There’s a lot to love about living in Chicago: street fests, restaurants, the beach, shopping, the parks…did we say the restaurants?
But, like everything else, there are some things that can be less than awesome about living in the city, too. At the top of our list of drawbacks? Moving. If you’ve ever moved in Chicago, then you know that finding your dream place and signing a lease is only half the battle. There’s also the blood, sweat, and tears that go into moving into your new place, too.
As someone who’s moved about 18 times in the last 10 years, I’ve gotten pretty good at it. Here are a few tips for moving in the city that I’ve learned along the way.
- Measure. This weekend, I watched movers pull up across the street from our house and attempt to fit a large brown leather sofa through the front door of a vintage building. You know what happened? They couldn’t fit the sofa through the front door and ended up putting the sofa back in the truck. I felt for them, because I’ve been there. Do yourself a favor and measure not just the dimensions of your apartment, but all doors, hallways, and stairwells, too.
- Or get smart about your furniture. If you’re moving into one of Chicago’s super-charming vintage buildings, you might be surprised to find out that nothing except dollhouse furniture will fit. One time, I moved into a new place only to find that, no matter what I did, my queen-sized mattress would not fit through the front door, which lead directly to a very steep staircase. After freaking out for a while I found a solution that ended up being way better than my original mattress anyway: A bed in a box. One of the best out there is Verlo To-Go, which is this amazing, gel-foam mattress that can be delivered to your door (or you can pick it up at one of their Chicago-area stores same day in a mattress emergency) in a compact box that measures 16.75″ x 16.75″ x 43″ no matter what size mattress you buy (they’re available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and even California king). When you open the box, the mattress magically expands into the puffy cloud bed of your dreams. My other great solution for squeezing big furniture through small doors and hallways: Ikea. If you’ve ever shopped there you know that most of their stuff comes in boxes and needs to be assembled. Which sucks unless you live in a place where assembled furniture is too big to fit up the stairs …
- Scope out the parking sitch. Chicago street parking is difficult with a company sedan, but if you’ve got a moving truck: good luck. If you’re moving yourself, you can get a free “no parking” sign from your neighborhood alderman that you can hang outside your building to reserve your space. However, all signs must be posted at least 48 hours in advance of your move. Also important to note: by law, a parking permit is required for vehicles larger than 16 feet that will be parked on the street for longer than an hour. If you hire a moving service, though, they should be able to take care of this for you.
Good luck and godspeed.
*This post was sponsored by Verlo. All opinions are our own.