasonable price.


iMoving wants to help you on this new adventure by simplifying your moving process and getting you the best price available. Moving is a pain, but with us, it becomes just another thing you’ve checked off your list. You will not have that feeling on moving alone because we will be there with you.


We hope you are ready for Chicago and all the fun it will bring!


Tips To Choosing The Best Storage Bins Near You

Getting ready for a move, or know anyone who is? Moving is a stressful time, and there is one thing about moving that most people dread above everything else: Packing all of their stuff up. Nobody looks forward to going through all of their belongings, having to decide what to keep and what to potentially get rid of, and then have to pack all of this stuff away.


Packing can be tricky as well if you don’t have the right stuff for the job. Luckily, you can find moving boxes for free from many retail stores looking to get rid of them, and you be hard-pressed to find a retail store near you who doesn’t sell storage bins of some kind.


Speaking of storage bins, they are a great way to store your stuff safely, and they can hold quite a bit. You probably know there are all kinds of storage bins available from various companies, and they come in various sizes and colors. So, with that in mind, how do you know which one is right to hold your belongings?


Consider some of the following simple tips when you are choosing storage bins to help you hold things for your move, as they could prove invaluable for finding the perfect storage bins for you.


Consider What You’ll Be Storing


One of the first things you need to think about before you get ready to begin the hunt for storage bins is to think about what you’ll be storing, and how much you’ll be storing. Storage bins can hold a surprising volume of items, and they are perfect for items like these:


  • Clothing like pants, T-shirts, hoodies, and more
  • Disc collections, to safely transport your trove of DVDs or CDs
  • Video games
  • Random electronics and cords
  • Shoes
  • Your book collection


Whatever you need to put away, some good storage bins will be a good way to do it. Before you begin to hit the stores on the search for the right storage bins, you should go ahead and get everything out that you will be storing in them.


Pile everything up together so you can get a visual image of how much of it there is, as well as get a good estimate of how many storage bins you think you’ll need to hold everything.


This is also a good time for you to go through everything you’re packing up and decide if you are going to keep everything, or if there is anything you’d like to get rid of. Downsizing can be a great way to save some room during a move, and makes for much less to unpack later.


Consider the Weight of the Items You’re Storing


You don’t want your storage bins to be so heavy that you can’t even lift them. If you’re filling them up with heavier items, try not to fill it so much that it isn’t easy to pick up without straining yourself. You want to practice efficient packing, so that it will be easy and trivial for whoever is loading your stuff up into the moving truck, whether it’s you or local movers, to quickly pick up the storage bins and move them wherever they may need to go.


Remember that weight of the storage bins could factor into safety planning, as well. If you fill a tote up too high with your heavier stuff, someone could have an accident and drop it, and no one wants to experience a filled storage bin nailing their toe.


Ease of Transport


You should also consider some of the convenience features of certain storage bins when you are shopping around for them. Many storage container manufacturers put a little extra thought into their bins, and it shows in some of the features you’ll find included.


Handles are one of the main such features you should be looking for. You don’t want to have to pick your totes up from the bottom every time you get ready to transport them, so look for ones with handles on the sides. You want to make sure the handle is rugged and in place, because you don’t want it to break off the tote while you’re lugging something heavy around.


You’ll also want to make sure the lids for your storage containers seem sturdy, and fit on the tote securely. You don’t want to be carrying your stuff around with a loose or flimsy lid that could go flying off the tote at any moment, exposing your things to a fall or theft.


What Should Your Storage Bins Look Like?


The next thing you should be considering is what you want your storage bins to look like. While most people might just be thinking about the aesthetics, the coloring of your storage bins could actually be a good way to help you better organize your stuff.


Think about it this way. If you have clear storage bins, then you will be able to see everything that is inside of them simply by looking at them. This is a good way to know what items are in which storage container, but what if you want to use multiple bins to organize the contents of a single room?


You could always get multiple sets of storage bins, each set a different color than the next. You could then assign different colors to different rooms (for example, yellow for living room and red for master bedroom). This could be a great way for you to keep all of your stuff organized, allowing you to know what is in each tub simply by remembering what room is represented by what color.


When Should You Get Storage Bins?


When you begin planning your move, you should go ahead and plan on stocking up on some storage bins if you don’t already have some. You should try to find moving supplies a month or two in advance, so you can start packing up as soon as possible. You could try to get all of your moving supplies after you’ve gotten in touch with one of the local moving companies near you.


If you take some time to round up your moving supplies a decent amount of time before the move begins, you might be able to shop around a bit and find even better deals, too. For example, looking around at different stores might find you bigger and even stronger storage bins to help you take care of some of the heavier parts of your move.


How Many Storage Containers Do You Need?


Think about all of the things you sorted through earlier. When you have found what you think might be the right storage bin for you, then you should consider how many you’re going to need. With the size and dimensions of the tote in mind, you should be able to make an educated guess on how many storage bins should be right for the job of holding all of these items.


The good news is that the store probably has plenty of your chosen storage bins, so you can always go back and get more if you didn’t purchase enough the first time.


Frequently Asked Questions


It’s not every day that you need to think about getting a bunch of storage containers. Of course, nothing is ever normal when you’re planning a move, and the whole process can leave you feeling flustered and confused. If you’ve never had to do this before and you still have some questions on your mind, see if they have already been answered with some of these common questions about storage bins:


  1. Is it okay to store clothes in plastic storage containers?


Yes, it is absolutely fine to store your clothing in plastic storage bins. These bins will be able to protect your clothes from the elements, from dampness and dust, as well as helping them keep mold and mildew away. Make sure to give your containers a thorough cleaning before you store your clothes in them, and double check to ensure the lid is on tight.


  1. How can I keep my clothes fresh when they are stored in containers?


Your clothes will generally stay just the way you left them when you store them in storage bins. If you would like to make extra sure of their cleanliness, however, simply ensure you cleaned the totes out before packing away clothes. For some added peace of mind, you could even add some cotton sheets to help them maintain their freshness.


  1. How do I keep my storage bins dry?


As long as your bins are stored in the appropriate manner, they should stay relatively dry on their own. To make sure of this, you should always make sure they are not stored somewhere near leaks or in areas that are very humid.


Store Your Things the Right Way


After your call your local moving companies and get the day of your big move all scheduled and planned out, you should begin packing up. Save the big stuff for last, but go room by room and start packing up the smaller things into your new storage bins and moving boxes when you’re ready.


If everything is packed upright, you and your local movers will be able to move them around and load them up with little to no effort. 


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