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 [...]

2018-12-20T15:01:59-05:00November 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 [...]

2018-01-10T19:14:40-05:00October 22nd, 2017|Elevator Pads, Office Moving|


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 [...]

2018-12-20T15:01:59-05:00August 18th, 2017|Elevator Pads, Office Moving, Uncategorized|


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 [...]

2018-12-20T15:01:59-05:00August 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 [...]

2018-12-20T15:02:00-05:00March 31st, 2017|Elevator Pads, 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, [...]

2018-12-20T15:02:00-05:00March 25th, 2017|Elevator Pads, Office Moving, Peachtree Movers|

Mat-A-Doors® eliminate swing elevator repairs for Colonial Property Trust’s low-rise building

Have you noticed the quality of office moving services has gotten worse in the past year? You’ve probably experienced this firsthand when moves didn’t finish on-time and your office buildings  and elevators were damaged. Why are so many office relocations becoming a nightmare? The main culprit is the sub-prime mortgage crisis and its subsequent negative effect on home sales that’s forcing many movers to diversify into office moving so they can stay afloat and survive. Unfortunately, many of these neophytes have no formal training in a business that’s totally different from their residential moves. The estimating formula that works so well on their household moves fails when used on a commercial job. The result? Jobs take much longer than anticipated, workers become tired and thus more prone to accidents, which causes damage to furniture and real property. Door and elevator padding and mats can prevent damage during moves.  “To make matters worse, residential movers typically [...]

2018-12-20T15:02:00-05:00January 8th, 2017|Elevator Pads, Office Moving|

Finance and Spotlights Suddath and IOMI®

What’s the best way to find a reliable office moving company? How do you know you’re hiring the best? Finance & posed those questions and more to Mike Nash, president and general manager of Suddath Relocation Systems of Eden Prairie, Minn., and to Ed Katz, head of the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®) in Mississippi. In a May 24, 2016, online article entitled “Handling office relocations with care,” Nash and Katz offered the following tips just to get started: If your company is buying new furniture and changing its office configuration, start planning 12-18 months in advance. Ask building managers at both ends of your move to recommend moving companies. Solicit bids from at least three companies. Instead of asking for references, request contact information for the last five office moves the company performed. See all their recommendations, including tips on estimates, pricing, equipment protection and movement, crew supervision and more. Mat-a-Doors offers great [...]

2018-12-20T15:02:01-05:00June 13th, 2016|Elevator Pads|