Mike the Moving Guru

For free residential and commercial moving and storage advice -- from Do-It-Yourself Moving to full service relocation options with great companies like United Van Lines -- Call 800-322-2718 ext 123 and ask for "Mike the Moving Guru."

All Chicagoland Moving & Storage, an agent for United Van Lines presents Mike The Moving Guru. Free residential moving advice for our consumers whether they use ACMS or not. The goal here is to provide a customer service to help consumers determine the most efficient way to do a relocation based on each consumers individual needs. No two moves are ever the same. Mike The Moving Guru will have a blog on this page, sharing moving tips and information, so check back often to view the blog or follow us on Twitter (@allchicagoland) and Facebook.

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daylight savings time checklist

Daylight Savings Time Checklist

It is that time again! This Sunday, most of us will move our clocks back one hour and we think it is a perfect time for a bit of housekeeping.

Here are 5 things that we recommend you do to prepare:

1. Change the batteries in your smoke detector and/or carbon monoxide detector.
2. Check flashlight batteries
3. Store your outdoor furniture. (Get a quote!)
4. Change your kitchen water filter.
5. Clean out the dryer filter and hoses.

And we think you should enjoy an extra hour of sleep.

Moving during the fourth of July weekend.

DIY Moving Tips for the Fourth Weekend

Moving during the Fourth of July Weekend? This is our busiest weekend of the year, so we know how busy it can be to move and try to fit in family parties during the fourth holiday.

Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your weekend move, adding in a little fun, even if you are doing it yourself.

Moving Tip: Make Offloading Easier

Do your best to label your boxes with the room they should go after you arrive. Just grab a sharpie and go, no need to color code unless you want to.

Moving Tip: Make A Go Box

Set aside one box to include all of the most essential items you’ll need in the first few hours at your new place such as medicine, drinks, keys, paperwork, pens, phone book, scissors, box cutter and a few large trash bags. Label the Box clearly, and have it be the last-on, first-off box.

Mindset Shift: You’re Getting A Workout

This is more than just moving your house, you are getting a great workout!
According to www.caloriesperhour.com, a 140-pound person burns per hour:

222 calories packing and unpacking boxes

381 calories moving furniture

191 calories moving household items

572 calories moving boxes/furniture up stairs

Add Some Fun: Add Tunes

Grab your favorite tunes and get moving! Here are some good playlists:
50 Great songs from the last 10 years

Feel Good Country

50 Greatest 80s Rock Songs

Everyone Helps: Enlist the Kids

If you have kids, get them involved by packing up their own room and their toys. This is also a good time to see if they can part with some last minute toys. Just set up a give away box, and let them drop old toys and items right in there.

Fuel Up: Where To Grab A Bite

Grab some local fare. If you are in Chicago, these are our recommended eateries. El Famous Burrito, Rosati’s, Lou Malnati’s, Portillo’s

Don’t Forget To Take A Break

Finally, give yourself a break. Moving is ranked as one of the most stressful events of your life. Not everything is going to go as planned and some things may break. In the end, enjoy making new memories in your new home!

Call an Expert

Feeling overwhelmed with your move? We’re here to help from packing to moving. You can relax at your new home with a cocktail while we do all the work. Call us at 800-322-2718 or email us at moveme@allchicagoland.com to book your move today.

Get an Online Moving Estimate

Get an Online Moving Estimate for Your Move with your Mobile Device

You are busy but you need to move. But in order to move, you need to get an idea of how much it is going to cost. All Chicagoland Moving and Storage now can give you an online moving estimate through an app on your mobile device.

Here is how the online moving estimate works:

  1. Make an appointment through our online calendar or give us a call at 1-800-322-2718. We even have after work hours appointments available!
  2. We will send you either a text or email link to the App you can install.
  3. Once you are connected with one of our Moving Agents, we will ask a few questions about when you want to move and where you are moving from and to. Then turn your phone into a video camera and show us your stuff!
  4. In about two hours, you will receive a formal estimate with moving dates, times and cost based on your location and amount of items.

So what are you waiting for? Make your move as easy as possible and sign up to do your Virtual Survey today. There is no cost to you to complete the survey!

Planning on buying a LCD or Plasma TV ?

If you plan on buying a LCD or Plasma TV, be sure to save the original carton the item came in. A lot of movers will require that the TV is either in it’s original carton or that you rent or purchase a carton for the safe moving of the TV. The cost of a rental LCD TV carton can be $50 and to purchase a TV carton can be as much as $175. To avoid the additional expense, keep the carton when you purchase the TV. In most cases of all electronics, it is best to keep the original carton for the length of the warranty anyway.

Planning a Relocation or Renovation?

Is there a relocation or a renovation of your home in your near future? Give All Chicagoland Moving & Storage a call to discuss the best case scenario for your needs. The consultation is free and ACMS can help you determine the best scenario for your individual needs. ACMS can help with packing of boxes, loading and unloading service, storage service as well as full service relocation options. Just give us a call at 800-322-2718.