March 1, 2022No Comments

How to Prepare Your Employees for a Move

Moving is a stressful time for everyone. It can be challenging to try and juggle moving and work, but moving doesn't have to be as challenging as it seems. With the proper preparation, you can ensure your employees are prepared for their move and help make the day go smoother. Here we'll discuss how our commercial moving service helps employers navigate the moving process.

Step One is to Categorize Belongings

There are three simple categories that will help everyone get organized:

  • what needs to go into storage
  • what items need to go on trucks 
  • and what can be discarded or recycled

A moving company that is fluent in office moves will provide a system to organize all three. When we do office moves, we give each employee a plastic bin to place personal items to be moved, identify an area in the office to place items to be stored–and finally, place large bins around the office to collect trash and recycling. 

In addition, we advise sending out a company-wide email informing employees of the move. This email should include information such as: when the move is taking place, what to expect on moving day, and what their responsibilities are. This will help employees be better prepared for their move and know exactly what is expected of them.

Finally, we recommend holding a moving meeting with all employees who are moving to explain the process and answer any questions they may have. We are happy to facilitate this meeting in person or online, and allow employees to ask any questions they may have about the move. It’s a good time for employees to meet the moving company and get familiar with their procedures.

Next, Prep Employees and Manage Expectations

For the safety of all parties involved in the move, we do not recommend having your employees present while movers are in process. You can have company leadership or people managing the process, but movers can be more efficient with the most space to work. 

Moving can be stressful, and it’s good to manage expectations. One of the ways to do this is with a moving timeline, so everyone knows what is happening and when. This moving timeline can be distributed to employees ahead of time. Having a moving timeline can help keep everyone organized and calm.

We hope this guide has been helpful and that your employees are now better prepared for their upcoming move. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help!

After the Move

We will follow up with the organizers of the move to gather feedback on the experience. We always want to learn and improve. We can even continue to help. We are a licensed contractor and all of our movers are handypeople who can work to help customize and optimize workspaces. From hanging art to building out office spaces, we can be your go-to resource for settling in.

How To Choose A Commercial Moving Service

When moving your business or employees, choosing a commercial moving service that can handle the job is important. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making your decision:

Proven Track Record & References

A good moving company will have years of experience moving businesses and will know how to handle everything from start to finish.

From SMBs to Enterprises

A moving company should have experience moving businesses of all sizes, from small to large.

Services Offered

Make sure the moving company you choose offers a wide range of services, from packing and unpacking to furniture assembly and disassembly.

Insurance

Your belongings are important, so make sure your moving company has insurance in case anything gets damaged during moving day.

Process 

Ensure the commercial moving company you choose is well organized and puts a focus on communication and overall customer satisfaction from initial communication through the completion of the move. 

Final Thoughts

By following these tips, you can help make your office move go as smoothly as possible. If you're looking for a moving company in NYC that puts your employees first, then look no further than Alluel. We specialize in helping employers navigate the moving process with their employees in mind, so they can leave knowing everything has been taken care of.

To learn more about how our commercial moving service can help you, please don't hesitate to contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you soon and being your go-to resource for all things moving-related.

February 15, 2022No Comments

How to Budget for a Move

When moving, it's essential to have a plan. This blog post is designed to help with that process. It will give you tips and tricks on how to create the perfect moving budget so that all of your bases are covered!

Moving Budget Essentials

First, you want to know how much your move is going to cost. While it may be challenging to determine a precise number, it’s important to be aware of everything that goes into these costs before deciding your budget. 

Sometimes people will try and save a few bucks by doing things like renting their own truck or packing their moving boxes. While this may seem more cost-effective, it can often be more of a burden. You may injure yourself, your home, or your belongings in the process of moving yourself. Using a professional moving company can help save you time, stress, and potential damage to your things. They also have insurance policies in place to protect your residences (to and from), their workers, and most importantly, your belongings—and all of that is worth paying for. 

How Charges Can Vary

When determining your budget, it’s important to understand how rates are advertised. Moving companies mostly charge in two ways: an hourly rate or a flat rate. While hourly may seem tempting due to its perceived lower price, there’s no way to know exactly what that rate will equate to at the end of the job. Many people tend to underestimate how long a move can actually take. You may be stuck paying more than you expected due to delays and things outside of your control. Some companies will even try to take advantage of the non-binding estimate and tack on charges for stairs, tight spaces, extra materials, and more. 

A flat rate is a much easier way to grasp the actual cost—and budget for it. Part of the requirements of a flat rate is that you must provide a complete list of everything you are moving. This is so the moving company can not only provide an accurate price but show up with the right vehicle and number of movers. It’s important to note that extra charges can be incurred if you have a lot more items to move than you originally stated or if you require significant additional packing materials on the day of the move. Be sure to include everything you can think of so you’re well prepared for moving day and are able to stay within your budget.

Don’t Let Moving Cost You

When searching for a moving company, it’s important to choose the one that is adequately licensed and insured. While working with a rogue company may be cheaper, the risks you take could cost you more than you ever anticipated.

There are several unlicensed moving companies, operating without compliance, and potentially setting customers up for a big letdown. It’s imperative to choose a company that is correctly licensed and highly insured. Alluel is licensed in every sector possible. We even have a waste management license to properly dispose and recycle anything you don’t want to move, as well as a general contractor license if you want to discuss updates to your new place.

Don't rely on the cheapest option you find simply based on price, as it may not be the best fit. Be sure to do your homework and get quotes for a few different vendors. From there, take time to read reviews and be sure you're selecting a company with an excellent reputation and a knowledgeable team.

Conclusion

When moving, always remember that it's important to have a plan and allocate your moving budget accordingly. This way, you're not caught off guard. Alluel can provide you with the best moving services in NYC and the tri-state area, as well as knowledgeable advice for all your moving needs. Contact us today for a quote!

February 15, 2022No Comments

Why Winter is the Best Time to Move

Moving to a new place can be an exciting time, but moving in the winter is even more so! With fewer people moving and moving companies eager for business, there are many deals available. 

More people move in the summer months because of the warmer weather, and constraints of a school calendar, so moving companies have a higher volume of business during this time. That results in finding a rate that fits your budget and a moving company that will be available exactly when you need them. In contrast, moving companies have fewer customers to serve in the winter, which means you'll find better deals on quotes and services. 

Check out some of the additional benefits of moving in the winter months. 

Save Money

With fewer people moving in the colder months, moving companies that focus on residential customers are frequently more flexible with move dates and prices in order to fill their schedules. So if there's a deal on a moving company that catches your eye, now is definitely the time to use it! You can save big by waiting for the right moving season.

Cheaper Costs For Rent

Because fewer people are moving in the winter, landlords will be more willing to negotiate for lower rates. The same apartment can be one price in the summer and a much lower price in the winter. This could give you room in your budget to pay movers and moving companies when moving day comes.

Fewer Distractions

When moving in the summertime, there's always something going on outside your window or across town that can keep you up all night long. But when moving in the winter, this is less likely to happen. There are fewer distractions, events, and things to do in the winter— so moving at this time of year will give you more opportunities to focus on the important task at hand and stay organized.

Save Your Sweat

Unpacking boxes and arranging your new digs can work up quite a sweat, especially in the summertime. Save yourself the exertion that comes with the summer heat by moving in the winter during colder months. This is especially nice if your landlord pays for heat since you won’t rev up your electric bill by blasting your AC.

Wrapping Up

Whether you’re upsizing or downsizing, moving into the location of your dreams, or just a temporary one, Alluel is uniquely equipped to help with your residential or commercial move. Check out our site to fill in your details and we’ll get you an accurate quote before you know it. Contact us today!

October 1, 2021No Comments

What to Look for When Hiring a Commercial Moving Company

It’s simple enough to find a commercial moving company in NYC to help you move into a new
office or retail location. But there are certain things you should really look for to make your
moving day feel modern, simple, and stress-free.

Here are the factors you should consider when choosing the right mover for your commercial
move, and how to get a free quote today.

It’s all in the details

On the surface, all commercial moving companies perform the same service for you: they move your belongings from point A to point B, whether point A is an old office, a storage unit, or both.

But as with all things in life, the devil is in the details. Moving day isn’t just about moving boxes and furniture—it’s about entering a new space and having it feel like it’s your own. And there are a lot of minor details that make those first few days in your new office smooth.

Take for instance all those appliances that will be making the move with you. The last thing you want to deal with after a long moving day is plugging in the cords to the break room microwave, the coffee machine, lamps, extension cords... the list goes on. And that’s assuming the plugs are easy to find and get to.

When you’re choosing a commercial mover, choose one who takes care of those little details. You shouldn’t have to spend the afternoon assembling furniture or hanging curtains. Let your mover take care of those time-consuming and mind-numbing chores so you can spend your first few days simply settling in and getting to work.

We’ve moved into the 21st century

It might surprise you how many commercial moving companies in NYC are still operating like it’s
the 1990s. There are conveniences we’ve all come to expect in the modern world that is
surprisingly difficult to find in a mover—like tracking.

When it comes time to pick a commercial mover, choose one who holds themselves to modern
standards. When your belongings are on the move, you deserve to know precisely where they
are at all times. Alluel’s tracking technology lets you pinpoint your driver throughout the day and
see their progress along the way, along with their ETA to your new location.

Even if you’re not onsite during the move, you still deserve to keep an eye on the process. We
offer remote oversight, whether you’re outside of NYC or just want to practice social distancing.
During the move, we’ll set up an iPad on a tripod so you can watch the move in progress
wherever you are.

All in on storage

Maybe there are some items that aren’t quite ready to make the move into your new space. Some inventory that’s been tying up shelf space, or furniture that has sentimental value but no place in your new floorplan.

Whatever the case may be, our partnerships with storage facilities let you handle the entire storage process for you and your business. We offer everything from pickup and offloading to short- and long-term storage and logistics.

And if you need to access those items regularly while they’re in storage, we can help make your life a little easier. We can label, organize and systematize your products using inventory software and on-site logistics. Moving day is a great time to think about streamlining your business—and our storage services might just save you a lot of hassle in the long run.

Go green on moving day

It’s hard enough to think about all the little things you’ll need to do before moving. It’s even
harder to think about the bigger picture, like the environmental impact of moving your
belongings across NYC and beyond.

Alluel is a commercial moving company built on sustainability. We use as many reusable
materials as possible during each move, and we have relationships with recycling facilities
across New York to responsibly tackle waste removal jobs.

We’re even thinking about the planet when we’re on the road with our belongings. Our fleet
includes trucks and sprinter vans that meet the most modern emission standards. Once we
know the size of your move, we’ll choose the most efficient vehicle for the job.

Let your mover tackle the dirty work

With your eyes set on your new space, it’s understandable that some of the nitty-gritty details of
moving out of your old space aren’t top of mind. It’s hard enough to make sure nothing gets left
behind in the move—but what about the things that you know aren’t coming with you?

Rubbish and recycling are two key factors in any move, whether you’re just moving inventory
into a storage unit or you’re setting up shop in a new location. Alluel separates your trash from
your recyclables, and can even haul it all away for you. We have relationships with recycling and
trash facilities city-wide.
And what about that safety deposit you put down months or years ago? Lean on Alluel to get it back for you. We’ll take care of the finer details so you can put your old space in the rear-view mirror and focus on the future. 
Whether you’re upsizing or downsizing, moving into the location of your dreams or just a temporary one, Alluel is uniquely equipped to help with your commercial move. Send us some quick information and we’ll get you a quote before you know it. Get your quote here.

September 6, 2021No Comments

New to Storage Units? Here’s What You Should Know

Storage units can be lifesavers—if you have a plan and specific purpose for them. For short-term solutions, like when you’re renovating your home or office or downsizing and need a place to keep your belongings until you sell them or move. For long-term solutions, like if you’re saving furniture for your children or for when you purchase that beach house you always wanted; renting a storage space can help ease your plans for the future. 

But there are a few things you should know before taking the plunge and purchasing a lease agreement. The last thing you want is to be stuck with something that’s too big, too small, or unnecessary. Follow these simple steps to ensure you’re getting what you need and not paying for what you don’t. 

First Things First…

Before you even begin the search for a storage unit, ask yourself why you actually need it. Will it be a few months or longer before a home renovation is complete and you want to protect your furniture? That’s a perfectly sound reason to rent a unit. Do you have larger family heirlooms you want to save for when your kids get their own places? Sure, you can rent a storage space to keep the items safe. Are you downsizing and need to get rid of furniture and household wares that are either old, unused, or just unnecessary? Nope, don’t get a storage unit. 

It’s one thing to store what you need and will use for the future. It’s another to spend money hanging onto things you should have sold or given away long ago. (Need tips on downsizing and how to declutter? We got you. If you need recommendations or a solution on how to downsize? One of our experienced movers can help you every step of the way). Once you know the items that are not only worth saving, but a must, it’s time to look into the types of storage facilities and units you’ll need. 

Take Inventory of What You Have 

Once you have a firm understanding of the goods you'll be storing, you can decide what size unit you’ll need. Make a detailed list with each item you want to store, its dimensions, and the length with which you want to keep it. This will help you 1.) choose the best storage unit option, ensuring you’re not paying too much for space you don’t need, or too little and end up having to rent another. 2.) Organize your unit in a sensical manner, placing large, heavy items you plan to keep for a while in the back, while placing lighter goods you may be using again or giving away soon toward the front. 

Triple Check Your New Space

The last thing you want to spend money on is a storage space that you could have avoided. When moving into a new home or office, make sure to measure and analyze the storage areas so you have no doubt as to how much space can be used. Closets, basements, garages, crawl spaces, pantries all provide storage options, so count how many you have, measure their dimensions, and if there are extra spots in the basement or garage, use these for your housewares and furniture. If you still need a storage unit, you will at least be able to rent a smaller one for cheaper. 

Pick Your Size 

When you know what you’ll be storing, you can choose the size unit you’ll need. Units typically run in small, medium, and large. Not sure what this means for what can fit into each size? Take a look at this helpful chart from Move.org. It’s also important to remember how tall storage units are. Most run about eight feet tall, so keep this in mind when you’re choosing an option.

Do Your Homework 

When searching for a storage unit, take your time. Don’t go with the first place you find online or the one place a friend told you about. Make sure to do your due diligence and look into several companies.Schedule visits to each facility so you can view the spaces, measure the units, and determine the best option for you. 

Prices will vary from facility to facility, so it’s crucial to cross check costs per unit, short-term, long-term values, discounts—anything that could potentially get you a better deal for the duration with which you need a unit. 

Consider the Short-Term

If you’re moving quickly or you’re undergoing renovations to your current home or office, renting a unit at a facility may not be the most practical or efficient way to go. Portable storage containers can be rented for a monthly fee and as long as you’re not spending an exorbitant amount of time getting to your new space or updating your old one, they can be far more affordable than the cost of storage facilities. 

Additionally, you can move them to whatever location is necessary, making unpacking a snap. Moving containers also double as moving trucks, so you can save additional costs going this route. 

There are many reasons storage units come in handy during a move—and there are some reasons they can be a costly disadvantage. It’s essential to take a good look at the future of your move or project to determine timelines and needs so you can choose the best storage option for your family. Looking for more information? Reach out and get a storage quote!

August 15, 2021No Comments

Start Fresh In Your New Space With These 5 Decluttering & Downsizing Tips

Moving is both exciting and excruciatingly stressful. It’s especially excruciating when the dream space you’re moving into happens to be smaller than the one you’re leaving. Packing up what’s taken years to acquire, deep cleaning, and determining what to keep and what to give away can feel like a heavy burden that grows larger by the day. And while downsizing may never become anyone’s favorite pastime, you can make the experience more enjoyable and create a smoother transition by following these helpful tips. 

Start Early 

Nothing makes moving harder than procrastinating and rushing. If possible, start going through your belongings long before your move out date—at bare minimum 30 days, preferably 60 to 90. You’ll want to have time to be intentional while going through furniture, storage, clothing, kitchenware...your whole life resides within your home (or your business life if you’re moving offices), so giving yourself as much time as possible is the best way to truly decide what you can part with, can’t live without, and simply don’t have the space to keep. 

Prioritize Your Property

At first, it’s likely difficult to downsize—after all, you bought all your possessions for a reason and many items become sentimental over time. However, there are things you are going to need far more than that gigantic clear blow up recliner you’ve kept for nostalgia purposes, and these are the items you need to put first. 

Start with multifunctional furniture or houseware items, like a fold out table, trundle bed, fold up table and chair set, bar cart, or sofa bed. With less space, these pieces will prove to be highly valuable, letting you decorate and design your new area without having to cram in everything you want and need. Don’t have two-digit dinner parties often? Keep that pull out table. Don’t have space for a guest bedroom but you’ll need somewhere for guests? Definitely save the sofa bed. Thinking about how you can use pieces for several purposes will be a simple process to streamlining what you take into your new space. 

Steer Clear of Storage Units (Or Try Your Best)

It can be easy to tell yourself to rent a storage unit—just for a little while as you figure things out. However, what starts as a few months can quickly spiral into several years. We often keep things we liked at one time with the intention of using them in the future, but unfortunately, this doesn’t happen often, especially when you have to downsize. Instead of leading with the I’ll save it for later mentality, initiate your move with the mentality of I haven’t used this in years, it’s someone else’s turn. You won’t regret letting go of that record player that hasn’t worked in decades or those old magazines you were saving to put on your coffee table. 

Beyond being a pain to pay for, storage units only give you even more wiggle room to obtain goods you don’t need. It’s like the “big purse” theory. If you buy a gigantic bag, you will fill it up, even if you don’t need any of the things you carry. It just happens. The same thing tends to happen with storage units. Save yourself money and grief down the road and try to be as practical as possible when you downsize. (Yes, that means that orange striped velvet couch that you were going to reupholster but just haven’t gotten around to it.) 

Donate and Sell

If you have pieces of expensive furniture that cannot possibly fit into your new space reasonably, it’s fair you don’t want to lose money. Opt to sell these on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or to friends, family, or neighbors. You may not get exactly what you paid, but it won’t be a total loss. The plus side? You can save your earnings for anything you may discover you need in your new space. 

The other, more philanthropic option is of course to donate what you don’t need. There are many agencies that accept donations of anything from clothing, furniture, artwork, kitchen goods—even bathing suits. Here a few to consider:

Take Inventory 

This isn’t the most fun step in downsizing, but who said moving was going to be a breeze? Taking inventory of your belongings will give you a clear visual of everything you own and illuminate things you forgot you had. This will allow you to effectively determine which items you need for your new space, those that won’t serve a purpose and can be sold or donated, and those which you may love, but just won’t fit. And, considering 65% of people learn and remember information best when it’s presented in a visual format, creating a written or typed inventory you can see will make it easier to track, retain, and decide what to do with your belongings. 

We understand moving can be difficult, especially when you’re looking to declutter and downsize. We’re here if you need support doing the tough stuff like moving, setting up in your new space, or just need an extra hand. With a little assistance, we’ll help get you out of the old and into the new with ease. 

July 28, 2021No Comments

Moving at the Last Minute? Hire an Elite Moving Company

Hire an Elite Moving Company

In a perfect world, you would have an ample amount of time to prepare for a move. Moving is a process rife with tiny details and too many individual tasks, and three or four weeks, at minimum, is generally preferred for doing it right...well, stress-free. But in the real world, life comes at you from a weird angle going 90 miles per hour, and so does a last-minute move.

The only question you have time for is, “Do I hire a moving company or DIY?” Okay. Cool. Say your answer is DIY. Now, what you thought was a quick move in the right direction brought you to another fork in the road with more obstacles. Now, you are inundated with coordinating packing supplies, finding generous people to help you, and vehicles large enough to haul your belongings. Well, shoot, what about your valuables? Do you know how to pack them so they won’t break? That family heirloom? Don’t even get us started on the fact that you now have to fit all the moving activities into your already tight timeline; if that’s doable, fantastic. Then you can move on to planning and packing.

Pendulums swing two ways, let’s say you are on the other side. You’re a mom, who is the master calendar of everyone’s hectic schedules. If thinking about the tasks above gives you a lump in your throat, you’ve landed on the right page. Hi. Hey. How are you? We’re Alluel, your elite moving service in the NYC area. We can help you coordinate a quick turnaround move and you don’t even have to sweat. We treat your belongings like our own and your great Nana’s storage chest is more than safe with our experienced movers.

Okay, so now that that is settled, here is a list of priorities that you should contemplate on your quick move

Get rid of the things that you don’t need

Now that you’ve hired Alluel to do the heavy lifting and coordination, it’s time to declutter. What brings you joy? What needs to go? If you haven’t even looked at it in the last 12 months, sell or donate it. 

Put together your “essentials go bag”

Before you move on to anything else, set aside a suitcase or duffle bag and fill it with the essentials that you can afford to misplace or break during the ensuing chaos. This includes any medications and important documents you have, chargers, day-to-day toiletries, and maybe a couple of changes of clothes. You won’t want to try and find clothes to wear in a dozen boxes when you arrive in your new home. Once you have packed your essentials, it’s time for the biggest task, packing.

Don’t think, pack room-by-room

If you hired Alluel to pack for you, happily jump, skip and smile to the final priority to consider. If you are still thinking about DIY, then let’s talk about packing. Start packing room-by-room so it’s not only easier to digest, but when you unpack, you will know where everything is because it’s in the same spot as your old home.

Call Alluel

If you made it this far and you still haven’t answered the question, “Hire an elite moving company or DIY,” then here is your sign. ASK FOR HELP. Any extra hands on deck will make your move seamless and stress-free. Whether you have ample time to plan a move or a mere amount of days to coordinate, Alluel is on your side. Call us today to get a plan in motion. Why? Because you are worth the investment.

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