Archive for August, 2012

Ways to save time on moving Day

Please use these helpful tips to accelerate your move (and thus reduce your cost):

  • Pack all loose items into boxes and/or bags (this is the single most important step that you can take)
  • Label boxes, especially those holding fragile materials
  • Use smaller boxes for books and other heavy items
  • Empty the contents of drawers
  • Shrink-wrap or protect glass and valuable framed items
  • Disassemble your bed-frame, head-board, and foot-board
  • Shrink-wrap valuable furniture
  • Bag soft items (clothes, bedding, etc.) in kitchen trash bags
  • Clear hallways and stairways of obstructions so that large furniture items may be loaded into the truck first
  • If possible, pack stereos, TV’s, and computers in their original boxes with their original packing material
  • While we do provide shrink wrap, you can save time and money by shrink-wrapping in advance.
  • Call us for detailed steps at 713-620-8097 or email us at

Tenant’s Guide to the Legal Issues involved with an Office Relocation

The legal issues surrounding an office move are paramount to the ongoing success and security of your business. There are 3 key areas of an office move that require special attention from a commercial, operational and legal perspective. By calling OneSource Moving, we can give you all the information needed to move to a new office.

BEFORE THE OFFICE MOVE:   Tenant’s “Exit” Strategy from Current Office

Whether your office lease is about to expire, you have an option to break in your existing lease or you just want to take advantage of favorable market conditions you need to understand and evaluate your options. It is important you are aware of what notice you need to give to terminate the lease, and how and when it should be served.

The continually changing demands of a business often require tenants to vacate their existing premises before the lease has expired, and depending on the provisions within the office lease, there may be a number of options available to you.

You may be able to:

  • Negotiate termination with the Landlord
  • Terminate the lease under a break clause
  • Assign the lease to another Tenant
  • Sub-let the premises to another Tenant

ACTION: Contact a Commercial Real Estate Lawyer; let them have a copy of your current office lease and seek advice as to what options are available to you.

DURING THE OFFICE MOVE:  Ensuring your Commercial Interests are Safeguarded in the New Lease

Taking on a commercial lease is one of the biggest financial and operational commitments your business will undertake.  It is a legally binding document that imposes liabilities and obligations on both parties for the term of the lease.  It follows that failing to comply with your obligations at any stage of the term of the office lease may be costly for the Tenant and have legal, financial and operational consequences.

Tenants who do not seek professional legal advice expose themselves to considerable risk and costly operational consequences further down the line.

Before you sign anything, ask your Commercial Real Estate Lawyer to examine the commercial lease, highlight any areas of concern and identify any clauses that need to be either negotiated or clarified.

Ask a Commercial Real Estate Lawyer to examine the office lease and advise on the following:

  • Whether the length of the lease is appropriate for your business needs
  • Whether there are any options to break the lease and your entitlement to an extension of the lease on expiry
  • Full details of your expected costs (both fixed and variable) including Common Area Maintenance costs, property taxes, utilities, insurance, repairs etc.
  • The basis on which the rent can be changed
  • Your responsibilities for maintaining and repairing the premises
  • Whether all the things that are important to you and your business have been accurately reflected and documented in the lease.

Be sure to allow ample time for this negotiating process as several drafts of the commercial lease are likely to be exchanged. It is therefore recommended to engage a Commercial Real Estate Lawyer (one that specialises in representing Tenants) at the earliest possible stage.

ACTION: Do not attempt to negotiate your office lease without hiring specialist legal representation. It is business critical that you understand the implications of every term and condition, cost and liability so you know what you are committing to.

AFTER THE OFFICE MOVE:  Ongoing Legal Issues throughout the course of your Tenancy

Paying your rent on time and staying on good terms with your Landlord will generally help make any situation easier to handle and should allow you to enjoy your tenure and concentrate on what you do best – running your business.

However, once you have signed your commercial lease, there may be ongoing legal issues that arise during the course of your tenancy.  Should this happen, then arranging for a Commercial Real Estate Lawyer to liaise with the Landlord’s Attorney on your behalf will help get any issues resolved quickly – and without unnecessary disruption to your business.

Commercial Real Estate Lawyers are experienced at negotiating, drafting, and interpreting commercial office leases, and are a valuable resource for tenants renting office space … MAKE SURE YOU USE ONE!

Call OneSource today for all the details and moving assistance with office moving.


Build A Better Office.

Your Guide to an Inspiring and Effective Office Design & Build-out

The right office design provides you with the opportunity to create a place of business that can maintain and enhance a strong corporate identity. It will enable you to showcase your priorities, values and image to your customers. First impressions really do matter so the initial visual impact of your office design will play a key part. At OneSource Moving, when you call, we will send you office movers to move you to your new office within the blank of an eye.

Furthermore, all companies understand the importance of having a workforce that is effective, motivated and happy – so your new office design also has a major role to play for your staff. A well-designed workplace will play an integral role in motivating, developing and engaging the workforce resulting in improved efficiency and business performance.

For this to be achieved, working with General Contractors (which comprises Office Space Planning, Office Design and Office Build-Out) who understand your company values and appreciate both the aesthetic qualities and functional aspects that you want to include in your new workplace – is essential to a successful office build -out. These General Contractors will take you through each stage of the office design and space planning process; which involves all or some of the following:

Workspace Appraisal

The starting point for any office relocation is to carry out a detailed analysis of both your current and future business objectives and office space requirements. This can then be assessed against your current office space size and configuration and the moving office budget available. Our relocation moving company is one of the best in Texas and the main aim of the Workspace Appraisal is to determine whether you would be better served by relocating to a new office or refurbishing your existing office space.

Office Space Planning

Office space planning is all about achieving the most appropriate and cost effective office space solutions to meet your specific requirements and maximizing the use of space, facilities and equipment. It deals with the fundamentals such as how much office space is available, how many people need to work in the space, what sort of work they will be doing – as well as the practical issues of your meeting rooms, break out, reception, storage, kitchen facilities etc.

Office Design

This is about the look and feel of your new office and the way that partitioning, furniture, flooring, and lighting etc can be used to create your ideal office environment that reflects your business objectives, brand values and budget. You should be looking for flexible and practical solutions when it comes to designing your office space and build flexibility into the scheme so that as styles change, so can the design elements. Color is a great cost-effective way to bring a desired ambience into your workplace that reflects the company’s image or branding. Take advantage of natural light within the office and, where possible, ensure that staff workstations are situated near a source of natural light as this helps to keep staff motivated and keeps them alert.

Office Build-Out

This encompasses the physical office build-out and includes the entire off and on site work to produce the agreed workspace environment – such as the flooring, walls, ceilings, partitioning, decoration, fixtures & fittings and the installation of electrical and mechanical services.

Office Furniture

Furnishing a large office space can be expensive, so you may wish to lease or recycle some of your existing office furniture, rather than buy new – but ensure that furniture choices reflect the overall office design and meet both practical and ergonomic requirements. Storage is also an important element to consider, de-clutter and archive as much as possible before you move office to help maximise your space.

Office Refurbishment

For some companies, an alternative to an office relocation will be a refurbishment of their existing office space. It is always possible to improve the office layout to suit evolving business requirements and make your office space work better for you. An office refurbishment can be a very productive and cost-effective way of revitalising your office space (whilst also improving staff morale).

Thinking Ahead

Office design needs to be adaptable and flexible to meet your future business requirements, so think about how your business is likely to change over the next 5 years.  A good office design will reflect current business values, as well as being adaptable to future requirements.


Most tenants will have retrofit obligations within their commercial lease. You will also need to consider fixing, repairing and/or making good any alterations you have made to your existing office space.

Whether you are looking for moving assistance or an affordable moving company in Houston or long distance, OneSource Moving is the professional moving company to call.

Call 713-620-8097 for more details on how we can help you today!

Or visit us at to get a free quote.

Onesource Moving Llc

Onesource Moving is Houston’s fastest moving company. Unlike other moving companies they provide you with a flat rate for all your moving needs. The way they price each move is pretty cool. Do you ever wonder how much a move is going to be?    

Onesource Moving used to price their move on an hourly basis as well. The owner Stephane did not like the inconsistency of not being able to accurately quote his client.  Stephane with a degree in business from the University of Southern California is no stranger to case studies and the ‘dos’ and ‘donts’ of business. One thing he knew is that if there is lack of transparency in a business ‘customers will less likely use your services let alone return’.

In addition to his feeling that his moving pricing structure needed a lift, he surveyed his clients. The results were consistent with his feeling that the lack of knowing a moving price created anxiaty for the majority of his clients.  So Stephane decided to change the pricing structure in a way the moving industry never dared.

By using the information from all his past moves he was able to come up with a fixed price to load and unload up to 4 different truck sizes.  This fixed price is applied regardless of what you are moving, as long as your household good items can fit in the particual truck.  For instance if you are moving a small studio Stephane says  most of the time this will cost $237.  So he says ‘knowing that information we are able to take out the guessing game out of moving once and for all.’

This is the most straightforward pricing in the moving industry. 

Currently this pricing is offered to the residential   clients of Outsource Moving.  They plan to provide that pricing structure to their office and commercial moves shortly.

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