Temporary Storage During an Office Renovation: Pros and Cons

Office renovations can be tricky and require quite a bit of forethought to avoid having a negative impact on productivity or increased liability for injuries. Moving Masters understands the stress renovations can cause and have been successfully moving corporate offices for over 30 years. Our fleet of 40 trucks and over 100 trained moving professionals will make any temporary move during an office renovation stress-free.

Top Pros for temporary storage during an office renovation:

  1. No dust: Depending on the type of renovation you are doing, dust from exposed ceilings, walls, and floors will make its way throughout the office. Moving furniture and equipment from one side to another and covering them will do little to lessen the amount of post-renovation cleaning required (or potential damage from dust).
  2. Safety for employees and visitors: Stacking things up high on shelves or having cluttered walkways could lead to accidents, such as injuries from falling items or employees slipping and falling.
  3. Purging: When having to clear out a section of the office for renovation, a company is forced to take a look at useless assets. Many companies find that it is easier to fill up a dumpster or to donate items, then them in a storage unit or find a place to put them after the renovation.
  4. Peace of mind: Hiring a professional commercial moving and storage company, such as Moving Masters (hint, hint), will significantly reduce the stress to an already stressful renovation.

Top Cons for temporary storage during an office renovation:

  1. Cost: Having employees move the office equipment and supplies from one room to the next will undoubtedly save money on storage and professional moving. However, there are increased risks (see above).
  2. Accessibility: If you accidentally stored an important file or piece of equipment, you will not be able to access it easily if it is in a far off storage unit.

Other tips:

When packing for temporary storage during an office renovation, be sure to keep in mind the items your employees use on a daily basis. Otherwise, you’ll end up having to make multiple trips to storage to retrieve them or purchase new.

Pick a length of time when deciding what gets purged. For example, if an item hasn’t been used in a year or more (i.e. a three-hole punch), there’s a good chance it won’t be used in the future. Here’s 3 Steps to Simplify Your Move With Packers.

Ask yourself these questions to make sure your business runs smoothly during renovation:

  • Will I need swing space (temporary working space) to accommodate employees?
  • Will I need to add new wayfinding signs so customers or clients are directed appropriately?
  • Will there be enough restrooms for employees and visitors?

Temporary storage during an office renovation can be a hassle, we know, but that’s why Moving Masters is here to do all the heavy lifting. Give us a call before you begin your office renovation!

10 Office Move Budget Tips To Consider Before Moving Offices

10 budget considerations for your next office move

It’s hard to predict what’s going to come up when moving your corporate or government office. By budgeting properly you can prepare for the worst scenario. How do you know if you’ve budgeted properly for that scenario? Here are 10 office move budget tips to consider before your next office move. These tips will help ensure you’re keeping the stress and hassle of moving in check. In addition to staying on top of your budget, it’s important to make sure you are choosing the best time to move. This will ensure you and your employees have adequate time to prepare. 10 Office Move Budget Tips To Consider Before Moving Offices

Make a budget

You can’t stick to a budget if you don’t have one! Once you’ve created a budget template and before getting started on adding items to the budget, make sure you set a budget.

Create a budget template

These are simple to create, or you can download one online. A budget template will help keep everything organized.

Inventory

Take an inventory of all assets before you begin packing. This can help discourage theft and will help you keep track of anything missing during the move.

Moving expenses

Get an estimate 4-6 weeks prior to moving and include the moving company’s fee in your budget plans. If you have items worth more than they are currently insured for, consider getting quotes for this and add the highest one to your budget template.

Extra Services

Make sure you know what it costs to have your moving company pack your files. Moving Masters’ highly skilled packers will make sure all your files, including confidential materials, get to the new office safe and secure.

Extra Charges

Consider extra charges for things like packing, expedited services, or holiday moving.

New Office Costs

Include things like security deposit, rent, legal fees, building insurance, new furniture, archiving and storage.

Repairs On The Existing Office

Are these repairs your responsibility or the landlord’s? Check your lease to be sure and budget for repairs if necessary.

Employee Hours

Don’t forget to account for employee’s time that will be spent assisting with the move.

Marketing Costs

Spend time planning a marketing/PR strategy to let clients know of your new location. Business cards, letterhead, website, search listings, social media accounts will need to be updated.

Moving can be a hassle, we know, but that’s why Moving Masters is here to do all the heavy lifting. Give us a call before moving to your new office!

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A move, whether big or small, is a time consuming and often challenging process. The weather may not cooperate or you may miss an important detail. With Moving Masters’ expertise from office to specialty moving, we’re all too familiar with moving mistakes and have created expert procedures for each move we assist in.Read more »

Moving Masters’ Office Moving Advice

Planning a big move, but don’t know where to start? While moving can be an overwhelmingly stressful experience, it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Moving Masters provides a variety of moving services for office to educational institutions, and are experts in what the moving process entails, whether it’s big or small. We strive to make the process speedy and convenient, leaving you with a sigh of relief. With our expertise in moving and storage, here is some office moving advice on how to improve your overall experience.Read more »

Slow Roll: VW Minibus Move

Moving Masters VW Minibus MoveWhen Moving Masters received the call from I Strategy Labs (ISL), for a 1972 VW Transporter II Minibus move up a flight of stairs and into an office building in Washington, DC. We were thrilled with this unusual opportunity and eager to be of service.

We were definitely up to this challenge. Over our 35 years in the moving business, we’ve successfully moved all sorts of specialized, delicate, and heavy equipment. Still, this was the first time we’ve ever put a 2,500 pound Volkswagen Bus in the lobby of a building, so we had to do some research.  Our first task was to Google the weight and dimensions of the vehicle.   After verifying the dimensions and weight, we conducted a site visit to measure the building entrance and develop a strategy.Read more »

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Tips for Moving in Inclement Weather

Moving During Snow, Rain or Inclement WeatherPlanning ahead for a corporate move can save you many headaches; however, inclement weather can be uncooperative and unpredictable. If you are moving during the winter months, there is a chance you could face snow, sleet, ice, or heavy rain on moving day. If this happens, there are many things you should take into consideration.

Sidewalks and Driveways

Snow and ice on sidewalks and driveways can be a hazardous obstacle for moving. Read more »