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MiniMove's is celebrating 25 Years in Business!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 1:40 AM

MiniMoves founder, Jack Arslanian, started his career in broadcasting, a business that could not be more unrelated to household goods moving. It was that outsider’s perspective and an endlessly inquisitive mind that lead to the solution of a problem that was as vexing for customers as it was for major van lines; how to safely and cost-effectively move a small shipment of household goods across the country.

Jack purchased a Mailboxes Etcetera franchise in the late 80’s. Customers would show up with one or two pieces of furniture, asking if they had a way to “get it to our nephew in Poughkeepsie. Movers charge a big weight minimum and UPS says they won’t take furniture.” Jack has always had a preference for the phrase “let me see” rather than just saying “no” because exploring the possibilities satisfied...

Brookfield Food Drive!

Friday, July 15, 2016 2:56 AM
MiniMoves Storage and Movers encourages you to join the team of Brookfield Global Relocation Services in Burr Ridge, IL in hosting a food drive today-July 22. Hope to see you there!

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MiniMoves Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie's List Super Service Award

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 2:11 AM
MiniMoves is an Angie’s list moving company that has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

The CEO/Founder of our full service moving company, Jack Arslanian, stated: “We are extremely pleased and honored to have been recognized and chosen for this outstanding achievement. This is a true reflection upon our team of crews, network service providers, and support personnel who provide quality customer service to all our relocating consumers. We are truly gratified by this recognition.”

“Only about 5 percent of the Moving Industry has performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

How to move internationally without going broke

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 12:39 AM

Work out your income stream The big advantage of moving internationally to a cheaper country is that you can stretch your money much further. If you have to earn money in the local currency, however, that can reduce much of your advantage. Any job that can be done remotely is great for this: writer, designer, tech worker, or online publisher, for example. Many other jobs can transfer easily to another location, such as teacher, manager, real estate agent, or medical professional — but they may not have an equivalent salary unless you’re working for a foreign organization. Figure out how your skill set can transition to a remote earnings situation.

Do a trial run

Moving out of the country is very different than being a traveler passing through. Before making the big leap, spend some time in the place or places you’re considering, living like a local for a while. That means renting an apartment in a real neighborhood, shopping at local markets, and eating where the locals eat. If you can run some typical local errands and take some language classes, even better. Some countries will allow you to live there for years on a tourist visa, and you simply have to leave the country every once in a while to renew. Others require mountains of paperwork and a very long application process. Investigate the situation for the country you’re considering and look beyond what you can find online at the embassy site. Check local message boards and recent articles before moving out of the country, as visa requirements are often in flux. In some cases you’ll need to apply for residency before moving internationally. In others you can sort it out after arrival. In every case where you need some kind of residency permit, assume extra cash and lots of patience will be required.


Physical Impacts of a D-I-Y

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 4:41 AM
Are you a resourceful individual who enjoys saving money and paying less for services that you know you can do on your own? If you're planning a move in the near future, it's a good idea to consider using a professional furniture moving service, even if you love lifting boxes and think your hours in the gym have prepared you to move house.

Here are some of the reasons why the physical and mental stress of moving your own house, condo, or apartment can take a rather significant physical toll on your body and mind.

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It's Not a 90-Minute Workout at the Gym

Working out on a regular basis helps you remain in good shape, and you may very well have the strength and stamina to pack your entire house for a long distance move. However, when you choose to move without the assistance of a professional moving company...

Is it worth it? Renting VS. Buying

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 6:42 AM
Choosing between renting and buying is a tough decision, that’s amplified when you compare the cost to rent, the current state of the housing market, lease lengths, neighborhoods, and property taxes, just to name a few. If you’ve been debating whether to rent or buy, you’ve definitely have a lot to think about. To ease your woes, here are just a few of the pros and cons of renting vs. buying a house. Pros and Cons of Renting an Apartment

Apartments offer lots of options to renters, with drawbacks and positive parts alike. If you are wondering if you should continue to rent apartments, start by reading the pros and cons of renting vs. buying an apartment.


Renting apartments gives you the flexibility and convenience of moving when YOU want to. You can choose a full-length or short-term lease, live month-to-month, sublet, and renew or relocate as you choose. In an apartment, maintenance is usually taken care of for you. Repairs are made by a maintenance staff, so you don’t have to handle...

Winter Moving Perks & Tips

Monday, January 11, 2016 8:39 PM
Moving in winter is not such a crazy idea if you are living in a warmer climate area. Freezing temperatures, snow, and ice do not make for the best and safest moving conditions. However, there are perks to be enjoyed when making your move this time of year. There are also some things to think about that you would not have to consider if you were moving in warmer weather.

First, the perks of moving in winter. Putting up with the inconvenience of a winter move could save you cash month after month from now on, particularly if you are a renter. The home and apartment turnover is slower in the winter. The law of supply and demand plays a large part in the home and rental cost. If your move dates are flexible, hold off a few months and wait out the most demanding season for moving. As with moving services, storage facilities have a similar busy season. Temporary moving storage availability is higher in the late fall...

How to Downsize Your Home

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 12:35 AM
moving out of a house to down size

Moving is hardly ever an easy thing to do. You have so many things to consider with a limited amount of time to do it. One of the most challenging aspects of relocating is process of downsizing from a house to an apartment. At first it may seem like there is less to do because you have fewer items to pack and move, and therefore the moving cost will be lower. This is a good point, but the process of actually getting there is longer than it is on a regular house-to-house or apartment-to-apartment move. Downsizing could be quite the challenge if you don’t know where to start, so here is our list which will guide you step by step into this tough process. De-clutter. You need to begin downsizing your home by removing all the clutter and garbage that you may have inside. Throw away all obvious...

Do a spring cleaning BEFORE your move

Thursday, December 24, 2015 2:38 PM
By performing a big spring clean for your house and sorting your stuff out before you plan to sell and move, you’ll not only save time and money but also your sanity!

1. Now is the perfect time of year for a spring clean

Spring and Summer are prime moving seasons. With the days getting longer and people getting more jobs done (jobs that accumulated over the long and dark winter), we start to set our sights on the coming months. The housing market now springs into action; reducing the clutter in your home can help you focus on your plans for moving. Having an untidy house can be distracting and the constant need to tidy can get in the way of productivity. A great big spring clean for your house could be your answer!

2. Don’t leave it until the last minute, plan your cleaning in advance

If you are thinking of putting your house on the market or you have already sold and are about to move out, it’s time to have a good tidy up and sort out your belongings. Cleaning before moving out could...
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How to Make a Move Fun for Children

Saturday, December 12, 2015 10:26 AM
Children can often feel like moving and leaving a home that might be all they have ever known is the end of the world. Even if the you are just relocating within the same neighborhood and their friends won’t be left behind, moving can still be quite scary to children. Here are some great tips that you and your family can consider when moving with children that will help your child feel as if the new home is just as cool

Let Them Design Their Space – When relocating with children, let them know that one of the greatest things about moving is starting over fresh, which means they will have an entire space to decorate as they wish. Maybe she is growing out of the pink princess-themed room and would love a space a little more fun and retro with bean bag chairs and polka dots, or perhaps his passion is no longer bugs but cars instead. Now is the chance to pick the paint color for the wall and get a new comforter. This will also give you an excuse to go to the craft store to see what you can buy or make to decorate...
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