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By EZ Movers Inc. 26 Jan, 2017
Electronic equipment is delicate and valuable, and it’s unfortunately common for electronics to get damaged during a move. This is almost always due to improper packing—which is highly preventable.

If you’re planning a move, use this guide to help you pack electronics properly and prevent damage to your costly equipment.

Remove accessories and loose items
If you’re moving a printer or other item that uses ink or toner cartridges, remove them and place them in sealable bags. Make sure the bags are packed in the same box as the equipment. Also, check any media equipment and remove CDs, DVDs, or other types of external media.

Label all cords
Before disconnecting your electronics, place labels on all the wires and cords to indicate which ones go with which piece of equipment. This includes power cords, USB cords, computer mice, monitor cords and keyboards (if you have more than one PC), and anything else that can be detached.

You can use a color-coded label system with circular label stickers, or assign each piece of equipment a number and write corresponding numbers on the cord and wire labels.

After the cords are disconnected, coil them and use twist ties or zip ties to secure. Then place the cords in sealable plastic bags and tape them to the equipment, or pack in the same box.

Choosing boxes
Whenever possible, use the original packaging to pack electronics for a move. If you don’t have it, opt for either electronic specialty boxes or sturdy double-walled boxes that are slightly larger than the equipment.

Packing and sealing
Use anti-static bubble wrap or foam “popcorn” to cushion your electronics inside the boxes. When the box is firmly full, seal it with packing tape, and be sure to mark the box as fragile.
By EZ Movers Inc. 26 Jan, 2017
Moving can be a very challenging experience. When loading a moving truck, it’s important to arrange everything properly to keep your items from being damaged or broken during transportation to your new home.
By EZ Movers Inc. 26 Jan, 2017
E-Z Movers, a professional moving company in Chicago, is dedicated to helping you save time, money, and stress during your move. We’re pleased to offer tips and tricks of the trade that let you experience a smoother move—we make it E-Z!

Moving large, breakable items
Some of the most fragile household items to move are mirrors, large framed pictures, and furniture with glass parts. In every case, the key to moving these items safely and without damage is to make sure they’re wrapped and packed properly.

You may want to consider hiring a professional moving service to pack your household, and enjoy convenient, cost-effective full service moving. If you’re planning to pack your belongings yourself, here are some tips for large, fragile glass items.

Mirrors and large picture frames:
The materials you’ll need to pack these are:

  • Packing tape 
  • Wrapping paper/newspaper or bubble wrap 
  • Packing box or moving blankets 
  • Permanent marker
It’s best to find a moving box that is appropriately sized for the item—the box should be slightly larger than the item being moved. Start by wrapping the mirror or glass frame in several layers of paper or bubble wrap, covering the item completely, and fold the wrapping all the way around (as if wrapping a present).

Use sturdy packing tape to carefully wrap the paper completely, going “round and round” the package—imagine you’re wrapping a mummy! Label the glass side of the package with the marker.

Finally, place the wrapped item in the box and tape shut. You can also use moving blankets for the final layer of wrapping and tape the blankets closed. Mark the items as “FRAGILE” in large, noticeable letters, and load the package standing vertically (not horizontally) onto the truck between two items that aren’t likely to shift during transport.

Furniture with glass parts: If your furniture contains glass, such as a glass inset tabletop or glass doors on a cabinet, always remove the glass component and package it separately from the rest of the furniture. Use the same procedure as described above for mirrors and picture frames to properly pack the glass parts, and label them both “FRAGILE” and according to which piece of furniture they belong to.
By EZ Movers Inc. 26 Jan, 2017
EZ Movers, a professional moving company in Chicago, offers full-service local and long distance moving for Chicago movers, Madison movers, and anyone relocating throughout the continental U.S. We pride ourselves on providing smooth, cost-effective moves and delivering exceptional customer service.

We understand how valuable your antiques are to you and your family. That’s why we’re pleased to offer these tips to help ensure that your most prized possessions arrive quickly and undamaged at your new home.

Before the move
Many customers try to save money by not insuring their items during a move. However, when it comes to antiques, it’s highly recommended that you:

This way, if the unthinkable happens, you’re able to recover the value of your items.

You should also inspect your antiques and clean them before the move, if needed. Your local hardware store or antiques dealer should have special cleaning products that can be used safely for fine furniture. However, make sure you avoid using any cleaning products with oil or wax right before a move—these can soften the finish, and leave your antiques vulnerable to imprints from furniture pads.

Packing antiques

  • When possible, use the original boxes for packing smaller antiques, such as china or collectibles. If the original boxes aren’t available, use plenty of bubble wrap and double- or triple-walled cartons. 
  • Remove small components from antique furniture before moving, including doorknobs, handles, couch cushions, and drawers. 
  • Secure any antique furniture doors with string, bungee cords, or rubber straps. NEVER use tape directly on surfaces, especially for antiques. 
  • Label any boxes with breakable items as “FRAGILE” 
  • Wrap furniture in blankets or moving pads to protect it during transport

Finally, be sure to measure both your antique furniture and the doors of your new home, to ensure that the furniture will fit through safely. Furniture doesn’t bend—so if you try to force it through, you will damage your antiques.

You may also consider hiring a professional, experienced and insured full-service mover to safely transport your antiques.
By EZ Movers Inc. 26 Jan, 2017
EZ Movers, a professional moving company in Chicago, understands how stressful moving can be—especially long distance moves, although local moves can be just as challenging.

With 15 years of experience offering local Chicagoland moving, Cleveland moving services, relocations to Florida, and full-service moving throughout the continental U.S., we’re pleased to offer our top 10 tips that can help make your move EZ!

  1. It’s never too early to start planning your move. You should begin planning as soon as the decision to relocate is made.
  2. Making a lot of lists can help you keep things organized and moving as planned. It’s great if you can use a smartphone to-do app to help you keep track.
  3. During your initial planning stages, it’s time to start purging your household of all the things you no longer want or need, so you’ll have less to pack and move.
  4. Remember to plan all of the details that go along with moving, other than packing—such as switching utilities and filing a change of address at the post office.
  5. Research your new neighborhood as much as possible so you know where things are when you get there, such as schools, stores, and medical services.
  6. If you’re using a professional full-service moving company, make sure to schedule your move in advance to guarantee availability.
  7. Find out about parking regulations at your new home ahead of time.
  8. If needed, make sure to reserve elevators on moving day.
  9. Pack all of your belongings properly with the right packing materials, and label each one clearly so that nothing gets lost.
  10. Reserve the essentials you'll need for the first day or two at your new home, and take them in the vehicle with you rather than loading them on the truck.
By EZ Movers Inc. 26 Jan, 2017
Preparing for a move can get stressful. One way to make things easier is to keep in mind those things that shouldn’t be placed on the moving truck.

Some items create a risk during travel. Many moving companies, whether you’re using Chicago or Cincinnati moving services, or long-distance moving, will not ship these items—they should be prepared separately and brought along in the family vehicle.

Perishable items
Refrigerated or frozen food, or open packages of food, should not be placed on a moving truck. Moving companies will also not ship pets or house plants—while this may seem obvious, some people don’t consider it.

Hazardous materials
Anything that is combustible, flammable, or corrosive will not be taken on a moving truck. This includes alcohol, compressed gases, and radioactive material, among others.

A few specific items in this category are:

  • Paints, varnishes, and paint thinners 
  • Nail polish and remover 
  • Charcoal and lighter fluid 
  • Oxygen bottles 
  • Propane tanks 
  • Chemicals and cleaning solvents 
  • Car and household batteries
Weapons, ammunition, and explosives

Moving companies will not ship items like:

  • Firearms 
  • Fireworks 
  • Ammunition 
  • Matches and lighters 
  • Anything that is potentially explosive
Valuables
It’s highly recommended that you don’t pack valuable items along with the rest of your household, as they can get easily lost in the move. You will also want to pack and bring along items of personal or sentimental value separately. These can include:

  • Cash and credit cards 
  • Jewelry 
  • Photo albums 
  • Keys 
  • Collectibles 
  • Personal and financial documents 
  • Anything that is irreplaceable.
E-Z Movers, a full-service moving company in Chicago, is pleased to offer helpful tips that help you ease the stress of moving. Contact our moving specialists today for more valuable articles and resources!
By EZ Movers Inc. 26 Jan, 2017
E-Z Movers, a professional full-service moving company in Chicago, is dedicated to helping you make your next move easy, cost-effective, and hassle-free. These tips will help you get the most accurate moving estimate possible, whether you're hiring Milwaukee movers, Green Bay moving services, or any moving company—so you don't have to worry about unexpected charges coming up after your move.

Provide a highly detailed inventory
When you're preparing an inventory for the movers, don't leave anything out. Extra items or boxes will be added to the total after the move, and you'll end up with a higher charge than you were quoted.

When possible, request a visual estimate
You can request a phone estimate from your moving company, but you'll have a much more accurate estimate if the movers are able to look at your belongings to see exactly what will be moved. You may even get a lower figure with a visual estimate.

Don't forget the dates
Your moving dates can impact your estimate. Make sure to mention your anticipated loading and unloading dates—if you're able to be flexible on the exact moving days, you may get a better deal.

Communicate clearly during the walk-through
When the movers arrive for an estimate or the actual move, they'll often have you do a "walk-through" to get your specific instructions. Avoid assigning vague terms like "going" to your items—tell movers which things are "staying," and which are "leaving."

Ask any questions you have
If you don't understand something in your estimate, don't be afraid to ask your moving company about it. A good moving company will always be happy to answer your questions and help you relieve some of the stress of moving by putting your mind at ease.
By EZ Movers Inc. 26 Jan, 2017
As a professional local and long distance moving company, E-Z Movers understands how stressful moving can be. We offer valuable tips to make your long distance moves easier, including Cleveland moves, Cincinnati moves, and those moving further across the country.

1. Talk to reliable moving companies about long distance moves
Work with a moving company that employs experienced, reliable crews.

2. Check the movers’ USDOT
Look up the company’s USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) number on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s SAFER system.

3. Purge your household
Charges for long distance moves are usually assessed by weight. Reduce costs and stress by selling, donating, or discarding anything you don’t need.

4. Know the terminology
Some specific terms are associated with long-distance moving. Understand the meaning of bill of lading, accessorial charges, reweighs, and anything else you’re not familiar with.

5. Take inventory
Make sure you have a complete list of everything you’re moving, for yourself and the movers to check against.

6. Pack carefully
With long distance moves, damage is inevitable. Minimize risk by using proper packing techniques and packing material.

7. Drive your car
If possible, drive your vehicle(s) to your new home—it’s usually much cheaper than having them shipped.

8. Plan your trip
Make sure have both a GPS and road maps or trip planners for the long drive.

9. Arrange accommodations
If the drive to your new home will take longer than a day, arrange for lodging and food accommodations in advance. You don’t want to sleep in your car!

10. Have an emergency contact
Identify someone who can be easily reached for the duration of your travels and will be able to help you, if you experience problems en route to your new home.
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