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Hi Everyone,

Today OneSource Moving is going to tell you about a whole area of scams you may not even be aware of — moving scams. Or perhaps you don’t realize how big a problem moving scams can be. As one of Houston’s leading moving companies, here at OneSource Moving, we feel obligated to let you know of the traps out there and advise you on how to make your next move a drama free one.

OK. Let’s get right to it…
Here’s a brief background:

Prior to 1980, there were only a few major national moving companies that were permitted to move goods across state lines. In 1980, the Household Goods Transportation Act was passed, giving movers the right to provide customers with ‘binding estimates’ — meaning, they could now compete on the basis of price instead of just customer service. The Act also had the effect of helping to create a whole new generation of moving companies, and so, of course, competition became fiercer. The end result was that movers had to set lower and lower prices to get your business, which meant that it became more difficult to make a profit. Some of them turned to some questionable practices at that point — and this sometimes amounted to holding your goods ‘hostage’ while they demanded that you pay some trumped-up extra charges. In other words, you might be given an estimate of $2000, for example, to move your household. It sounds reasonable, and you agree and sign the contract. But when the truck shows up at your new home (sometimes weeks after they were supposed to, but that’s another story!) with all your worldly goods, the bill has suddenly mushroomed to $4300 — and you are forced to pay because the mover refuses to unload your goods until you do. In some cases, additional information has been added to the contract after you signed it — and if you try to fight it, you’ll find there may be very little legal recourse available to you.

Unfortunately, Houston is a very big city; therefore a lot of bad people want to rip some of you off. At OneSource Moving, we want to remain our good reputation. Here are some things you can do to protect yourself — and to make sure you don’t become a victim of these moving scams:

1. The most drastic solution: sell everything and start again. This may sound extreme, but dozens of people who’ve had their household goods held up by a moving company wish now that they had done this.

2. If you don’t want to do it all yourself, there are companies that will pack and load the rental truck for you. Call OneSource Moving for moving assistance with packing, loading, crate rentals and much more.

3. If you decide to hire a moving company, check references very carefully. Be especially careful with Internet-based movers. There are obviously reputable firms online, but there are an unusual number of horror stories from customers who hired movers online.  Check out Better Business Bureau for reliable moving companies.

4. Get referrals from local real estate firms, and then get several estimates — in writing — from the companies you’ve chosen. Do everything you can to check out the moving company in advance. Do a search online to make sure the company isn’t already a known scammer; go to the address of the company and check out their yard and their trucks.

Once you think you’ve found a reputable company, here’s a list of the information you want to get from them:

1. The full legal company name (including any ‘dba’ names).

2. Length of time in business.

3. Full legal company address and all phone numbers.

4. Get their Dept. of Transport and any other State or Federal license numbers.

5. Most importantly, ask them for references — and call them.

6. Call the FMCSA’s consumer complaints hotline at 1-888-368-7238 to inquire about the company’s history.

Meanwhile, if you hire a moving company, be sure to educate and inform yourself especially carefully before you sign on the dotted line.

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Moving Office Budget Planner

Whether you are a large or small organization, there are a number of moving office costs that are common for every office move. These have all been identified for you so you can start the process of getting office moving quotes, surveys and fee estimates that will enable you to establish a rough Moving Office Budget well in advance of your Houston office move. And for those who hate budgeting (you’re not alone!) this article will be ideal – (we also have an easy-to-use template in which you simply input the expected cost and it will work the rest out for you!) At OneSource Moving, we are a professional moving company who is has affordable movers to move you to your new office.

The cost of moving office involves sizeable costs for any organization, and while an office move, even a local one for that matter can help you get into better, bigger, more practical and even cheaper office space, it is going to be one of the most expensive ventures your business will undertake.  But early planning of what your moving office costs are likely to be will help you forecast, control and ensure you don’t spend more than you really need to.

Below are some of the various moving office costs associated with an office move:

  • Office Rent
  • Security Deposit
  • Legal Fees
  • Building Insurance
  • Office Design & Build out
  • New Office Furniture
  • Additional or new IT infrastructure and Business Phone Systems
  • Office Moving Company Fees
  • Archiving & Storage
  • Updated Marketing Material/Stationery
  • Dilapidations & Repairs on existing office

    
One of the most common mistakes made by many companies relocating, is running out of money caused by inadequate budgeting up front.  Don’t allow poor budgeting to be the collapse of your office move. Once you know what the various moving office cost components are, there is really only one thing left … and that’s to ensure that you update your Moving Office Budget Planner on a regular basis and use it as a working document before, during and after your office move.

This is where Onesource Moving steps in.  At Onesource Moving we can help you plan the moving aspect of your move from the actual move to packing your entire office.  As a facility manager we understand the stress you may be experiencing with this once in a lifetime moving project.  We have the tools and the team that can come to your place of business to estimate with accuracy what will be needed and provide you with a fixed cost. 

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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.


Retrofit

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!

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