Here you are at the very beginning of the new chapter of your life, thinking about your new home-Chicago. Excitement about the new beginning is mixed with panic because of all the things you need to think about in order to relocate smoothly. The fact is that wonderful and vibrant city like Chicago has more and more expats every year. Hence, there are many options for moving. But the question is when to start planning your move to Chicago? Keep in mind that moving and packing always takes more time than you plan, especially if you are coming from another city, state or even country! But if you follow our steps, time will work for you.
First, work out your budget
While looking at a new residence and planning your move, you should also think about your budget. So, before you start planning your move to Chicago, sit down and work out your budget. Determine much money do you have to put down on a deposit and how much you need for rent or a loan. Once you know how much you can devote to rent or mortgage, you will be able to choose a place to live. Also, you will easier cope with moving stress if you have your finances figured out.
Don’t forget about your moving budget. Whether you are hiring a moving company or performing a DIY move, there will be moving costs. If hiring professionals, make sure to inform them about your budget so they can offer you services within that price range. Most importantly, when you come with a number, you need to stick to it. Spending more than you have planned can result in financial problems later on.
Start thinking early about location and accessibility
In this magic and busy city, you will never run out of things to do. And two main things you need to keep in mind when looking at a place to live are location and accessibility. This is something you should start thinking at least a month before the move. If you are moving without a car, you will probably want to find a place to live near public transportation. The great news is that Chicago has a good bus and train system which connects most of the city and suburbs. The Chicago Transit Authority is will help you create a mini trip to get you on the proper routes.
If you have kids, this is the moment to research school districts. Make sure you are well informed about schools, neighborhoods, housing, and statistics to help you chose a place that suits best your needs.
Choose a neighborhood
Your experience of life in Chicago will be largely driven by where you choose to live. Therefore, think good about what you are looking for in a new neighborhood when planning your move to Chicago. There are more than 80 unique neighborhoods, so there is a lot to choose from.
If you’re looking for a neighborhood that can hold a growing family, corners of town like historic Beverly on the South Side are attracting more and more families. If you are moving for college, Hyde Park near the University of Chicago may be just for you.
And if you are planning on relocating to a place such as Lakeview in the North Side offers countless sports bars and quick access to Wrigley. As you can see, Chicago offers something for everyone, you just need to find a district that suits you best.
Search, compare and finally choose a moving company
You should know that it is never too early to start looking for a reliable moving company when planning your move to Chicago. How much time you need for picking movers depends on whether you already have some previous moving experience or some recommendation or you are starting from scratch. Personal recommendation is definitely the best marketing. Hence, ask around and find out if some of your friends or coworkers have moved recently. If you don’t have previous experience or recommendation, start your research online.
Make a list of all the good looking companies that offer Chicago relocation, such as Wolley Movers Chicago. Then, start collecting moving estimates from them, one by one. Also, take some time to read reviews, but take them with a pinch of salt. If all reviews for some company are suspiciously good or bad, chances are reviews are fake. Once you have read reviews and collected moving estimates, it’s time to compare them. Finally, select a few companies that have given you the best offer and contact them. You should never underestimate the personal factor, so make sure you at least give a call to all of them. If you have time, you can visit them and discuss your moving plan in person.
Finally, a moving company that you feel you can trust, is the one you should hire.
Two weeks before the moving day
This is an ideal moment to start sorting out your belongings. Moving is a perfect opportunity to declutter your home and get rid of the things you are not using. There is no point in moving items you don’t really need. Hence, the more you choose to donate or leave behind, the fewer items you will have. Consequently, the less your move will cost too.
A week before the moving day
Once you have sorted your things, it’s time to pack them. If you have hired professional movers, you have also an option to have them pack your things for you. If not, you need to purchase packing supplies as well.
- Moving boxes in several sizes
- Duck tape
- Markers for labeling
- Bubble wrap
- Packing blankets
- Packing paper
Make sure to pack items logically, heavier items should go to smaller boxes and lighter in bigger ones. Label boxes properly, in order to unpack more easier.
Don’t forget the documents
This is also the time to make a list of important moving documents and collect them in a folder you will keep on you all the time. Also, cancel all subscriptions and inform the post office of your address change.
When to start planning your move to Chicago?
Obviously, there is no right or wrong answer to this question. But, as soon as you start planning your move to Chicago, the more relaxed you will be during the process. Besides, there is no better time than now!