Packing up and moving an entire office is not quite the same as moving a home. There’s a lot to consider during an office move, and the whole thing will require quite a bit of planning. Here are some helpful tips from your movers in Fort Collins.
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1. Decide what has to go – and what has to stay. Do you really need that old printer or those beat up old chairs? Does it make more sense to donate some things or leave some items behind? Make a list of things that you don’t need to move to your new office space.
2. Devise a plan for tending to your clients during the move. Sure, you have a lot to move, but someone has to take care of your existing clients. Speak with your team about keeping things going while moving stuff around.
3. Consider moving pieces of your office a bit at a time. You don’t have to move the whole office at once, and sometimes moving pieces at different times can be easier on all parties involved. If you have a new location picked out, you have the leisure of moving slowly.
4. Make a list of things that need to be done, and figure out how you will do those things by working with your team.
5. Ask team managers and heads to take on certain responsibilities. You can delegate certain tasks, and split tasks up according to group – this will make your life easier, just be sure that you ask people to help on company time.
6. Draw up a floor plan of the new office. By looking at a rough sketch of the new space, you can easily figure out where you will put various items. Try and imagine what the space would look like with each item that you already have, and go from there.
7. Find out what movers in Fort Collins (if that’s where you’re moving to!) can do for you. Show moving companies your floor plan, what you have to move, and ask what those companies can help you with. If you book with Exodus, we can help you with everything from packing to moving and even unpacking, so keep those services in mind.
8. Think of cost after you find out what services movers in Fort Collins can provide. Sure, costs are important, but not having the services you need for a successful and pain-free move will be much more costly in the long run!
9. Collect as many quotes as possible. Ask moving companies in Fort Collins for quotes, compare the services offered (really important when it comes to industrial moves!), and then figure out what makes the most sense. It’s also really vital that the company you do choose has the proper experience when it comes to moving expensive office equipment – you don’t want an inexperienced mover moving something that costs thousands of dollars!
10. Have a backup plan. Just in case everything that you’ve planned out doesn’t pan out, make sure that you have a backup plan in place. You never know when something might go wrong!
Moving Companies in Fort Collins
When it comes to moving companies in Fort Collins, Exodus Moving and Storage goes above and beyond to make sure that your move is a smooth one. No matter how large your office space is, we will do everything within our power to get you to your new space quickly and without any painlessly. We also provide additional industrial moving services, so make sure to ask us about those. We’re also happy to come to your current office, visit your new space, and give you a free quote based on what we see – in short, there’s no guesswork when you move with us.
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When it’s time to move there are several questions you must ask yourself. But perhaps the most important two questions are: What is my timeline and what are my resources? How much time you have to plan a move can dictate how much help you need. Financial resources are often considered, but how do you put a price on sanity or physical well being? Many people forget to consider how physically capable they are to pack and move. Still others don’t take the time to consider the stress that going though and securing all of your belongings can create in your mind and in your life.
At Exodus we have a saying. “Sometimes when you do it yourself, you do yourself in.” Considering what your time is worth in addition to your overall peace of mind is important when deciding if you are planning to handle a residential or commercial move on your own. Most regular people have never been trained to properly pack a crate. Individuals that are not professional movers are often unclear as to how heavy a box should be in order to avoid back strain and breakage. If you have every tried to relocate a pool table, a garden sculpture or even antique furniture, you might know just how complex it can be. The more life you lead, the more stuff you collect and the more you need the professional expertise and supplies offered by a fully licensed moving and storage company like Exodus.
We are happy to provide both new and used supplies for packing and moving. Everything you could want or need is available from Exodus at incredibly reasonable prices. We provide all that’s needed from specialty mattress boxes to bubble wrap and everything in between. We are also passionate about facilitating Green moves. By this we mean supplying free packing boxes that have been used before in order to keep waste low and functionality high. In our great State of Colorado, being ecologically responsible is a widespread way of life and we are happy not only to embrace it as a company but to facilitate it in the community.
A professional packer is someone who not only knows the most effective way to fill a box but how to make sure that everything arrives in perfect shape to its final location. Our staff is expertly trained to pack your home including the hardest things such as fine china, fragile artwork and collectables of all kinds. Exodus constantly maintains one of the lowest damage ratios in the moving industry. In the end, by deciding not to invite your friends over to help, risking loss and breakage, or deciding to attempt to pack everything alone, hiring experts to pack can not only save you time but also money. By using our valuation options, you can guarantee that if something does happen to your stuff, we will pay for it, no questions asked.
After all the jingle bells have jangled and the chestnuts have been properly roasted on that open fire, you may find yourself surrounded by the decorative aftermath of the holiday season. Not to worry, all you serious decorators, when it comes to clean up its all about the organization. Taking the time to pack up Christmas will not only help to usher in a clean and orderly new year, but it will serve as a preemptive strike against next year’s mayhem of merriment. The following are our top four tips for packing up Christmas.
The Power of Red and Green– Store your holiday cheer in color coded containers. Most multipurpose and container stores sell red and green boxes for storage. Sticking with these colors to designate the location of your favorite snowman collection and other festive bits will save the guess work when you are searching next November. Another good idea is to use seasonal colors for other decorations ie- Black for Halloween, Orange for Thanksgiving and Pale Green for spring decorations.
Original Packaging– The secret to good storage is original packaging. The box that it came in is your friend especially for easily damaged items. The original box is usually created to withstand some form of transport. Breakables such as ornaments, bulbs and lights are obvious package savers as these items are often fine and fragile. Also purchasing durable wreath holders will save them from experiencing the crunch over time.
Make a List & Check it Twice– Next year when you want to pull out your nutcracker place holders without having to look through your 6 Christmas boxes, you will be glad that you took the time to create a detailed list of each boxes contents. Number the boxes and be as detailed on your inventory list as possible. Type your list up and save it somewhere that you will know to look next year such as a file on your computer called “Christmas”.
Box Writing– If you want the contents of each box actually written on the box, use clear wide packing tape. Write each item on the box with permanent marker. This is a great way to make the box re-usable and more importantly re-packable.
During the first 48 hours in your new home you will need to have access to a lot more than you think. And while unpacking can be a long and sometimes stressful process, if you think ahead there is no reason you cannot set yourself up for success. In order to do this, a little planning is involved to insure as much comfort as is humanly possible. Amidst a sea of boxes, here is a second list of things that will make ridding the tide of your post move an infinitely more enjoyable experience.
Saying Good Morning
Starting out that first day in a happy way is a great thing to do to get yourself and your family on the right track. If you usually have coffee in the morning, make sure to pack your favorite mug and a French Press or an auto coffee maker. If you are more a tea person, don’t forget those tea bags and a hot water pot or some other stove item to heat with. Silverware and plates are good for when someone goes on that fresh pastry run. Also make sure to pack some easily accessible pet food and perhaps a new toy for your dog. Both the family and the pup will be much better behaved if they are able to start their day in a semi- “normal” way.
Keeping in mind that the first couple of days in your new home will be a lot of work, make sure to stay hydrated. Packing water bottles and a couple of energy bars in case you don’t have time to stop for a formal meal is a great idea. Having music in the house can also vastly improve the pace and the mood of the unpacking process so make sure to bring along an MP3 player with headphones or speakers depending on who will be in the house. And last but not least, why not include a bottle of Champagne as a token to celebrate the move day you have accomplished!
Admin and Medicine
Don’t forget to have some kind of small first aid kit handy. This should include in it things like pain killers for those aching muscles. Also don’t forget that you and your families’ daily medications should be easily handy as you won’t want to unpack the entire bathroom box just to find them. Make sure to have scissors and a box cutter handy. Also important can be light bulbs and batteries as you never know when one will be burned out or you may need to power up a screw driver to put something together. Another important tip is to pack a section of current paperwork. You may be surprised how quickly you might need to put your hands on contact numbers, account numbers and your check book during those first few days. Don’t make the mistake of having o sort through the entire office to find what you need.
It’s that time of year again, the one right after costume time. Time to put away the gigantic plastic spiders and cotton webbing. It’s time to re-store the life size garden ghouls and find a place for the glow in the dark skulls to rest until they are needed again next year. It’s that time of the year right after Halloween when you find that more than ever, you need storage!
Halloween can be an eventful part of the season. All the dressing up and party decorating can give a real boost to the creative kid within you. But after the party is over and you are properly recovered from your sugar high, you realize that every year you seem to acquire more stuff. Of course we recommend having separate storage for Holiday decorations but here are some tips on how best to keep the scariness to a minimum:
- The Comb Over. A common mistake in wig storage and costumes that are primarily fur based is forgetting to brush them out before storing them. After the party they are often knotted, dirty or wet. It is important to try to get them back to their original state before putting them away. Airing and combing them out will insure that your long black Elvira wig and Ware Wolf costume will live to see another party day.
- Keep it Cool. Remember that humidity and temperature can have a great effect on fabric. If these factors do not remain constant, fibers expand and contract over time causing the deterioration of color. For your more expensive costumes and long term material storage in general, we suggest considering climate controlled storage.
- Color Wonder. Nothing says organization like color coding. If you are storing your Halloween stuff in boxes, use a large orange marker to label its contents. If you are able to purchase plastic bins, select appropriate colors like orange or purple. This will allow you to easily find what you are looking for when it comes time to drag it all out again next October.
- In Packaging We Trust. Whenever possible, it is great to save original packaging for all costumes and decorations. Often manufacturers take into consideration the long gevity of these items when designing their packaging.
Plastic “mattress bags” are available to protect your bed mattress and box spring. Whether you are planning to store extra items or unpack them as soon as you arrive, these bags are designed to keep them from the dirt and moisture they can come in contact with during your move and the insects and potential mold they can encounter during storage. Constructed from a very thick polyethylene, we are happy to stock these bags for your relocation convenience.
We recommend packing items in reusable plastic tubs. These types of containers containers are fantastic for stacking and easy to move. If you are planning to keep some items in storage after your move, these lidded boxes are a great way to avoid damage as they are generally both durable and waterproof.
It’s important to drain and unhook hot tubs before your crew arrives. Moving a hot tub takes a considerable amount of logistical know how and man power. This is why it is best left to professionals. We recommend disconnecting all gas and electrical lines as well as consulting your owners’ manual to find out whether or not the heater, pump and blower need to be detached or if they are ok to remain attached during your tubs relocation. Beyond that, you can relax knowing that we’ve got the moving of this important relaxation tool covered.
No liquids or flammables should be transported by a moving company. This is a matter of health and safety and is a common practice observed by true professionals. We suggest using these items prior to moving day. Any leftover products should be moved with you in a personal vehicle or disposed of safely.
Plasma and LCD TV’s are extremely sensitive! Because these types of television screens can be so easy to damage, manufacturers generally make sure that their packaging can stand up to somewhat specific transport needs. We recommend transporting them in the original box, or if it’s no longer available, these items should always be crated and moved with the screen facing the right direction.