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Basic Moving Packing Tips

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Here are a few packing tips:

  1. Get more boxes than you think you will need.
  2. Get smaller boxes for books. Use bigger boxes for lighter items.
  3. Make a master list of all household items and your belongings.
  4. Make a box of essentials and label it “Open Me First”. Put this box to the side to be loaded last (so it’s unloaded first) or bring it with yourself. Your essential box will include: Basic tools such as flashlights, pocket knife, hammer, screwdrivers, nails, masking tape, tape measure and light bulbs. Add Hand towels, soap, toilet paper and shampoo.
  5. Pack room-by room, keeping similar items together. Remember to use some sort of color coded method to keep boxes together according to room or number boxes when they are packed and sealed. Clearly indicate on the box its room destination. Write on the master list the contents of the numbered boxes.
  6. Reinforce the bottom of boxes with at least two strips of packing tape.
  7. Pack boxes firmly to prevent the contents from shifting during your move.
  8. Use crumpled paper for padding. Seal boxes tightly with wide packing tape.
  9. Pack records and CD’S vertically in boxes. Don’t stack them flat.
  10. Place heavier items in the bottom of the box and lighter items on top.
  11. Separate items with paper to prevent scratches caused by rubbing.
  12. Remove lids from jars and ceramics. Wrap each separately.
  13. Seal any opened boxes and bottles before packing them to avoid spills and leakage.
  14. Use towels, linens, curtains, etc. to pad boxes of fragile items. Clearly mark these boxes “FRAGILE”.
  15. Use a jumbo box for lampshades and cushion them well.
  16. When disassembling furniture, beds, lamps, etc. put the hardware into a plastic bag along with any assembly tips and tape it to the item itself.
  17. Use wardrobe box for hanging clothes. Use bottom part for shoes and belts.
  18. If possible ask us if you can leave clothes in dresser drawers (normally it is o.k. if moving from ground floor to ground floor).

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The Ease of Moving Internationally

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Moving internationally can be a huge transition not just the adjustment when you get there but the overwhelming process it is to move your belonging across seas. All Around Moving is your solution. Specializing in international moves, All Around Moving arranges licensed agents and forwarders to ship your items by ocean. There are two ways to ship your life across seas:

  1. Full Container Load – direct shipping in an exclusive container.
  2. Less than a Container Load – a multiple shipment option originated from New York, New Jersey Connecticut and Los Angeles California.

Shipping by ocean is more cost effective than train or plane. All Around Moving arrange to ship and provide with delivery services to a variety of countries including Dubai, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Scotland, Belgium and Switzerland.

Fill out this form and a company representative will start the worry-free process of your international move as soon as possible. Or call 646.723.4084 to speak with a company representative. Big or Small, We Do it All!

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Business Move Checklist

Your commercial move doesn’t have to be difficult. With the right amount of organization and the help of All Around Moving Services Company, you’ll be settled in to your new location, up and running and back to work at no time.

Here is a checklist you can follow if you are planning on an upcoming move.

Business Move Checklist

  • Select a move committee. This is typically made of representatives from IT, HR, Operations and other interested and qualified people.
  • Establish a preliminary relocation budget.
  • Determine whether the move warrants hiring a third-party move management consultant. If so, interview and hire third-party partner.
  • Coordinate moving of servers with IT provider/support.
  • Contact telecommunications/data provider to schedule a cut-over date.
  • Contact telephone provider to get new numbers or move existing.
  • Order data circuits and/or specialty circuits (check for lead times).
  • Order phone lines for elevator, security and any other item that may require a phone line.
  • Confirm your long distance carrier or change it.
  • Determine if any equipment requires specialized or approved vendors to move it. This could include copiers, lab equipment, certain electronics or manufacturing equipment.
  • Check existing lease for restoration requirements/conditions for returning current space to landlord.
  • Reserve the building elevator (existing for move out, new for move in).
  • Order keys from the building.
  • Contact the building to confirm locations of signage.
  • Hire signage vendor to plan, get approval for, and install new signage.
  • Obtain a qualified mover by interviewing 2-4 companies, depending on the size of job.
  • Order new stationery, business cards and forms.
  • Notify your clients of change of address.
  • Contact the post office for change of address.
  • Contact your bank for change of address.
  • Notify vendors of change of address (coffee service, vending machines, etc.).
  • Contact the IRS for change of address.
  • Change address with any publications that are delivered to office.
  • Notify insurance carrier of change of address and new office’s requirements. Obtain certificates of insurance for the landlord, and any entities required by the lease.
  • Contact the Franchise Tax Board for change of address.
  • Contact the Employment Development Department for change of address.
  • Contact the Secretary of State for change of address.

Business Move Coordination Tasks

2 Months Prior to Move:

  • Coordinate with IT on server move, desktop, and PBX timelines.
  • Assemble ‘Move Team’ with each department having a ‘Move Liaison’.
  • Schedule weekly move coordination meetings – prepare and distribute weekly minutes & schedules.
  • Review & define areas of responsibility
  • Move sequencing/timeline preparation
  • Collect all furniture layout plans from employees for their new spaces.
  • Common areas (coffee/break rooms, copy rooms, etc.)
  • De-installation & installation responsibilities – coordination of timing
  • Prepare lab equipment ID matrix of all equipment moving (if applicable) – check/review special equipment installation compatibility/requirements (coordinate with users).
  • Develop preliminary move schedule.

1 Month Prior to Move:

  • Assign move numbers/labeling/tagging scheme – prepare floor plans/layouts.
  • Create employee move packets and instructions on how to move.
  • Prepare agenda for employee move orientation meeting.
  • Create public relations campaign with press releases to highlight new location and/or office-warming party.
  • Secure off-site storage location for old files
  • Discuss and agree on move insurance needs with company.
  • Modify new space to meet equipment demands as necessary (coordinate with users).
  • Determine security procedures for the move.
  • Coordinate to add your listing to lobby directory at new site
  • Fine tune move schedule.

2 Weeks Prior to Move:

  • Finalize move schedule.
  • Hold employee move orientation meeting.
  • Distribute employee move packets.
  • Schedule packing material and label delivery.
  • Prepare employee welcome packet to the new space (restrooms, gyms, break rooms, copy rooms, etc.).
  • Move team preparation for move – channels for communication, change requests, etc.
  • Schedule move day on site help.
  • Create a list of emergency contacts, cell phone numbers, and vendors that includes moving company, building management, utilities, telecommunications, etc.
  • Identify ‘lost and found’ at both origin and destination.
  • Identify move command central – for mover and employee inquiries.
  • Select cleaning vendor for post-move.

Move Week:

  • Schedule additional packing material and label delivery.
  • Tag and label destination site – room numbering and equipment IDs.
  • Mount ‘You are here’ floor plans and color-coding instructions.
  • Schedule training for all emergency procedures at new location.
  • Distribute contact lists for emergency/on site/on call lists.
  • Review and finalize all move sequences/schedules – distribute to move team.
  • Prep building for move – surface protection, corner guards, etc.
  • Distribute new security ID cardkey entry badges.
  • As close as possible to moving day – change locks and access codes at new location.

Move Day(s):

  • Assign origin and destination move liaisons.
  • On site help to coordinate move related questions, etc.
  • Complete job walk each day of move of schedule/completion/damage, etc.
  • Prepare ‘honey-do’ lists.
  • Allocate keys and/or access cards for new location.
  • Distribute employee welcome packets at their new destinations.

Post Move Support:

  • Move central command post – support employee inquiries, lost & found, honey-do lists, etc.
  • Dispatch appropriate team(s) for post move support – hang white boards, equipment fit up, etc.
  • Collect all access items including security cards, keys and parking passes for old location and confirm return of deposits held by landlord for items.
  • Survey for damage – prepare and submit reports.
  • Distribute new contact list and layout of department locations.
  • Prepare move punch list and action items – coordinate with appropriate contractors, etc.
  • Review final invoices against contracts.

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