Month: May 2016

Writing Your Business Relocation Letter

Informing those who interact with you on a daily basis about an upcoming move is an essential part of keeping your business running normally. Your clients, vendors, partners, and mail deliverers need to know your new location if they are going to continue to interact with the business in an efficient manner. A well-written and timely business relocation letter will help everyone associated with your company accept your transition to a new location.

Business Relocation Letters Notify Your Associates of Your Move in a Timely Manner

Start preparing your business relocation letter two months outPrepare

Giving enough time for everyone to get used to your move is an important part of moving. You’ll want to start preparing to send out the letter two months prior to your move date in order to get everything assembled. Start preparing the letter as soon as you know the move date.

Construct the Mailing List

Chances are your list of contacts is extensive. The first step in sending out your business relocation letter is sifting through all your contacts to determine who needs a notification of your move and who does not. For example, a client you haven’t interacted with in five years may not be your first recipient, however, this does create an opportunity to reach out to that client and update them on your services or how your business has changed. The client who you see every quarter however, should be made aware of your business relocation as soon as you’re ready to send them out.

Write Your Letter

There are several aspects you’ll need to include when writing your relocation letter. All of your contact information including mailing addresses, phone numbers, email, and social media profiles needs to be included on your letter so recipients can contact you with any questions or concerns. If your contact information is changing, put both forms in your letter and the dates when that contact information will be valid.

Follow this format for your letter:

All contact information

Greeting

Introduction paragraph

o   The announcement of the move and the date when the new office will be open.

Secondary paragraph

o   Explanation of the move. This can include why you are moving, any service changes that will be a result of the move, and what they can expect for the future.

Current and future contact information with effective dates

Closing paragraph

o   This is a positive message about the move and a thank you to the recipients for their understanding and support. It also includes directions for contacting you with concerns.

Closing and signature

Send your business relocation letter through the mail, email, and post it social mediaSend the Letter

Printing and sending the letter to your recipients is the last step in completing your business relocation letter. You’ll need to print out the copies either in-house or get a print shop to print them for you, along with the envelopes. Once mailed, follow through by sending the letter in email form as well as posting it to your social media pages to ensure everyone sees the update. Getting the letter to clients through multiple channels will ensure your message is received. Send out your notification of the move through mail, email, and social media posts at least one month before the move date. You can also send out reminders or countdown letters and emails reminding everyone of the move as it draws closer. Giving a month’s time will allow people to make necessary adjustments or ask questions about the move.

An organized business relocation letter can do wonders for your clients, vendors, and associates when you are moving to a new location. Simply giving them formal notification can prevent confusion and awkward phone calls about your location. A business relocation letter and proper follow through plan will help everyone take your company’s move in stride.


 

Work with The Quality Group

At The Quality Group, we’re your commercial relocation specialists. Founded in 1987 in New Orleans, LA, The Quality Group serves the Gulf States with comprehensive commercial moving services from move planning to furniture installation. No other company puts in the time or preparation that we do to make your move stress and hassle-free.

Updating Your Address Business Moving Checklist

Updating your address during a business move can be a bit of a hassle. It used to be an easy update informing the post office and your clients of the move. Today however, there is a lot more to worry about. With the multiple channels you utilize to stay current in the market, you also need to be concerned about keeping those channels updated to ensure current and future clients can find you. Make sure to update your address during a business move on everything in this checklist to keep your clients informed.

Update Your Address During a Business Move to Avoid Client Confusion

 

  • Website

Your website is where most people are going to look in order to find where you are located. Informing your web company of the move and requesting them to change your address is a top priority.

 

  • Business Card

You give business cards to every potential client and acquaintance you meet. If you set up a meeting with someone and they are basing your location off of the information you personally handed to them, it better be correct or the relationship will be strained before it even begins.

 

  • Marketing Materials

Many businesses utilize some type of marketing material whether it is flyers, brochures, billboards, newspaper ads, or magazine ads. Update your address on these materials to avoid confusion with your clients.

 

  • Social Media

This one is easy to forget about but extremely important to remember. With more and more people spending increasing amounts of time on social media, having updated information on these platforms is crucial for your business. Correct information on social media will keep you current on the online sphere and ensure your followers you are active as a company.

 

  • Google

This encompasses updating your business’ location on Google Maps and on your paid search campaigns. Many people search for your business on Google Maps because it is easy and accurate. It is crucial to ensure the listing stays accurate so people end up at your new location. Also, updating your paid search campaigns to the new address will prevent your clients from being

 

  • Online Directories

If you’re listed as a location in any online directories such as, Yelp, Angie’s List, Yellow Pages, Foursquare, etc., make sure to have your information updated across these channels. As different viewers will find you in different ways online, its important that these show the most current information.

 

  • Billing Address

Many bills are paid electronically now, but it is still important to update your address to the new location with the billing companies. In the event that a bill is sent via mail or you need to request an invoice for your books, making sure they have the current address will prevent future headaches.

 

  • Return Labels/StampsUpdate your address on your stamps during a business move

This is a minor detail that is often overlooked. Acquiring updated return labels or stamps, however, will prevent someone in your office from having to hand write hundreds of return addresses on letters that need to be sent out quickly.

 

We’ll try to keep the move as stress free as possible, but we know there are plenty of other items to take care of during relocation. While updating your address can get pushed down on the To Do list (or even seem a little daunting), it’s extremely important to your company and your clients. The last thing you want after a successful move is to get multiple calls from clients asking where you are right before your meeting time. To avoid problems and unnecessary headaches, be sure to follow this list and update your address on all channels.

Moving Your Business in the Rain

Rain is unavoidable and unfortunately, despite the meteorologist’s best efforts, it is not always predictable. Even when you watch the weather faithfully and schedule your move for a bright and sunny day, it can turn out to be grey and rainy. Moving in the rain may seem trickier than moving on a fair day and you may be tempted to reschedule. After all, you can’t have damage occur to your floors, furniture, and equipment. We at The Quality Group understand your concerns, which is why when the weather decides to take a downward turn we ramp up our efforts.

We never want you to have to reschedule your move because we know you’re on a tight schedule. The Quality Group will move you into your new place on time despite any rain and we’ll make sure your property is well protected.

1_01-QualityGroup-Blog-MovingInRain_protectionProtecting the Floors

When your company ends up moving in the rain we take steps to ensure your floors are well protected from the water that will undoubtedly be tracked into the office. We protect your floors with a sturdy layer of floor protection. Where ever we need to walk in order to load up your equipment we’ll lay down the layer of floor protection so your floors stay in great condition. We will also put some protection outside the doors that will capture and knock off any excess debris we pickup so it doesn’t get tracked into your office.You don’t have to worry about water and mud damaging your floors when moving with The Quality Group.

Shielding Your Furniture

Another concern of yours during a move in the rain may be your furniture and equipment getting wet. When we move your property from your old building to the truck and then into your new office you might think it’s the perfect opportunity for your property to become sodden with extra moisture. We address that concern by shielding your furniture and equipment with a thorough layering of waterproof plastic. We wrap all your furniture and equipment with the waterproof plastic so your equipment stays safe and dry.

Safe Driving

Safety is always a concern when the roads are slippery due to rain. The Quality Group knows that poor weather conditions could jeopardize your move if not properly prepared for the rain. We counter poor weather with extreme caution, professional drivers, and highly maintained moving trucks. We take extra care when driving in rain and we maintain all safety precautions for driving in inclement weather to ensure your move is successful. We also take the time to check that our trucks are in top condition before every move and double check tire traction. You’ll have one less thing to worry about during a move in the rain with The Quality Group.

1_01-QualityGroup-Blog-MovingInRain_cleanClean-Up After

With rain comes the possibility of tracking water and mud into your space. While we lay down two layers of floor protection to safeguard your flooring, sometimes that stray drop of water or mud finds its way to an unprotected area. This can be a major concern, as you don’t want your old or new office floors dirtied and wet. If that becomes the case when moving in the rain, rest assured that The Quality Group cleans up after moving your items. You won’t have to worry that your office will be dirty after we finish moving you.

In addition, our special process provides an extra precaution to ensure water and mud won’t be tracked into your office. When we pack your items they never touch the ground and we don’t stack items on top each other when moving your office. Your items stay on the dolly the entire time when being loaded and unloaded. There is no opportunity for mud, asphalt, or dirt to attach itself to the bottom of your property when moving. This is just one more way The Quality Group prevents your move in the rain from causing you extra work.

Moving in the rain might sound like your worst nightmare but The Quality Group takes extra measures during bad weather to ensure your move runs as smoothly as if the weather was sunny. Rain or shine, we do whatever it takes to move you into your new office on time.


 

Work with The Quality Group

At The Quality Group, we’re your commercial relocation specialists. Founded in 1987 in New Orleans, LA, The Quality Group serves the Gulf States with comprehensive commercial moving services from move planning to furniture installation. No other company puts in the time or preparation that we do to make your move stress and hassle-free.

Why You Need a Move Consultation

A Move Consultation Helps Provides a Seamless Moving Experience

Moving your office is a big project and considerable planning, organization, and management is required for a smooth office relocation. It takes serious logistics to move all of your equipment and furniture in a timely and efficient fashion and that’s where we step in to help. The Quality Group offers a complete on-site move consultation as part of our services to work out the details of your move. We assess all of your assets and your time frame to build a moving plan that works for you. During your move consultation we determine the necessary equipment, vehicles, and team members we’ll need to provide to perform a seamless move.

Using the Best Equipment

A move consultation will get you the right equipment for an effective move.Each business is unique and has different furniture, technology, and tools. One of the main reasons we provide a move consultation is to determine what equipment will be necessary to move your office safely and securely. We pack your office using specific equipment and materials to ensure all items arrive soundly at the new place. During the consultation we will also determine if your move will require specialty equipment or if any obstacles need to be accommodated for while moving. The Quality Group takes into consideration elevators, ramps, steps, doorways, hallways, and much more so we can plan your move with precision.

The Right Moving Vehicles

The Quality Group has various sized trucks standing ready for your business move. As we can move any sized office no matter how big or small, one key part in our move consultation is determining which size moving truck will suit your business. Our aim is to take as little time as possible moving you from one location to another, which means picking the right truck is important. If one small truck is sufficient there is no need to risk delaying your move with using two. If you need three large trucks we won’t waste time packing one small one seven times. Packing up the right truck is a key factor in moving you with efficiency and we take that seriously.

The Ideal Moving Team

Having the optimal amount of team members is an integral part in making your move seamless. In order to provide you with that optimal amount, we use part of our move consultation to determine how many team members need to be working on your relocation. With our three dedicated teams each assigned to their own specific station, we work with efficiency and eliminate unnecessary wait time.

The Quality Group tailors its moving services to each and every business. Providing a move consultation as part of our services allows us to customize each move and give you truly strategized moving experience. We’d like you not to notice your move so you can continue business as usual, so call us today to receive our moving consultation services and relocate into your new office with ease.