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By EZ Movers Inc. 19 Aug, 2017
E-Z Movers is a professional moving company in Chicago that offers local and long-distance moving throughout the continental United States. We offer true full service moving, including hard-to-pack and transport items like pianos and Chandeliers.
Moving a piano might seem no different than transporting large appliances like refrigerators, washers, and dryers. However, pianos are much harder to move properly. They’re heavier than they look, awkward in motion, and top-heavy—especially when it comes to upright pianos. In addition, there are quite a few fragile parts that can be easily damaged during a move.

These tips will help you ensure that your piano is moved unharmed.

Hire a professional piano mover

If the moving isn’t done right, and with enough people to help, you risk damage not only to the valuable piano itself, but also to your home and yourself. This is particularly true if there will be any stairs or elevators involved in the move.

It is highly recommended that you hire professional Chicago movers or other movers if you’re transporting a piano to your new home. If you work with the right moving company, the process will be cost-effective and save you both time and stress.

Protecting your piano

One of the most delicate areas of a piano is the keyboard. Make sure that you close and lock the lid before preparing your piano for moving. If you don’t have a lock for the lid, avoid using tape to hold it down—this will damage the wood. Instead, take extra care in wrapping and padding this area.

Use blankets or moving pads to wrap the entire piano, and packing tape to keep the wrapping closed, making sure to avoid applying tape to the piano’s surface.

Moving your piano

Make sure there are plenty of people on hand to help move the piano. You may use a large furniture dolly that’s able to support the weight, or if there are no stairs involved, you can roll the piano on its wheels. Have at least one person in front when going down ramps, and take it slowly.

Never lift a piano by the legs (they are highly vulnerable), and never lay it on its side while moving or transporting.

At your new home

Once your piano arrives safely, you’ll need to have a professional tuner come to your new home and re-tune it. The inner workings of a piano are sensitive to bumps and movement, and having a piano go out of tune during a move is unavoidable.
By EZ Movers Inc. 19 Aug, 2017
E-Z Movers, a professional moving company in Chicago, is committed to helping people enjoy smooth, cost-effective moves. We understand that moving is one of the most stressful life events—that’s why we help make it E-Z!
Here are the top 10 moving mistakes, and how you can keep from making them.

  • Winging it. The worst thing you can do when you’re moving is fail to have a plan. Start organizing your move as far in advance as possible.
  • Never considering a professional moving service. Many people automatically choose the do-it-yourself option because of the costs. But it’s important to consider the amount of time and hassle you’ll save by hiring movers, and weigh that against the price.
  • Underestimating how much you’re moving. If you’re working with a moving company, it’s essential to be accurate with your household inventory. You can’t get an accurate quote unless you know just how much there is—and if the movers are expecting less, the truck they bring might not have enough room.
  • Putting off “spring cleaning.” Moving is hard enough. You don’t want to worry about getting rid of things you don’t need after you’ve arrived at your new home—so plan enough time to discard unwanted items before moving day.
  • Improper packing. Even the most careful movers can’t do anything about the way a moving truck operates. If your possessions aren’t properly packed, something is bound to break in transit.
  • Leaving out labels. You may think you don’t have to label boxes because they’re all going to the same place. But identifying boxes with at least the room they’re going to only takes a few minutes, and saves you hours of time while you’re unpacking.
  • Not having the right tools. Slightly higher moving expenses for the right packing materials now will save you the much higher cost of replacing broken items after the move.
  • Failing to separate valuable items. If you have delicate and expensive items that are small enough to get lost in the shuffle (such as electronics or jewelry), pack them separately to take in your vehicle so you don’t risk a big loss.
  • Packing immediate essentials. Separate items that you’ll need during and immediately after the move, and pack them in your vehicle so you’ll have easy access.

Waiting until the last minute. Make sure everything is packed and ready to go on moving day, so you can avoid potentially expensive delays.
By EZ Movers Inc. 19 Aug, 2017
EZ Movers offers full service local and long-distance moving throughout the continental U.S., including Florida. We provide moving services in Orlando, moving services in Miami, and relocation to or from anywhere in the Sunshine State.

If you're planning to move to Florida, EZ Movers is pleased to offer these helpful tips to make your move smoother and more efficient.

Best time of the year to move to Florida
You may be surprised to learn that summer is a great time for moving to Florida. While it's definitely tourist season and peak moving season, there is actually less traffic in the warmer areas of Florida during the summer-because over the winter, a lot of "snowbirds" are headed to and driving around the state.

Packing tips for moving to Florida
Florida is known for its great weather, but in some parts of the state, particularly north Florida, it can still get cold on occasion. When you're packing for your move to Florida, resist the urge to donate all of your warm clothes and blankets. You'll need a few for those occasional chilly nights.

You should also make sure to have sunscreen and bug spray on hand and easily accessible when you arrive, to protect yourself from the Florida sun and insects while you're settling into your new home.

Parking tips for Florida

In most areas of Florida, you'll find plenty of available parking, and you will not need a special permit to park a moving truck. However, it's best to check with the city you're moving to in advance, as well as the building manager, to find out whether you'll need to make special arrangements for a moving truck.

E-Z Movers can help you enjoy a smooth, cost-effective move to Florida. Visit our website to learn more about our long-distance moving specials!
By EZ Movers Inc. 19 Aug, 2017
E-Z Movers, a professional moving company in Chicago, provides local and long-distance moving throughout the 48 continental states. From moving services in Milwaukee and moving services in Minneapolis, to services for Chicago movers, Florida movers, and more, E-Z Movers is dedicated to delivering smooth, cost-effective moves with great customer service.

Long distance moves might take as long as two weeks. This is why it's important to pack an essential kit-boxes that contain the items you and your family will need right away when you arrive at your new home.

Use this handy guide for packing your essentials kit, so you'll have everything on hand you need to relax during your move.

Identify first, pack last

The process of packing your home doesn't happen overnight. As you're packing, make a list of your personal essentials that you can't be without for a few weeks-and make sure you pack these essentials last, so you know right where they are when the movers arrive.

Items to include

  • Bathroom: Soap, toilet paper, emergency medical kit, shampoo, conditioner, shower curtain, toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Kitchen: Quick food (unopened) like peanut butter and bread, snacks and beverages, toaster, instant coffee, dish soap, paper plates and plastic cups (or one table setting for each family member), pet food and dishes, trash bags
  • Bedrooms: Pillow, blanket, towel, and change of clothing for each family member
  • General: Flashlights (or candles and matches), emergency road kit, radio, scissors or utility knife, portable tool kit, all-purpose cleaner, important records and paperwork

Create a personal kit for everyone

In addition to household essentials, let each family member pack a personal essentials box for the move. If you have young children, you can help them decide which items they really need, and which ones can wait until everything is unpacked.
By EZ Movers Inc. 19 Aug, 2017
EZ Movers, a company of professional full-service movers in Chicago, is always here to help our customers. If you're moving, it's important to understand the different types of moves available so you can get accurate quotes and ask your moving company the right questions. Here's a look at several kinds of moves, along with their definitions.

Local moves:

These are moves in which you're relocating to a different home in the same area. Often, local moving services vary according to the part of the country-for example, St. Louis moving services might cover a larger local area than services for a small town. At EZ Movers, our local moving services cover the entire Chicago metro area, and any location not more than 100 miles from Chicago.

Long distance moves:

A simple definition of a long distance move is any move that is not local, such as Orlando customers relocating to Chicago. There are a few different kinds of long distance moves, such as interstate and intrastate.

Intrastate moves:

Any move that takes place entirely within a single state, without crossing state lines, is considered an intrastate move.

If your belongings cross any state lines while being transported, even if they're headed to the same state-for example, if the moving truck drives through Oklahoma on the way from southeast to north Texas-the move is considered an interstate move.

Residential moves:

A residential move involves an individual or family who is relocating their residence to another home, either seasonally or permanently.

Commercial moves:

When a business is relocating, the process is considered a commercial move. Some moving companies, such as EZ Movers, offer specialized services for commercial moving.

If you're considering any type of move, contact EZ Movers today for your professional, cost-effective moving quote.
By EZ Movers Inc. 19 Aug, 2017
E-Z Movers is a professional full service moving company serving customers throughout the continental United States, from local Chicago movers to Kansas City movers and Minneapolis movers. We offer helpful moving tips designed to make your move easier and save you money.

Choosing the best kind of truck for your move depends on the volume of items you're moving, as well as the distance you're taking them. You'll also need to know the type of truck so you can check with building management to make sure the moving truck will be able to park near your new building.

Moving vans / Cargo vans:

While professional moving companies often don't use these vehicles, they can be rented for a DIY move. Moving vans may be an economical choice for moving the contents of small studio apartments, when furniture is not included in the move

10-foot moving truck:

The smallest professional size, a 10-foot truck can typically handle the contents of a small or studio apartment, with limited furniture.

14-foot moving truck

If you're moving a two-bedroom apartment or smaller, this size truck is usually idea. These trucks have a low deck that make it easy to load and unload heavy items. The weight limit for this truck is usually around 3,000 pounds.

17-foot moving truck:

This is the most common size for a moving truck, capable of moving larger apartments and 2-bedroom houses. There is extra space for furniture, and often an "attic" toward the cab of the truck for boxes that need careful handling.

Tractor-trailer moving truck:

The larger moving trucks will have a separate trailer that attaches to a cab, and come in several different sizes. Common sizes for tractor-trailer movers are 20-foot, 24-foot, and 26-foot.

Learn more about hassle-free, cost-effective moving services from E-Z Movers on our website.
By EZ Movers Inc. 19 Aug, 2017
E-Z Movers, a professional full-service moving company in Skokie, is dedicated to providing the most cost-effective moving services with the best customer service. These tips on visual estimates will help you ensure a smooth, hassle-free move.

What is a visual estimate?

In moving terms, a visual estimate is when a moving company comes to your home and looks at your belongings, and makes an inventory list of everything that is going to be moved. Usually, the customer walks through the home with the movers and lets them know if any items or furniture are staying and not being moved.

The purpose of a visual estimate is to give you a quote that tells you how much it will cost to move your belongings.

The benefits of a visual estimate

Visual estimates are the best way to get an accurate moving quote. When movers are able to see everything they’re moving and make a detailed inventory list, they will be able to figure out how long the move will take, what size truck you’ll need, and other important details that can affect the cost of the move.

Visual estimates and local moves

Most moving companies provide visual estimates for people who are moving from a local area—for example, E-Z Movers offers visual estimates for Chicago movers and those in the Chicagoland area.

Getting an accurate quote without a visual estimate

If you’re moving a long distance and can’t get a visual estimate, it’s important to give the movers a realistic idea of the moving job. The more accurate and detailed you are when reporting your household inventory list, the more realistic your moving quote will be.

You should also ask the moving company about factors that can affect the price of your move, such as any extra fees or moving insurance.
By EZ Movers Inc. 19 Aug, 2017
EZ Movers, a professional full-service moving company in Chicago, is committed to delivering the best customer service and the most cost-effective moving. These tips will help long distance movers, including movers in Kansas City and movers in St. Louis, ensure that their vehicles arrive safely and on time to their new home.

Moving companies and shipping cars

Most moving companies won’t include a car, truck, van, or other vehicle as part of their moving services. In some cases, long distance movers may drive their vehicles themselves. However, it often makes more sense to have your car shipped to your new home with a car shipping service or auto transport company.

Getting an auto transport quote

If you’re planning to ship your vehicle, you’ll need to know how much it will cost. The expense can vary depending on the size, make, and model of the car, the distance being shipped, and the auto transport company.

Ask for quotes from several different vehicle shipping services, and choose the one that offers the best value (not always the lowest price) for the requirements you have.

Booking an auto transport

As with moving companies, it’s best to reserve your car shipping date well in advance of your move. This gives you time to find the best quote, and the auto transport company time to make sure the equipment they need is available for your vehicle.

Preparing your car for a move

Before your vehicle is shipped, make sure to properly clean and wash the car inside and out. Remove any extra fittings and all personal items from inside the car, so nothing gets lost or damaged during the move. Finally, be on time for both pickup and delivery of your car, and do a thorough check of your vehicle once it’s brought to your new home.
By EZ Movers Inc. 19 Aug, 2017
E-Z Movers, a professional full-service moving company in Chicago, is dedicated to helping you enjoy smooth, cost-effective moves. We’re pleased to offer some free packing and wrapping materials for our local customers in the Chicago area, including our Naperville moving services and Skokie movers.

Using proper packing materials is the best way to prevent damage during a move. Here are some of the most common packing materials, along with how to use them.

Cardboard boxes:

It’s important to choose the right size box for packing loose items. Boxes should be full, but not stuffed. You also need the right strength and thickness—for example, book boxes are perfect for books, dishes, and other heavy items.

Mirror/picture boxes:

These specialty boxes are narrow and reinforced—just the right size for transporting fragile items like mirrors and glass picture frames.

Wardrobe boxes:

Another type of specialty box, wardrobe boxes have a built-in hanging rack that lets you pack clothing on hangers without wrinkling or damaging during the move.

Dish pack boxes:

These reinforced cardboard boxes include built-in compartments to safely pack dishes for transportation.

White paper:

This clean, white newsprint paper comes in rolls and is used for wrapping and packing dishes, glasses, and other breakable items like figurines.

Bubble wrap:

A thick plastic wrap that consists of air-filled “bubbles” between two sheets of clear plastic, bubble wrap is used to provide extra protection for fragile, breakable items.

Shrink wrap:

This special mover’s material is like industrial-grade plastic wrap. It sticks only to itself and forms a secure hold. Shrink wrap can be used to bind and bundle loose items that are too awkwardly shaped or sized to fit in boxes. Moving pads/blankets: These are used to protect furniture and other heavy items inside the moving truck.
By EZ Movers Inc. 19 Aug, 2017
Moving is a huge and often stressful task, especially when it comes to long-distance moving. Fortunately, you can make it easier on yourself by hiring an experienced full service moving company like E-Z Movers.

Here are just a few benefits of hiring a full service company for Fort Lauderdale movers, Orlando movers, and anyone moving a long distance.

Excellent cost efficiency

The biggest reason people choose to move themselves is often the cost of full service moving. While it’s true that full service is not often cheap, you may be surprised to learn how affordable it really is considering the real costs of do-it-yourself moving.

After you rent a moving truck, buy packing materials, pay for gas plus a per-mile charge, and purchase supplemental insurance to protect your belongings, the cost is typically almost as much—if not more—than a full-service move.

Save time and stress

Another advantage is that you don’t have to worry about packing, loading, transporting, or unloading your household. A professional full service mover will handle the entire process, so all you have to do is bring yourself and your family to your new home.

You’ll save even more time when you don’t have to run around renting a moving truck, shopping for packing materials, and making sure you’re completely moved within the rental time frame to avoid paying extra for the truck.

Familiarity and peace of mind

Moving to a new area is stressful in more ways than one, since you don’t know your way around. An experienced full-service moving company will have knowledge of the area you’re moving to, and local contacts who can make sure everything goes smoothly once you and your belongings arrive. Full-service movers help you enjoy peace of mind by providing a hassle-free moving experience.
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