For most business owners, there comes a time when you grow too big for the space you started out in. In the beginning, there’s no way to know just how you’ll fare. You don’t want to buy or lease a space that is far too big for your needs in the hopes you’ll grow into it, only to find out you never grow that big. You’re paying for wasted space at that point.
On the other hand, you don’t want to acquire a space that you outgrow before you are even into your second year of operations. Sure, it’s great that you’re growing, but it’s no fun to seek out yet another space that suits your needs and accommodates future growth.
If the time does come that you’ve outgrown the space your business calls home, there’s one thing you need to know: contracting with movers in Boulder, CO will be the single best decision you can make. The can help take care of the details you might not remember – you sure have enough to worry about with all of the other aspects of the move, why bother yourself with details these professionals deal with on the daily?
The Key: Doing Your (Extensive) Homework
Since you’re going to choose from a list of qualified residential moving companies, moving day means you have nothing to worry about. It’s just all the stuff before moving day that you need to worry about! Before you can even begin to take a peek at spaces currently on the market, you need to know what it is you are looking for. You don’t want to waste your precious time looking at places that won’t work for your needs.
Some things you might not be thinking about – the economics of the area you are considering moving to. Before you start walking through properties on the market, do a bit of research on the demographics of the area. Pretend you are moving your family into a new home. You don’t want to end up in the area with the highest crime rate and the worst schools, do you?
It’s the same for your business. If your moving motivation is to add more quality employees to the team, don’t end up in an area full of the least qualified candidates possible! Don’t just look at statistics. Pick up the local paper and scour the internet for news related to that area. Contact the area Chamber of Commerce.
Chat it up with other small businesses in the area. This will give you a real-world feel for those stats. Maybe the area is improving, something not reflected in the statistics. You won’t know unless you ask! Often, up-and-coming neighborhoods can be an excellent gamble if you have some insight into the future of the area.
Making the Move
Once you’re confident the location you’ve chosen is best, you’re ready for the next step: getting a moving quote from various companies. For the busy entrepreneur, we recommend assigning one person to manage the logistics of the move. They will be the one getting the quotes, making sure everything stays on track, and keeping employees in the loop regarding final dates and what needs to be done at each step of the way.
You’ll find there is a lot to consider, so you’ll want to make sure this person has a solid understanding of every aspect of what the move entails. Are you lugging all of the existing equipment along, or will you be contracting with another company for a new and improved machine? Are certain fixtures remaining, or will they need to start the search for new ones?
We at Exodus Moving and Storage are happy to help make your move as painless as possible, all while charging competitive rates. Give us a call and see how much we can do for a lot less than you’d expect! There are a lot of things to think about when it comes to your business move, but worrying about the actual move shouldn’t be one of them — leave that to us.
Value means different things to different people. For some, it is a simple, tangible and easily calculated concept. For others it’s a bit more open ended.
When it comes to relocation, value usually refers to both money and convenience. It often comes down to how much it would literally cost to replace items broken in a move as well as things like what it might cost to move during a certain time of year. In keeping with this week’s series on word definitions, the following terms are all about defining the value of your move.
HIGH VALUE ARTICLE
There is a Moving Industry figure that has been created to put a standard value on replacing items. Generally, when items are damaged during a move this figure, referred to as “released value”, is applied. This rate is generally 30-60 cents per pound for each item and this amount is automatically covered by the moving company with no additional insurance needing to be purchased. A High Value Article is an item that has a value of more than $100 per pound. Things such as furs, rugs, jewelry and electronics fall into this category. These items require a separate form called a “High Value Inventory Form” to be filled out.
PEAK SEASON RATES
When is the best time of year to move? Even though there is a season for everything, you will find many different opinions on this topic. Every time period has its pros and cons. While Winter is inconvenient from a weather perspective, it may be less expensive to hire a mover. And while Summer may guarantee good weather, it is also what is considered in the industry to be Peak Season. In order to avoid especially high prices between June and September, it is important to book your mover early.
Although there is some regulation and consistency between moving companies, each one is able to set their own rates. This responsibility is set forth by the Surface Transportation Board, and results in the creation of what is known as a Tariff. A Tariff is a document created to fully outline and explain what a moving company offers and how they calculate their pricing. It is designed to give an overview and to create accountability. Every professional moving company should have a Tariff available for you to consult upon request and we highly recommend taking a look at it to avoid hidden charges.
All moves are not created equal. This is an important concept that every professional mover is all too aware of. There are household moves and commercial moves. There are local moves and international moves. And as mentioned in previous blogs, it is vastly important to understand all the terminology that might be used in the wording of your moving contract. The following are terms that have to do with how far you want your moving company to take you.
An important thing to understand about your move is exactly how accessible your entrances and exits are to the large moving trucks that your company will be using. You can always measure this yourself or find out from your real estate agent. A Long Carry charge is the fee added when your movers have to carry items an “excessive distance” between the truck and their final destination. If there is no driveway access or temporary parking is unavailable on your street, you may incur fees that you weren’t expecting. It is important to check with each company to find out exactly what their allowance is in distance before they start to charge a Long Carry fee.
The Operating Authority is the name given to a certification officially administered by either the state or national government. This regulatory documentation authorizes professional movers to transfer goods from one place to another and is usually defined to a specific geographical area or region. While there are 4 main kinds of Operating Authorities, it is most vital to make sure that your preferred mover is licensed to move your home of office from point A to point B. This becomes especially important for long distance moves where you will be crossing state or national lines. Asking questions about this kind of regulation on the front end, can not only help you to select an appropriate mover, but can help you to avoid extra charges and complications during your actual move.