Review Us On Google
Call Us Now
312-CHI-CAGO

100% Customer
Satisfaction

Review Us On Google
Chicago skyline

RECENT REVIEWS

 

Ellen Solner

I wanted to thank you and your team for how well our move went. Everything went smoothly, the movers were very nice and professional, and we were done within a few hours. Having our actual move be such a breeze really helped ease some of the stress on our end!
Thanks!

Michael Evans

We highly recommend Chicago Office Movers for your next move. We are so very apprciative of their professional responsiveness, competative pricing and expert service. We moved our wealth management firm’s offices recently and Chicago Offcie Movers did exceptional work in a very effcient manner. I will use them again for all of our moves in the future.

Jessica Schildgen

I have nothing but fantastic things to say about this company. Everything from advice to packing supplies, I was very impressed with their services. Chicago Office Movers is highly recommended by our team!!

Patrick Panayotov

Chicago Office Movers made our move seamless and quick. The team provided all of the essentials and then some, even reminding us about some aspects of the move we were not anticipating. Great people, great service!

Review Us On Google
Fans watching football game at stadium

Renovating Event Venues to Accommodate Social Distancing

Renovating Event Venues to Accommodate Social Distancing

Fans watching football game at stadium

The novel coronavirus has caused massive societal upheavals, deaths in the hundreds of thousands and illness in over 15 million people worldwide. The public health crisis has an uncertain future. One thing is definite: social distancing helps to curb the spread of COVID-19.

About COVID-19

Remaining at least six feet apart from people in public places has been shown to reduce transmission rates of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Ample distance ensures that potentially infected human respiratory droplets do not reach the respiratory systems of others and cause illness.

Talking, coughing, and sneezing emit respiratory droplets and allow the particles to linger in the air for up to three hours. If the individual is sick with COVID-19, the infectious particles can invade the respiratory system of a person in close proximity and lead to mild or severe infection.

As a result, social distancing has become the norm, at least for now. Until a cure or effective treatment for COVID-19 is developed, social distancing mandates will continue throughout societies nationwide and worldwide. Social distancing will have a profound effect on public and private events.

How Event Venues Accommodate Social Distancing

Maintaining social distance is not an easy task. Event attendees are accustomed to packed stadiums and concert halls. These venues are undergoing drastic changes. Weddings and private ceremonies held in community centers, churches, or banquet halls, will also be different during the COVID-19 era.

Sports ArenasUnited Center Blackhawks

Sports arenas will no longer be filled to maximum capacity. Stadiums limit capacity to 17 to 20 percent of what the arena is built to hold. Dire reductions in capacity will have an adverse effect on stadium revenue since incoming funds offset the costs of operational debt and retaining employees.

If the COVID-19 pandemic exceeds a year, sports teams will be forced to consider making permanent changes to fan seating. Long-lasting adjustments can affect capital investments. A fixed solution, such as removing seats, however, would allow for adequate social distancing.

A short-term approach would be to temporarily take out the seats. Modifying arenas using this tactic is cost-efficient and practical. Loge box seating, which is where four seats are separated from surrounding ones by six feet, would follow social distancing rules.

In addition to changing seating arrangements to accommodate social distancing, sports arenas are implementing cashless payments and online concessions ordering. Hygiene practices are receiving an overhaul, as arenas install touchless doors and automated technology to prevent person-to-person contact between fans and staff.

Movie Theaters

Movie theaters are responding to the coronavirus outbreak by showing movies on the same night and on multiple screens. Capacities are limited inside movie theaters to ensure moviegoers maintain proper social distancing. The safety of customers and staff is the number one priority.

AMC, Regal and Cinemark, which are among the nation’s largest theater chains, have closed in response to governmental advice and the coronavirus pandemic. But movies have been around for decades, and the current health crisis will not stop people from enjoying shows on the silver screen.

The resurgence of drive-in theaters demonstrates just how resilient moviegoers are. Drive-in theaters give film buffs the opportunity to be entertained while remaining more than six feet apart and avoiding the slightest possibility of microbial transmission. Bargain ticket prices make drive-in theaters even more enjoyable.

People who have never visited a drive-in are flocking to the outdoor movies. Drive-in moviegoers wear masks and queue up at proper distances at the snack bars. Drive-in theaters are one surefire way to escape being stuck at home and give businesses a chance to turn a profit.

Music VenuesSydney Opera House Theater

Music venues are resorting to guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to review operational plans. In venues that can hold a maximum capacity of 300, only 75 people are allowed inside for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bands that play to huge crowds may now open to groups of no more than 50. Virtual entertainment is taking center stage for the time being, as the coronavirus makes safe social gatherings impossible. Virtual events include live streaming of local concerts and even the much-needed comedic shows.

While the majority of event venues are closed due to the COVID-19 health crisis, some are taking advantage of the situation. Renovations are being done behind closed doors. Repainting, replacing chairs, adding drop ceilings, and replacing lighting are efforts to help improve event venues.

The coronavirus pandemic will not last forever, and entertainment venues are looking forward to the day when they can welcome back sports fans, movie buffs, concert attendees and theater goers. Those renovating hope to make their space more welcoming and user-friendly for patrons upon their return.

Help with RenovationsChicago-Office-Movers-Wrigley-Field

If you are among business owners who choose to renovate while your event venue is closed to the public, look to Chicago Office Movers. As an office mover, we provide a range of comprehensive services to assist with all aspects of office renovation and remodeling.

Crews from Chicago Office Movers are available to temporarily move large furniture around through our decommissioning services while your renovations are underway. Our team members are capable of lifting heavy goods with the help of advanced moving equipment. We also move furniture of all sizes.

Business owners place full trust in the professional moving crews at Chicago Office Movers, since each member of our team is background checked, licensed, and experienced. We are also union movers. When you need a hand before or during your renovation, Chicago Office Movers is ready to help.

Most importantly, Chicago Office Movers is careful to practice safety measures to protect our clients and team during the coronavirus outbreak. We clean and disinfect moving trucks daily, our moving crews practice social distancing to avoid contact, and restrict sick personnel from working.

Get a Free Estimate

Choose Chicago Office Movers when you are ready to renovate or remodel. You can expect competitive pricing, efficient service, and safe practices. As a commercial mover, we also provide reliable commercial relocation services.

Call our friendly representatives at 312-244-2246 for a free estimate.

Contact Us

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

Commercial Cleaning Checklist Before Moving

Commercial Cleaning Services

Business owners who are prepared to relocate may have a desire to perform a commercial cleaning prior to the big day. Commercial cleaning is appropriate for whisking away the dust, grime and stains that accumulate over the course of several weeks or months in an office environment.

Commercial cleanings are intended specifically for business spaces. Cleaning crews access hard-to-reach spaces, ensuring that the whole office is sparkling clean in every nook and cranny. What results is a professional deep clean. Before moving, refer to this commercial cleaning checklist.

1. Cubicles

Professional-Moving-Services

Many office workers keep their desks tidy without prompting. A few, however, will require a nudge in the right direction. Prior to moving, hire commercial cleaning crews to engage in deliberate cleaning practices that go beyond the scope of what employees are able and willing to handle.

Dusting is a basic cleaning step that should be performed. Rather than spread the dust particles into the office atmosphere, use a damp cloth to grab the dust. Alternately, make electrostatic or microfiber dusters available. Target dust magnets, like file cabinets, electronics and office equipment.

The HVAC vents should undergo dusting to prevent pollutants, like spider webs and dirt particles, from cascading through them. Wipe down the windows, which, if not cleaned often, will likely have formed an obstructive layer of dust. The blinds, shades and windowsill should receive ample attention.

Once the dust is cleaned up, disinfect the surfaces with disinfectant wipes. Specifically aim to disinfect the phone and its earpieces, keyboards, desks and chair arms. Empty the office trash receptacles. Wipe down the trash cans with a disinfectant and replace the liners with fresh ones.

2. Kitchen and Break Room

Office personnel should be given notice that the fridge will be cleaned out before moving day. After notification has been given, empty the refrigerator of any unclaimed food or containers. Using a disinfectant, wipe down the empty refrigerator shelves. Use a disinfect to wash the countertops.

The countertop will likely be topped with kitchen gadgets, like a coffee maker and dish rack. Give the coffee maker a rinse. If employees have not already done so, wash any dirty dishes in the sink. Straighten out a messy kitchen countertop to achieve a presentable appearance.

The kitchen floors deserve attention, since the porous tile materials can trap grease. Sweep the floors to remove dirt and grime. Next, mop the floors with a cleaning solution. Replace the mop water as soon as it darkens; otherwise, the dirty mop water will spread the filth around the floor.

3. Bathroom

Restrooms often require elbow grease to achieve a hygienic status. Using a microfiber cloth, scrub all bathroom surfaces. Pay attention to cleaning and disinfecting even the smallest of areas, like stall handles and locks, as they are high touch spots that get covered in germs.

The toilets should first be flushed prior to cleaning and disinfecting. Once the contaminants are flushed away, apply a toilet bowl cleaner to the inside rim and directly onto the bowl mop. After scrubbing the interior, allow the cleaning solution to sit for approximately 10 minutes for a deep clean.

Glass cleaners may be used to polish the mirrors without leaving unsightly streaks. Empty the trash receptacles and sanitary napkin dispensers. An important component of bathroom maintenance is refilling the soap dispensers, toilet paper and paper towels. Mop the floors with a disinfectant solution.

4. Reception

Commercial-Property-Office-Interior

The reception area sparks guests’ first impressions. Preserve its cleanliness with cleanings several times throughout the day as well as before moving. To start, any existing welcome mats and front door décor should be straightened out for an immaculate presentation.

Using a glass cleaner, wipe down the glass front doors on the inside and outside. Empty the waste bins, disinfect them and replace the liners. The reception counter and desk must be wiped down with disinfectant. Existing furniture, such as a coffee table, should be similarly wiped down.

Various surfaces in the reception room should be scrutinized for dust. The vents, window shades, lamps, chairs and tables are typical areas that accumulate layers of dust if not cleaned regularly. Before moving, address these common areas. Remove fingerprints, cobwebs and dust from walls.

Guests will wipe their feet upon entering, leaving grime embedded in the carpet or welcome mat fibers. Vacuum the carpeting or mop the flooring. Keep in mind that frequent maintenance of the carpeting or hard flooring prevents dirt from entering the fibers or cracks, thereby extending their lifespans.

An effective commercial clean will fail to leave behind antiseptic smells. Even overpowering air fresheners are to be avoided. Heavily scented products can be problematic for people with respiratory conditions, like asthma. Good air quality or pleasant smells encourage relaxation and a positive response.

Commercial Movers

Office-Movers-Evanston-IL

When you are ready to pack up and move your business to greener pastures, schedule a relocation service with Chicago Office Movers. We are an experienced commercial mover that will transport your office equipment and goods safely, quickly and affordably. Our movers can also provide decommissioning services, including sign removal, ceiling tile replacement, floor and carpet cleaning, furniture and fixture removal, and more to avoid move out fees and prepare for moving day.

As a leader in office relocation, Chicago Office Movers has transported a variety of machinery, including HVAC equipment and assembly lines, large microscopes, heavy electronics, libraries and the standard desks, chairs and furniture. If you are looking to renovate, we’ll shift your items, regardless of size.

Chicago Office Movers is proud to be a green company. We have reduced waste and energy costs 30 percent due to our use of recycled packaging and best practices. Our crews are background checked and licensed, so that businesses can count on us for a secure relocation.

Our experienced office movers will relocate your business to anywhere in the world or to the next neighborhood. Customers include Northwestern University and Alcatel Lucent. As we’ve done with countless satisfied customers, we’ll successfully move your company, whether small or large.

Call Chicago Office Movers when you are planning an office move. We can even help pack and unpack your office goods. Storage solutions are offered as a convenience to our customers. A free estimate is available to companies ready to take their businesses to new heights and new destinations.

Contact Us

Give us a call at 312-244-2246 for a free estimate on our commercial moving services.

Contact Us

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
Office Remodeling Project

7 Money Saving Tips for Your Office Renovation

Contact Us

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
Rose-Hotel-Furniture-Installation

How to Budget for an Office Renovation

Rose-Hotel-Furniture-Installation

Attracting new clientele, enhancing productivity and simply working in a pleasing, aesthetic environment are all legitimate reasons to renovate an office space. When given the opportunity, most business owners will jump at the chance to improve the look and design of their workplace. The big question property owners must ask themselves is, how much do renovations cost?

The location of an office plays a major role in determining the cost to renovate. An office in New York will require higher labor costs than a space in Arizona. Silicon Valley, California, has the highest office build out costs in the country, while Washington, DC, has the lowest.

Consider the Square Footage

Property owners should also consider the size of the office space that will undergo renovations. For instance, an office with a square footage of 5,100 will require far less upfront costs to renovate than one that takes up 110,00 square feet in a six-story building.

For comparison’s sake, a smaller office space, let’s say 5,100 square feet, can average $450,000 in renovation costs and include enhancements like new skylights. The larger 110,000 square feet building can cost around $9 million to renovate, which includes both interior and exterior renovations.

Given the potentially skyrocketing costs, how do property owners budget for a renovation? Factors that should be considered in any renovation include the professional services of architects and labor, plus lighting, finishes, walls, floors, bathrooms, kitchen, fire protection and HVAC.

Architects or Designers – 20 Percent

Bringing in a design professional, such as an architect to lay out the office space and ensure it will serve its dual purpose of functionality and comfort for employees and customers, will be the initial expense. Architects and designers consume about 20 percent of the total renovation budget.

Architects are instrumental to renovation projects. The benefit of hiring an architect is that the professional follows specifications that meet building codes. Plus, employees and customers who are handicapped will easily enter and exit the property when the space is designed to be handicap accessible.

Labor – 10 Percent

Chicago-Office-Movers-Rose-Hotel

Union labor is significantly more expensive than non-union labor. When hiring union labor in Chicago, a 20 percent premium is applied to contracted work. Cities like Chicago and New York City have long-standing practices where hiring union labor to work on union buildings is mandated.

Additionally, as mentioned earlier, the location of the building being renovated has a major impact on labor costs. Labor costs in New York City climb to 70 percent above the national average. Since Washington, DC, has a plethora of available spaces, renovating an office there is the least costly.

Kitchen – 25 Percent

Employees are likely to retreat to the office kitchen during coffee breaks. When an office kitchen renovation is planned, expect the task to take up about a quarter of the budget. A kitchenette may be simple, with just cabinetry, or elaborate, with a combination of a microwave, sink, and fridge.

The renovator’s job is easier when the kitchen and bathroom are in close proximity. The shared plumbing reduces the overall renovation price. Depending on how complex the kitchen and plumbing will be, business owners can expect an office kitchen renovation to be around $4000 of a $16,000 job.

Windows – $5,000

New sky lights, integrated windows with specialized low-e glass and minimizing UV radiation from windows are all options to consider when renovating the office. Energy saving windows are pricey upfront but saving on heating and cooling costs are recouped over the next several years.

Fire Sprinklers – $5,000 to $10,000

Installing a new fire sprinkler in a small- or medium-sized office averages $5,000 to $10,000. Each sprinkler head costs about $200. Costs for permits, inspections and plans soar to $2,000. If existing fire sprinklers are in place, scheduling an inspection costs a few hundred dollars.

Lighting – $250+

If the office space welcomes customers, investing in high-quality lighting is key to presenting an optimal environment. LED lights are the preferred choice when it comes to cost-efficient lighting in office spaces. Basic lighting costs start at $250 per point and increase with the various types of lighting options.

The type of office environment plays a big part in lighting. An open ceiling office, for example, requires suspended light fixtures. Drywall ceilings do well with linear wrap lighting fixtures. Commercial lighting options suitable for drop ceilings include recessed office lighting, which is both energy efficient and attractive.

Floors – $2 to $7 Per Square Foot

Depending on whether the renovation space is a warehouse or an upscale office, costs for flooring differ markedly. Concrete flooring is the least expensive, at $2 per square foot. Vinyl tile starts at $4 per square foot. In a 5,100 square foot office, wood flooring averages $7 per square foot.

Work with a Commercial MoverCommercial-Move-COM

If you are planning an office renovation, temporarily moving the existing desks, chairs, and equipment will be necessary to allow plenty of room for the exciting project to begin. Count on Chicago Office Movers to handle the task of moving all office property efficiently and carefully through decommissioning services.

Whether your office space is staffed by hundreds of employees or limited to just a couple, Chicago Office Movers is prepared to handle the moving job with skill and timeliness. We also offer short-term storage facilities to house office property until the renovations are complete.

Our team of union movers are licensed and background checked to give business owners maximum peace of mind. The skilled movers at Chicago Office Movers are experienced in successfully moving all types of office property, including lab equipment, major electronics, machinery (such as HVAC equipment and assembly lines), large inventory and even libraries.

Chicago Office Movers is headquartered in the Windy City, but we cater to businesses across the country. If you are renovating a commercial space or relocating an office to or from Chicago, make the best choice and contact Chicago Office Movers. Take the stress out of renovations or office relocation by giving Chicago Office Movers a call.

Contact Us

To get a free estimate on your next commercial move, contact Chicago Office Movers at 312-244-2246.

Contact Us

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
Call Now ButtonCall us (312) 244-2246