Should You Rent Office Space?

Owning a business is exciting. Being an entrepreneur frees you from the clutches of an employer and offers the chance to set your own schedule while doing work you truly love. If you’ve been working from a home office for a few years, you may now be considering the option of renting office space.

While renting an office can bring many benefits, it also comes with certain expenses. As such, before signing an office space lease, closely consider whether this transition is necessary and also evaluate the potential benefits it can offer. Here are some of the details to consider before making this office move.

Assess the Costs

While you may love the idea of moving your business to a professional office space, you must also assess the costs that will come with the transition. Office space costs are quite high in some locations and, depending on the potential rent costs, ensure that this will be an affordable change for your business’s current budget before signing the lease. Read More

Think About Garage Storage Space When Moving an Office or Home

If you are moving an office, home, or apartment, you want to make sure to think about the amount of garage storage space you have before the move as compared to what you will have after the move. Many people make the mistake of completely neglecting to calculate the difference in space between the two, leading to a huge set of unnecessary issues. If you know what to expect you can be sure to make the right decisions ahead of time. Use these tips from our moving guru to make sure you get the most out of any space you have!

Measure the Space You Have

Start out by taking measurements before moving an office. You want to know how much space your car takes up, as well as all of those boxes, gadgets and holiday decorations that are collecting dust. You need to know how much square footage your vehicle takes up, and knowing how much cubic footage your other items takes up is essential. Square footage is easy to measure. Just find the length and width of your car and add a two foot clearance on each side. The cubic footage of your items can be a little more difficult. You need length, width, and height, and always play it safe and overestimate how much space you have.

Compare the Space You Have to the Space You Are Getting

Now that you know how much space you need you can take a good look at the new garage. A lot of people overlook this when moving an office. You want to see that, at the very least, you have the same amount of space. The square footage of your car is non-negotiable (unless you plan on parking in the street) but cubic footage can be rearranged completely. If you are lucky enough to be moving into a bigger garage, then you can throw this step and the previous one out the window! Read More

When Moving an Office, Make Sure You Ask the Locksmith…

You will probably be working with a locksmith when moving into a new office. Even if the previous tenant or landlord has reported changing the locks, you want to make sure you do it on your own (so long as you aren’t violating some sort of lease). It isn’t unheard of that a new space is visited by old tenants because the locks are still the same. The following questions will help ensure that you are working with a trustworthy locksmith who isn’t going to take advantage of the situation.

When Calling Around for a Locksmith

Make sure you ask each locksmith that you are considering hiring for their license number. It is best to do this before moving an office instead of afterwards, as it can take a while for you to collect all of the information needed. Take the license number provided and go to the BSIS website (which you can find by googling) or call them at 1-800-952-5210. Verify that the locksmith is bonded and insured (ask for documentation before committing to work) and get their state contractor’s licensing information for work over $500 (as it is required).

While it isn’t required nor indicative of a bad contractor, verifying membership in various professional associations (like the Associated Locksmiths of America) can help assure you that you are working with a legitimate locksmith who takes his or her profession seriously. Not only does this help to ensure that the locksmith is going to provide honest and ethical work, but by being a member of an organization it is easier for him or her to stay up to date on industry news. You want to make sure you get a knowledgably contractor when moving an office. Read More

Anticipating the Hidden Costs of Moving an Office

You want to make sure that you anticipate the nasty and hidden costs of moving an office. Unless this is your third or fourth time doing so, you might not be on the lookout for those little cracks your cash can slip through. Even if you have done it a dozen times before, the entire process is hectic and stressful, and if you’re frazzled you might forget to be on your guard. Keep the following tips in mind and you will be able to keep yourself being surprised by these unanticipated events that can make the process a nightmare!

Moving an Office Takes More Time Than You Think

Make sure you plan for at least twice as much time as you anticipate. If you think that the whole move will be completed in a day, then allot at least two days to the process. If you expect it to only take two hours, make sure you plan for four. All sorts of things can go wrong while packing and transporting your things. You could run out of supplies and need to make a trip to the local moving supply store, or the truck could get stuck in a nasty traffic jam.

Moving an Office Takes Lots of Supplies

If you run an office then there is always a need for boxes and tape. Make sure you stock up on more than you think you need. If you don’t want to run out of supplies and have to take a trip in the middle of the day, then this will go a long way. Even if you have lots of boxes and packing tape left over when you are done you will find a use for them. Unopened supplies can even be returned for a refund. Play it safe and get more than you think you will need! Read More

8 Moving Myths You Should Know About

There are a lot of myths out there about moving, and those who are moving an office have probably heard all of them. We decided to take the time to put together the 8 most frequently cited moving myths in order to set them straight once and for all

Myth 1: When moving an office you have to buy lunch for the guys.

This myth is pretty popular, and it seems that a number of you think that it is important to buy lunch for the movers. While it is a nice gesture, it certainly isn’t necessary, and they sure don’t expect it! Feel free to do it if you want, but just remember that it’s your choice.

Myth 2: Insurance will cover anything broken during the move

Think again! Most insurance policies cover only a portion of what is moved. How this amount is determined varies from one mover to the next, so be sure to get the full skinny on their insurance policy before you get too comfortable.

Myth 3: Boxes are boxes

Feel free to try and carry a heavy load of books in a second hand box that your cousin got from the grocery store for his move last week. Moving boxes are designed to be stronger and stand up to more abuse, protecting your equipment much better. Read More

Places to Get Rid of Old Furniture

When moving an office or a home, people often need to get rid of old furniture. Sometimes it’s because a chair or a wardrobe has gotten a little old and battered, sometimes it’s because the bulkier pieces won’t fit into a new office or a new home. Sometimes it’s because the new rental apartment or house comes ready-furnished, and sometimes it’s nothing more than the desire to have more space and reduce clutter. Moving to storage is always an option but it does cost money. There are plenty of reasons to get rid of old furniture – other than leaving a lonely chair on the side of the road!

Happily, there are plenty of ways of doing it too. The classic method is the yard sale. It doesn’t take much effort, just a few posters at local stores and meeting places, and an hour or so of setting-up time. The downside is that if you don’t have a yard, it’s pretty difficult to have a yard sale. Inclement weather can cause all kinds of difficulties for those who do. Read More

5 Biggest Moving Mistakes People Make

When it comes to moving an office or a home, one small oversight can quickly blow up into a huge problem. Here are the five biggest moving mistakes ordinary people are likely to make, and how to avoid them:

1. Underestimating the volume of goods to be moved
Figuring out the exact total volume of the items that need to be moved can be tricky. In general it’s a job best left to experts. Good moving companies will send a representative round to your home or apartment for an on-site appraisal before offering an exact quote. Beware of those who offer figures over the phone. You might end up paying a lot more the quoted amount. Read More

Basic Guide to Home Office Ergonomics

When moving an office, you may find it a great opportunity to reevaluate your home office ergonomics situation. Most people aren’t aware that their office is not set up properly in any way. You can easily take the opportunity to make any necessary changes when moving an office, not only because you are moving into a space that is a blank canvas, but also because you will find yourself with some of the tools needed to make the transition. There are a few things that you should be looking out for when moving an office and reevaluating your ergonomics situation.

Moving an office and evaluating your workspace

The first thing to look for when moving an office is the proper positioning of your desk. It is recommended that the desk have a measurement of thirty inches high. The width is somewhat irrelevant, although it should be a minimum of 26 inches wide. Read More

Paper Jam! Pack Your Printer Properly

Few people think about the trouble they are in for when it comes time to move your printer. Whether you are moving an office, moving into storage, or setting up in a new house, proper printer moving is crucial. Thankfully, with the help of this article, you will avoid some of the most common troubles movers experience when it comes time to transfer a printer.

Inkjet Printer Moving Tips

First, it helps to remove the ink cartridges from the printer. Few people realize what a mess they will make when the printer tips and the ink cartridges spill all over the place. This ink will stain anything it touches, and you will not be able to remove the stains. If you still have the original container for the printer cartridges, just go ahead and put them back inside. Make sure they don’t tip over, because that is how the ink will spill out. It’s a good idea to tape these containers upright inside any of your moving boxes. Make sure they are inside a zip lock bag.

If you don’t have the original containers, you can fashion a small container with a few pieces of cardboard and some aluminum foil. Make sure you form a box by placing the cardboard on each side of the cartridge, and then wrap it snugly in foil. Put the make-shift box into a plastic bag to avoid leakages, and make sure to tape them upright inside of the box. Read More

Home Office Ergonomics

All businesses are legally required to ensure health and safety in the workplace. That’s as true for offices as it is for factories or building sites- while sitting at a desk may not seem like a very dangerous thing to do, working long hours at a poorly set up workstation can cause long term back and shoulder problems, recurring strain injury (RSI) or carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrists and hands.

So, every office should have occupational health and safety guidelines in place, and do what they can to make the working environment ergonomic (comfortable and healthy to use). But what about freelance workers and consultants? When they’re moving an office there’s nobody to say how equipment should be set up.

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