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Storage Units for Moving Offices

Posted on December 20, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation, Moving Preparation

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When getting ready to move your business to a new location, it’s important to research storage units to find one that works best for your company, how to pack effectively, and what items should be insured.

Storage Units and You: Finding the Best Options for Moving Your Business

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Deciding what type of storage unit is best for your move comes down to what type of items you’ll be storing. Consider the pros and cons of indoor versus outdoor storage units:

If you will be storing valuable items, personal possessions, furniture, or anything that you’d like to have maximum protection for, an indoor storage unit will be your best option. This type of unit is perfect for protecting your items from water damage, rust, and light.

Keep in mind that temperature controlled does not mean humidity controlled.If you will be storing artwork, antiques, or other collectibles, it’s best to consider special humidity-protected storage options for those items.Most moving and storage companies partner with third-party vendors, who can ensure your items, especially collectibles, are stored in a proper environment. Discuss your options with the moving company and be aware of any special requests or accommodations that need to be made.

If you need to store vehicles, heavy equipment, machinery, or other bulky items, an outdoor storage unit will do the job. Generally, this is the less expensive option and is better suited for larger items that do not require an indoor setting or temperature-controlled protection. If affordability is your primary concern, an outdoor storage unit may be the right option for you.

Packing Effectively:

To eliminate unwanted moisture that could lead to mold while in outside storage, wipe down the inside of machines that hold water with baking soda. Also, avoid using cardboard boxes for long-term storage unless it is inside a temperature-controlled unit. Cardboard is susceptible to humidity and could also attract unwanted pests to your belongings. Generally, the best storage containers are plastic boxes or totes with tightly secured lids.

When storing items in a unit for long-term storage, will you need to have access to any of those items while they are in storage? If you think you will need to retrieve items from the storage unit, store those items last or consider self-storage.

Moving heavy and cumbersome appliances will sometimes require third-party assistance from experts. It is important to hire a professional to remove any appliances that require disconnecting hoses and sealing gas valves to prevent leaking. For example, refrigerators and dishwashers require emptying water and draining lines and can cause damage to floors during the removal process if not done properly.

As a general rule of thumb, the less you have to pack, the less stress you are likely to endure. Because costs are based on the amount of equipment you have, the best time to organize and decide what items to keep and what items are no longer needed is before the moving truck pulls up.

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When considering what items to insure in your storage units, consider the most valuable and irreplaceable items. Any valuables that will be transported or stored for long periods of time stand the possibility of damage and/or devalue. Because there are generally many levels of protection to choose from, it’s best to research all of your options and pick the insurance plan that works for your business. Try to pick an insurance plan that will provide reimbursement if your items are damaged in transportation or storage.

Before the big move, do your research on insuring your equipment, determine the type of storage unit you’ll need, and use these tips to pack effectively so your move will go smoothly and efficiently.


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.

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.

7 Ways to Protect Equipment During Your Office Move

Posted on January 19, 2015 by - Commercial Relocation, Moving Preparation

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  1. Protect Device Screens
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Use blankets, sheets and shrink wrap to keep the screens of computers and other equipment from cracking or chipping during your commercial move.

  1. Organize all Cords and Cables
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Either pack accessories like cables and chargers with each piece of equipment, or label them and pack them all together. Have a consistent system so each system is moved complete with its accessories.

  1. Pack Extra Furniture Feet and Felt Pads
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These often-overlooked supplies can easily fall off during furniture transport, but are important to protecting the floor of your office and allowing easier furniture movement. Have some felt pads to spare when office chairs or reception couches inevitably lose theirs.

  1. Get Custom Packing Materials for Tech Equipment
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When you move sensitive equipment, you don’t want it to rattle or move in any way that could damage its internal components. Many moving companies or manufacturers can help you find customized packing boxes or customized foam padding to keep your fragile equipment secure.

  1. Label Equipment to Reduce Handling Time
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The less your equipment moves, the less vulnerable it is to damage. If you label boxes and packed equipment by where it needs to go in your new office, your movers can pack it accordingly. That way, they don’t have to move boxes to look for others, or move boxes multiple times to different rooms.

  1. Don’t Forget About Door, Floors and Carpets
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Don’t overlook the doors, floors and carpets of both your old and new offices. Protect them from damage by wrapping doors laying temporary flooring (like tarp or cardboard) over floors and carpets.

  1. Insure Your Equipment and Furniture
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You have two choices to insure your office furniture and equipment.

a. You can insure each item through an insurance company

b. You can hire a professional moving company that will insure all of your office equipment

Look into your insurance options before you hire an office moving company to make sure your items are protected.

 

When you call The Quality Group, we can discuss these and other moving options with you. Work with us, and you won’t have to worry about protecting your equipment. With more than 25 years of experience and comprehensive insurance, you can trust us to get your equipment to your new office safe and sound.

 

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.

Office Moving How-To: Packing up Your Office

Posted on December 22, 2014 by - Commercial Relocation, Facility Installation

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Your commercial move is getting closer, and you can’t put off packing anymore. Before the movers get there, follow these tips to make packing up your office stress-free.

 

1. Start Early

The earlier you start, the less daunting the task of packing up your office will be. A few months before your move, create a packing list to help everyone stay and the same page.

2. Get Rid of What You Don’t Need

If you’re going to replace old desks and furniture, don’t worry about packing and moving them! Here are 5 things you can do with your old furniture so you don’t have to bring it with you to your new office.

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3. Delegate Tasks

If employees will be responsible for packing up their own offices, give them specific instructions and deadlines. If you’re forming an employee team to help with packing, make expectations and responsibilities clear for everyone.

4. Stay Organized

Label packing boxes by room or area of your new office to make unpacking easier. Establish a packing system to keep parts, cables and small office items organized during your move.

5. Plan for Your Tech

Hire a moving company that knows how to handle technological equipment. An experienced commercial moving company can make sure your sensitive equipment makes it to your new office safely.

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These packing tips will help you get ready for your office move. With complete commercial move management from The Quality Group, we’ll take care of the rest. Click here to get a fast office moving quote now.

 

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.