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Guide to moving from NYC to Chicago


So, you have decided on moving from NYC to Chicago? Excellent! As the third most populous city in USA, Chicago is filled with life, job opportunities, beautiful neighborhoods and nightlife which never stops! However, the process of moving can sometimes be difficult and full of challenges. In this article, we will show you a basic guideline which you can easily follow to complete your move from NYC to Chicago with ease. We will cover every aspect of the move, from creating a plan and preparing packing supplies to hiring long-distance moving companies New York. To begin with, we will take a look at some of the basic things you can do before you start packing.

Learn about the city before moving from NYC to Chicago

Assuming you have already found the neighborhood of your liking and chosen your new home, you should now learn more about the city itself. Chicago, as we have already mentioned, is not only filled with life and career opportunities but also a city filled with culture and rich history. Take your family or friends on a trip and explore the city! Visit famous sites and read about locals and their experiences with living in Chicago. Introduce yourself to your soon-to-be neighbors. Get familiar with the layout of the city in general so you will have an easier time settling in.

Get familiar with your new city! Go with your friends or family members and explore it before relocation.

Preparing for the move

Whether you are relocating on your own or you plan on hiring professional movers, you have to properly prepare yourself for the move. The process of relocation is both physically and emotionally demanding. It is for this reason that you need to do a few basic steps in order to make your move easier and relaxing. This is especially the case when moving to a big city such as Chicago. Let us take a look at the things that you need to do before you start packing.

  • Create a plan. One of the most important aspects of your move will be creating a good plan. Properly organizing yourself will minimize any complications.
  • Set a good date for the move. Choose a good date for the relocation. Aim for the sunny and overcast days. Moving during a rainstorm and blizzard is going to be almost impossible.
  • Set the limit of your budget. Determine your budget for the move. Calculate every cost of the move.
  • Hire trusted and affordable movers. Finding well-organized and professional movers is not an easy task. Take your time and do your research before hiring movers.
Calculator and a notepad.
Write down the things that you need to do before and during the move. Calculate the exact costs of your relocation.

Make your process of packing easier

When moving from NYC to Chicago packing will, without a doubt, take the most of your time during relocation. It can also drain the most of your energy and excitement for relocation. To avoid this, let us take a look at the things that you can do on your own to make the packing go smoother and more efficient.

Create a checklist

When you have a lot if items to pack and transport, keeping track of your inventory can be extremely difficult. By creating a simple checklist you will have a better insight into the size of your inventory as well as easier time keeping track of your items during the move. Make sure you follow the checklist when packing with your movers. It will make the entire process of relocation more efficient.

Gather the necessary packing supplies

Gather the packing supplies necessary for the move. The packing supplies include tools and materials such as: cardboard boxes, packing foam and bubble wrap and labeling material for the boxes. The exact materials will vary depending on the size of your inventory. If you do not have these near you, you can browse online websites and find affordable packing supplies for you move. Moreover, if you plan on hiring movers, they will likely provide you with the necessary moving boxes.

Prepare the necessary packing supplies for the move.

Pack room by room

To truly have an organized packing experience, you have to start by packing only one room at the time. This enables you to keep better track of where each of your item is packed. In addition to this, you will also find it more enjoyable and less stressful to pack one room at the time then try and pack all in one go.

Declutter your inventory

As the process of packing takes a lot of time, getting rid of the items you no longer need or want in your new home is a good idea. By decluttering your inventory, you are making the packing process easier and more organized. You can donate items that you no longer need to your local charity organization. Furthermore, you can organize a yard sale. This way you can earn some extra cash and add it to your relocation budget.

Hiring a professional moving company

If you are in doubts of whether or not you can complete the move on your own do not worry. Hiring professionals to help you pack comes with many benefits. As we have mentioned earlier, professional movers can provide you with the necessary moving boxes. Moreover, they will send a number of hired workers and transport vehicles depending on the size of your inventory. This way you do not need to worry about any heavy-lifting. However, when hiring professionals be mindful of scammers and fraudulent moving companies.


To sum up, the process of long-distance moving from NYC to Chicago can be difficult and stressful. However, in this basic guide, we have shown you the list of things that you can do in order to properly prepare yourself for relocation. Organize and plan each step of the move. Determine your budget and calculate all costs. Make your process of packing as easier as possible. When in doubt, hire professional and well-organized moving companies that can be trusted, such as U.Santini Moving and Storage Brooklyn. Follow these few basic steps and you will have a successful and enjoyable relocation to you new home in no time!

These guys are TRUE PROFESSIONALS! We've now moved with them twice (once in 2017 and then again this week) and we really can't say enough good things about them. Simi is incredibly easy to work with for scheduling and quotes, and the crews - John, Super Mario, and everyone - are just awesome. They're quick, incredibly careful and conscientious, and super friendly. If we ever move again (and god I hope we don't have to) we're absolutely calling them.

Allison "Elnoods" N.

From Brooklyn, NY

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Frequently Asked Questions

At U.Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we've earned our reputation through honesty and transparency. We're here to address all your questions and provide peace of mind as you choose our moving services in Brooklyn.

What are your working hours?

We are open from Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM–5 PM, but feel free to contact us through our contact form anytime. We'll get back to you ASAP.

Does U.Santini Moving & Storage offer insurance?

Absolutely! We offer various types of insurance to protect your belongings, including a full replacement option. The cost depends on how much your things are worth and the deductible you choose.

How soon should I schedule my move?

It's a good idea to book your moving company at least 8 weeks before your move. If you're moving during the holidays or in the summer, it's best to schedule it 12 weeks ahead. But if your move is between September and May, you can often book movers with just 2 weeks' notice. The key is to secure your moving crew as soon as you have all the details about your move.

Do you provide packing supplies?

Yes, we do. Along with the necessary boxes and packing materials for your move, we offer various 'Saver' packages tailored to the size of your home. If you don't use all the boxes you purchased, you can return them to our team after the move, and we'll refund the unused portion.

What type of storage do you offer?

At U. Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we offer complete storage solutions in climate-controlled units. Our units are monitored 24/7 to keep your belongings safe, whether you need short-term or long-term storage. We even provide storage options for very short durations, including as little as 24 hours.

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