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Tips for a Smooth Office Move

Tips for a Smooth Office Move

Moving offices can be a pain in the neck for many – especially if you aren’t sure where to begin. Moving homes presents a different type of challenge, such that there aren’t clients, employees, or other businesses depending upon a smooth transition. It’s important to take the necessary steps before an office move to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Transitioning offices can be hectic and can create serious problems if not done effectively. The first thing you’ll want to consider is: can I move my office on my own, or do I need some professional help? If you have a good-sized office, chances are you’ll need a little help making sure every aspect of your business is prepared for the transition. Here are some tips to help ensure that your office move is a smooth one: Book Your Moving Company Early Don’t take your time booking a moving company; as soon as you’re aware of what date you’ll need to move by, it’s essential to book your moving company right away. This can ensure a few things: That you get the moving date you require That you get the most reasonable pricing That you lock down a reliable, trustworthy moving company That you can better prepare your employees, clients, and patrons for the transition Booking a moving company might sound a little nerve-wracking, but they’re there to help you. Make sure you ask plenty of questions and find the moving company that best suits your needs. Organize Your Move If you’re not already an organized person, you might find this task a little more difficult. Rest assured, staying organized...
Tips to Make Your Office Move Infinitely Easier

Tips to Make Your Office Move Infinitely Easier

Moving a household comes with the need to plan logistics of the moving day and prepare for any challenges that may arise along the way. Moving under any context can be stressful and difficult, but it’s often far more stressful when there isn’t a well-laid plan made in advance – this is especially true of office moves. When a business or company’s office is moving, there is an entirely different set of concerns than when moving a household. In this article, we’ll go over some helpful tips for your office move that can make the transition much easier and the overall moving experience far more pleasant. Make a Plan Well Ahead of Your Move As with any relocation or moving process, planning in advance is essential. Of course, there are many different considerations that will inevitably be overlooked accidentally; however, the good news is that the more you’ve planned the easier it’ll be to do some mild damage control should the situation arise. Here are a few helpful tips we’ve boiled down for you to make your office move preparation a little simpler: Alerting Employees and Clientele Depending on how large the company is or the type of service you provide, it’s important to determine how the move will affect your employees and clientele, or what it may require of them. You might consider providing your clients with extra resources should your services be temporarily unavailable. You may also provide a list of resources for your employees, including crucial dates surrounding what their obligations and duties are regarding the move, such as important deadlines and where they can find...
How to Care for Your Pet During Your Long-Distance Moves

How to Care for Your Pet During Your Long-Distance Moves

Moving can be both stressful and joyful, depending on many different factors. There are plenty of things to keep organized, such as: schedules; belongings and their whereabouts; directions to your next destination; logistics of the moving day; and many other contributing factors. Adding a pet into the mix can make things a little more complicated, but it can also add a bit of relief to your moving day if you let it. In this article, we’ll go over some tips that can help you care for your pet during your long-distance move, hopefully making the added element of a furry friend a little more enjoyable than stressful! Bring Plenty of Creature Comforts Depending on how accustomed to traveling your pet is, it might be a little stressed during a moving adventure. It’s important to think of your pet’s needs before leaving for your trip so you can have easy access to the things that keep them comfortable: Food – make sure to ration out enough food for the journey, with their favorite food bowl easily-accessible. Water – it’s important to avoid dehydration on long trips, so make sure to bring bottled water with you for your pet. Bedding – on long trips, pets usually get tired after a while and just want to rest. Bring their favorite bedding with you so they can feel at-home on the trip. Toys – while they might not have the time or concern to play with a toy on the trip, they might enjoy smelling a familiar smell, or chewing on a bone along the way. Secure Your Pet One of the most...
How to Estimate Moving Expenses Beforehand

How to Estimate Moving Expenses Beforehand

It can be a hassle to move, for many reasons. They say that moving is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life, next to getting married or getting divorced. Similar to other huge events in one’s life, there are many components to a move that can be challenging for individuals and families, especially when it comes to moving cost. Moving expenses can range significantly, depending on how you handle the planning leading up to the big day. There are many factors to consider that can dramatically impact the cost of moving, so it’s important to do a little homework and planning before the main event. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can estimate moving expenses, and what you can do to lower the cost of moving, if possible. What Contributes to the Cost of a Move? If you have a good idea of what contributes to the cost of a move, then you’ll be better prepared to reduce the costs associated. While this list is not exhaustive, and every moving scenario is different depending on the individual situation, these basic moving concepts can help you adjust your overall moving expenses: Total Weight of Belongings Many moving companies factor their moving costs based largely on the amount and/or weight of belongings they’ll be transporting. Under many circumstances, movers can make the haul in one trip; however, the following factors can also configure into the cost: Square-footage of your home Amount of larger, heavier items Special considerations for larger, unique items such as pianos Commute length to the new destination Here’s what you can do to reduce...
5 Qualities of a Professional Cross-Country Moving Company

5 Qualities of a Professional Cross-Country Moving Company

The moving process is often complex, presenting many unique challenges for movers. One element that can add more stress to the occasion is the distance you’ll be traveling to your new destination or location. Moving down the street can be stressful enough, let alone moving across the entire country! Undeniably, this situation brings out hidden considerations that can make the process even more complicated. That’s why it’s important to hire a reliable, trustworthy, and upstanding moving company that has plenty of experience in long-distance, cross-country moves. In this article, we’ll discuss five important tips or clues to finding the right professional cross-country moving company. It’s essential to do your own research, and keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive; although, these are some of the main considerations to choose the right company for your big day: 1. Licensing and Documentation Moving companies are required by law to have proper licensing and documentation, and to willingly provide this information to consumers and clients alike. Even if a company is reputable and has good standing in the community, it’s important to research the status of their insurance and licensing. They should be registered with a federal DOT number, which you can look up easily online. Furthermore, they shouldn’t have any negative marks on their record with the Better Business Bureau. As you search for the right moving company for your cross-country move, it’s important to look up this information well in advance so you feel comfortable trusting them with your prized possessions. 2. Communication Skills One of the telltale signs of any good business, company, or corporation is their...
Avoid the Frauds of Long Distance Moving

Avoid the Frauds of Long Distance Moving

Moving can generally be a stressful time in one’s life. Even simply moving down the street requires you to take a ton of thought and effort, but if you’re moving across the country, there are other factors you need to consider. Unfortunately, there are scams that you should be aware of prior to your moving. Otherwise companies can act fraudulently and cause you grief in an already stressful time. Moving companies can be notorious for scamming unsuspecting movers. When transporting your stuff across the country you will want to make sure the company that helps you move is reputable and trustworthy. Moving Company Scams Millions of people are moving every year and while most of the people who move don’t experience any scams, over the last few years there has been an increase with moving company scams. The best way to avoid these types of scams is by doing your research and making sure you are well informed about any company you are looking to do business with. Moving companies are meant to help make the process go a bit more smoothly, but it does not mean you should blindly allow someone to help you. What Type of Scams to Look Out For While every moving company may be different there are definitely some common trends among scammers that you will want to be careful about. If you call a company and they try to give you an estimate without first completing a walk-through, it may be something to be suspicious of. Most companies need to see the stuff being moved so they can estimate the weight and the...
Possible Challenges of Interstate Moving

Possible Challenges of Interstate Moving

Moving is a unique experience, no matter where you’re moving to. However, it’s fair to say that moving down the street and moving to a new state pose two very different scenarios to think through. There are many particular considerations when it comes to an interstate move, and it’s important to really dedicate time to organizing yourself before attempting to accomplish such a huge task. One thing is certain: an interstate move can be very difficult without some basic help and guidelines. In this article, we’ll go over some basic tips to help you handle the unique challenges associated with an interstate move so that you can be set up for success. Nailing down your new location One of the first initial challenges in any interstate move is nailing down a location. If you don’t have the luxury of seeing the place you’re moving to, it can present quite an issue. You’ll want to know more about the location you’re re-locating to, including details about the space you’re going to try to fit your belongings in. Here’s some food for thought: Take measurements if you can. Think about particular logistics of moving furniture into the space. Make sure you have somewhere to load/unload belongings. Become familiar with the location, including nearby restaurants, grocery stores, and gas stations. Making necessary changes to personal information Changing your mailing address isn’t the only thing you’ll need to do: Forward mail to new address in case changes don’t update right away. Inform your loved ones and important people in your life of your new address and phone number. Update your drivers’ license and...
Hiring Movers for a Hassle-Free, Nationwide Move

Hiring Movers for a Hassle-Free, Nationwide Move

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to moving, let alone moving across the country. Moving itself is a foreign experience to many, but when you’re moving to a “foreign” location, it can be quite difficult to keep it all together and perform a seamless, successful move. Here are just some of the things rattling through your brain if you’re moving nationwide: How much it costs to live in your new location How much it costs to re-locate Taking care of business, such as updating personal information, licensing Professional relocation and job security The economy of where you’re moving The date you have to get out of your current location by The logistics of moving, such as renting a moving truck, packing, and staying organized Re-locating others who depend on you, such as your children and pets The stress of all of this on your personal life, marriage (if you’re married), and stress level And this list isn’t even exhaustive! There are probably plenty of other factors rolling through your mind as you read this, and this doesn’t even cover it or scratch the surface of all the concerns you may have. That’s why it can be entirely beneficial to hire a professional moving company – to help lighten the load. In the next page or so, we’ll go over how helpful it can be to hire professional movers for your nationwide relocation. What a Professional Moving Company Does for You It’s undeniable that we all need help during a move, and we usually turn to our friends and family to give us a hand. Unfortunately during a...
Why Long Distance Moves are So Complex

Why Long Distance Moves are So Complex

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to moving your life to another location. You’ve got a job to secure, schools to look for, items to sell or give away, a new home to nail down, new doctors or health care providers to build relationships with, and unending loads of paperwork to fill out – not to mention the cost of moving alone! That’s a lot to handle with even a relatively local move. If you’re moving to a long-distance location, especially out-of-state or out of the country, then you’ve got your work cut out for you. In this article, we’ll go over some of the hidden and complex challenges that long-distance movers often face so that you can feel more prepared for this big life transition, and hopefully allow the process to go a little smoother and as stress-free as humanly possible. All the things to consider… As we said before, there is much to consider when moving a long distance away. It helps to have an idea of what you’re up against so that you can best prepare for the big day. Here are some things you should think about: Budget and associated moving costs Nailing down a moving budget might prove to be a little more difficult than one would typically imagine. It helps to know that movers often calculate moving costs based on the weight of your items, the length of commute to the new location, and how much labor the adventure will likely require – not to mention fuel costs! That’s a lot to think about, so it’s important to consult with a...
How to Negotiate a Contract With a Mover

How to Negotiate a Contract With a Mover

Moving is not only a task for homeowners and residents, but it’s an industry and business that companies capitalize on daily. Sometimes hiring a moving company is the best option for your move to ensure the safety of your items, to move large quantities of belongings from one location to the next, or to deal with special situations like moving a heavy piano or family antique. The important thing to remember is that moving companies are ultimately in business to make a profit, but they want and need patronage from people like you to make the all mighty dollar. As with any other business deal, this gives you some leeway in bargaining and contract negotiation. If you’re new at contract negotiation, here are some tips to help you negotiate a reasonable contract with a moving company. Look beyond pricing alone Of course pricing is important, but nothing good ever came from automatically jumping at the lowest price you see; this is especially true when it comes to choosing a moving company. Before contract negotiation even begins, see if you can get moving companies to price match others who quoted you lower. There may be a good reason why other companies prices are lower (usually it’s because their services match their low pricing); however, it’s worth a shot at lowering your moving costs with a company you’d prefer doing business with. Be sure to compare companies in your area Besides simply looking at pricing and asking companies to price match other quotes, it’s important to research the moving companies in your area – mainly their qualifications and experience. You can...
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