We’re on our way to Arizona…. with the CUBS!!

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Midway Moving is the Proud Mover of the World Champion Chicago Cubs! And we taking their equipment, and many of the belongings of team members, to Mesa Arizona for Spring Training. Midway is thrilled to support the Cubs in every way, every day!IMG_2300

We love Spring Training but we can’t wait for the season to start!

 

Minimize Moving Stress With These 4 Tips

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Moving is stressful. You have to organize your belongings and relocate them to a completely different home and city. This process requires diligent, mentally consuming consideration.

In the midst of all this packing and planning, it’s easy to lose track of how exciting your new life in a new place will be. Without this grounding perspective, you start to experience an overwhelming sense of stress about the move.

Follow our tips to prevent moving stress before it begins.

1. Use Your Relocation as an Opportunity to Declutter and Purge

We all have stuff we don’t need. That reality becomes abundantly clear when we pack to relocate. As we sort through what we really need, we recognize that we really don’t need to bring three boxes of our grandmother’s 1950s salt and pepper shakers across the country.

Sort your personal belongings into four piles that make clear what you’re going to keep, what you’re going to sell, what you’re going to donate, and what you’re going to throw out. Look at this organization process as a chance to get rid of everything you don’t need and to let go of excess material attachments. Remember to keep information about what you donate in order to receive a tax deduction.

2. Don’t Hesitate to Delegate Specific Tasks to Members of Your Family

Often, the most stressed person in the house is the person who has taken on too much. Relocations require too many details for one person to manage. Save yourself from being overworked and underappreciated by delegating specific aspects of the move to your spouse and your children.

For example, you can put your children in charge of organizing, sorting, and packing all recreation equipment. They will feel empowered by the ability to decide which toys and sporting goods they get to keep. They will also feel less stressed when they have to pack these items because, unlike clothes and other household items, recreational equipment doesn’t need to be folded neatly.

3. Take Care of Your Emotional Needs and Tap Into Your Support Network

Moving from one place to another evokes a strong emotional response. Often, people need to grieve the perceived loss of their old home, friends, and community.

Instead of avoiding this temporarily upsetting emotional experience, try to stay aware of your emotions and communicate them. Talk to your friends and your family members about what you’re experiencing, and ask them to express their feelings about the move as well. Try to stay open to feedback about how the move is going and how your family members feel about the move.

It’s especially important to listen to your children during this process. For a child, moving means losing friends and community attachments. This sense of loss could feel especially intense if you’re closed off and disinterested in what your children have to say about the relocation.

4. Hire a Concierge from a National Moving Company

It can be very stressful to plan and execute the logistics of your relocation. These sentiments are especially true if you already have a full plate with work and family life occupying the bulk of your time.

Take moving logistics and the stress it causes off your plat—hire a moving company that offers concierge services. A relocation concierge will arrange your move and organize, pack, and label your belongings. They will schedule professional cleaning for your home and shut off your utilities. If you have specific needs for your relocation, such as storage, these professionals will handle them for you.

To learn more about relocation-focused concierge services, contact Midway Moving today. Based in Chicago, IL, we organize cross-country and international relocations.

To Store or Not to Store?

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If you’re downsizing or living somewhere temporarily, you may need to keep some of your items in storage. But not every item is right for storage. When you retrieve your belongings, you want to see them in the same condition they were in when you first placed them in your unit.

Which items are okay to store, and which aren’t? And what can you do to ensure they stay intact? Below, we provide the answers.

Books

If you’re not careful, humidity can cause your books to mold. Dry weather can hurt books, too, by causing the paper to become brittle. To prevent either situation, keep your books in a climate-controlled storage unit.

The box you store your books in is important as well. Choose boxes free of acid and lignin, which can damage your books.

Finally, don’t place your books directly on the floor, where they’re most susceptible to water damage. Instead, place boxes of books on top of wooden pallets.

Cash

Storage units are secured and protected. Even so, they’re not the safest places to keep your cash. Instead, deposit the cash at your bank or place it in a safe deposit box.

Clothing

Clothing should hold up well in a storage unit. Make sure to place the clothes in a plastic storage container or a suitcase rather than a cardboard box. The acid in cardboard boxes could damage your clothes, and insects could chew the cardboard.

Make sure your clothes are completely dry before storing them, since bacteria and mold could grow on damp clothing.

Firearms

Most storage companies do not allow you store firearms or explosives in your storage unit, as they could set off and damage the unit. Instead, keep your firearms in a gun safe at home.

The same no-storage policy applies to hazardous or flammable waste like lead paint, petroleum, propane, gasoline, kerosene, and asbestos.

Food

Food quickly spoils in a storage unit, growing mold and bacteria and attracting insects. However, canned food is okay to store.

Furniture

For the most part, your furniture should be safe in storage. But unprotected furniture can sustain damage from moisture, dust, and light, so cover it with moving blankets or furniture pads.

Wood furniture is the trickiest to store. Wood can dry out while in storage, so you should add furniture polish before placing it in your unit. Avoid stacking wood furniture on top of other objects, because your furniture could cause them to crack. However, you shouldn’t place it directly on the floor either, since it could sustain water damage. Your best option is to place your wood furniture on top of blocks or planks.

Paper and Documents

You should keep sensitive documents such as passports and social security cards in your home, preferably in a safe. This method ensures you’ll be able to get to them quickly in an emergency.

But what about less-important documents that you still want to save? Place the documents in a locked document storage box, file cabinet, or safe and then place that container in storage. A climate-controlled unit will protect your documents from damage.

Photos

Photos can easily fade and crack while in storage. Your best bet is to scan each photo and save the digital files on your computer.

You can store the original photos if you place them in an album or another photo storage container. Choose a photo container that’s passed the Photographic Activity Test, meaning it’s built to stay intact in different temperatures and climates.

Don’t put rubber bands or paper clips over your photos, because they can damage your photos.

 

If you follow these guidelines, you can keep your belongings in optimum condition. If you have questions
about whether to store a particular item, talk to Midway Moving & Storage.

6 Ways to Feel at Home in Your New Community

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You have a big move coming up, and you’re nervous. You haven’t strayed far from home before, and now
you’ll be in a new city where you don’t know anyone. Will you ever feel at home in your new community?

Feeling comfortable with a new place takes some time. But if you follow these tips, you can adjust more
quickly after your move.

1. Stop by the Visitor Information Center

At the visitor information center, you’ll meet workers or volunteers who can tell you more about the city
you moved to. They can tell you about places to visit and things to do in your new city. They may even give
you a calendar of community events.

In fact, some centers may even have welcome packets for new move-ins. These packets might include a city
directory, a map, and other important information.

2. Register With the DMV

Registering with the DMV is an important step that you should complete soon after your move. If you own a
vehicle, you need to let the DMV know your new address. DMV employees can also update your voting information
so you can vote in your new city. Visit your state’s DMV website to complete these steps online.

3. Find a Church or Community Group

Unless you moved to a small town, you’re probably overwhelmed by all the strangers that surround you. How
do you find your niche?

Many people find that attending a church is a fast way to meet their neighbors. You might also consider
joining a community group that aligns with your hobbies. You could join a baseball team, a sewing group, or a
book club.

If you have young children, join a parent cooperative preschool or playgroup. That way, your kids can meet
new friends while you meet other parents.

4. Visit the Library

Even if you’re not a bookworm, joining the library gives you a great way to connect with your community.
The library usually offers events, such as adult education classes and movie nights. By attending these
events, you can meet people from all different backgrounds and interests.

5. Get Active

Being active is a great way to feel part of your community. It also puts you in a position to meet your
neighbors. There are plenty of ways to get active, depending on your interests:

  • Join a gym.
  • Attend fitness classes.
  • Run or bike on community parks and trails.
  • Compete in a local race or fun run.
  • Walk your dog around the neighborhood.

While you get fit, you can enjoy the added benefit of making new friends.

6. Host a Dinner Party

A great way to make new friends is to invite people to an intimate gathering in your own home. Right
before you move, set a goal for when you want to hold your first dinner party.

As you meet new people, choose a family or several people you want to get to know better. Invite them over
for a casual dinner.

Hosting a party for people you don’t know well may seem nerve-wracking. But the risk is worth it because
chances are you’ll soon make great friends.

 

It takes a little bit of time to feel at home in your new community, but following these steps can help.
If you keep these tips in mind before your move, you’ll feel more confident about leaving your old city for a
new one.

For a smooth transition, call on Midway Moving & Storage to help you with your move. We can take care
of all the packing and moving details so you can focus on becoming acquainted with your new home.

Upcoming Move? 6 Situations Where You Should Consider Hiring a Relocation Concierge

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When you picture your upcoming move, you may imagine labeling boxes, packing up a truck, and breaking down numerous cardboard boxes once you arrive. But what if you could simplify your move?

A relocation concierge can take on some of the most stressful tasks associated with moving, from deep cleaning appliances to unpacking your belongings in your new home. Some concierge services even offer help selling your house, utility account transfers, and home entertainment system installation.

In this blog, we list six move circumstances where a relocation concierge may represent your best option for a smooth and efficient move.

1. You Have Many Overlapping Responsibilities

Many individuals have responsibilities that make it nearly impossible to move efficiently and fulfill all their obligations. For example, if you work in another city, take care of your children, and provide freelance consultations, you may not have much time for packing boxes.

A relocation concierge lightens the load by taking most moving-related tasks off your personal to-do list. This delegation allows you to complete all the work you usually would without worrying about moving.

2. You Have Never Handled a Move on Your Own Before

Moving can feel intimidating, and with good reason. Each move requires numerous important decisions, as well as some standard steps you might not feel familiar with if you’ve never handled your own move before.

Whether you’re recently married or you’re moving overseas for the first time, you may need some help during this transition. When a concierge walks you through the process, the guidance not only gets you on your way this time, but it also makes you better prepared for future moves.

3. You Must Transfer to a New City Before Your Lease Ends

Often, schedules just don’t line up. Sometimes, this disconnect means that you have to start a new job in your destination city before your home sells or that you have to sign your new lease before the old one ends.

A relocation concierge can handle many of the logistical tasks involved in a move like this, such as filing a change of address and closing utility accounts.

4. You Need a Low-Impact Transition

Not every move comes at a convenient time. If you find yourself having to move during a pregnancy, soon after a surgery, or as part of a marriage separation, you likely crave a transition with as little emotional, mental, and social impact as possible.

An expert concierge can provide just that.

5. Your Mental or Physical Health Inhibits Your Ability to Move

Moving puts a lot of strain on your health. The transition requires a lot of planning, physical labor, and logistics.

Not only does a concierge help you leave your current home, but he or she may also offer unpacking and arrangement services so your home is ready to be lived in within days of your trip.

6. Your Occupation Conflicts With Moving Dates

For many adults, work represents an essential part of life. If you have a full-time job, you may not have the ability to take time off of work for packing, transporting, and settling in.

When you can’t use the sick days and don’t have paid time off, consider letting a relocation concierge handle the brunt of your moving tasks.

 

If you find yourself in a situation similar to any listed here, you will want more than just professional movers or packers. A relocation concierge offers the personal and comprehensive service you need to get out of your current housing and into your new home easily.

Think a concierge could be right for your upcoming move? Consult with Midway Moving & Storage to find the right professional to help you and your family transition as smoothly as possible.

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Moving Services

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When you hire a moving company, you can eliminate any worry about loading and unloading heavy boxes. Instead, you can rest at ease knowing professionals are moving your personal items for you.

Although hiring a moving company will likely minimize stress, you still need to prepare for moving day. Like most things in life, you can reduce stress by preparing beforehand.

If you are hiring a moving company, here are some ways you can prepare your home for moving services.

1. Request a List of What Items Cannot Be Moved

Most moving companies will have a few items that they will not move because of safety or legal concerns. Restricted items may include hazardous materials, such as car batteries, propane tanks, or motor oils. Additionally, some companies won’t move certain plants.

Before you start to pack, request a list of restricted items from your moving company. Once you know which items you cannot move, consider giving these items away to a neighbor or friend. 2. Organize Items

Next, organize items into these two categories: what items you want the moving company to move and what items you will move on your own. Some items you may want to move yourself include the following:

Toiletries

Clothing that you will need throughout the moving process

Electronics, such as your phone or laptop

Chargers

Restricted items

After you have all the items sorted, mark the boxes accordingly to avoid confusion. You may even want to keep the items you plan to move in a separate area of your home. Then, create a list of all of your items as an inventory for future reference. Organize the list into what items you plan to move and items you want the moving company to move.

You may also decide to avoid the packing process altogether and hire the moving company to do the packing for you.

3. Mark Moving Boxes

If you decide to pack all of your belongings, mark each box the same way. You may prefer to mark the boxes by listing everything in the box or distinguishing which rooms the items came from. For example, you might keep all items from your master bathroom together and mark each box as ‘master bedroom.’ Items that will be switching rooms should also be marked accordingly.

If you plan to have movers help you pack, you can still mark the boxes beforehand. When you mark boxes, use a thick, dark marker rather than a pen to ensure the writing is dark enough to read.

You should also make appropriate marks on moving boxes with fragile items inside. Movers can then use extra caution with these items to prevent your valuable possessions from being damaged.

4. Prepare Appliances

If your moving company provides moving services for large appliances, prepare these appliances beforehand. Unplug each appliance and remove any loose items from the insides. Smaller appliances should also be unplugged prior to moving day. You may also need to remove batteries from certain appliances.

If an appliance has cords besides the power cords, unplug them as well. For instance, your television may have cords connecting to stereo systems, game consoles, or disc players. If you’re worried about reconnecting these television cords at your new home, take a picture before you unplug the cords.

5. Clear Your Schedule for Moving Day

One of the most important ways you can prepare for moving services is by deliberately scheduling moving day on a date without any conflicts.

Make sure you are available and present on moving day. Movers may have questions about directions or possessions that only you can answer. Make yourself available to movers throughout the duration of the move.

Use these tips to prepare for your moving services effectively. When you prepare in advance, you can approach moving day stress-free. If you want to schedule moving services or have further questions on how to prepare, feel free to contact Midway Moving for assistance.

Moving Last Minute? 3 Tips to Speed Things Along

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Many moving experts will suggest you take your time whenever you move. You should plan your moving checklist months in advance and gradually chip away at organizing essentials and filling out paperwork. Each box should have a color code and labeling system that would make Martha Stewart proud.

But what if you have to move last minute?

Whether you prefer to procrastinate or your landlord unexpectedly ended your lease, you might not have time to mosey from room to room or list each item you possess. In these time-sensitive scenarios, you need to pack up and fast.

The following tips can help you keep your cool and speed your move along.

1. Download Moving Apps to Your Phone

When you have to move in a hurry, you might feel tempted to press your internal panic button. You know you should organize your move somehow, but you only have a few minutes to grab packing supplies before you have to empty your closet and stuff your books into boxes.

Luckily for you, your phone can do all the thinking while you do the heavy lifting. When you download apps such as Move Planner (for iPhone) or Moving Planner (for Android), your phone can quickly generate checklists that will help you move like a pro. Simply check each finished task on your to-do list, and you can move freely knowing that you haven’t forgotten to pack your photo albums or wind up your garden hose.

2. Don’t Wait to Hire Your Moving Team

Your friends and family may offer to help you move during your time of need, but you might want to hesitate before you accept their generosity. Although your brothers may have the ability to move your couch out to the curb, they could just as easily drop your furniture on your new hardwood floors. While your friends may exchange hard labor for pizza, they might make other plans on moving day weekend and leave you high and dry.

As your moving day draws ever closer, don’t risk injuries or negative feelings that would otherwise delay your move. A professional packing and moving team can give you the speed, efficiency, and reliability that you want without the stress.

But keep in mind that moving teams require some warning, and their schedules fill up fast. If you need to move in a hurry, don’t wait to call in a crew to finish the job.

3. Organize Odds and Ends Later

As you throw similar items together and pack each room, you may come across a few odds and ends that don’t seem to fit anywhere. Do you put your thumbtacks with your sewing supplies or your office essentials? Do you stash your old prescription eyeglasses in with your display souvenirs or your medical supplies?

Rather than debating about which items fall under what category, simply toss your bric-a-brac into a single box, label it as “miscellaneous,” and continue on. When you carefully sort, organize, and label each and every item, you waste valuable minutes (and sometimes hours) that you could dedicate to moving more important documents and appliances.

Once you arrive at your new home, you can temporarily place your boxes of odds and ends in your garage, closet, or living room and sort the mess whenever you have a few minutes to spare.

Remember: You Can Do This

Although moving last minute may feel overwhelming at first, remember that you can accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. With a little help from your phone, some expert help from a moving crew, and a small amount of controlled disorganization, you can pack for your move in record time.

3 Documents to Shred Before You Move

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Today’s world is a digital one. With the use of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other electronic devices, you can quickly access all of your important information. Whether you want to check your credit score or submit a job application, you can do a variety of tasks with the click of a button.

But despite the latest and greatest technology, paper documents still have an uncanny way of piling up. You may have a stack of bills in the corner of your living room, a handful of receipts in your kitchen, and almost a year’s subscription of magazines in your bathroom.

While you can certainly pack some of these hard copies and take them with you during your next move, remember that the more you bring, the higher your moving costs will ultimately be. Most moving companies charge by weight and volume than by the hour, and the extra paper quickly adds up.

So which files and documents should you ditch to save money on your move?

1. Utility Statements Older Than a Month

In general, many utility companies and municipalities allow you to pay for their services online. In fact, you can easily set up an automatic bill payment system so you never have to worry about your water or electricity shutting off due to a late bill.

However, if you still prefer the paper method, feel free to toss the statement as soon as the company processed your payment. On the other hand, if you are self-employed, scan digital copies of your utility statements so you can calculate your write-offs come tax season.

2. Pay Stubs Older Than a Year

Plenty of companies alike recognize the ease that direct deposit brings. With the right system in place, they can pay all their employees on time, and you can enjoy instant access to the money in your bank account. You don’t have to worry about the hassle of depositing your check yourself every week.

But to verify accuracy, some companies may issue a regular pay stub to their clients. These stubs break down the number of hours you work, federal and state withholdings, and any fringe benefits you may have acquired during the pay period. These stubs can also help you calculate how much you earned throughout the year, and when your W-2 arrives, you can use them to double-check for errors in your statement.

However, after you’ve verified and submitted your tax information, you don’t need to hold onto these stubs any longer.

3. Tax Documents Older Than Seven Years

Gone are the days when you have to gather an entire year’s worth of files and papers and calculate your taxes by hand. Now you can submit your tax information through a variety of online computer programs that will do all the math and find all the deductions for you. Better still, many programs will keep track of your submissions year after year, so you don’t have to worry about an audit.

However, the IRS recommends that if you file any loss claims or bad debt reductions, you should hold onto supporting tax documents for up to seven years, and as a general rule, you should store records of your employment taxes for up to four years.

After that time has passed, feel free to throw away the old hard copies.

Take Your Documents to a Secure Shredding Facility

When you throw away the above files and documents, you can often lighten your moving load by several heavy boxes. But keep in mind that these files often contain important personal information that thieves could steal, so do not throw them in your garbage can with the rest of the trash. Instead, take them to a secure shredding facility to protect your identity.

And for more moving tips call a local moving professional. They can help you find more ways to lighten your load.

When Should You Choose Mobile Storage? 4 Compatible Situations

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Traditional moving trucks and vans provide essential services for many individuals, business owners, and property managers. However, traditional moving doesn’t work for everyone.

As you contemplate a move, you may wonder if you should hire movers, pack up and drive a truck yourself, or transport and protect your belongings via mobile storage.

While every situation differs, some circumstances fit the mobile storage option perfectly. In this blog, we list four common situations when you should seriously consider moving via mobile storage.

  1. Long-Distance Trips

Most moving companies can take you over great distances, whether you’re moving across state lines or across the pond. However, traditional moving usually means you pay for gas use, mileage, or both.

If you have a long-distance move coming up and want to take the opportunity to see some sights along the way, consider packing a mobile storage unit. When you use a mobile pod, you don’t have to worry about driving or keeping up with a moving truck.

You’re free to take your time, and your belongings will be secure and intact when you reach your final destination.

  1. Monitored and Restricted Moves

While many homeowners have the freedom to dictate how, when, and where they move, not all moves proceed so freely. If, for example, you need to move valuables on behalf of a loved one, you may prefer a method where he or she can track the package’s progress.

Similarly, business owners and property overseers may need to report on their progress or monitor the movement of their items for insurance or management reasons. Most mobile storage companies offer a specific timeline, which may include predicted route and delivery options.

Additionally, most storage facilities where you would store belongings until you can pick them up have camera monitoring and security systems.

  1. Short-Notice Trips

Most people would prefer to have months of planning before changing homes, but this isn’t always possible. When you get an unexpected job offer, military deployment, or housing change, you need moving options that you can access immediately.

Most mobile storage companies will bring the pod directly to you so that you can start preparing to move immediately. Once you finish loading up, you only have to worry about transporting yourself, your family members, and any pets, without the weight of every item you own.

Mobile storage can be particularly useful if you must move on short notice during the summer when traditional movers may have more reservations.

  1. Transitional Moves

Not every move can start and finish in a day. When you make a dramatic transition, you may have to stay with family or in a hotel until you can finish making arrangements. For example, if your home is still in escrow but your current lease has ended, you need a place to stay and a place to keep your possessions until you can move into your new home.

Many mobile storage companies maintain traditional storage facilities where you can keep, and even access, your belongings until you’re ready to unpack in your new home.

Some mobile storage companies even let you pay for your storage time when you finally retrieve your items. This prorated storage instead of a defined contract can be especially helpful if you don’t have definitive dates or plans yet.

 

If you think mobile storage can help you get where you’re going more effectively, reach out to your trusted moving company. Many companies offer additional services, such as professional packing and loading, to make this option suit your schedule, inventory, and desires even better.

If you are in one of the situations listed above or anticipating a similar move, opt for mobile storage. Make your transition simple, affordable, and more secure when you pack a pod and leav

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