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Moving Your Business During Winter

Posted on December 6, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation

Moving in winter

Winter is usually a time for holiday parties, cold weather, and warm drinks. In the business world though, work carries on as usual and if a lease is up or expansion comes knocking you may have to relocate no matter the season. When moving during the winter you’ll need to consider a few more factors than if you were moving during a warmer month. For a seamless winter move keep the following factors in mind.

When Moving During the Winter You’ll Need to Consider Safety and Comfort.

 

Office Building TemperaturesKeep the heat on when moving during the winter

Both the office building you are leaving and the one you are relocating to will be prone to chilly temperatures during winter as movers come in and out of the buildings. While you may want to save on the electric bill, you should consider keeping the heat on in both places during moving day. Not only will the movers and your employees appreciate moving furniture, equipment, and personal desk items into a warm environment, but cold sensitive electronics will be better off as well. Turning the heat on even slightly will be beneficial to your office on moving day.

 

The Weather and Office Equipment

Winter brings unique challenges in the form of unpredictable weather. It could rain, snow, sleet, or hail at any time and unfortunately, your office equipment still needs to go from point A to point B. Plan to cover all walkways movers will need to use to prevent your items from getting damaged. Shovel and salt all pathways to prevent slipping, and ensure your movers wrap all furniture in plastic and utilize plastic tubs instead of cardboard boxes. These precautions will protect your office equipment.

 

Employee Conditions

Employees will want to bring their own personal desk items to their new offices either on moving day or on the day following. It is important for your employees to know the hazards of moving during winter and what they can do to protect themselves. Advise them to layer up when bringing their items so they can move freely but also stay warm. Have warm drinks available for your employees during the move and have the office setup to provide extra comfort.

 

Office Supply PrioritiesIcy walk ways can be a hazard when moving your business in winter

While your staff may want to organize the closet with the brochures and business cards you have saved up, you should make sure they prioritize supplies that are needed for everyday operations. Set up coffee machines, computers, and phone lines before organizing materials that employees use sparingly. This will ensure your business continues to run smoothly during the winter move and employees have everything they need to work.

 

Plans and their Execution

Moving during the winter can be problematic due to unforeseen complications. Talk to your landlord or new property owner ahead of time and ask for leeway on move-out and move-in days in case of severe weather. Be sure to listen to your moving company’s advice during travel as they have experience in moving large equipment, furniture, and electronics during the winter months. Also, create a plan B for the company and employees for unforeseen complications so your business is not taken off guard during the move.

 

Moving your business in the winter can have its own benefits such as choice moving day selections, but it brings complications as well. If you are moving your business to a new location during the winter season, have a plan in mind and entrust your relocation to your trained and experienced moving company. Your new office will be up and running in no time with a moving company dedicated to providing a speedy and safe relocation. Talk to the Quality Group today for a consultation on moving your business during the winter.


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.

Benefits of a Local Moving Company

Posted on July 5, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation

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Finding a moving company that will get the job done correctly can take some serious legwork. You have a long list of movers to choose from when relocating your business and you’re looking for just one that will be right for the company.

At The Quality Group, we suggest you choose a local moving company for a seamless and stress-free relocation. You’ll receive some amazing benefits when you move with a local moving company that you may not find elsewhere.

The Benefits of Relocating with a Local Moving Company

Flexible

Local moving companies don’t have hundreds of clients they have to cater to on a daily basis. Due to this, they can be flexible with packing instructions, move times, and specialty equipment when moving your company. Whether you want to move on the weekend to avoid downtime or you want your printer packed a certain way to avoid damage, a local moving company can be flexible with their process in a way larger companies can’t.

Local moving companies are personable, helpful, and friendly. Service

Have you ever compared your experience of a local grocery store to one of a corporation grocery store? Chances are in the local store the workers were friendly, helpful, and professional. Well, you can expect that to transfer to local movers as well. Local moving companies are personable, helpful, friendly, and professional because they are a small team that is dedicated to your moving experience.

Local moving companies are vetted by the community.Credible

When dealing with a local company, word about their services will spread. You probably know someone who has done business with the local moving company you are considering who can tell you all about their moving experience. If your friend vouches for a moving company, the moving company is probably pretty good. A local moving company will also give extra effort to make sure you are satisfied because your word matters within the community.

Competitive Pricing

With a local company, you don’t have to worry about paying extra. When you sign a contract with a local company like the Quality Group, all costs are given to you at the start and there are no hidden fees. Local companies like to be upfront about costs so you aren’t surprised and upset at the end of your move. They also have lower operating costs because they don’t have to travel as far to reach you.

Considering and choosing a local moving company like The Quality Group can be the difference between a long, tedious move and a seamless, stress-free one. With a local moving company, you can experience all the benefits of working with people within your community including flexibility, superior customer service, reliable experiences, and competitive pricing.


 

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.

Is Plastic or Cardboard Better for Your Move?

Posted on June 28, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation

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Moving companies all have different ways of relocating businesses, whether it’s the way they load the trucks or the packaging they use to pack up your items. One distinction you’ll discover between moving companies is what type of packaging containers they use to box your items. While some moving companies use cardboard boxes, others use plastic tubs. Moving companies will defend their choice in packing supplies, but what is best for your company, cardboard boxes or plastic tubs

Is Plastic or Cardboard Better for Your Move?

Plastic containers are sturdier during a move. The Benefits of Your Moving Company Using Plastic Tubs

 

  • Reusable

Plastic tubs reduce waste because they can be reused multiple times. Moving companies that use plastic tubs for relocating businesses effectively reuse the tubs for many business moves. When the tubs finally break, they are often recyclable.

 

  • Sturdy

Plastic tubs are made of some extremely tough plastic. As a result, your items are more securely packed into a sturdier container and are better protected when bumping along down the road. In addition to extra protection for your items, plastic tubs are sturdier on the bottom as well. This means you don’t have to worry about your heavier items falling through the bottom.

 

  • Water Proof

Sometimes, there is no getting around rain during a move. Plastic packing tubs are exceptionally water resistant and will keep your items dry even during a rainy moving day. Also, water will not seep through the bottom and soak your invaluable paper related items.

 

The Benefits of Your Moving Company Using Cardboard Boxes

 

Cardboard boxes are inexpensive for a move.

  • Recyclable

Cardboard boxes are highly recyclable and can be disposed of relatively easily in any recycling bin. There is no need to divide your cardboard boxes when recycling and it is easy to manage thanks to its flexibility.

 

  • Inexpensive

Cardboard boxes are relatively cheap and can be found in just about any home improvement or office supply store. With cardboard boxes, you will never have to worry about a large extra cost if you are planning on supplying your own packing containers.

 

  • Different Sizes

Cardboard boxes come in an astounding amount of sizes and dimensions. Whether you need skinny tall boxes or large squat boxes, chances are you’ll be able to find the size you need. No matter what item you need to pack, there is likely a cardboard box that will fit it perfectly.

Finding a company that uses your preferred packing containers should not be too difficult. Companies will often take requests as well, although there may be an extra fee depending on the contract.

At the Quality Group we choose to use plastic containers because they combine the best protection for your belongings with the advantage that they are recyclable when they finally do break.


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.

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.

Will You Move My Small Office?

Posted on March 1, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation

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Your business is unique. It has carefully picked and appreciated employees, special equipment you’ve invested in for optimal performance, and extra items that show who you are as a business and express your personality. You’ve put a lot of effort into building your small business and now that it’s time to pick up and move elsewhere, you want someone who will show the same dedication to your relocation as you do to your customers.

That’s where the Quality Group comes in, because no matter how small your office is, they commit to your move 100 percent.

A Quality Move

The Quality Group dedicates itself to providing a superior relocation experience every time no matter the size of the move. That means it follows the same procedure for every move and dedicates all their resources to you when the move day comes. Your small business gets the same dedicated teams as other businesses including the origin team, the destination team, and the driving team.

We help small businesses move with little down time.Quick Turn Around

We know your small business can’t be out of operation for long because of the time sensitive work you do. We offer a quick turnaround so you are up and running again without noticeable downtime. With our three dedicated teams that are each assigned their own station, each move is executed efficiently. The Quality Group ensures that you’ll never be left waiting for the movers to arrive.

Specialty Focused

We understand that as a small business you may have specific limitations or special equipment that needs extra care during a move. With our commitment to you, we will find a solution for every concern by fulfilling special requests and committing 100 percent of our attention and resources to your small business. We have experience moving all kinds of equipment, from hospital technology to regular computers and can meet the required care your equipment needs. We also have worked within varied timelines and can work out one for your specific needs.

No Cost SurprisesThe Quality Group gives small businesses upfront quotes so there are no surprises.

Sometimes as a small business you have to be price conscious, and The Quality Group understands that, which is why we operate on a not-to-exceed pricing basis. That means you’ll never be surprised by hidden or unexpected fees. The cost of your move will never exceed your quote so you can be confident that your move is affordable.

As a small business that provides unique services in a personal manner, you deserve the full attention of a moving company when you are ready to relocate. Experience that dedication with The Quality Group today, and let us help you move to your new office.

Data Backup During a Move or Company Relocation

Posted on February 23, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation

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For any modern company, an important part of office relocation is ensuring that you have secure and up-to-date backup for your data. Studies have shown that 60 percent of companies that lose their data are out of business within 6 months and a full 90 percent are out of business within two years of a total data loss.  It’s easy for data to suffer loss or damage during a move, so it’s important to take preventative measures by having a data backup in place to minimize risk, and ensure that your data is protected during the moving process.

There are different options for you to consider when deciding on how to keep a backup of your data. Consider both options and choose the best for your company, or use both for extra protection.

Having your crucial data backed up before a move or relocation is a must.

Quality Group can store your data off site.

Storing Your Data Off Site

Keeping it away from the move is a great option. You should ask your internet service provider if they can recommend a good data storage center.

 

 

 

Using the Cloud to Store Data Store your data in the cloud.

The Cloud is a popular and inexpensive storage facility often used by companies. It’s also easy to restore, and can be automatically updated from any location with internet access.

After you choose how you will back up your data, you will need to plan further. These plans will likely feature an IT Test, and planning for any accidents.

IT Test

When you are organizing your relocation, include a test plan to make sure all your critical equipment is working correctly and to check that nothing has been damaged in the move. This needs to be done when everything is on site, and before your staff arrives, to minimize disruption.

Planning for Accidents

Having a plan set in case of disaster is important as well. Any modern business is extremely dependent on equipment and phones so it is important that they’re working. Failing to have a workable backup plan could cause your business to suffer.

Planning and executing these different steps will take different amounts of time, depending on individual business. Taking these essential steps allows you to make your move much smoother.

Pick a moving company with experience in moving data infrastructure.

Whether you have a back up plan in place or not, it is vitally important that you chose a company who has vast experience in moving data infrastructure. This doesn’t just mean a company like the Quality Group, who is insured but also one who can minimize down time in addition to data loss. When you are ready to move into your new office it’s important that data is not only kept safe but also that you have no operational down time.

If you would like to find out more about how the Quality Group goes above and beyond to protect your data, please give us a call today.

Should I Hire a Moving Company or Move Myself?

Posted on January 19, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation

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In this increasing do-it-yourself world, moving your office someplace new by yourself might seem like the perfect solution. You’ll save money, make sure everything is packed the way you want it to be, and stick to the schedule you’ve planned, right?  Think again.  There are many things that can go wrong during a move and you’re probably not equipped to handle some of those things the way professional movers are.

Hiring a professional moving company can prevent many headaches and strains, not to mention stress.

 

Cost and Time Organization

Professional movers organize your costsMoving by yourself doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll save time or money. It just means the costs will be spread out through different pieces of the process and that you have to schedule everything yourself. You’ll have to keep track of all those different pieces to ensure a smooth move. Scheduling and paying for the daily use of the moving van, moving within a set time frame and paying for the gas to do it, securing the packing supplies on time, paying for the insurance and managing any unexpected surprises can be overwhelming. A moving company will wrap all your costs together with a custom quote and simplify your list of things to worry about with a comprehensive schedule.  

 

Heavy Lifting

Professional movers have know how to pack everything securely Making the decision to move by yourself also means you’re making the decision to pack and load everything up as well.  Getting the right equipment and enough people to help you move can be a hassle in and of itself. Moving all your computer equipment safely and maneuvering all your furniture without damaging your walls can be nearly impossible by yourself. A professional moving company has done this thousands of times though, the experienced movers know exactly how to turn your desk to fit it through doorways, and on the first try too.  All computers will be packed securely as well, so you won’t have to worry about remembering which way the screen should face to avoid breaking it.

 

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Professional movers are prepared for emergencies Do you have a plan in case there is an emergency during your move, for instance are you prepared if you drop your equipment and it breaks or the moving truck breaks down during the move? Things happen on moves that you weren’t planning for and if you don’t know how to handle the problem then your whole schedule might be altered and your business operations stopped. Professional movers however, are insured for your equipment and have extra trucks in case the first one does break down. A moving company takes into account all manner of possible incidents and plans for the worst so you can have peace of mind knowing that your office equipment will arrive in tact and on time.

 

A professional moving company can make your move smooth and seamless and relieve you of a lot of undue stress. When searching for moving companies, consider The Quality Group’s specialized team. As a full-service moving company, they will have you set up and in your new office with no down time at all, plus you won’t have to worry about anything but your business.

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.

You’re Ready to Move Your Office. Where Do You Start?

Posted on November 10, 2014 by - Commercial Relocation, Uncategorized

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Are you ready to move? Maybe you’re opening a new branch, or you’ve outgrown your office and you’re looking to grow in a bigger space. But moving your office is a huge undertaking. Answer these quick questions to start thinking about your commercial move.

 

What size office do you need?

Do you know the square footage of your current office? If you’re looking for a bigger office, you should know how much space you expect to need in the future before you plan an office move. You also need to create a floor plan that allows space for all of your furniture, office elements and employees.

 

Are you looking to buy or rent?

Buying and renting a commercial space are two completely different processes. If you’re looking to buy, enlist the help of a commercial real estate agent who can help you consider all the important buying factors. If you plan to lease an office space, discuss with management how long of a lease you’re prepared to sign. Decide this before you began to look for a new office.

 

Where do you want to move your office?

Whether you’re moving across the country or across town, location can make all the difference for your business. Do your research and get help from real estate experts to determine the ideal location for your new office. This will narrow down your search and help speed up your business moving process.

 

What is your budget for office space?

Don’t just have an idea of your budget before you move. You need to have a concrete, ironed-out budget set before you begin the commercial moving process. This will also make your search for a new office easier and faster.

 

What is your business moving timeline?

A clear, realistic moving timeline separates a chaotic move from a smooth one. At least six months before your move, you need to start planning. Monthly and weekly deadlines will keep your commercial move on track and keep everyone in your office on the same page. Once you answer these questions, you’re ready to start planning your commercial move! Then you need to answer one more important question: Who are you going to trust move your office? The Quality Group will work with you and help you set up and stick to a moving timeline. We make sure your commercial move runs smoothly and is finished 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.