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If you ever employed professional commercial moving services for your company than you know how stressful moving your offices or business can be. Either your movers will alleviate your stress and provide you with a good move or they will add to your stress and give you a move that can be less than satisfactory. Which end of the stick would you like to be on?
It’s all about research. Get on the internet and search for office movers that are local to your area. Find out if they are members of the Commercial Relocation Network. If they are, than you can expect nothing short of an excellent move. However, if they are not then you’ll need to conduct more research. You will want to find out about your candidate office mover and who they are, how long they have been around, what their ability to move capacity is, and if they are the kind of mover that produces happy clients.
Search for reviews and testimonials. Get back on the internet and visit the company’s website testimonials and online business reviews. Google is well known for providing credible company reviews for example and other online places like Yelp and Yahoo business are others. See what people had to say about their moving experiences with your candidate office mover and make sure you’re going to get the quality service you are looking for.
Depending on the size of the job, office moving can be expensive but that doesn’t mean your office movers are worth what they are charging. One of two things may happen; either you’ll receive a lousy experience with movers who simply cannot produce the quality, capability, or efficiency you need, or you’ll find that your office movers are amazing and worth adding to your recommendation list. Of course you could just make things easy and contact CRN for all your office moving needs.
It is often that businesses prefer to have their entire office move completed in as short as time as possible. That’s perfectly fine and is often the way commercial moving projects go. However, in some situations, a multiple-stage move may be needed in concurrence with a business’s operational schedule. Members of the Commercial Relocation Network are prepared to handle these kinds of moves.
Office movers of CRN understand the complexity that can come with commercial relocation projects. They are able to not only handle the office moves that can be done in just a few hours, but they can also work in parallel with a company’s business operating schedule and handle the more complex moves requiring many moving series to complete. It doesn’t matter if the office move takes a day, a couple weeks, or many months.
If an office move requires moving in stages and over a series of dates, businesses will find that working with members of CRN will make their entire project less stressful and better organized. They are even equipped with the experience and knowledge to assist companies with designing effective moving strategies to suit their specific needs.
A business may need commercial relocation services but at the same time prefer not to shut down operations during their move. The members of CRN are able to provide move-management and coordination assistance to help with the move process so businesses can continue operating. Office moving foremen can work with project managers and coordinators and create a moving plan, which the foremen can convey to their teams and workout without a business’s continual direction.
If office moving in stages is a requirement or would make for an easier project for a business to move its offices, then working with members of CRN all the more ideal. Moving can be stressful and problematic but when CRN handles moving projects, the stress and problems are greatly reduced and replaced with efficiency and success.
Got an unreasonable landlord? Maybe you have a better problem – you’ve outgrown your current office space much faster than you anticipated.
Regardless of why you’re in this situation, the fact of the matter is you need to terminate your lease earlier than you thought.
So what can you do? A few ideas:
It’s not the healthiest thing for your business, but if you absolutely need to get out, it’s one way to do so.
Whatever your situation happens to be, just remember to be honest above all else. You may be trapped in a lease you don’t want, but you did agree to it. If you are reasonable, your landlord is more likely to respond to you positively.
When you search for an office moving service, they can help you with a number of different aspects of moving your office. But, the question you should ask them is, “Can you help me with all aspects of moving my office?”
What are the different aspects of office moving that a company could help you with? Here’s a list of some of the most common and important elements of the process for any type of company:
So if you’re looking to have your office moved, this is what you should look for. And remember, CRN members can help you with all of these services – and others.
So you’ve finally made it to your new office, and now it’s time to get everyone settled in and a new routine in place.
Now that you’re here, what should you do? There’s no prescribed procedure, but here’s a few ideas:
1. Celebrate with Your Employees
Think of all the work you and your employees put in to moving to your new location. You can do something simple – like having everyone bring in a snack or dish to pass – or if business goes well, you could hire entertainment. You’ll build a ton of good will with your employees if you choose to do this.
2. Celebrate with Clients and Business Associates
This is a perfect time to build relationships and offer a surprise free gift to clients who attend. Whatever service or product you’re providing, give them more for free.
3. Invite Other Community Members
It’s important to get to know businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations in the community. You never know how you could work together to achieve a mutually satisfying outcome in the future.
4. Develop an Orientation/Training Session for Your Employees
If it’s a larger office you’re moving in to, help your employees feel comfortable by developing a training session. That eliminates much fear and uncertainty on their part.
5. Allow Your Employees to Help Decorate
The dirty work – that you can leave to your CRN team. The fun stuff, that should involve your employees. They’ll be spending the next several years of their lives in your office, so they might as well enjoy how it’s decorated. Also, because they get to take ownership of the new office, they’ll enjoy being in it more – which means less complaining for you to deal with.
6. Play Some Games
Invent some simple games to play in your new office space to help your employees get comfortable with it. Ever heard of the sticky-tack movie game? All you do is use sticky tack to build characters from movies, and everyone else in the office has to guess who they are. You could also play off-ground tag, which means you simply cannot touch the ground while the person who is “it” tries to tag others.
How you break in your new office is up to you, but hopefully these fun ideas have provided you with inspiration for making the opening of your new office a grand success.
What business wouldn’t appreciate this advice? It’s going to be a significant expense on your budget, so you might as well figure out how to make the process as cost-efficient as possible.
If you’re getting ready to move your office, then here are some things you can do to keep the costs down:
If you follow those steps, you can lower your moving costs substantially. Make sure you consider each carefully long before you move your business.
Time to move? That’s good, but can you trust the moving company you’re considering? The CRN network is made of members that are the very best in their industry, so you don’t have to worry when choosing one.
However, you might already have talked with some other moving companies and gotten a few quotes.
If you’re not sure who to trust, remember to look out for these sure signs the company you’ve talked with will cause more hassle than anything else:
Remember, the CRN network has the best office moving companies in the nation. You can expect to experience professional, honest service from each and every one.
There’s so much to do when moving your office. Hopefully, you’ve thought about the whole process well ahead of time. If you have, good for you, and if you haven’t, then make sure you check this list of must-dos before moving:
1. Set Up Mail Redirection & Notify Vendors
Did you notify your clients of your change of address? Good, but you should set up mail redirection because there will always be that small percentage who forgot to make the change. Who knows how much their business could be worth to you?
Do the same for the vendors who physically deliver to your location.
2. Update Your Contact Information
Make sure you get to this one also 30 days before your move. Engage the printing company, and let them know all the materials you need updated. Internally, take care of your own letterhead and website.
3. Clean Your Old Office
Your landlord will charge you if they have to remove any of your old furniture or clean your old office space in any way. Since you don’t want to experience those charges, make sure all office furniture is removed and the space is cleaned.
4. Send Your Staff Orientation Materials
They’ll probably be able to get familiar with your new office space relatively quickly. However, you’ll also want to notify them of what local businesses are available in the area. Is there a gym, café, bar, or restaurant? Let them know what might suit their interests.
Don’t forget to collect all the old keys your staff have from your old office, and also to distribute all keys needed for the new office.
5. Transfer Your Utilities to Your New Location
Make sure you get in touch with your utility company 30 days ahead of time, or as soon as you know your exact move-in date. You don’t want any disruptions in your ability to service your customers.
6. Get a Permit If You Need to Use the Street
If you can’t park in an alley or driveway when moving in and you absolutely have to use the street, check with your local government to see if you need a permit for doing so. Some require permits for moving in this way, while others don’t. If this is necessary, the local government will also require your moving company to be fully bonded and insured.
7. Other Odds & Ends
Also, make sure you notify the landlord’s representative of how you’d like your company’s name to appear on its sign outside of the building.
If you remember these seven things, then your moving process will be much smoother.
If you’re about to relocate your offices and are looking for a way to prepare for it, then take a moment and read through this quick and helpful guide to moving your office. You’ll quickly find out useful and easy tips for preparing the contents of your office for its relocation. Preparation leads to smooth operation and a successful moving experience.
If your office is traditionally set up with a desk, chair, computer, whiteboard, filing cabinet, and maybe a credenza than this will be a cake walk for you to prepare for moving. Even if you have a bit more furniture or electronics, the following information will help you with setting up your office for a more successful moving experience.
First thing’s first, you need to disconnect your electronics but before you do, consider taking a picture of or label your wired connections between each piece to use as a reference at destination when you need to reconnect. You’ll save time and hassle and help make things quicker to accomplish. Second, you might want to pack your desk contents separately because in many cases, your office movers will set your desk up on end in order to maneuver it out of your office. That may lead to lost contents or disorganized drawers.
If you have a whiteboard with sensitive information on it, take a picture of it because regular handling of the whiteboard during moving can lead to unintended erased information. You might also consider removing important documents from a tack board if you use one to further reduce the chance of losing information. The same applies to shelving or bookcases: if you can pack contents on shelving or bookcases, it will help make things easier for moving. Sometimes shelves cannot handle the rigors of transportation and can break under pressure or moving stress.
Filing cabinets can be locked to keep drawers from suddenly opening but make sure you don’t lose your key. You should use a keychain or simply place the key in your wallet or purse until you need it at destination. Some people may tape the key to the file cabinet but in many cases the key will fall off during handling and end up lost.
Finally, your CRN office movers are trained professionals with a high quality and standard of expertise and customer service and will do their best to ensure your belongings are handled properly and safely. Even still, it’s not too difficult for small items to end up lost or damaged when moving. Papers, small unpacked breakables, or other important items can easily end up lost. Preparation is crucial for a successful moving experience and if you follow these simple tips to move your office, you can be assured you secured a better move for yourself and your company.
If you’re moving your offices and need to relocate your computer monitors, conference room monitors, surveillance monitors, or break room flat-panel televisions, then read on to learn what you can do to better prepare for your move and help make it run more efficiently. After all, efficiency can lead to a savings in both time and costs.
Your monitors and televisions will have to be prepared prior to moving. Some members of CRN may require you to either coordinate your own dismounting and disconnecting of flat-panel televisions and monitors or they will suggest you do it yourself. In some cases your CRN office movers may be able to do it for you or they can have the services provided to you through a recommended vender. Either way it’s something that needs to be done and is best done before your moving day.
If you choose to save money and handle it yourself, then you will need to have some tools and special materials on hand. Flat panel televisions that are mounted on wall brackets need to be unhooked and removed from the wall mount and carefully set aside. Once the TV is off the wall you can access the hardware to remove the wall mount. A socket wrench or drill with the right bits will make the job very simple to do. Place all hardware and brackets in their own box and label the box appropriately so you can easily locate it at destination.
Your monitor and flat-panel televisions will need to be wrapped in a special anti-static bag and then protected with either bubble wrap or made-to-fit foam. Your office movers carry these materials. Once you have wrapped the monitor or television, carefully place it into a box, which you can cut to fit your TV or monitor, or you can either purchase special moving boxes just for flat-panel televisions and monitors from your office movers or you can rent a special crate for their relocation.
It’s important to be careful and attentive when handling and moving flat-panel televisions and monitors. Your CRN office movers know this and will do so appropriately. If you handle the preparation yourself, make sure you have a helper on hand to assist you. Don’t try to lift a TV or monitor by yourself because it may be too heavy or large to maneuver safely and you risk injury to yourself and to your property.
Remember, members of CRN are always willing and ready to help you in any way they can. Don’t hesitate to bring all of your concerns and questions to their attention right away, and don’t wait until last minute to prepare your televisions and monitors for moving because you can save time and money when you prepare.