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4 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Commercial Movers

Posted on May 9, 2017 by - Uncategorized

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Commercial Movers

Moving your business is an overwhelming experience. The overall quality of your move is solely dependent on the commercial movers you hire. Be sure that you avoid these four mistakes when choosing a commercial moving company.

Avoid these 4 Mistakes When Hiring Commercial Movers

  1.  Skipping the Research

Do not make the mistake of hiring a poor-quality moving company by skipping the research of comparing multiple companies.  Ask companies to visit your office. With a visit, a relocation company can give you an accurate cost estimate and you’ll be able to get a feel for how they conduct business. After choosing a moving company that you think is best, be sure to verify their USDOT number, licenses, insurance policy, and credentials. Try to gather as much feedback from the company’s previous clients as possible to understand what you can expect. By conducting proper research, you will be more likely to hire a professional and reliable moving company.

 

  1. Hiring Last MinuteAvoid Hiring Commercial Movers Last Minute

One of the biggest mistakes to make when moving is waiting to hire a commercial moving company until the last minute. The longer you wait, the greater your chances are of receiving higher prices and lower quality movers. Trustworthy and high-quality movers will likely already be booked if you wait until the last minute and the most convenient dates will be taken. Start planning your move as soon as possible in order to ensure that you are working with the best moving company.

 

  1. Online Price Quotes

Another common mistake when moving is listening to online price quotes. Online price quotes are not accurate or efficient when planning a commercial move. A price-reliable moving company will need to see, in-person, what they are moving to determine a proper pricing estimate. Online quotes are usually inaccurate and overpriced. They are also not binding, so you may end up paying surprise fees on moving day. It is important for your chosen moving company to give you a binding, on-site estimate so that you know exactly what you are paying.

 

  1. Forgetting About Extra CostsPrevent Extra Costs from Commercial Movers

Many moving services come at an extra cost, and it is a mistake to think they are included if not specifically included in your contract at no additional charge. Services such as packing or crating, installation of furniture, and move planning may come with an extra fee. Be sure to discuss these extra services beforehand and determine which ones are included in your move. Ensure that the extra services and fees are clearly stated in your estimate and are put into writing. By learning what is included and what comes at an extra cost, you will avoid surprise fees on moving day.

 

It is important to avoid these four mistakes to prevent a terrible moving experience or a moving scam. Also be sure to look out for these classic warning signs of moving scams:

  • Low offers with insurance policies that cover everything (these are often too good to be true)
  • A company that requires large amounts of money upfront
  • Rental trucks or trucks without the company’s name on it
  • Lack of specific information such as licenses, insurance policy, vague descriptions, no contact information, unprofessional website, etc.

By avoiding these mistakes and looking for fraudulent warning signs, you will be more likely to hire a reliable moving company. Call the Quality Group today for a trustworthy relocation experience for your Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama commercial move.


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.

Relocating Your Business to Louisiana? We can Help

Posted on May 11, 2015 by - Uncategorized

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Moving your business out-of-state can get complicated. There’s employee schedules, customer needs and your own move to coordinate. If you’re moving your business to Louisiana, welcome! Here’s some tips to get you through the stress of commercial relocation.

 

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Louisiana offers attractive tax credits for business owners

In an effort to attract successful businesses and the thriving economy they create, Louisiana’s Economic Development department has created opportunities for significant tax savings. These tax credits are available for almost every industry, and can increase your business’s cash flow by reducing its taxable income. Check out what credits your business could be eligible for here.

Watch out for double taxation

When you register your business in a new state, you will have to pay state taxes. If you’re not careful, you will also have to pay state taxes to the state you just move out of. Make sure that your corporation or LLC is correctly registered by looking at your options.

 

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Workers are looking for jobs in Louisiana

If you’re business is moving and looking to hire, Louisiana is a good place to start. Over the past few years, job growth has steadily grown in Louisiana. And according to some, unemployment has also increased because more people are “entering the workforce to look for jobs”.

 

 

If you’re moving your business to Louisiana, look no further than The Quality Group. We work all over the Gulf Coast and we’re familiar with local landscape, transportation routes and traffic. We use our almost 30 years of commercial relocation experience to make sure your move goes smoothly.

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.

 

4 Signs that Now is the Time to Move Your Office

Posted on May 4, 2015 by - Uncategorized

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Balancing growth and growing pains can be tricky. You know you need a new office, but a commercial move can be a hassle for both management and employees. Finding the right time to move your office is hard, but these surefire signs can help.

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Is your business growing or downsizing? – Finding an office that meets your needs can also reduce your costs. If you have more employees than your office can fit, a bigger space will increase productivity and profits. If you’re ready to downsize, you could save on property and administration costs in a smaller office.

Would another office in your existing building work for your company? If you can find another space in your current building or secure another floor to expand operations, you can cut down on the cost of moving and the hassle of dealing with a new landlord.

Does your office match your brand image? As your business grows and matures, so does its image. You need an office space that matches where your company’s brand is now, and where you want it to be in the future. A new office that reflects the image of your company, whether modern, forward-thinking, or established, can bring in loyal, life-long customers.

How is employee morale? Employees are the most impacted by your office’s environment. A cramped office or one that make everyday operations harder ruins their moral, slowing production and increasing staff turnover. A new office that better meets your employees’ needs is like a fresh start, and will boost your company’s productivity.

Now is the right time for your commercial move, and The Quality Group is here to make moving a breeze. We consider every angle to get your office moved on time and on budget.

 

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.

You Deserve an Accurate Moving Estimate

Posted on March 23, 2015 by - Commercial Relocation, Moving Preparation, Uncategorized

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Seems like a no brainer, right? From moving costs to lost office productivity, commercial moving expenses can add up. Obviously, you want to get an accurate estimate from your commercial moving company. But anyone can say that their estimate is accurate. Listen for these key phrases to be sure that the price you agree to is the price you pay.

“Not-to-exceed pricing”: A not-to-exceed pricing basis accounts for every foreseeable cost associated with your commercial move. Every factor, from heavy traffic to elevator weight capacity, is represented by a certain cost, creating a commercial moving formula that results in an accurate moving quote.

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“Guaranteed timelines”: What’s the best way to avoid additional moving costs? Get the move finished on time. When commercial moves run over deadlines, moving costs go up. And if a delayed move keeps you from opening your office on time, your expenses can add up even more. If your movers can guarantee an on-time move, then you can be sure that your moving estimate is accurate.

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Do surprises happen? Sure. But to get the most exact moving estimate available, make sure you hire a commercial moving company that focuses on not-to-exceed pricing and guaranteed timelines. The more planning a company puts into your move, the less likely you are to run into hidden or unexpected costs.

 

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.

 

 

Your Commercial Moving Questions, Answered

Posted on March 16, 2015 by - Commercial Relocation, Moving Preparation, Uncategorized

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A successful commercial move is no easy feat. It takes months of planning and coordination to pull it off without a hitch. And even then, a few inevitable surprises can spring up and threaten the move’s progress. If you don’t know much about planning a commercial move, that’s okay. Let us save you some research time by answering a few commercial moving questions you were probably just about to Google.

Do I Need Commercial Moving Insurance?

The short answer? Yes. If you want to make absolutely sure that the value of your items is protected, or if you’re moving sensitive equipment, insurance is worth the investment. You can get commercial insurance through an independent insurance company, or through your moving company. To find out more about commercial moving insurance coverage and options, take a minute to read this article.

Should I Pack up My Office before the Move?

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This often depends on which commercial moving company you hire. This is an essential question to ask when you’re requesting quotes and interviewing companies. Most professional moving companies can come and pack your office for you, or they can provide you with packing materials if you’d like to pack up internally.

How Involved in the Move Will I Have to Be?

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This is up to you. Some moving companies like you to oversee the move, in case the movers have any questions. Some will let you ride with the movers so you can feel confident that the move is going smoothly. With The Quality Group, a move manager that is completely dedicated to your move will be on site throughout the entire move to make sure everything goes according to plan. This move manager will meet with you several times before the move so he or she knows exactly what goes where, how and when.

 

At The Quality Group, we’re here to answer all of your commercial moving questions. Because our goal isn’t just to get you moved in quickly and efficiently – it’s also to keep you informed and comfortable throughout the moving process.

 

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.

 

 

Move Your Business Out of State Without Going Crazy

Posted on January 26, 2015 by - Uncategorized

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Are you planning to move your office to another state? Then you know it’s not easy. Using over 25 years of experience, we’ve put together a guide to moving your office out of state. It can feel chaotic, but these tips can make it easier.

 

Focus on The Big Picture

As the business owner or manager, you are responsible for running your business and making sure service to your customers is uninterrupted. Instead of getting bogged down by little details, keep your eye on the prize. As long as your office move is finished on time, it’s okay if an employee forgot to pack a few office supplies, or if an office chair was damaged in the move. Small details can be handled by your moving company, so you can focus on getting to business in your new office.

 

Anticipate Unexpected Costs

While an experienced moving company can account for almost every factor, you never know what’s going to happen until you actually move. A sudden traffic delay or a flat-tire on a moving truck are small inconveniences in the grand scheme of your commercial move. But they could cause your business to open one day later than expected. This is just one example of unexpected costs that can’t always be prevented with planning. Allot at least 10% more finances for your office move than you think it’s going to cost. So if the unthinkable happens, you’re covered.

 

Expect a Period of Office Transition

This move isn’t just a big deal for you and your business; it affects your employees as well. If you’re moving out of state, your employees will be uprooting their lives to work in your new office. Some staff changes will be necessary, as some employees inevitably will not want to move. Give your new and existing employees time to get used to their new workplace and surroundings. You will likely have more employee requests than usual during this transition. But if you work with your employees and remember that this is a natural phase of commercial moves, your business will get back to normal (or even better!) productivity soon.

 

Feeling overwhelmed by your out-of-state commercial move? The Quality Group can manage your move from planning and packing to installing equipment in your new office.

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.

I Don’t Have Time to Move my Office: 5 Moving Excuses You Need to Let Go of in 2015

Posted on January 12, 2015 by - Commercial Relocation, Uncategorized

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We’ve all done it. We know we need to do something about our cramped workspace, but we put it off. With more pressing business at hand, it’s easy to push off your commercial move until next quarter. Make 2015 the year you shed these excuses and move your business forward.

“I Don’t Have Time to Move My Business”

There’s never going to be a good time to move your business. Commercial moves take planning, hard work and time. You have to make time, for the betterment of your business. Why not make that time now?

“We’re Too Busy Right Now”

Being too busy is a good problem to have. But new business may mean new employees or new branches, which makes your office move all the more necessary. Think about it this way: When business is winding down, would you rather be planning a commercial move, or focusing on generating new customers?

“I Can’t Afford to Close up Shop”

The thought of suspending business or being temporarily unavailable to your customers may be stopping you from moving your office. Did you know that you can move your business on nights or weekends? Commercial moving companies like The Quality Group can move you outside of office hours, with no operational downtime.

“It’s Just Not in the Budget”

Imagine where you would be if your business had more room for clients and employees. Or if you moved to a location where you could be closer to your customers. If an office move would make your business more successful, isn’t it worth the moving costs?

“I Don’t Know Where to Start”

Starting is the hardest part. Once you make the decision to move your office in 2015, give us a call. We can help you plan your move from the very beginning, and we’ll work with you to coordinate your commercial move so everything runs smoothly.

So now you have no excuses. Make 2015 the year you make your business more successful and more profitable.

 

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.

Commercial Moving Online Reviews: What to Look For

Posted on December 15, 2014 by - Commercial Relocation, Uncategorized

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How do you know if you’re hiring the right moving company? Every company says that they’ll move you fast, take care of your belongings and finish on time. But how you do know, without industry knowledge, what to look for in a commercial moving company? Look for these phrases to get past sales jargon to actual customer experience.

 

“They never miss a deadline”

It’s one thing for a company to say this, and quite another for a customer to say it. If a client says this about a commercial moving company, you know they trust them to do what they say. Follow-through is one of the most important factors when choosing a company for your office move.

“They were the most professional, organized, and courteous group of guys we have ever worked with”

Every business will tell you they’re experts in their field, and they could be. But you may forget to ask about the employees you will be working with.  There’s a difference between a company with a truck and a company cares about getting the job done and giving you the best moving experience.

“Their timing and precision in moving was seamless with no downtime”

Everyone says they’re fast and that they’ll finish your move on time. But what is fast if it’s not efficient? And what is fast if the move isn’t done right? Look for “no downtime” or “no operational downtime” to find a commercial moving company that cares about getting your move finished, getting out of your way and getting your back in business.

 

To read more real reviews from real customers here.

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.

Holiday Office Moves: Pros and Cons

Posted on December 8, 2014 by - Commercial Relocation, Uncategorized

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Are you planning an office move this holiday season? During your move preparation, consider all the pros and cons of moving your business during the holidays.

 

Pro: The Holidays are the Slow Season

Business often slows down during the holiday season, which can make it a great time for an office move. Without the pressure of constant deadlines and meetings, you have time to plan your move and relocate to your new office.

Pro: Holiday Schedules Give You More Flexibility

Every office has a holiday schedule to service their customers while accommodating their employees. Shortened hours are often the norm for businesses during the holidays. This precedent allows you to adopt a flexible schedule during your office move. If you have to, you can even close the office during the move without losing business or upsetting current customers.

Con: Staying Productive During the Holidays is Tough

If keeping your office moving during the craziness of the holidays is tough, moving your office could be a challenge. The key to a smooth office move is planning, planning and more planning. Without a hard-working team dedicated to planning, your office move may turn into uphill battle.

Con: Unexpected Moving Costs

Holiday costs add up fast, and so can moving costs. If your business is moving slow during the holidays, make sure you have the revenue to cover all of your business moving costs.

 

There will never be the “perfect” time to move. Moving is inconvenient, costly, and takes work and planning. When deciding when to move, look at your business cycle, holiday schedule and incoming revenue. When you’re ready to move, let The Quality Group make it as easy as possible.

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.

How to: Keep Your Employees Productive During an Office Move

Posted on December 1, 2014 by - Commercial Relocation, Uncategorized

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A big move can stop your office’s productivity in its tracks. Follow these tips to keep your office running at peak performance during your commercial move.

 

Make Employees Aware of Their Responsibilities Before the Move

Are employees expected to box up their office? When do they need to start going to the new office? Part of your commercial moving plan should include briefing employees on their jobs during the move. If everyone knows what’s expected of them, they can focus on their jobs instead of worrying about the impending move.

Don’t Let Move Planning Distract Your Employees

Keep the potential stress of moving between those who need to know about it. The team dedicated to planning your commercial move should only discuss moving details during assigned meeting times. This will keep office moving chatter from distracting other employees. Separating move planning from regular work duties will also help the planning team stay productive.

Give Employees an Outlet to Answer Questions and Voice Concerns

Be there for your employees. If they are feeling overwhelmed from helping plan the move, help them manage their responsibilities. If they have questions about the move, answer them. If you take care of employee concerns, they can focus on their job with the peace of mind that the move will go smoothly.

 

With proactive communication and understanding on both sides, you can keep your employees productive during your commercial move. And to avoid unintended office closures and move complications, trust The Quality Group to keep your move running on time with our timeline guarantee.

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.