Let’s face it. Your hired help are professionals who are more experienced than you are. The safety of your belongings is of paramount concern to them. Your personal belongings are insured. This will provide you peace of mind. These professionals use heavy-duty wrap for all furniture and plastic covers to avoid damage and to seal your stuff from dirt and dust.
Straight forward estimates:
Ideally, there are no hidden costs when you hire professional movers. Their charges are estimates of the distance or weight based on local or long distance move, or the kind of service or storage you opt for. If it is a local move, the distance cost will be relatively lower. The sales professional will discuss moving and service cost prior to when the moving begins.
Use of the right equipment:
A do-it-yourself approach is fine. Unfortunately, a borrowed truck from a buddy does not come with the right equipment to move your stuff safely – another reason you’d want to hire professional help. They come with the right gadgets that make moving simpler.
Your professional mover will use hoisting straps, two wheel, four wheel or appliance dollies, ramps and custom built trucks with air ride cushions to transport your belongings in a safe and secure manner. So whether it is moving an L-shaped couch out of your door or dismantling your furniture, your hired band of help will figure it all out for you.
Packing: Leave it to the professional:
Packing alone accounts for approximately one quarter of your moving expense. Yes, that’s a significant number. Let’s do a quick cost benefit analysis: if you pack your stuff yourself, you may actually end up spending more.
First, you will probably use more cartons or boxes than required. Second, your fragile belongings may get damaged due to insufficient packing, so you end up incurring heavy costs. On the other hand, professional movers are trained to pack efficiently and do it quicker. What could take you weeks may take them only a few days.
When it comes to moving your business, it can seem like an inevitability that you will face down time, unavailable hours and lost business. Transitioning from one office or professional space to another is most certainly no easy task—coordinating the logistics of computers and phones, to office furniture and equipment can initially seem next to impossible.
However, moving your business successfully doesn’t have to include a marathon session of headaches! Planning your office transition effectively can provide a stress-free and optimistic experience.
A large part of preparing your office for the incoming rush will be to communicate the upcoming move as effectively as possible—after all, what better way to utilize the talents of your team than to involve them directly in the process of their own transition?
Advising every team and department on the logistics of the move will prove an effective way to allow them to coordinate their own projects, equipment, and packing of personal things to ensure that the overall move is delegated seamlessly and fluidly.
Cover all the Bases
Ensuring that you review the details of your move and opt for the most effective moving package can prevent a lot of undue logistical confusion. While personal moves will largely come down to which services and perks appeal to your personal preference, moving an office is no easy task for anyone, and can benefit highly from full-service or similar plans. You won’t want to be personally lugging desks and PC towers into a truck on a Wednesday morning, and your customers won’t want to wait around the extra time either!
Let Clients Know
Communication will prove to be key when dealing with a professional transition—be sure to reach out to any regular clients or customers in advance and make them aware of the fact that you’ll be undergoing a change in location.
Planning around a disruption in communication for 1-2 days can prove invaluable in not only keeping your current clients happy, but maintaining long-term client relationships as well. If your clientele is made aware of a shift in schedule, you’ll be much less likely to lose potential business by people being frustrated at the inability to get in touch.
Prep your New Location
If you plan on hitting the ground running in your new office space, you can have a productive, albeit rough, first day. Confirm the working order of telephone and electrical wiring, in addition to ensuring your internet connections are ready to go.
Consider setting up a handful of preliminary, temporary workspaces featuring a communal phone or computer, so that your team can hop on with high-importance clients and keep things running smoothly during the hectic transition.
You never want to rush through a move. Being organized is AWESOME!!
Here are 3 tips to help you stay on track with your schedule.
Make a List
Make a timeline months in advance, planning out what needs to be accomplished and when. The first month can include activities like contacting your cable company or changing your forwarding address. Treat it like a checklist and mark things off as you do them to ensure you stay on track and nothing is missed.
Pack the Unnecessary
To get a jumpstart on the packing process well before your cross country movers arrive, first start boxing up anything that you won’t need before the move. This can be done a month in advance so that when it comes time to pack the essentials, you have less work to do.
Clean Out Storage Spaces
While your rooms may look bare, there might still be a bunch of belongings in your cubbies, closets and attic space. Early on in the moving process, scope out these areas of your home and identify anything that can be thrown out, then start boxing up everything that will be brought with you.
Lists and checklists are your best friend when relocating to a new home or city. Whether you rely on moving apps to help you get everything done, or if you’re a tried-and-true notepaper sort of person, make sure you follow this handy guideline for ensuring you successfully change your address (and/or cancel services) with the organizations and people you rely on every day.
A. Utility Providers
___ Cell Phone
B. Household Services
___ Yard/Garden Maintenance
___ Handyman Services
___ Pool Cleaning
___ Water Delivery
___ Food Delivery
C. Local Business Providers
___ Family Doctor
D. Family Services
___ Child’s School
___ Tutor/Private Teachers
___ Sports Teams/Coaches
E. Financial Accounts
___ Loan Providers
___ Credit Card Companies (including individual department stores)
___ Health Insurance
___ Auto Insurance
___ House Insurance
___ Life Insurance
___ Pension Plan/Retirement
F. Government Offices
___ Social Security
___ Unemployment Office
___ Car/Boat/RV Registration
___ Driver’s License
___ Book Clubs
___ Music Clubs
___ Monthly Deliveries
___ Alma Mater
___ Professional Organizations/Clubs
It’s always a good idea to register your change of address with the U.S. Postal Service, as well. A forwarding address form will help make sure all mail is directed to your new address. (Remember, though, that this service doesn’t last forever, so you will need to eventually change your address at each individual provider.)
One great tip for ensuring that you don’t forget anyone is to start a list about two months before your move. Take note of every piece of mail that comes in and who you’ll need to contact to update your information. You can also make an announcement on Facebook (assuming your profile is private) to your family and friends so that everyone can be sure to find you in your new home.
At Florida Moving Systems, Inc. in Brevard County, FL (An Award Winning North American Van Lines Agent) we like to be prepared. We know Summer is fast approaching, which means it will soon be peak moving season. Summer moves tend to work well for a number of reasons, including good weather and easier transitions for kids. Summer also has the advantage of providing a little extra time to prepare your home and all your belongings.
As you gear up for your move this June, July, or August, we suggest you start organizing your belongings and getting ready now.
1. Take Your Spring Cleaning Seriously: We all tend to use the spring months as a season of renewal, tossing out old clothes, throwing open the windows, and otherwise clearing the way for the year ahead. When you spring clean this year, do it with your future move in mind. Throw away anything you don’t anticipate needing in your new location, and earmark bigger items for donation. Any way you can streamline your belongings now will help later on. Here is a link to our Spring Cleaning Checklist: https://www.flmove.com/spring-cleaning-checklist/
2. Pare Down Your Needs: Unless you’ll be holding a party any time soon, you probably don’t need ten wine glasses. You can also get away with fewer pairs of shoes and just a few favorite books for the next few months. Pack up and ship (or store) items you can do without. You might end up having to clean dishes or laundry more often, but you’ll be glad to have those non-essentials already packed up and ready to go in advance.
3. Plan a Garage Sale: The garage sale season starts in earnest around June, but you can have one in April or May with great results. Hold a garage sale to get rid of those items you hate to throw away, but don’t plan on taking with you once you finally move.Here is a link to help you Prepare for your Garage Sale: https://www.flmove.com/garage-sales/
4. Go Digital: It’s becoming more common to skip owning DVDs, CDs, books, and photo albums in favor of digital content. Now is a good time to scan or transfer files into easily portable digital content—allowing you to box up or discard the originals.
5. Comparison Shop for Movers: We’d like to think you’ve already chosen us as your moving company, but we know how important it is for you to get the best quote for your family. Use the advance months to compare moving companies, being sure to take into account things like cost, available insurance, timelines, and customer service. Here is a link with information on things to ask your potential moving company: https://www.flmove.com/questions-to-ask-before-choosing-your-professional-mover/
6. Stalk Your Mailbox: Now is a good time to start paying attention to who sends you regular mail. Magazines, charities, junk mail, bills…all the companies doing the sending will need to be notified of your upcoming move. Keep a running list of all the mail you get (and contact information for each company) so you can notify them once you’re out the door.
7. Plan an Epic Menu: It’s rarely a good idea to move food from one home to another. Not only is the potential for spilling and breakage high, but it’s rarely cost-effective. It’s ideal to start using up your canned goods and frozen foods in the months leading up to the big day. Take an inventory of your pantry and plan out a menu that will use up every last item. Donate any uneaten and unopened food to your local food bank.