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How to Minimize Productivity Loss During a Commercial Move

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How to Minimize Productivity Loss During a Commercial Move

The business relocation process can easily result in significant downtime and lost productivity. Whether you’re moving across town or across the nation, use these tips to improve the efficiency of your move. Find out how to plan your commercial move in Minneapolis with these helpful moving tips and strategies.   Make a Schedule and Stick to It Timelines are important to upcoming events with your company. Create a detailed timeline of your commercial move. If you have a firm move date, work back from that day to today. A flexible moving date allows you to consider your options and set a date that best fits your company schedule. A schedule makes it easier to delegate certain components of your move. If you’re working with a commercial moving service, they can assist you in identifying tasks that are best performed before the moving day. This will help you reduce stress and downtime on moving day for a streamlined process.   Create a Packing Inventory List Moving additional inventory and equipment can increase the time and expense of your relocation. Create a detailed packing list of all the inventory, equipment, and other items that need to be moved. Spend time going through everything at your current location to see if you have excess inventory, outdated equipment, or unused furniture that you may be able to liquidate rather than transport. A packing list can help you identify all your assets and determine which ones are cost-effective to move and which ones need to be liquidated. Selling furniture, excess inventory, and electronic equipment is a great way to free up additional capital to fund your business relocation.   Consider Downsizing Your Inventory Working with less inventory allows your business to stay flexible. While additional inventory may help you attract large clients, consider how you may downsize to accommodate your move better. Downsizing inventory and equipment is a great way to upgrade at your new location. Outdated wall art, desks, and computer equipment should be traded in. Once you reach your new location, you can invest in modern, high-quality equipment and decorations for your new commercial space. Of course, this isn’t always possible with your business. Don’t downsize so much that you aren’t able to keep up normal business as you prepare for your move. A commercial moving service can assist you in finding affordable ways to move all your bulky equipment and inventory to a new location.   Keep Everyone on Board with Moving Tasks Take time to work with management to ensure everyone is on board with the move. Delegate tasks, inform them of your moving plans and paint a clear picture of all the benefits that come with a new location. Whether you’re moving to a desirable location or increasing the size of your commercial space, relocation can be an excellent move for a growing business.   Keep Customers, Clients, and Employees Informed Don’t let your relocation project be a secret to dedicated customers and employees. Don’t forget to spread the word through all your marketing channels about your new location. Relocation should be about gaining new customers, not losing old ones. Inadequate information about a move may leave dedicated customers behind. Seasonal, remote, or other part-time employees also need to be informed of your move. Even if your location is...

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Top 5 Spring Time Home Moving Tips

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Top 5 Spring Time Home Moving Tips

Pack up and prepare for a new life this spring with these top five moving tips. While there are hurdles to face in any moving situation, spring is an excellent time to clean out your old home and prepare for a new adventure. Find out how to make the most of residential moving in Minneapolis with help from Uptown Moving.   1. Clean, Organize and Downsize It’s tough to pack up your belongings if you don’t even know what you own. It’s time to crank up your spring cleaning and prepare for major cleaning, organizing, and downsizing project. This will take more than an evening or two, so it’s best to plan ahead and prepare several weeks or even months before your move. This may seem like a daunting task, but it will help you plan your move with a clear head. Once you clean and organize your home, you’ll have a better idea of what you own, what you want to keep, and what you should try to sell. Selling used items that you no longer need is a great way to earn money that will help pay for some of your moving expenses.   2. Create a Packing List Once you have your items sorted and organized, create a mock packing list. This is just a rough draft of what you hope to pack, but it can help you start to dream about what you’ll need and what you should leave behind. This is particularly important if you’re moving to a smaller house or apartment. Downsizing helps you prioritize your belongings and take what’s important to you. A packing list helps you start to consider how you’ll pack up your items and how many boxes you’ll need.   3. Book Your Moving Company Early Residential moving services are popular in the spring. College students are moving, teachers are going on break, and other homeowners are taking advantage of the warm weather to relocate. Contact an experienced company in your area as soon as possible and schedule your move. Without a professional moving company, you’ll face a significant amount of work and stress. Moving your own furniture and belongings requires rental vehicles, extra hands, and lots of hard work. You’ll need proper loading and unloading equipment to ensure fragile items and bulky furniture remain intact.   4. Check the Weather Springtime sun goes hand-in-hand with sudden rain showers. Keep your furniture dry and safe by watching the weather forecast and planning accordingly. Plastic protective covers, rain jackets, and other gear make it possible to load and unload your belongings in the rain, but an unexpected shower can leave you unprepared. A little rain won’t hurt your move, but a major thunderstorm or another weather event may be enough reason to postpone your plan. If you’re moving to or from Minnesota in early spring, you may even experience a sudden snowstorm. Stay in touch with your moving company and discuss weather-related concerns. They can determine the best plan of action when it comes to weather.   5. Make a Moving Day Game Plan With Uptown Moving & Storage Moving day is an exciting, chaotic time. Once all your belongings are organized, your movers have a scheduled arrival time, and you’re getting ready for the big day, be sure you...

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Upcoming Move? Uptown Moving Can Help!

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Upcoming Move? Uptown Moving Can Help!

So that time has come, you found a new place to live and its time to move.  What should you do and when.   The best thing to do if your choosing to hire movers is to find the company you wish to use and book your service as soon as possible, it is best to get booked about two weeks prior to moving date to insure you will have the company you choose.  If you are not concerned about pricing you can just go ahead and book with the company of your choice.  But if like most people you may want to shop some prices and get an estimate for services and see how each company charges.   A few things you will want to have ready when calling for an estimate. Make sure you allow for some time for this procedure. Moving estimates can take some time, on average 10 -15 minutes to cover all that will be happening on moving day.  Some of the thing you will want ready for this conversation will be: have both addresses available to expedite the estimate quicker. Second would be to have an itemized list of what furniture items you want the movers to handle. An estimated box count is very helpful too.  This doesn’t need to be exact as movers will carry multiple boxes at one time so if you say 20 boxes and its actually 28 it wont change the estimate.  Also let the estimator know if you will expect the crew to do any packing of items or all of the packing.  This is very frustrating for both crews and customers when this comes up on moving day, crews do not always have a full assortment of packing material on moving day unless it’s specifically requested. This can lead to delays and under bit estimates. When moving from and apartment or to an apartment know whether there is an elevator or not and if so and if it can be locked off for use or if it is casual use.  This can change estimated time quite a bit.  A locked off elevator will allow movers continuous access to the elevator a casual elevator may mean movers waiting for the elevator.  If no elevator understand that movers and the stairs will take time as it can become cumbersome at times dealing with furniture and staircases. Let the estimator know of any specific timing needed for your service.  Closing times elevator times, association regulations for movers.  As associations do not really have issues with moving day I have seem it a few times where they don’t want the trucks in the neighborhood before or after certain hours. Remember the more information you can give to the estimator the more exact your estimate will be.  So make sure you have mentioned everything.  Missing even up to 5 items can change the estimate by as much as an hour. Things that may get overlooked and sometimes usually do.  Truck location for moving service whether it be at an apartment complex, is there a dock location or preferred truck parking location, at your house is the driveway a steep incline, is street parking available will the truck need to go into an alley.  All these different aspects can change moving day a great deal...

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Uptown Moving has been helping people relocate since 1901

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Uptown Moving has been helping people relocate since 1901.  It wasn’t always as simple as pick up and deliver though; we started in 1901 as a simple delivery service and grew from there.  In the beginning we did deliveries and relocation for the families who lived by the lakes area of Minneapolis, transferring items and boxes from homes in Minneapolis to summer cottages in the Lake Minnetonka area, more specifically Excelsior bay area.  And doing return trips in the fall. Prior to 1901 Uptown Moving wasn’t even an idea.  During that time it was a drug store called Backdahls Drug located on Washington Ave.  Downtown Minneapolis. Occasionally doing deliveries to customers’ homes throughout the Minneapolis area. As times changed so did the business, with the city growing and more and more competition moving in the drug store was no longer in a prime location and competition was growing. With A long list of costumers and a little ingenuity Backdahls was able to create a service that would become a long lasting and very well known company throughout many different communities.   Household moving & Piano Moving. This was accomplished by the use of a simple horse drawn trailer and a two or three man crew. As with any business Backdahls had to adapt to the changes.  Starting out with just a few men and horse drawn trailer-moving foreword to the purchase of the first powered truck in the mid 1920’s to better serve the community.  Changing the name from backdahls to Uptown Transfer to help people understand that we were the ones to contact for any moving transportation needs. By keeping old clients happy and gaining new ones throughout the years by the mid 1960’s Uptown transfer was one of the few Local Moving companies in the Minneapolis market with a reputation of getting the job done right. By the 1980’s the company grew to a fleet of 7 trucks  30 employees a warehouse for long and short term storage.  Which brings us to where we are today. 2018, backdahls has changed tremendously over the years. Not only in name.  Now going by Uptown Moving & Storage. But in service.  Still operating 4 trucks employing 15 -20 employees, still offering great service such as household moving, office moving, Piano moving, packing services, loading or unloading services. Even just helping with moving items throughout your...

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