3 Tips for Moving Truck Rentals in Chicago

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Coordinate elevator times before making moving truck reservations to make sure you are able to unload your items.

If you’ve decided to move to Chicago, then you’re likely beginning to plan out which moving options are best to get you and your belongings to the city.

Moving truck rentals can often be a cost-effective option. But, as in any other city, moving in Chicago takes careful planning and preparation — especially when you are doing it yourself. The following tips on working with moving truck rentals in Chicago may help you complete your move with as little stress as possible.

1. Plan Your Parking Ahead of Time.

Parking in Chicago can be scarce and offers some intricacies, including residential zone parking and city vehicle sticker requirements. The most important things to remember are:

  • Consult road signs to stay away from tow zones — these are strictly enforced.
  • A parking permit may be required for moving trucks larger than 16 feet that are parked for more than one hour. If necessary, a permit can be obtained for $25 per day from the City of Chicago. Check with building management and the rental company if you are unsure. You may also consider hiring moving helpers to shorten loading and unloading time.
  • Check for orange street-cleaning signs that may be tied to fences and trees. If you park on the side of the street with a posted cleaning day, then your vehicle could be towed. The street sweeping schedule is posted on the city’s site by ward.

2. Coordinate Elevator Times in Your Building.

If your apartment building has an elevator, then it may have designated time frames for moving in and out. Reserving your moving truck for a different time frame than your elevator allowance will present you with a dilemma. Coordinate elevator times before making moving truck reservations to make sure you are able to unload your items. If your apartment building doesn’t have elevators, make a visit in advance to see if the stairs will be too difficult for you. If so, consider hiring local moving helpers.

3. Allow for Delays.

The unpredictable traffic in Chicago should be budgeted into your moving day schedule. Plan your route in advance to allow for delays, and check road conditions ahead of time to see if you will be faced with street closures along your route. Visit the City of Chicago’s street closures listing, and avoid rush hour traffic. In Chicago, rush hours are roughly from 6:30 a.m.to 10:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m., with the evening rush hour beginning as early as noon on Fridays.

If you are moving from a suburb with fewer restrictions, then these tips may seem like a lot to remember. But, just like anything else, the more time you spend in Chicago, the more familiar you will become with the rules and regulations of the road.

Have you ever moved to Chicago in a moving truck? Do you have any tips for navigating a moving truck in the city? Share your experience in the comments!

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