Hold contractors accountable with deposit

Property managers are resorting to creative ways of protecting their buildings and their bank accounts from trash and damage left behind by contractors. At least one property management company has begun requiring a damage and clean-up deposit from contractors prior to the start of work. Tightening budgets have prompted what just might be a new trend, which is based on the theory that if it costs them money up front, movers and other outside contractors will be more inclined to leave buildings in a clean and damage-free condition. If your management company is interested in instituting such a policy, the following language will help you get started: A deposit in the amount of $250.00 must be delivered to our management office seven days prior to the day on which the contractor plans to begin work at (your property name). This amount may be in the form of a check issued to (your property name). Upon [...]

January 10th, 2018|Office Moving|

Movers join building security team

Why hire an IOMI® Homeland Security-trained office mover? Chicago's Midwest Moving & Storage General Manager Tom Pera explains. Elevator panel protection during office moves Chicago's Midwest Moving & Storage trains employees to protect office buildings with Homeland Security for Office Moves, online training from the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®). Moving companies nationwide are partnering with building managers to minimize terrorist and criminal threats during office moves. Homeland Security for Office Moves is a new 23-minute video with a final exam designed to train moving company employees to help reduce office building vulnerabilities. “Office movers have a special responsibility to safeguard the buildings they work in and assist building security by knowing how to recognize when something isn’t right,” said Ed Katz, head of the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®), which developed the training. Movers and other contractors use trucks and so do terrorists and criminals, who are a more common threat to office [...]

November 8th, 2017|Elevator Pads, Office Moving|

Building damage can wreck an office move

Moving is disruptive enough without damage to building surfaces left behind by your tenant's mover. Accidental damage, a marred appearance, and repair costs can be avoided by recommending a moving company trained in best-practice methods for protecting your building. “Ask tenants to ask movers on their bid list how they plan to protect floors, walls, doors, door jambs, and elevators. It will help differentiate potential service providers while making tenants aware of the problems building managers often face after a move,” said Ed Katz, head of the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®), which has developed techniques to minimize the risk of damage to buildings and trains moving companies in these best practices. According to Katz, IOMI® Certified Office Movers® and IOMI® Certified Project Managers® learn techniques in extensive building protection, and suggests that companies planning a move pay particular attention to how potential movers plan to protect vulnerable areas on move day. Floors along the [...]

October 22nd, 2017|Elevator Pads, Office Moving|

Facility Protection Protests Satisfaction

The following article is reprinted with permission from Graebel Commercial Connections Volume 3 | Issue 2. Click here to read the PDF version. Graebel Van Lines was first to offer standard building protection nationwide. Click here for more about Graebel Commercial Workplace Services. “Asking movers on your bid list how they plan to protect floors, walls, doors, door jambs, and elevators will help differentiate potential service providers,” said Ed Katz, head of the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®), which has developed techniques to minimize the risk of damage to buildings and trains moving companies in these best practices. According to Katz, IOMI® Certified Office Movers® and IOMI® Certified Project Managers® learn techniques in extensive building protection, and suggests that companies planning a move pay particular attention to how potential movers plan to protect your building’s most vulnerable areas on move day. Ask about the route items in transit will travel. Material for floors should guard [...]

September 13th, 2017|Elevator Pads, Office Moving|

MOVING? SMART BUILDING MANGAGERS GET INVOLVED!

Growth, consolidation and reorganization force companies to move in order to succeed, survive, and remain competitive. When their moves damage the office building, the results can be disastrous. Elevator lobby-side entrances and main building entrance doors can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Not only is it costly, but it can take weeks to order and install new glass doors and repair or replace elevator frames and lobby-side walls. The Building What can property managers do to minimize the inherent risk of office relocation? At “ground zero” property managers can arm their buildings against major damage. Two products can reduce the risk of building entry/exit wounds. The first new product solves a problem property managers have faced for years: how to protect the outer doorjambs and lobby-side walls of office-building elevators. The Mat-A-Door® consists of two vinyl-covered, high-density foam panels that protect the outer frame and adjacent walls of passenger elevators when temporarily used for [...]

August 18th, 2017|Elevator Pads, Office Moving, Uncategorized|

WANT MORE OFFICE MOVING BUSINESS? INNOVATE!

Another year and it seems again that more and more moving customers are characterizing brand names as irrelevant. This trend of perceiving all movers as being alike results in purchasing decisions based upon one criterion—price. Ultimately a price-driven market lowers movers’ margins and weakens their financial condition. When I started Peachtree Movers in 1976, we, too, were perceived as being just like all the other moving companies. I tried to be like our competitors—I talked the same talk, copied their brochures and offered the same service. As a result, we only booked business when we were the lowest bidder. I learned that being the low-price mover also meant being the little-or no-profit mover. Back then Neptune Movers was the big, number one office mover in my market with eight times the men and equipment as my company plus a great reputation. We kept trying to be just like them but found that the customer would [...]

August 1st, 2017|Elevator Pads, Office Moving|

Training in Best Practices May Minimize Workers’ Compensation and Other Litigation Due to Injuries Sustained in Accidents While Moving Furniture and Heavy Items

In Burke v. J.F. Allen Company, the plaintiff who had been involved in a vehicle collision, brought suit against the motor carrier and the business that hired the motor carrier. Employees of the business overloaded the motor carrier’s truck in excess of the legal limit. As a result of the actions of its employees, the business paid $275,000 in settlement.[1] In Bressi v. Elenbaas Steel Supply Co, the plaintiff suffered physical injuries to both legs and feet, requiring the amputation of his left leg below the knee, as well as emotional distress. An employee of the defendant attempted to lift steel sheets with a forklift and the metal sheets fell off, severely injuring the plaintiff. The court found in favor of the plaintiff and awarded $3,046,619, which was later reduced to $2,073,803.[2] The cases above show a violation of best practices, lack of ongoing training, and failure to comply with statutory mandates in the moving [...]

March 31st, 2017|Elevator Pads, Office Moving|

“PICTURE” HOW TO PREVENT DAMAGE CLAIMS

Have you ever taken pictures of your moves? What if you had pictures that could tell you in an instant why you were having damage claims? If you knew the cause of the claims, you’d have a good chance of preventing them. Back in our early days at Peachtree Movers, damage claims got so out of control that I once (jokingly) told a friend that our official slogan should be, “We’ll break your furniture for you very carefully.” But it was no joke; claim expenses were exceeding move revenues. At times I thought that we were in business solely to support the furniture repair companies in Atlanta. Even our limited liability of $.60 per pound per article didn’t prevent us from losing money. Something had to be done and preaching to our movers about being more careful accomplished nothing. The only feedback that I got from my supervisors was finger pointing such as, “You keep [...]

March 25th, 2017|Office Moving|

Picking Up The Pieces: Mining for New Business in Competitor’s Wake

While movers are always trying to find ways to cut costs, this might be a good time to hire a telemarketer to jump-start your office moving marketing strategy. Why hire a telemarketer? Instead of waiting for the economy or the market to turn around, redirect your resources toward growing office-moving services and mining for prospects. Jump-start your office moving marketing strategy by assuming that every large company in your market is always moving. When not growing and expanding, Fortune 500 companies shrink and consolidate and are, therefore, constantly in need of office moving services. Before laying off staff in all departments, remember you must find out who is moving before you can offer them your service. Next you will discover they already have a mover they frequently call on. Why would a company with an existing relationship with an office mover dump your competitor to hire you? Don’t believe the old cigarette commercial that boasted, [...]

March 25th, 2017|Elevator Pads, Office Moving, Peachtree Movers|

Three simple steps minimize the risk of building damage

Even in a slow economy, consolidation, mergers and reorganization force companies to move in order to succeed, survive, and remain competitive. These three simple steps will minimize the risk of damage to your office building. 1. Ask about carpet and floor protection Contact the tenant’s mover and ask how they plan to protect your carpets. If they use a clear vinyl carpet mask, warn the mover if carpets will be steam cleaned shortly before the move. Using the vinyl mask (with brand names Carpet Shield, Vistick, Pathrite, PRO TECT®, and Carpet Cover) on moist carpet can leave a sticky residue that’s very difficult to clean. In some cases the carpet is ruined and must be replaced. Most vinyl mask manufacturers warn against using their product on moist carpet and often deny any loss or claim arising from such use. Applying vinyl carpet protection. If the mover uses Masonite®, require that he vacuum up [...]

February 27th, 2017|Office Moving|