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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.

7. Be Aware of the Packing ProcessMovers for Office Renovation and Remodeling in Chicago, IL

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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For more information regarding our commercial moving services or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (312) 244-2246.

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What to Expect When Moving for Work

Choosing Your Next Business Location

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As a full-service commercial moving company, we know that people hate moving. Even when you’re relocating to keep your dream job, the process of packing everything up and getting used to a new location is stressful.

In fact there’s a number of things you’ll need to do before and after moving, like getting a new driver’s license, switching over the utilities, finding a new home, selling or subletting your current place, and everything moving-related. So it really boils down to how much you love your job or want a new one.

While many individuals are simply unable to relocate due to family or other personal reasons, Careerbuilder has claimed that 44% of employees are “willing to relocate for a career opportunity.” If you are one of those people, you’ll want to check out these tips on what to expect before moving for work.

Benefits of Relocating for Work

Despite the headache of having to switch everything over, adjust to a new location, and pay for all of those moving expenses, some employers are willing to cover them. There aren’t too many that are willing to pay for full-service relocation packages, but depending on the demand for employees, you might be able to get away with paying nothing at all (or a small portion).

But regardless if they’re paying for your move or not, here’s what you’ll want to keep in mind before going.

1. Look for a New Home

If you have a family, the first question you will need to ask them is if they are willing to relocate as well. It would also be a good idea to take some time to visit the new location and visit some new houses before buying one right away.

Even if you can’t find the perfect home during the visits, it’s still beneficial to get to know the area. You might find a good restaurant, park, or other attraction so you will have something to look forward to before moving. These places can also help you to feel more comfortable about your decision to relocate for work.

 2. Find a Temporary Home

It’s not likely that anyone is able to find a permanent home before moving day. But finding a place to stay that offers month-to-month leasing can buy some time until you do find the perfect place to call your own again. If you have kids that are in school, make sure to check out the school districts before committing to your new home.

Some companies are also willing to cover the cost of first and/or second month’s rent. It’s common for corporations to place employees in executive condos, apartments, or home that’s particularly used on a temporary basis.

3. Know What Costs are Covered

If your company is covering your moving expenses, it’s important to know what exactly is covered. Some packages only cover the transportation costs while others go as far as managing your entire move, packing, furniture assembly, and moving your belongings for you.

In some cases, employers will offer a lump sum to their employees. So you will want to make sure that you keep all receipts from your move, such as packing supplies, movers, and gas for the moving truck. Also keep in mind that you may qualify for a tax deduction if you moved more than 50 miles.

4. Keep Your Items in Storage

In some case, temporary housing won’t have the space to fit all of your belongings. There also isn’t much point in unpacking everything if you’ll only be living there for a few months. So it’s important to find a secure storage space that allows easy access to your belongings, as well as accommodations for moving everything to your new location.

The storage spaces at Chicago Office Movers is designed to hold large, heavy items, including desks, office furniture, warehouse equipment, and other large assets. We also offer insurance plans to keep your belongings covered at all times.

5. Additional Funds for Extra Expenses

Anyone who has moved before knows perfectly well that surprise expenses pop up throughout the moving process. But some companies understand this and are willing to cover them too. Some are even willing to compensate up to $5,000! Just make sure to save your receipts to support your reasoning.

In addition to covering moving costs, some employees have been able to use this money for their down-payments on new homes or first rent payments. Some cases might involve a family member staying behind temporarily, so an extra rent payment that can be covered with these additional funds.

What to Keep in Mind

Nobody really looks forward to the moving process when relocating for work, but for some professions, it’s necessary. But it’s important to know what exactly is covered within company relocation packages, if offered, and any other perks to make things easier.

Also keep in mind that some things are negotiable. As long as you stay within reason, you may end up with a lot more than what you started – all because you said something!

Working with a Professional Mover

While finding a mover to move your home is important, you’ll also need one to move the company. Specializing in commercial moving, Chicago Office Movers handle everything from move management to transporting heavy equipment both short and long distances.

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Our union movers specialize in commercial moving and can handle all of your business relocation needs. Give us a call for a free estimate!

With the vast number of businesses in different industries, we understand that specialty equipment will vary. But with the help of our moving resources, we can safely pack and relocate everything you need to your new location.

Our professionals are also licensed, trained, experienced, uniformed, and background-checked to keep your business protected at all times. Especially when it comes to keeping your items safe and any physical documents confidential, you can depend on us to cover the relocation process while you focus on your business needs.

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For a free estimate on our commercial moving services, contact Chicago Office Movers at 312-244-2246 or fill out a contact form and we will contact you shortly!

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Choosing Your Next Business Location

Choosing Your Next Business Location

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Especially for businesses that serve customers at their location, known as local businesses, their location can have a significant impact on their profitability. But unless you have a home office, buying or leasing a location is necessary. While each company will need to comply with different requirements, it’s important to review the needs of your business when choosing the location and type of space you will be inhabiting.

The following are examples in which a location would be necessary for your business:

  • Your vendors are nearby
  • It’s known and easily accessible for the products and services you’re selling
  • You are in close proximity to your target audience
  • There are other businesses nearby that complement your business (such as a pet store located next to a dog shelter)
  • Real estate or leasing rates are affordable in the area
  • It’s a growing and/or prospering area that offers opportunities for your business to grow

Tips for Choosing a Location

  • Research all options. In addition to researching the area, look into the demographics and economics, making sure that the area would be able to support your business.
  • Research other businesses in the area. It’s important to know the location of all competition as well as businesses that complement yours.
  • Research local councils. Get to the know the area by speaking with the local members, asking about planned development, rates, business activity, and zoning.
  • Review the current and future needs of your business. Make sure your marketing plan is updated and your future location is aligned with your business goals and needs.

Types of Business Locations

Each business is limited to specific layouts of potential spaces. In other words, a retail store should not be looking at offices or warehouses for their next location. When researching your next commercial space, it should support your business’ operations and needs.

You should be able to look around and picture your assets in the potential new space, giving you a good idea if you have found your next location.

The types of business locations include:

  • Retail stores
  • Shared commercial office suites
  • Temporary spaces, or pop-up businesses
  • Warehouse, manufacturing plant, or storage space
  • Standalone office space

Steps Included in Choosing the Business Location

  1. Choose your next location
  2. Request the purchase documents/lease
  3. Review the documents with a real estate attorney
  4. Negotiate the price
  5. Sign the purchase documents/lease
  6. Work with a professional moving company to start the relocation process

When choosing a location, it’s important to find one that will meet the financial needs of your business, allowing it to grow. Consider seeking legal and/or financial advice regarding the area before signing any documents and to avoid any mistakes that you may regret later.

Relocating Your Business

If you are in need of a larger space or you are no longer able to reach your target audience, it’s important to find a new space that will solve this issue. Keep in mind that businesses change over time; so what may have been a good fit for you before may not be so accommodating now.

Make sure to review the current situation of the company and choose a space that accommodates your needs and allows you to expand without having to relocate again in the near future.

The needs for business relocation:

  • Client and customer convenience: If you own a retail store that is hidden or not easily found by local customers, this can be a huge problem. You’ll want to have a location that is easily accessible, allows customers to conveniently enter and exit, and even show off your products if you have a storefront window.
  • Lower business costs: If recent changes to property taxes or the price of your lease increased substantially, moving your business to a more affordable location can be the best option. This will allow you to cut costs and possibly even increase profits.
  • You need more space: It can be exciting to search for a bigger space after your expanding your company. But in any case, if you are limited by your current space, such as not having enough parking spots, desks, or space available for equipment, you will need to look for a larger space.

Important tip: As with any move, you must notify the government the change in your address and to forward any mail from your old address to your new mailbox.

Business Moving Professionals

After you have chosen your new location and signed the purchase or leasing documents, you’re ready to work with a moving company that can relocate the business. When looking finding one that can handle all aspects of the process would be ideal so you can focus on business tasks.

At Chicago Office Movers, we specialize in business moves. Our professionals ensure to handle the entire process, from planning to installing furniture at your new location. We will work with you to determine what you need, provide the moving supplies and manpower to safely relocate all items and equipment.

Whether you are looking to move computers, inventory, furniture, or other pieces of equipment, we make use of professional resources in order to keep the service efficient and minimize downtime. After the move, we will ensure that everything is installed properly in the right places and that you are satisfied with your new location.

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For more information regarding our business relocation services or for a free estimate, give Chicago Office Movers a call at 312-244-2246 or fill out a contact form. We look forward to working with you soon!

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