Moving into our Chicago Pad
As you saw yesterday, we found a place to live! Cue: happy dance.
But you also saw that our new home was very, very empty. That’s because since mid-September our belongings have been safe and sound in our PODS container. That container has been sitting at a storage center in Bensenville, IL just waiting for us to find a new home. It was finally time to open that bad boy up!
Back in St. Louis, I was just able to have the container dropped right off in our building’s back alley. But bigger cities (like New York & Chicago) have laws against containers on city property. So because of Chicago’s city laws my PODS container could not be dropped off at our new place.
Luckily, PODS has a solution for delivering to these urban areas and they told me all about it when I booked my container. They partner with a local moving company in your new city (in my case, EMS Moving) and they act as a “shuttle” between your container and your new home.
So I called up EMS Moving, set up my move time, got my container key over to them, and they handled everything.
They emptied our PODS container on-site at the storage center, wrapped up our furniture to protect it (way better than we did by the way…), and loaded it into their moving truck.
All we had to do was show up the day of the move and tell their team where to put everything.
For them…lots of carrying, sweating, and lifting of heavy boxes.
For me…lots of pointing, door holding, and hemming and hawing over what to order for lunch.
Dang, they made moving pretty darn easy!
They brought 5 helpers (5!!), including our favorite guy, Chris. He was a rockstar and made sure everything went smoothly for us.
With all of the help, our truck was empty in no time at all. Now I’m left with a place packed full of stuff.
Time to unpack…who’s coming over to help?
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.