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How to Move Your Business without Losing Productivity

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When you think about moving your business, it can be discouraging to think about how many opportunities you will lose during the relocation process. In fact, some companies lose out on a lot more than they originally plan due to unexpected complications like bad traffic, broken items, not having approval to move in to your new location, etc.

But with an efficient moving company and the right plan, there is a way to relocate your business while minimizing downtime. Check out these steps on how to move your business without losing productivity.

1. Create a Plan

There’s no such thing as over planning, and it’s never too early to start. So as early as possible, plan out everything to keep all disruption to daily activities to a minimum.

  • Meet with all employees and prepare them for the upcoming move.
  • Make lists of all tasks that need to be completed (coordinating with the move company, packing, finding a new working space, getting supplies, etc.).
  • Consider all of the possibilities and potential setbacks and have a plan on what to do for each situation.

2. Create an Inventory

To get started with the planning process, move throughout the office and write down all of the items that will be moved to the new location. Ask yourself these questions:

  • How much inventory needs to be moved?
  • How many large items need to be moved?
  • How will you be transporting important documents?
  • Is your new location have enough space to hold all of your belongings? Do you need a storage space?
  • How will you be moving electronics, like computers, phones, and monitors?

3. Consider Getting Rid of Some Items

While you may not be moving all of your belongings to your new location, you will need to form a plan for the remaining items. Many families and businesses use moving as an opportunity to declutter as they can save a lot of time and money by not moving everything.

This is also an opportunity to update everything – out with the old and in with the new. For example, it would be a good idea to get rid of that old 90’s sofa that’s been turning yellow for years. Many furniture stores will offer free delivery (after spending a specific amount), so you can save money during the move by keeping the weight off.

You may also want to update the office equipment as older items may require more maintenance than the newer models. This could save a ton of time and even resources when it comes to being more productive.

Lastly, instead of throwing away the older items, consider donating to your local charity.

4. Record Your Inventory in an Excel Spreadsheet

A successful move is one with a detailed inventory. After looking through everything that needs to be moved, start organizing items to help you figure out how many and what kind of packing supplies you will need, the duration of the move, and size of a moving truck you will need.

Having a detailed list will also prevent items from going missing during the relocation process.

5. Create a Timeline and Moving Schedule

One of the most important steps in the planning process is to forecast how long everything will take. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How much time do you have before having to move out of your current place?
  • How much overlap will you have in between when your new location will be ready and when you have to be out of the old one?

Make sure to plan ahead early enough so that you will have time to get through the process while still having enough time to work on daily tasks.

6. Pack as Early as You Can

It can be annoying to sort through your items and figure out those you won’t need until after the move, but packing these things ahead of time will save time when it comes to finalizing everything last minute. Make the workload easiest on yourself by spreading it out.

7. Buy All of Your Supplies

Many moving companies will supply you with the materials you need, but they can be a bit more expensive. So if you’re looking to save a few dollars, here’s a list of what you’ll need to pick up:

  • Shrink wrap
  • Bubble wrap rolls or packing paper
  • Packing peanuts
  • Packing tape
  • Labels
  • Markers or sharpie pens
  • Moving blankets
  • Furniture movers and sliders
  • A variety of different sized boxes

8. Use Specialty and Different Sized Boxes

Getting regular boxes to pack everyday items is important, but don’t forget to buy different sizes. While it may seem more efficient to load everything into large boxes so there’s less to move, but this can be physically challenging and even dangerous for the movers.

Small and medium sized boxes on the other hand will keep the weight off the items packed on the bottom and are also easier to lift and move.

Don’t forget to label your boxes so the movers will know which room to leave them in after arriving. Some companies even use color-coded labels and match them up with the color in the room.

9. Pack Efficiently

Moving is already expensive. You don’t want to add to it by reckless packing and breaking valuables. Always make sure to use bubble roll and packing peanuts with fragile items. Heavy duty boxes can also prevent items from becoming damaged, especially if they will be supporting the weight of other heavy boxes.

Don’t forget to wrap electronics separately, wrapping them with bubble wrap and using boxes that are fitted to their size. Cover all furniture with moving blankets and stretch wrap to prevent them from becoming dirty or scratched.

Finally, use packing tape to seal all the boxes properly.

10. Coordinate with Utility Companies

There’s more to planning than just the physical moving of belongings. You will need to contact all vendors and inform them of where you are moving and the date it’s happening.

Also, who will be setting up your computer equipment, phones, security systems, and internet at the new location? These are things you don’t want to forget about.

11. Notify All Customers and Public of the Move

Before moving, put up a sign that will inform your customers of when you are moving and the address of the new location. This will also show that you are well organized.

Also, putting up a sign at your new location will stand out for bringing in new customers. Even if it’s temporary, having something is better than nothing.

In addition, you can send change-of-address cards to customers and vendors. Many stores will have different, inexpensive designs to choose from.

Finally, inform the post office of your new address and forward your mail to the new location.

12. Plan Activities for Move Day

While many companies choose to move over the weekend to avoid interfering with daily business activities, but this is usually more expensive. However, if you do move during the week, make sure that the calls are routed to a mobile number and someone is assigned to pick up during moving day.

Choose the Right Moving Company

When looking for a moving company, some will help you with the planning process, including all of the steps listed above. Specific movers, like Chicago Office Movers, are available to do all of this for you. Everything from planning to furniture assembly, you have the option to be as hands on or off as you’d like, allowing you more time to focus on daily business activities.

If you are searching for a moving company in the Chicagoland area, choose Chicago Office Movers. Our union moving professionals specialize in business moves of all sizes, moving them both locally, long distance, and international. We are trained, experienced, IOMI-certified, uniformed, and background-checked to provide you with complete peace of mind throughout the entire move.

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What to Look for in a Moving Company

What to Look for in a Moving Company

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Everyone has to move sometime or another. But seasoned moving customers are well aware that not all moves run smoothly. Just as each moving company will differ in their services and prices, it’s extremely important to know what to expect on moving day. So you’ll want to do your homework and research as many vendors as possible.

When researching, keep an eye open for scams and rogue movers, as they will never have your best interest in mind. Here are 11 factors on what to look for in a moving company:

1. Get a Complete Estimate

Any estimator that does a quick walk-through of the building will not catch all of the details when giving you the quote. When calculating, they should ask questions about what exactly you will be bringing with you to your new location. Just be prepared to answer the questions regarding which items will not be going on the truck and will need to be decommissioned:

  • Donated
  • Thrown away
  • Sold
  • Left behind to new owners
  • Given away
  • Transported yourself

Chicago Office Movers can help you with decommissioning items to local non profit organizations.  Ask your Senior Relocation Manager for more information.

2. Choose a Company with 1 Name

You might be surprised to find that a number of companies operate under various names to avoid being assessed by the Better Business Bureau and other online review platforms. Make sure the company has an address that is local and information about their licensing and insurance.

Check for any other name the company “does business as” in addition to their state and federal license numbers. Also make sure to check their online reviews, reviewing any complaints and compliments about them.

3. Never Pay a Large Deposit

While some can’t be avoided, reputable moving companies will not require a large deposit before moving. The service – at least the majority - should be paid at the end of the move. Otherwise they may disappear with your belongings and you have a lawsuit on your hands. When you do pay, use a credit card to protect against possible fraud.

4. Create an Inventory

When walking through your home, the estimator will take an inventory of all your items and furniture to determine the bulk weight of the home. They should also be thorough and check all storage areas, including drawers, desks, lobbies, bookcases, and filing cabinets.

A significant factor of the moving cost will be the overall weight of your belongings as well as the amount of space it will take up on the truck. When presented with the estimate, look it over carefully and make sure you understand everything on it.

5. Look at ReviewsOnline-Reviews

More and more potential customers are trusting online reviews as if they were recommendations from their friends and family. A reputable moving company will have an overall high rating, provided that they have served their customers well.

When researching these reviews, you will find that few to none will have a perfect score. This is OK. Some customers just can’t be satisfied. But it will be up to you to decide which company to hire based on what others have said.

6. Be Aware of Extra Fees

Keep in mind that many moving companies – even those that are reputable – will add on additional fees for specific cases. Things like going up and down more than one flight of stairs, narrow streets, truck transfers, and moving to or from 2-story homes are all likely to result in additional fees. However, this should be noted in the initial estimate, so you won’t come across any surprises when you get the final bill.

You can also call the company ahead of time if you are unsure of whether or not something will incur an additional fee. Just keep in mind that all movers are different; therefore, while one company may include going up multiple staircases in the service, it may be counted as extra in another.

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Keep in mind that if you decide to pack your items yourself, the mover is not responsible for any damage to them. But if the mover does packing and things are broken in the process, they should be covered under the mover’s insurance policy.

Before hiring the company, ask about their packing experience and the materials they use to protect items. This will be helpful to know when they pack up your inventory, machinery, or special equipment.

8. Know Your Moving Contract

While some companies vary, there are generally 3 different kinds of moving contracts:

  • Binding Estimate. This includes a guaranteed price for the move that includes all additional fees and requested services. If you want to add on additional services after the contract is made, these fees need to be paid within 30 days after the move.
  • Non-Binding to Exceed Estimate. This prevents the company from charging for overages to the original quote they provided. The estimate given is the maximum you will need to pay for the services provided.
  • Non-Binding Estimate. This means the mover cannot charge any more than 10% above the original estimate. Just know that the overage must be paid within 30 days of the move.

9. Report Any and All Problems

It’s understandable that not all damage to your items will be noticed right after the move. But you are given 9 months to report any damage or other problem to the moving company, as well as to file an insurance claim. So if you open any box a year later and find something shattered, it’s too late.

On moving day, open as many boxes as you can after they arrived at the new location and be thorough when checking for damage. All problems should be listed in details on the mover’s copy of the final bill, and make sure to check it for any changes before signing it.

After making your claim, the mover has 30 days to acknowledge it and 120 days to deny or accept charges for it.

10. Never Sign a Blank Moving Contract

Rogue moving companies may present you with a blank moving contract before adding services and charges to it. Never sign it. Everything – and absolutely everything – must be listed in detail, including extra fees, pickup, and delivery dates.

Always read your contract carefully, checking that all of your items are listed, before signing. If a computer wasn’t listed on the inventory form before the driver pulls out of your garage or parking lot, you shouldn’t expect it to be in the box. You also won’t be able to file an insurance claim for it because it wasn’t listed on the contract.

11. Choose Insurance and Protection Plan

Reputable moving companies will offer a number of insurance plans you can add on to protect your belongings. This way the moving company will assume liability for the value of your belongings moved. Be sure to take a detailed estimate of the overall value of your items before choosing the insurance coverage.

Choose a Reliable Moving Company

While some moving companies can offer better solutions for customers than others, it’s crucial to find a reputable moving company that keeps your best interests in mind. From start to finish, the service should be professional, friendly, and financially accurate. Remember to always stay on the lookout for red flags such as asking you to sign blank contracts, missing items from the inventory, and “rough” estimates.

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If you live in the Chicago metropolitan area and are looking to move your business, check out our professionals at Chicago Office Movers. Our union movers are dedicated to professionalism while keeping your best interests in mind. We understand that many items and furniture within a business are fragile as well as the information that must be kept confidential. As we conduct hundreds of moves every year, we know the best ways to make the process as smooth as possible.

In addition to our services, each of our movers is background-checked, trained, certified, and experienced to provide you with the peace of mind you need during the transition. Our staff will also be able to handle all aspects of the moving process for you, including move management, packing, furniture assembly, decommissioning, and more.

Our union movers will work with you every step of the way. This includes providing additional information like answers to frequently asked questions, a Commercial Moving Timetable Checklist, what to expect from the process, and more.

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Why Companies are Moving to the City from the Suburbs

Why Companies are Moving to the City from the Suburbs

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The suburbs have been a haven for big business for decades. Chicagoland suburbs like Oakbrook, Schaumburg, and Northfield are a handful of locales that in past years exploded with growing businesses.

The Move to the City

However, recent demands for cutting edge technology and the people behind them spur companies to rethink and re-strategize. Businesses that once soaked in the luxury of their suburban locale, with ample parking spaces, quick access to highways, and quiet surroundings, are now moving to the city. The shift in mindset is not restricted to Chicago, but takes shape all across the country.

McDonald’s, Kraft Heinz, and ADM Move to Chicago

McDonald’s corporate headquarters is one example of a transnational company that has shifted from its cozy base in Oakbrook to an exciting nine-story building on Randolph and Carpenter Streets in Chicago. Motorola, based in suburban Schaumburg, as well as Kraft Heinz and ADM, have also made the move to the bustling city of Chicago. Long gone are the days when people moved to where jobs are—these days, companies are shifting to reach a new type of employee.

Why Companies are Moving to the City

The city boasts plenty of lure. City life offers vibrancy, diversity and opportunity. A tax incentive gives companies reason to eye the city landscape. Companies are relocating to the city to gain access to a younger workforce and, as a result, to stay competitive in the new digital playing field.

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Cities are teeming with tech-savvy millennials. As computer technology roles are now nearly equivalent to the high-level positions of CEOs, corporate leaders are seeking to fill their top ranks with exceptional talent.

People under 35 and with expertise in IT prefer the slew of opportunities and attractions that cities feature. Tech professionals, like those who build e-commerce tools, prefer the endless choices of dining spots in the city in comparison with the humdrum of a single, suburban corporate cafeteria.

Millennials are also reluctant to buy cars. Rather, top talent favor public transportation abundantly available in cities. In Chicago, Fulton Market is bustling with brand new apartments and the finest restaurants in the city. The Chicago Loop, with its burgeoning business district, is also attractive for Generation Y talent. Suburban companies are taking note of millennials’ tendencies and uprooting their suburban bases in favor of city ones.

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Companies are quick to note that 140,000 college graduates are produced each year by local colleges. When companies post jobs in their downtown hub, their human resources departments are flooded with four to five times more applicants. Despite the congestion, Chicago continues to lure companies and a highly qualified workforce.

Access to Customers

Technology is making giant leaps and giving customers the ability to make purchases with their smartphones. Companies want to win the new generation of customers that are using technology to buy products. Businesses also are aware that customers are increasingly avoiding the long trek to the outlying suburbs to shop.

Access to Digital Operations

Businesses thrive with instant access to the digital hubs of other companies. McDonald’s, for instance, shifted its digital operations to Chicago to be near the digital bases of Yelp and eBay.

Rather than meander in the remote suburban office park, young professionals seek to easily mingle with similar creatives. Companies with hubs in the city offer innumerable opportunities for invaluable interaction with like-minded professionals, allowing creativity to flourish far more readily.

Access to Airports

Being in major cities, many companies have access to airports, which is an advantage for businesses with international clients, interstate customers, or overseas locations. Executives can be at the airport terminal in under 20 minutes.

Downsize to Save Costs

Companies are rejecting the open spaces of suburban locations. Rather, businesses in recent years have elected to downsize, making doing business from the city an optimal choice. Kraft Heinz, once based in suburban Northfield and employing 2,200 people, now has its headquarters in Chicago.

With cost-cutting efforts, Kraft now has 1,500 employees working in downtown Chicago. Motorola retains 1,600 employees in its suburban Schaumburg space, while 1,100 workers operate from its downtown Chicago location.

By eliminating the isolation plaguing suburbs, corporate campuses create an open atmosphere. Brand recognition is developed by and associated with where businesses are located. Technology companies are opting out of the tree-lined ponds of the suburbs and choosing the buzz and exhilarating activity that city environments offer.

Ability to Work Remotely

Telecommuting and collaborative work environments have offered employers the chance to reduce the office space required per employee. Three decades ago, each office worker required 200 square feet of office space. Now, 125 is the standard. The reduction in necessary office space makes operating out of the city, where space is scarce and costly, financially feasible.

Moving Your Business to the City

Tech companies are keen to see the major advantages of moving to the city. When your company is planning to dive into the benefits of recruiting, mingling, and doing business in the city, turn to Chicago’s most renowned corporate mover, Chicago Office Movers. As a moving company dedicated to corporate relocation, Chicago Office Movers will skillfully handle your office move from start to finish.

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Upon providing a free estimate, Chicago Office Movers will help you with planning and corporate relocation. Once a moving plan tailored to your unique business needs is formalized, the plan will be executed. Our team of licensed and background-checked union movers will carefully pack and unpack office property. Insurance and service contracts are offered for maximum protection. You’ll receive tracking information so you are fully aware of the moving truck’s location at each phase of the move.

No matter what type of business you are relocating, Chicago Office Movers has the experience and qualifications to make the corporate move seamless. Included in the list of goods Chicago Office Movers has professionally moved are science lab equipment, artwork, IT systems, cubicles, electronics and office furniture.

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Chicago Office Movers offers professional experience to ensure your office move happens on time and within budget. Our dedicated team of specialists stand by to answer any questions about your corporate move.

Give us a call at 312-244-2246 or fill out a contact form to receive a free quote!

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