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Last month we began our two-part series on moving your office and covered the steps to take at least six months before your commercial move. This month we’ll finish the series with a look at what to do in the month leading up to your office relocation.

Planning Your Commercial Move

There are several things you can do before your Denver commercial move to make the process go more smoothly. Here’s our list of best practices.

Get Measurements

Go to your new office and take detailed measurements of the space before you move in. If you can plan beforehand how you will configure the space with your office furniture and equipment, you’ll save time and lower your stress on moving day.

Look For Maintenance Issues

While you’re measuring your new space, check for any maintenance issues that will keep you from getting up and running quickly. Check for light switches that don’t work, light bulbs that need to be replaced, and wall outlets that don’t have power. Turn the heat or air conditioning on and see how the air flow is. If there are tenants currently in the space, ask them how well the HVAC functions.

Design Your Office Layout

Once you have your measurements, draw a diagram of the space, or use one of the online space planners to help you visualize how your furniture and equipment will fit into the office space. Assign a color to each area and then label the boxes that will go in each of the designated areas with their assigned color. This will give the movers clarity on where to put things in your new space.

Take Pictures

Don’t assume that IT will have the time to get your computers up and running in the time frame that you will need them. Take photos of the computer wiring and other tech hook-ups and label each wire before you unplug it so you can recreate the same set up more quickly when you arrive in your new space.

Update Your Business Listings

When people search for your business, you want them to find you in your new place, so update all of your business listings as soon as possible. Be aware that when you inform Google Plus and Yahoo of your change of address, they will send you a verification code via snail mail to make sure it is legitimately the business owner making the request, and not someone else. Request the code and be on the lookout for the postcard in the mail.

Update Your Letterhead

All of your branding materials including your business cards, letterhead, website, and email signatures have to reflect your new address. Order printed items at least 6 weeks in advance of the move, and have your marketing or IT department make notes on the website that you will be moving and the new address.

By planning ahead for your commercial move in Denver, you will decrease the office’s downtime during the move and make everyone’s experience less stressful. Hiring experienced, professional movers will also save you tremendous amounts of time and stress. Contact Compass Allied Moving and Storage, for a fast, reliable Denver commercial mover.

When it’s time to move your Denver office, there are a few things that will make the move go more smoothly for you. Commercial moves are different than residential moves, so even if you’re a pro at changing houses, relocating offices has its own unique challenges.

Luckily, we are commercial moving experts, so we can take you through the steps of a successful commercial move. In this first half of a two-part series, we’ll take you through the pre-moving phase. These are the things you need to do at least six months before your move. Next month, we’ll walk you through the steps to take just before your move.

The first rule of a commercial move is do not delay. There are several things to be aware of and to plan for so that at your office move goes more smoothly.

Plan Ahead

Start to plan your commercial move at least six months ahead of time. If you can, let your employees, clients, and customers know even earlier so that they have plenty of time to adjust and plan accordingly.

Commercial Moves Across the State

If you’re moving your business across state lines, you’ll need as much lead time as possible so the employees who will be coming with you can plan their residential moves. Ideally, if you have an entire company moving a great distance, have the same moving company handle all the relocation procedures for everyone involved. Why?. A moving company that can coordinate the office relocation along with the employees’ residential moves will transfer everything at the same time to maximize efficiency and minimize downtime. Look for a commercial mover that has residential, commercial, and interstate moving experience for your interstate office move.

Can You Use A Residential Mover for an Office Move?

Technically, yes, you can, but it’s not advisable. There are plenty of residential movers who will be happy to give you a quote on your office move. However, you may want to consider the cost of having your business inoperable if the move isn’t handled efficiently. Delays on a residential move can be inconvenient, but problems with your commercial move could cost you thousands of dollars. Stick with an experienced commercial mover who has the manpower, equipment, and know-how to get the job done smoothly and effectively.

The First Steps Of Your Commercial Move

Step one, schedule your mover. Moving companies can book up quickly, especially during the summer, so be sure to secure your mover as soon as you have a moving date.

Step two, contact the building managers in both the building you’re moving out of and the building you’re moving into. Some buildings have strict policies regarding the hours you can move. Some buildings require you to reserve the freight elevator and loading bays well in advance, so it’s best to get your plans on their radar sooner rather than later.

If possible, set your moving time to non-business hours so you don’t interrupt an office day and you have less hassle with street traffic. It will also be easier to move items down empty hallways and elevators than trying to navigate through other people who are working in the building.

Step three, call your internet service provider to let them know when you will be moving into your new space. You will want to get your Internet up and your business back online as soon as the computers are moved in, so set up the work order with them sooner rather than later.

Next month we’ll cover measuring and designing your new space, taking photos of your computer wiring, and getting your business listings updated.

Need a commercial Colorado mover? Contact Compass Allied today to discuss your business relocation.

We continue our series on staging your house for sale this month with tips for cleaning your bathroom.

Bathrooms are an area that buyers especially need to feel comfortable in. A dingy restroom is a turnoff to potential buyers. Denver Real Estate Agent, Jon Goldberg , from LIV Sotheby's International Reality, told us, “When selling your home, staging is a critical consideration in all areas of the property, but bathrooms are particularly important for a couple of reasons. First, baths are notoriously difficult to photograph given their often tight layout, flat colors, and unexciting features (nice toilet!). Staging adds textures, color and it softens the images to allow the beauty of the bathroom to shine through and to maximize your marketing efforts. Second, after the photos and when potential buyers visit your home, staging a bath turns a space that could be cold, dull and unappealing into a warm, attractive, and inviting selling point during the showing.”

The first step to successfully staging your bathroom is a thorough scrub down. The following cleaning tips will make your bathrooms look their very best.

Materials You Will Need

  • One Gallon of White Distilled Vinegar
  • Toothbrush
  • Paper Towels
  • Microfiber Cloths
  • Baking Soda
  • Bleach
  • One Whole Lemon
  • Q-Tips
  • Lemonade-Flavored Kool-Aid

Cleaning the Shower


For the tough grime and mildew that stubbornly clings to shower tiles, use a toothbrush dipped in bleach and scrub the grout.

Shower Curtain

While the bleach is out, take down your plastic shower curtain and put it in the washer with an old white towel. (The white towel lends some texture and friction to the smooth plastic surface of the shower curtain.) Add ½ cup of bleach and a ¼ cup of laundry detergent to the load to remove the mildew from the shower curtain. You can also use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser™ on the mildew too.

Faucet & Drain

Cut a lemon in half and rub the lemon around the spout and the drain to get rid of the pesky hard water stains. Save the other half of the lemon for the bathroom sink.

Shower Door Tracks

Your shower door tracks can get pretty gross. First, tuck paper towels into the track and then pour distilled white vinegar onto the paper towels until they are completely saturated. Let the wet paper towels sit for 30 mins. Remove the towels and then scrub with the toothbrush to get any excess grime off.

Shower Heads

The last thing you want a prospective buyer to see is a grimy shower head that is noticeably clogged when the shower is turned on. You can remove the calcified water from your shower heads by soaking them in distilled white vinegar. Place the shower head in a plastic zipper-lock bag. Fill the bag with as much vinegar as needed to submerge the shower head. Wrap a hair tie or rubber band around the pipe to secure the bag over the shower head. Let the shower head soak overnight and in the morning empty the bag, and use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the shower head bag.

Toilet Cleaning Hacks

Those pink toilet rings are embarrassing and can be impossible to get rid of sometimes. It sounds crazy, but use a packet of lemonade flavored Kool-Aid and sprinkle it over the sides of the toilet bowl. Let it soak for an hour and then use your toilet scrubber with all-purpose cleaner to clean and rinse.

The exterior of the toilet can collect unsightly grunge that will turn a buyer off faster than you can say, “No buyer offers.” The grime that collects at the base can be scrubbed with an all-purpose cleaner or baking soda and vinegar. If it seems to be tough to get off, soak a few paper towels in white vinegar, let them sit on the stains for a few minutes, and then wipe it again.

Remember the Fan!

It’s easy to forget to clean the ceiling fan, but don’t. A dirty fan is a sure sign of a neglected home. A clean fan will make a much better impression. Remove the fan cover and use a vacuum to remove the dust from the fan and the cover. Next, soak the fan cover in the sink with one-part water and one-part vinegar. Dry off the cover and then place it back over the fan.

Sparkly New Sink

Hard water stains can be tough to get rid of with just an all-purpose cleaner. Use the other half of the lemon to scrub the handles, spout, and drain. For the stains that surround the base of the water handles and the spout, use Q-tips soaked in bleach.

When staging your home for sale, the bathroom needs to be immaculate to make the best impression with prospective buyers. Use these tips to make it sparkle and shine.

Need a Colorado Mover? Contact Compass Alliance today to schedule your move with professional movers.

Prepping your home for showing and sale is a pain, but it pays dividends. Buyers are more enticed by a clean house, so we’re giving you the best cleaning tips to help you get your house in great shape. Last month we discussed cleaning hacks for your living room. This month we are going to give you some tricks to clean common kitchen amenities. Cleaning is the most cost effective way to spruce up your place to get it sold.

Whether you are staging your home for selling or your place needs some sprucing up, this three-part series will help you get your place looking brand spankin’ new. To start the series, we will begin with tips on cleaning the living room.

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