Updating Your Address Business Moving Checklist

Posted on May 17, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation, Moving Preparation

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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.

 

  • GoogleUpdate your business address on Google Maps

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

Posted on May 10, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation

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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.

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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.

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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

Posted on May 3, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation, Moving Preparation

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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

A move consultation will get you the right sized truck for your move. 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.

The Modern Office

Posted on April 26, 2016 by - Office Furniture

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The New Modern Office is Trending

It’s 2016 and the workforce is slowly shifting from the baby boomer generation to the millennial generation. With that workforce shift comes a shift in office space and lifestyle expectations. Keeping your new work force motivated and happy at work can have a huge effect on their happiness and productivity. Many millennials now want to be part of the open office trend, which means you might be looking into a new office space and an openly designed office layout. While you are shifting your office over to the new modern office trend, keep The Quality Group in mind as we can help you get into your new office with ease.a modern office

Location

The millennial generation puts emphasis on balancing work and home life. Having an office in an urban area with high walkability access will sit well with millennials who are big on convenience. Easy access to work and entertainment in an urban area will be exactly the kind of convenient balance of work and life they are searching for in their life. They also like the option to choose where they work. Finding an office that has multiple workspace options, including outside options, can go a long way with your upcoming employees. While moving into a new office can seem daunting, planning for the happiness of your future employees is important. The Quality Group can ease your move into that modern office by taking every detail into account. We even calculate how many elevator trips it will take to move you and do so at a time that won’t interrupt business.

Space Planning

The modern office trend that the millennial generation expects comes with a whole different setup from the cubicles that used to be popular. Open-concept design and collaborative furniture are now on the rise and require spaces where more than one person can sit. The Quality Group has partners who can help any office optimize its space for the new workforce. They can optimize your office for your workers who need open spaces and for those who need individual spaces.

Furniture

The Quality Group partners with interior design companies that can help any office plan, design, and equip their office with the right furniture. From collaboration furniture to individual workspaces, they can help create your modern office with a perfect blend of open and individual workspaces with furniture professionally modern office furnitureassembled by the Quality Group. Whether you are bringing your previous furniture with you or are looking for new furniture, The Quality Group can help by moving, arranging, and collaborating with you on your furniture needs.

The millennial generation may have a different idea of an office from previous generations but The Quality Group is here to help you get a handle on moving. When you find the new office that will suit your workforce’s expectations, let The Quality Group come and seamlessly move you and create a workspace your new employees will love.


 

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.

HR Communication During a Company Move

Posted on April 19, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation, Moving Preparation

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HR Can Be a Positive Influence on a Company During a Move.

As the HR manager, during a move your focus is on the staff. Giving them the right information for the move and making sure they maintain a positive mindset is where your efforts will go. Check out these tips to be an effective HR manager during your company’s move and ease the staff’s minds into the new office.

Know Why You are Moving

The initial news of the move will be shocking to your staff. Some of the employees may be anxious and some will be excited. Knowing why you are you moving and being able to illustrate this when people come to ask will be key. Conveying the vision behind the move will help ease minds.

Offer Support Channels

Be a part of the planning and communication from the start so you know what is going on and when it will be happening. Knowing each step of the plan will allow you to answer any questions that come your way from confused staff. Be sure to give staff multiple channels to voice their concerns and questions, whether it’s through social media, email, an online forum, or in person.

Map out the new office as part of your HR tasks. Map it Out

Providing maps to staff and clients will be essential to avoiding frustration after the move. Let them know visually and directionally where the new office is and how they can get there. Providing a map of the new office’s layout will also be helpful for staff.

Train Staff

New equipment may come with the new office and may require training to ensure proper use. Schedule out some training time for the new equipment.

Stay Positive

Rumors and bitter feelings may be swirling around the office due to the upcoming change. Staying positive with the vision of the new location and what it means will help dispel negativity. Keep staff updated on news so misinformation is not spread and the move is successful.

As the HR manager, you should plan a celebration after the move. Celebrate

Moving your office to a new location can be stressful so remember to celebrate after the successful move. Celebrating will get your office started with a positive attitude and help people get used to the new place.

Ask for Feedback

Including staff in the move so they know their opinion matters to the company is important. Get feedback from them after the move on what can make the new office more comfortable. In a new place, feeling comfortable can go a long way.

Communicating the right information during the move will benefit everyone and relieve loads of stress. As the HR manager, you can help be a positive influence during your company’s move into a new office.

 

Turnkey Movers

Posted on April 12, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation

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The Quality Group is an All-Inclusive Moving Company

Every business owner understands that moving offices is an enormous undertaking. Effectively planning for a smooth and efficient moving day requires time, resources, and manpower that most companies simply don’t have. Professional moving companies can significantly cut down on the stress and hassle of a complicated move. But why shop around for multiple moving companies that only offer options for part of the process? Here are some ways that The Quality Group can help relieve these burdens, acting as a one-stop-shop for all of your commercial moving needs and allowing your business to focus on present, day-to-day operations and not on future moving duties:

Move Planning

From our very first meeting, we begin to formulate a customized, unique strategy to move your business in the most efficient and effective way possible. The Quality Group takes an all-inclusive moving approach when creating your moving plan, working backwards from the exact date you wish to start business in your new office and location. From there we can successfully plan out the best time to begin the moving process, and handle all obstacles in between.

Project Management

The all-inclusive move includes project managementOur highly experienced and dedicated team works with you to oversee all components of your company’s move to ensure a smooth transition. This supervision and control of personnel, resources, and time allows for a positive moving experience that fosters trust between our clients and us. The most important move we’ll ever do is yours, and we promise to deliver on our claims.

Facility Installation

The Quality Group guarantees a timely, safe, stress-free, and all-inclusive moving job every time. From handling landlords and property owners before the moving has begun, to cleaning up after ourselves once the moving has completed, we take pride in making your experience as easy as possible. Leave the logistics and resource handling to us, and we promise a productive moving experience for your business.

Vendor Coordination

Still looking for a new location, or in need of assistance building new furniture? The Quality Group has developed an extensive network of professional resources throughout the southeast to assist in all aspects of your company’s unique move. From packaging supplies to office space optimization, we gather and organize all elements of your move to ensure the smoothest transition possible.

Furniture Install

The Quality Group can install funiture with their all-inclusive moveThe Quality Group’s extensive knowledge of industry practices and standards allows us to understand the ins and outs of your company’s unique office situation. Pulling from decades of commercial moving project experience, we know just about every way to assemble furniture. Whether you are looking to optimize your work space layout with new furniture, or need all of your equipment re-assembled and re-wired following a move, The Quality Group recognizes what it takes to get your business up and running as soon as possible.

Don’t leave the transition of your company during this vital time in the hands of multiple entities. You need a single, turnkey moving specialist that understands your business and its unique needs, coupled with an extensive knowledge of the moving process workflow. Pulling from years of client trust and strict deadline adherence, The Quality Group is the only solution your business needs for its next move.

Understanding an Office Lease

Posted on April 5, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation

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Know the Fundamentals of a Commercial Office Lease.

If you are shopping around for an office space, chances are you are serious about signing a lease. Whether you are a seasoned veteran and you have signed multiple commercial leases or this is your first office lease, it’s good to have a fundamental understanding of commercial office leases. Below you’ll find a few of the basics of an office lease that might concern you when negotiating. Addressing them early on will ensure you are left with no surprises when you sign.

Type of Lease

Knowing what type of lease you are signing is essential to renting an office space. Because there are various types of office leases, knowing which type you are dealing with will be helpful when budgeting. Below are a few types of leases you’ll come across when office hunting.

  1.  Full Service Lease – This type of lease is all-inclusive for you as the lessee. The landlord pays for all expenses including the taxes, insurance, utilities, and maintenance costs. This lease is easy to manage as the lessor because you’ll know exactly what you’ll pay each month.
  2. Triple Net Lease – This lease type is the most common and leaves the lesser to pay for the base rent, plus all of the property taxes, insurance, and maintenance costs. It requires more involvement and greater responsibility.

Business Restrictions

Commercial lease may restrict what type of business you can have at a certain location. Landlords or city ordinances may restrict the commercial property you want to lease to certain businesses. It’s important to know from the beginning if you can use the property for your type of business. Restrictions you may find include restrictions for restaurants, retail, and medical facilities.

Common Areas

For spaces you may be sharing with other tenants, you’ll want to find out what the commercial lease states about common area maintenance requirements. Knowing how much you’ll be charged for the upkeep of public spaces and what percentage you are responsible for when damages occur will help you to avoid any unforeseen costs.

Maintenance

The commercial lease will state who is responsible for maintenance. Once again, you’ll want to know what costs you are responsible for when repairs or improvements are needed. Will you be responsible for paying when the air conditioning unit fails? Also, do you want to be responsible for repairs or improvements so you know it will be completed in a timely manner? Negotiating the maintenance details in the commercial lease will improve your renting experience.

Signs

As a business, it’s important to label your company to clients and potential clients as part of your advertising. Although it may not seem like a big deal, being able to put a sign outside the building with your name on it is important to your business. Make sure you discuss this part of the commercial lease so you know about any restrictions on signage.

Commercial property leases are complex bindings between the lessor and lessee that will determine how positive of an experience you have while renting a space. Knowing some of the fundamentals of the lease will help you improve your office search and help you to know what you’ll want to negotiate for when you are ready to sign. Be sure to get a real estate lawyer for protection and full understanding of commercial leases. Always remember that commercial leases can be negotiated.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a New Office

Posted on March 22, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation, Moving Preparation

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Anyone who has ever moved knows and understands that a lot goes into choosing a new office. There are a lot of factors to consider in a certain time limit and because there is so much to do it’s easy to make mistakes. Below is a list of the most common ones that people make when choosing a new office and tips on how to avoid making them.

Underestimating Time

When choosing a new office give yourself enough time. If your business doesn’t account for enough time when choosing an office space, you will be forced into choosing something that may not be best for you. Looking for a space and negotiating an office lease time can take a while. If you know you want to move to a new office you should begin the search 6-12 months in advance of your current lease’s expiration date, and maybe even more if your office is larger than 2500 sq. ft. as your space requirements are more likely harder to meet.

Not Considering Future Growth

Failing to factor in future growth of your company may result in your business outgrowing the office before the lease’s due expiration date. This results in staff feeling cramped and unmotivated, and not being able to get any work done. Future growth should be taken into consideration when choosing a new office. It never hurts to have a little extra space or a couple of extra rooms in your office because that space may come handy later on.

Paying the Stated Price and Not Negotiating

Negotiate your lease when choosing a new office.All lease terms are negotiable. Settling for the landlord’s initial negotiations will only ensure that they are getting the most bang for their buck, and it will prevent you from looking after your own needs and interests. Be sure to negotiate the terms that your landlord proposes to ensure you are getting what you need in the new office.

Not Having Legal Representation

A real estate lawyer reviews office spaces for their career. When reviewing the terms of your lease it’s beneficial to have a real estate lawyer on your side to review the lease with you. If you were to review the lease and make a mistake the consequences could come back and hurt you down the line. Make sure you have a real estate lawyer that is looking out for you and who will help prevent this from happening.

Choosing the right office space is imperative to ensuring your business is successful. Follow our tips above in order to avoid the most common mistakes made when choosing a new office space. Doing so will benefit you and your business.

Large Office Move

Posted on March 15, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation, Office Furniture

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Coordinating a large office move can be stressful and time consuming. There is a lot to plan and many matters to consider. You need to worry about what day to start getting items together, how to unload when you get to the new office, and how to continue operations during that time. The Quality Group can ease your stress with your large office move by coordinating and executing the entire process. With our proven relocation formula that provides a seamless transition, we will move your large office with precision and efficiency.

We dedicate our resources to your large officeEquipment

No office is too large for The Quality Group to relocate. Our consultants start each move by determining the size of your relocation and what equipment will be needed to ensure your office is moved safely and securely. Our large inventory and many resources allow us to move your items in the most efficient and cost effective way possible. When we move your large office, all of our resources are dedicated to you until you are comfortably settled into the new place.

No Cost Surprises

Your large office may have hundreds of pieces of equipment that need special attention during a move. This may bring you to worry about the cost of the move increasing as it progresses, but that doesn’t have to be the case. We use our expertise and outside resources to anticipate challenges. When you move with The Quality Group, you get our not-to-exceed pricing principle, which means we try our hardest to refrain from adding unexpected fees. We tell you the expected price upfront and work within the quote.

Effective Process

Our proven process delivers an efficient move with little to no down time. Our consultants assess your large office and coordinate our three teams to create an efficient move with no wasted time. We provide a relocation plan specific to your large office needs and factor in everything, even the weight capacity of the elevator, to deliver you your ideal customized move. Our process leaves you with no worry, as we organize and plan the entire process based on when you want to be in the new office.

Additional ServicesWe offer additional services during your large office move

Your new office is obviously going to be different than your old office. It will have a different number of rooms, different dimensions, and a different flow. You might be unsure as to how you want your new furniture to be arranged or if you even want it anymore. If you don’t want the hassle of deciding how to arrange the furniture, leave it to the Quality Group. We can optimize and organize your new large office based on your needs or manage your furniture until you decide. We can provide new furniture customized to your office or store your furniture that you are unsure what to do with. Let us know how we can help and we will provide you with exactly what you need.

The Quality Group can move any sized office, from 1,000 to 400,000 square feet and beyond. We can relieve your moving stress and relocate your business into the new office with a customized plan so you can focus solely on your business. Your relocation doesn’t have to be stressful when you move with The Quality Group.

What to Look for in a Commercial Mover

Posted on March 8, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation

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After making the difficult decision to move your business to a new office, you have to find the best company to help get your there. There are a lot of moving companies out there, and not all offer the same services and provide the same quality of move. When you’re choosing your perfect moving company be sure to consider the following must haves in a moving company.

 

InsuranceMake sure your moving company has insurance.

Finding a moving company that is insured is very important. You’ll want to make sure your moving company insures your equipment for a range of possible risks during transit or while in storage. This protection will give you peace of mind during relocation.

 

Estimate CostGet an estimate from your moving company.

Hidden fees and tacked on costs are common occurrences when dealing with some moving companies. Find a company that lists all costs and be sure to inquire if packing, cleaning, and supplies are included in the estimate. Some companies like The Quality Group operate on a not-to-exceed pricing basis and build every step into their move plan when estimating a relocation. This prevents you from incurring unexpected costs and going over your budget.

 

EmployeesFind a moving company that invests in it's employees.

The employees at a moving company will be the key to a good or bad move. Hire a moving company that staffs in-house personnel. In-house employees are more invested in their job than subcontracted employees and will take more care of your furniture and equipment when packing and moving it on and off the truck. Hiring a company that invests in their employees will result in a better moving experience for you.

 

Equipment CareA moving company with lots of experience moving equipment will help make the move easier.

The proper care of your computer equipment, electronic devices, and data wiring structure is essential during a move. These items are often easily broken and damaged due to their make-up. Finding a moving company that has experience moving sensitive equipment is essential, as it requires extra attention. Look for a company with the necessary experience and packaging supplies to safely relocate your equipment. If you have specific instructions for the care of certain equipment, call a moving company like The Quality Group who listens and adheres to special requests.

 

Service A full-service moving company will make sure you have a minminal-involvement move.

If you are looking for a minimal-involvement moving experience then you’ll need to find a moving company that offers a full-service move. The Quality Group offers a start to finish moving experience that includes the planning, managing, and execution of your move so the only thing you have to focus on is your business. Find a company that helps you through every step of the moving process, even the cleanup of your old office.

 

Picking the right relocation company for you and your office doesn’t have to be a hard decision when you know what to look for. One that is worth their salt will help you through every step of the moving process to ensure your move is worry free. Your new office is not far off so consider each must have and choose your perfect moving company.