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Monday, October 22, 2012

According to eTrendify.com, research shows that over-sitting wreaks havoc on our health.  So in an effort to proactively fight all the chairs and couches from winning on our efforts to live long, happy lives, check out a few ways you can change your daily routine and make an impact on your health!

 

 Easy Tips to Move at Work from capitalchoice

 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

By Susan Wagner

Moving your business to a new location can be a difficult task, but with some preparation and help, it can provide big results.  Here are 10 steps that will help you proactively plan for a successful move!

1.     Contact a Commercial Realtor

In this maze of forms, financing, inspections, marketing, pricing and negotiating, it makes sense to work with professionals who know the community and much more.

2.     General Contractor

A general contractor is the person you hire to oversee the entire job, whether it's new construction or a major remodel job. The contractor is responsible for managing all aspects of the job including purchasing the materials and hiring the sub-contractors (subs). Typically, you sign a contract with the contractor and make payments only to him. The contractor is then responsible for paying the subs and suppliers. When you have a contractor on the job, that is the person you go to with all your questions and comments about the work. The contractor in turn communicates your concerns to the subs.

3.     Interior Designer

An interior designer will:  Help you find and enhance your style – They have knowledge and expertise to help you pinpoint your style and needs.  Solve problems – every project, small or large, presents challenges.  They are trained in knowing how to come up with solutions that work, and solve the problems when they arise.  Prevent costly mistakes – there are so many choices out there, and how do you know what is better than something else? Simplify your life – They can make the most of what you have and do the research to find what you need. Make sure the job gets done – They work with some of the best painters, installers, contractors etc.  Give you access to resources unavailable to you – There is a world of furnishings, fabrics, accessories that are “to the trade only.”

 4.     Internet & Cable Provider

Don’t forget to let your internet and cable provider know about your move at least two weeks ahead of time in order to prevent any delays in your service.  The last thing you want to do is not have the ability to keep your office running as it normally would.

 5.     Insurance Agent

You will need to update your insurance policy with your provider as not only will your business address be changing, you may want to make changes to the policy itself.

6.     Information Technology Systems

This may be arguably one of the most important people to contact as you are planning your move.  The information technology team may need to make some purchases on new network and/or server equipment, which will require time for taking measurements and making the purchases. They may need to hire contract help to set up computers in time for the opening of your new facility.

7.     Phone Systems

Call your local telephone provider to update them on your move.  The more notice you provide, the lesser the chance of any disruptions in your service.  If your business provides a service for scheduling appointments, you may want to update your voicemail or answering service while you are in transition during your move.

8.     Electrician

You may need to establish new outlets or run wiring in a different path, especially if you are  bringing your own office furniture or purchasing it from Capital Choice Office Furniture.  Depending on your new office layout, your computers and office equipment may need wiring ran through cubicle walls or columns from the ceiling to various work spaces.

 9.     Furniture

Contact Capital Choice Office Furniture to provide you with new or Better than New desks, cubicles chairs or filing cabinets.  Capital Choice Office Furniture has over 30,000 sq. ft. showroom with a variety of inventory to satisfy your office needs.  They can also order new furniture, design your new office space, deliver and install your office furniture to your specifications and needs.

 10.     Moving Company

Research your moving company to make sure they are reliable and have a reputation for moving business equipment.  Ask for an estimate from at least 3 different moving companies.  Find out if there are any hidden fees.  Check out mover complaint registries or if at all possible, book a referred moving company from a friend.  Remember to make sure you label each box with its contents as it will help in the unpacking process.