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Packing Your Memories

Pictures:

 

Small pictures can be wrapped an stood up in normal packing boxes with other goods.  Extremely large pictures, such as the type commonly found hanging over a sofa or mantle (usually measuring 24”x36”) should be packed by your mover in one of his specially designed picture or mirror cartons.  Many pictures, however that are just a little too large to fit in regular cartons can be packed in a self-devised picture carton.

 

  1. Select a carton that is larger than your picture when open at both ends.
  2. Open the bottom of the carton, and then flatten the carton.  Seal one of the open sides with your tape.
  3. Lay your picture, face down, on several sheets of packing paper which have been spread out so as to be almost twice as wide as your picture.
  4. Wrap the picture in much the same manner as you might a gift box.  Bring one side of the packing paper around the picture so that it will cover most of the back of the picture.  Then bring the second side of the packing paper around to cover the back of the picture.  Seal with tape.  Fold up both end of the packing paper and bring over the back of the picture.  Seal with tape.  Turn picture over and seal the areas where the packing paper overlaps.
  5. Slide picture into unsealed side of your carton an seal this end with your tape.

 

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Information on Chicago Neighborhoods

 

If you’re thinking about moving to Chicago, it is important to get a feel for the city and the different neighborhoods that are located in Chicago.  The purpose of this blog is to gain more knowledge of the different Chicago neighborhoods. 

            The first neighborhood we will be mentioning is Albany Park.  Albany Park is on the northwest side of the city and is one of the most diverse in the United States.  There are over 40 different languages spoken in the public schools in Albany Park.  It truly is a melting pot of sorts.  Albany Park, can be found on Lawrence Avenue, between Kedzie and Pulaski. The area is one of the most Democratic of the country.  The average income of a resident of Albany Park is $40,711.

            If you’re looking to get a suburban feel in a big city, Beverly would be an appropriate neighbourhood to consider visiting.  Beverly consists largely of upscale homes and is actually one of the only neighbourhoods in Chicago where you can visibly see hills. Beverly is the home of the South Side Irish Parade, the largest neighborhood parade of any type in the country. The neighborhood is home to more Irish style pubs than any other in Chicago.  The average income of a resident living in Beverly is $66,823.

            The neighbourhood with the highest density of any in the city is a neighbourhood called Edgewater. Edgewater has the highest concentration of gay and lesbian couples in the city, and fifth highest in the country. Edgewater boasts a skyline of apartment buildings, condominium complexes, and mid-rise homes.  The average income of a resident of Edgewater is $35,766.

The Lincoln Park neighborhood is bordered on the north by Diversey Parkway, on the west by Clybourn Avenue, on the south by North Avenue, and Lake Michigan in the east.  The neighborhood population is primarily made up of young professionals, recent college graduates, and young families. Rent for studio apartments can range from $535-$900, and one-bedroom apartments start at $850 and go up from there, depending on the view, size and location.  It is a good area to meet people with similar interests and living situations.  The average income of a resident living in Lincoln Park is $68,613.

Lincoln Square is a neighborhood located on the North Side of Chicago. About 44,000 people live in the neighborhood along with over 1,000 small and medium sized businesses. It is bounded by Peterson Avenue and Bryn Mawr Avenue on the north, Montrose Avenue on the south, Ravenswood Avenue on the east and the Chicago River on the west. It is somewhat trendy and its housing stock consists of private residences and small apartment buildings.The commercial heart of Lincoln Square is located along Lincoln Avenue. Lincoln Square is historically known as a heavily German influenced and populated neighborhood.  The average income of a resident living in Lincoln Square is $40,898.

Logan Square describes the actual square which is the 3-way intersection of Milwaukee Avenue, Logan Boulevard and Kedzie Boulevard. The area is characterized by the prominent historical boulevards and large bungalow-style homes. The neighborhood is home to a diverse population comprising Latinos and Eastern Europeans, as well as a younger crowd comprising primarily white, college-educated artists and professionals primarily from middle-class backgrounds who are attracted to the area’s diversity.  The average income of a resident living in Logan Square is $36,245. 

The Loop is located downtown Chicago and features lots of high-rise buildings.  It is the second biggest downtown business district in the United States.  Bounded on the west and north by the Chicago River, on the east by Lake Michigan, and on the south by Roosevelt Road.  This area has an abundance of shopping opportunities as well as a number of government buildings.  The average income of a resident living in the Loop is $65,128.

Rogers Park is the northernmost of the Chicago. It is bound by the City of Evanston at Howard Street to the north, Ridge Boulevard to the west, Devon Avenue to the south and the shores of Lake Michigan to the east. Rogers Park continued to see massive changes in its demographics into the twenty first century. It is one of the most diverse American communities in the country, with a mix of ethnic backgrounds, languages, ages, and incomes. Rogers Park contains many houses of prayer of different religions and denominations.  The average income of a resident living in Rogers Park is $31,602.

Uptown is a diverse neighborhood. Uptown’s boundaries are Foster avenue on the north, Lake Michigan on the east, Irving Park road on the south, and Clark avenue on the west. The historical, cultural, and commercial center of Uptown is Broadway, with Uptown Square at the center. A lakefront community Uptown features two beaches and an extensive park system.  The average income of a resident living in Uptown is $32,328.

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Handle with Care!

Moving with Children:

 

A move can be especially trying for children.  It is important that you get them involved so that they do not feel displaced, as children like routines and moving will definitely disrupt what’s familiar to them.  Speak to your children and have them discuss their fears and concerns.  Help them get excited about moving.  Let them get involved in packing up their items and put them in a special box.  All these things will alleviate some of their stress about moving to a new place.

 

It’s best not to have your children at home on loading day, as they may become upset that their things are going on the truck.  We suggest that they spend the day with family or friends to minimize their anxiety about the move.  Proper planning will assist your children in the transition to your new home and community.

 

Moving with Pets and Plants:

 

Pets are also affected by a move.  Pets cannot be moved on the moving truck, so be sure that for their own safety, they are not around on moving day.  Be sure that you’ve arranged for the transporting of your pet.  You might want to visit your veterinarian to obtain pet health records, update tags, and get tranquilizers to calm your pet during transport.

 

Also, if your pet will be traveling by air, be sure to contact the airlines to find out their rules about moving pets and what type of kennel is required.  Some airlines even rent these kennels.  Be sure that the kennel is labeled with your new address, phone and pet’s name and include any special handling instructions.  If you’re traveling by car, be sure to never leave your pet unattended, especially during extremely hot or cold temperatures.

 

In general, plants should not be moved.  We cannot be responsible for the care of plants, and many states quarantine plants at all times.  We recommend that they move with you, and not on the Bekins truck.

 

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Moving To Chicago? Learn About Chicagoland Neighborhoods:

If you’re thinking about moving to Chicago, it is important to get a feel for the city and the different neighborhoods that are located in Chicago.  The purpose of this blog is to gain more knowledge of the different Chicago neighborhoods.

The first neighborhood we will be mentioning is Albany Park.  Albany Park is on the northwest side of the city and is one of the most diverse in the United States.  There are over 40 different languages spoken in the public schools in Albany Park.  It truly is a melting pot of sorts.  Albany Park, can be found on Lawrence Avenue, between Kedzie and Pulaski. The area is one of the most Democratic of the country.  The average income of a resident of Albany Park is $40,711.

If you’re looking to get a suburban feel in a big city, Beverly would be an appropriate neighbourhood to consider visiting.  Beverly consists largely of upscale homes and is actually one of the only neighbourhoods in Chicago where you can visibly see hills. Beverly is the home of the South Side Irish Parade, the largest neighborhood parade of any type in the country. The neighborhood is home to more Irish style pubs than any other in Chicago.  The average income of a resident living in Beverly is $66,823.

The neighbourhood with the highest density of any in the city is a neighbourhood called Edgewater. Edgewater has the highest concentration of gay and lesbian couples in the city, and fifth highest in the country. Edgewater boasts a skyline of apartment buildings, condominium complexes, and mid-rise homes.  The average income of a resident of Edgewater is $35,766.

The Lincoln Park neighborhood is bordered on the north by Diversey Parkway, on the west by Clybourn Avenue, on the south by North Avenue, and Lake Michigan in the east.  The neighborhood population is primarily made up of young professionals, recent college graduates, and young families. Rent for studio apartments can range from $535-$900, and one-bedroom apartments start at $850 and go up from there, depending on the view, size and location.  It is a good area to meet people with similar interests and living situations.  The average income of a resident living in Lincoln Park is $68,613.

Lincoln Square is a neighborhood located on the North Side of Chicago. About 44,000 people live in the neighborhood along with over 1,000 small and medium sized businesses. It is bounded by Peterson Avenue and Bryn Mawr Avenue on the north, Montrose Avenue on the south, Ravenswood Avenue on the east and the Chicago River on the west. It is somewhat trendy and its housing stock consists of private residences and small apartment buildings.The commercial heart of Lincoln Square is located along Lincoln Avenue. Lincoln Square is historically known as a heavily German influenced and populated neighborhood.  The average income of a resident living in Lincoln Square is $40,898.

Logan Square describes the actual square which is the 3-way intersection of Milwaukee Avenue, Logan Boulevard and Kedzie Boulevard. The area is characterized by the prominent historical boulevards and large bungalow-style homes. The neighborhood is home to a diverse population comprising Latinos and Eastern Europeans, as well as a younger crowd comprising primarily white, college-educated artists and professionals primarily from middle-class backgrounds who are attracted to the area’s diversity.  The average income of a resident living in Logan Square is $36,245.

The Loop is located downtown Chicago and features lots of high-rise buildings.  It is the second biggest downtown business district in the United States.  Bounded on the west and north by the Chicago River, on the east by Lake Michigan, and on the south by Roosevelt Road.  This area has an abundance of shopping opportunities as well as a number of government buildings.  The average income of a resident living in the Loop is $65,128.

Rogers Park is the northernmost of the Chicago. It is bound by the City of Evanston at Howard Street to the north, Ridge Boulevard to the west, Devon Avenue to the south and the shores of Lake Michigan to the east. Rogers Park continued to see massive changes in its demographics into the twenty first century. It is one of the most diverse American communities in the country, with a mix of ethnic backgrounds, languages, ages, and incomes. Rogers Park contains many houses of prayer of different religions and denominations.  The average income of a resident living in Rogers Park is $31,602.

Uptown is a diverse neighborhood. Uptown’s boundaries are Foster avenue on the north, Lake Michigan on the east, Irving Park road on the south, and Clark avenue on the west. The historical, cultural, and commercial center of Uptown is Broadway, with Uptown Square at the center. A lakefront community Uptown features two beaches and an extensive park system.  The average income of a resident living in Uptown is $32,328.

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Moving Checklist

8-12 weeks before you move:

-If you own your home, contact your real estate agent to begin the selling process.

-Establish your preferred moving dates.

-Research your new community by using Bekins’ on-line moving tools at

www.bekinsmoving.com

-Compare school districts

-Obtain free city reports

-Use our salary and mortgage calculators to make comparisons.

-Set up a house-hunting tip to your new city.

-Find out if your employer will be paying for the move, or providing you                            with a lump sum or direct reimbursement.  If so, discuss Bekins’

“enCompass program”.

-Have a garage sale or donate goods you do not want to move.  This will

Help you get the most accurate estimate of moving costs.

 

4-8 weeks before you move:

-Contact your local Bekins agent to schedule a convenient time for a free

Estimate.  You can find the nearest Bekins representative by using the

Agent locator on our website at www.bekinsagents.com

-Purchase your new home; arrange financing; establish close dates.

-Make a list of everyone you need to notify of your move.

-Check with your school on transferring your children’s records.

-Research driver’s license requirements for the state you are moving to.

-Find out from the IRS or your accountant if moving expenses are tax

deductible.

-Contact your insurance agent to discuss your insurance needs for your

new home.

-Select a new bank in your new city.

-Begin to organize your medical and dental records.

-Obtain change of address cards from your local post office.

 

3 weeks before you move:

-Make a decision on whether you will pack your goods or if you’d like to

utilize Bekins’ professional packing service.

-Begin the packing process if you are doing it yourself.

-Compile all personal records

-Change your address on credit cards and magazine subscriptions

-If you have children, arrange for them to be at a babysitter during loading

day.

-Arrange to have your utilities disconnected after your move-out day.

-Arrange to connect your utilities the day before your scheduled move-in

day.

 

2 weeks before you move:

-Clean your home and clear basement and attic.

-Plan to use all the food in your refrigerator and freezer.

-Cancel all current delivery services such as food delivery service,

newspaper delivery, etc.

-Dispose of all flammables, cleaners, paints, aerosols, ammunition, etc.

-Transfer all current prescriptions to your new local pharmacy.

-Clear out your safety deposit box.  Transfer bank accounts.

-Be sure that you have packed everything in advance.

-Drain the oil and gasoline from your lawn mower, and other power tools

if they are to be moved.

-Depending on area of residence, if required, obtain a professional gypsy

moth inspection or perform self-inspection for gypsy moth.

 

1 week before you move:

-Confirm your travel arrangements for your family.

-Provide contact phone numbers to your Bekins agent so that you are

accessible during your move.

-Empty and clean your refrigerator and freezer, clean your stove, etc.

-Only use those household items that you’ll need, such as sheets, towels, a

few pans and dishes.  Makes sure everything else is ready to be moved.

 

Moving Day:

-Review all paperwork with your Bekins driver.

-Be available to check off inventory of all items being moved.

-Once the moving van is loaded, double check that nothing was left

behind in closets, basement, attic, cabinets, drawers, etc.

-For safety’s sake, arrange for your children to stay with a relative or

neighbor so that they are not at home on moving day.

-Be sure to give your cell phone number or other contact number to your

driver.

 

Bekins knows just how difficult moving is.  The more prepared you are for your move, the easier the process will be.  We’ve been moving families like yours since 1891 and we know how difficult it is to leave familiar surroundings.  With Bekins, we’ll take care of the move, so you can concentrate on making your new house a home.

 

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Preparing Your Moving Quote

For a successful interstate move it is a must to have a good plan and be well organized.  This should start with inviting a Bekins representative inside your home to develop a customized and thorough assessment of your moving needs and wishes.  It is the responsibility of the representative to carefully survey all aspects and areas of your home to ensure an accurate quote that Bekins will guarantee.  The technique we use is to look at each and every item in the home weather it is a box of items or a chest or drawers, and determine how much space it will take up in the van on a cubic feet basis.  The total cubic feet collected is then multiplied by 7 pounds for every cubic foot factored.  This gives us our estimated household good weight.  The weight and distance of the move to destination is where the initial cost begins.  From that point forward, any extra services such as packing, crating, servicing, storage, and material is also factored in.  The move can be completed in many ways from the customer packing themselves with our FREE cartons provided, the customer only packing a portion of the cartons & Bekins packing some, or simply Bekins to pack each and every box throughout the home.  We will also assess any items that need special attention such as disassembly & re-assembly, custom wood-crating, item-servicing, and furniture wrapping techniques.

It is our standard policy to disassemble and re-assemble all beds as well as pack and unpack all mattresses and box springs in special boxes.  All wood furniture will be carefully pad-wrapped and all upholstered items will be completely shrink-wrapped.  Our driver and crew will protect your home as well by placing banister protectors and floor protection in each and every move we service.  An itemized inventory will be written on move day for the record of both our Bekins driver and our customer so as we deliver to the new destination, we will check against this inventory as the items are brought into the new home.  The transit time from loading to delivery is based on how much of the 53’ moving van the shipment takes up.  Our household good vans hold anywhere from 27,000-30,000 pounds of household goods so the larger the shipment or the more space the shipment takes up on the van, the sooner we deliver.  The smaller the shipment is, the larger the delivery window will be.

 

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