Many workspaces are in a state of flux—or are about to be—as the massive disruption of the COVID-19 lockdown gives way to what looks like will be a stretch of rapid economic growth. The need to expand or contract workforces—along with incorporating the trends like flex hours and work-from-home schemes that took off in the past year—will be a challenge for property managers and workspace administrators.
There are a myriad of issues that come into play. One of them is having the best furniture to support your workforce.
Business Move Solutions Inc. (BMSi) is a Delaware-based, comprehensive services company that can provide a wide range of professional commercial services, including consultation and installation of business furniture.
We have a highly skilled team of carpenters and installers who know all the tricks of the trade when it comes to furniture systems, whether legacy or state-of-the-art. We can install new furniture, repurpose existing stock, and repair just about anything.
One of the really important benefits of hiring us is that your employees won’t end up starring in some mash-up of the aftermath of a trip to Ikea and an episode of The Office. Don’t stress your staff out, end up dealing with a bunch of broken furniture, or have any workman’s comp drama (like in that episode of The Office).
There are several integrated services we can provide—whether its because you need to reconfigure your current office, adjust to fluctuations in the size of your workforce, or relocate to a new facility—including:
- full asset management of your furniture stock
- space validation that ensures that ingress and egress requirements are met
- full installation projects that include transport, assembly, adjustment, and debris removal
- the cleaning, repairing, and repainting of panel dividers
- installation of glass wall partitions
- customized adjustments
Given how the past year has been a crash course on flexibility, one trend in office design is incorporating movable office furniture into workplaces, which allows for the quick adaptation of how spaces are demarcated and used. It’s a way to prepare for what is likely to be a less synchronized work structure moving forward, with the “normal” 40-hour workweek (at least for many white-collar positions) being supplemented by a more free-form arrangement: a mix of flex schedule employees and freelancers coming together on a per diem basis. Workspaces will need to be adaptable to best serve such evolving in-house work patterns.
BMSi can provide the initial set-up of such movable office furniture systems, along with mobile walls (including motorized models) that are crucial in controlling sound, providing privacy, and allowing for the social distancing that will continue to be an issue on the tail end of the pandemic.
Such modular furniture-and-partition systems can, in the right circumstances, offer substantial savings over repeated office refits.
We can do this while continuing to provide full support for traditional office furniture products, including complete installation and maintenance services for life science laboratories and related biotech and pharmaceutical facilities. We are deeply experienced with the broad portfolio of the kind of office furniture and manufacturing infrastructure systems that may be perfect for your emerging workplace reality.
The past year has been a collective chore-like no other. Many businesses have had to downsize and reorganize — and that has sometimes included relocating (while it should be noted that some businesses enjoyed the opposite dynamic in these trying times and needed to expand).
But this time next year? Things may look very different; businesses may be on the move in a very crowded market as a rising tide is lifting all boats.
There’s an expectation amongst many economists that, once a significant majority of the population has been vaccinated for COVID, the American economy is going to rebound in a big way. What will eventually happen is the accumulated savings of the portion of the population that hasn’t been hurt too badly by the lockdown (basically those who can work from home) will flood the zone at the same time that people who were cut off from work are surging back into full employment, creating an economic takeoff scenario.
“But on other fronts, there’s a clear case for optimism. Science has come to our rescue, big time, with the miraculously fast development of vaccines against the coronavirus. True, the United States is botching the initial rollout, which should surprise nobody. But this is probably just a temporary hitch … and once we’ve achieved widespread vaccination, the economy will bounce back. The question is, how big will the bounce be?” wrote the Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman in the New York Times on January 4, 2021. “Our last economic crisis was followed by a sluggish recovery. Employment didn’t return to 2007 levels until 2014; real median household income didn’t regain the lost ground until 2016 … but the crisis of 2020 was very different from the crisis of 2008, in ways that make our prospects look much better this time around.”
If the economy gets rolling, the business real estate market in the greater Philadelphia area is sure to be hopping. There’s already the biotech and life sciences splurge underway centered on the research engines of UPenn and Drexel. If other sectors get going as part of a national economic expansion, then businesses might be on the move throughout the Philly corridor, including southern New Jersey, northern Delaware, and the Pennsylvania counties around Philly (Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery).
And Business Move Solutions Inc. will be here, ready to help you make a smooth transition to your new digs. We have a process, developed over our years of experience in the field, that we will use to get you moved — no matter how crazy the market is.
We’ll start by setting up an initial meeting that will include a full site survey, resulting in a detailed inventory of what’s on the move. Then we’ll generate a scope of work proposal detailing precisely what needs to get done. After we’re on the same page, we’ll prep the move with your staff and do the necessary tasks, like producing pre-printed labels, that will help moving day go smoothly. When that day comes, our team will descend on your space, putting everything in order and onto the trucks with care and then setting it all up again at your new location (where you need it efficiently). And after your move, we’ll still be there to deal with any issues that might crop up and ensure that all the required paperwork is taken care of.
We offer a full array of moving and furniture installation services and will deliver your business to its new digs with professionalism and meticulousness. There’s a good chance that there’ll be many moving parts in the regional commercial real estate scene in the coming year and, if we finally get a handle on the pandemic, then an economic boom will make for busy schedules for business moving firms like ours. Give us a call now to beat the rush.
This past year has been a whirlwind. It’s rolled a grenade into the operations of many businesses. Some have had to downsize and are on the move to smaller locations, needing to do more with less and maybe even having to put inventory into storage. Others have seen almost explosive growth — especially businesses in the online retail and life sciences sectors — and are scrambling to set up expanded operations and manage more space.
No matter what the cause, Business Move Solutions Inc. is here to help your relocation be as cost-effective and smooth as possible. We have a deep bench — expert planning and management personnel, skilled tradespeople, specialized equipment — that can be utilized throughout eastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware County, and Montgomery counties), New Jersey, and New Castle County, Delaware.
If you’re considering a move, keep us in mind. And do your homework (which we can help you with).
Any move should only happen after a thorough risk/benefit analysis (unless, of course, your lease is up and your landlord has other plans for the property). Understanding the facts related to the area you’re considering relocating to and handling the space planning specific to a new location should happen before signing on the dotted line. You don’t want to be surprised after the fact.
The Philly metro area is experiencing significant growth in the business real estate sector. It’s a hot market, especially in the biotech sphere, with a huge amount of laboratory space hitting the market in the coming months. Our project management team knows this industry and has the resources you need at a time when many businesses are on the move.
We can help you manage your business, office moving, including office renovations, furniture installation, glass wall and partition set-up, and a wide array of facility services that will allow your core staff to concentrate on your business — and not the property management business (that’s what we do). We’ll work with your team to create a realistic plan for moving your business that covers all the bases — from physical necessities and a lease-end review to internal and external communication protocols — so that everything that needs to happen when a business relocates has a checkbox next to it. Then we’ll help you check all those boxes off. We can handle everything from developing your relocation master plan to fixing the leaky faucet in the staff kitchen.
And going into 2021, the kinds of services we provide must include dealing with COVID-19 (and now -20 and possibly-21) realities. Widening corridors, lessening capacity bottlenecks, creating more socially isolated workspaces (while ensuring proper airflow), and incorporating the need for regular cleaning of kitchens, lunchrooms, restrooms, and other high-traffic areas is now a basic part of designing a safe workplace.
And while helping to design and implement your new space, Business Move Solutions Inc. also offers all the services you need to decommission the location you’re leaving (or repurposing it to other uses). This includes moving sensitive (and expensive) equipment, finding storage space, deep cleaning and restoration that meets end-of-lease requirements, and even handling the regulatory requirements for the disposal of hazardous materials.
The commercial real estate market in our region is in a churn. Retail space is being hit hard by COVID protocols and expanded online shopping, while distribution warehouses and bioscience labs are mushrooming. A lot of businesses are on the move, creating competition not only for certain types of real estate but also for companies like Business Move Solutions Inc. that can provide comprehensive, professional moving services. Give us a call so we can get to work.
It’s been clear to anyone in the industry that Philadelphia is home to a thriving life sciences economy, one that is showing strong growth and is looking primed to continue expanding through the new year.
As captured in a recent article in Philadelphia magazine entitled “How Philly’s Bioscience Sector Is Driving the City’s Next Big Real Estate Boom,” there are upwards of one million square feet of laboratory space under construction.
According to the story, “ … the world’s largest real estate services company, CBRE, ranked Philly number eight on its 2019 top 10 list of the nation’s leading life sciences hubs.” This relatively quick ascent into a league that includes greater Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, and our neighbors to the south in the BioHealth Capital Region has meant a lot of shuffling of labs for companies in the Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia county area.
If your facility has been drawn into this maelstrom, then Business Move Solutions Inc. is ready to handle your laboratory relocation project.
As outlined in the Philadelphia magazine piece, change is the name of the game in our area. The growing specialization in cell and gene therapy that marks the University City section around Drexel and UPenn has sparked unprecedented growth — and an incredibly tight real estate market in the life sciences sector (down around a two percent vacancy rate). This core area of research, anchored by the 30th Street Station, includes soon-to-go-online facilities that are part of the Schuylkill Yards, uCity Square, and nearby Pennovation Works projects. Add to that core biotech developments in Philadelphia proper at the Navy Yard, Old City, and the Curtis Center and farther-afield projects like the Center for Breakthrough Medicines in King of Prussia and the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center in Doylestown (Bucks County) and it equals a vibrant, but competitive, life sciences sector.
“So I really see our strength as being regional, as opposed to Philadelphia-centric. And I think we’re all going to do well together,” Sam Woods Thomas, the director of life sciences and biotechnology for the City of Philadelphia, is quoted as saying. “Philadelphia is certainly the reason why all these companies are coming here, but to have these auxiliary locations — that can only help us, and our existence can only help them.”
With so much new space coming onto the market in 2021, lining up the required moving specialists who have access to both the staff and equipment to handle the relocation of expensive lab apparatus, live specimens and all the assorted supporting material will be its own headache.
Pulling off a successful lab move takes months of careful planning. But with Business Move Solutions handling so much of that drudge work — not to mention the day-of physical move and the cleaning, renovation, or repair of the property you’re exiting — it does not have to be an odious journey. We’ve done this many times before for our clients and understand the process.
We can work with your original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to prepare for moving and calibrating your most vital lab equipment, arrange all the logistics for safely transporting chemicals and live samples, prep your new lab before the move, fully decommission your old lab after the move, and handle all the necessary paperwork related to decontamination. At the center of our work is a track record of getting labs back to work in a 24-to-48 hour turnaround window.
If you’re about to play the Philadelphia version of biotech-lab musical chairs, let us help make sure you’re not left standing when the music stops.
Moving Your Office Should Not Be a Headache
Planning and executing a full office move is no one’s idea of fun. But there’s no reason it has to be awful. It’s both an art and a science that, luckily, some of us are adept at handling.
At Business Moving Solutions Inc. (BMSI), we provide a wide range of workplace solutions, including a full and complete moving system that you can use to make your office relocation headache free.
We’ll be your partner throughout the process, providing you with industry expertise that can only be earned by doing this kind of work regularly. With our help, you can minimize the disruption to your business that moving can cause and get up-and-running in your new digs as quickly as possible. When on the move in the Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, Philadelphia, or Delaware Valley region, realize that BMSi has done this for many clients before.
Our turn-key relocation support will plug you into an already fully developed system; you don’t have to reinvent the wheel because we’ve already done that. We’ll help you plan and budget your move, tie up the loose ends at your old space, prep and make ready your new space, and not only hold your hand through the whole process but carefully pack up your property and lug your furniture too.
With our team of packers and movers, computer technicians, document specialists, and operational managers, we will seamlessly handle the planning, logistical challenges, and physical movement of your assets to your new place of business.
Step-by-step, we’ll hammer out a realistic schedule, inspect everything so there are no surprises, pack and label your property, make sure your IT transfers successfully (including the under-the-hood cabling that can be such a headache), install furniture both new and existing (including cleaning services that can bring new life to what you already own), make the move, and decommission the space your leaving (including full cleaning and renovations to ensure you meet the requirements of your lease).
It all starts with getting fully organized and bearing down on the logistical planning. We’ll help you create in-house lines of responsibility and a systematic approach to getting everything where it needs to go (and making shrewd decisions about the best way to use your new space). There will be project plans, space planning, and an increasing sense that you’ve got things under control.
We’ll have our tech team integrate with your team to institute a careful powering-down process that will lead to a smooth and successful powering-up on the other end of the move. Issues like degree of confidentiality and chain of custody will be managed and any sensitive materials treated appropriately.
Our crew will then carefully pack and label materials, designating clearly where they are going upon delivery at the new location. All of this will have been organized during the logistical planning. Together, we will have created the instruction manual for your move — and then our team will follow it to the letter.
Once we’ve moved you in, we’ll be there to handle any loose ends that might crop up while simultaneously doing a clean sweep of the property you’ve left. We will have carefully reviewed your lease and will make sure its exit requirements are met, including deep cleaning and full renovations of the space to return it to move in condition.
Moving an entire office is something you — or members of your staff — may have never done before. But we have. BMSI has, over years of service, developed a thorough and systematic approach to moving a wide range of businesses. We’ll not only help you move, we’ll help you not stress out about it, keeping the headaches at bay.
One of the secrets of life is learning what you’re good at.
Another one is learning to hire someone else to do the other stuff.
Whether you manage a “normal” business office in fields such as healthcare, law, banking, or government — or a more specialized workspace such as courts, educational facilities, libraries, or even engineering and research labs — Business Moving Solutions Inc. (BMSI) can handle your move.
We can manage everything that goes into a successful, drama-free relocation. This is what we’re good at. BMSI can provide services like preparing the project scope proposal, office site surveys, full inventories, pre-move preparation, furniture installation at your new space, warehousing and archiving of valuable materials, and full decommissioning of your office space after your business move.
And there’s much to do when moving a place of business.
Everything from building an in-house team to be responsible for the full logistics of the move, creating a realistic schedule that fits everyone else’s schedule, combing through your current lease to make sure you understand its requirements on the way out the door, ensuring all your customers and vendors know where you’re going … and then handling the packing, sorting, and documentation of your property … and making sure the new location is ready for the move … and then moving everything … and then unpacking everything … and then making sure everything is up-and-running.
That’s a big, cumbersome, intimidating list.
And that’s why hiring office moving professionals like BMSI may be your best bet if you need to relocate in the Wilmington, Philadelphia, and Delaware Valley region.
We can offer full-service turnkey business relocation assistance, from “white-collar” business archiving and records management to “blue-collar” moving and furniture installation. We’re your one-stop-shop for getting from Point A to Point B as efficiently, pleasantly, and economically as possible.
Our staff includes tech specialists who can handle the relocation of servers and other data storage devices, including all aspects of cable management (and isn’t cabling one of the great joys of life?). You’ve probably invested a great deal of capital into your computers; we know how to handle them.
And we operate our own secure properties that can handle a wide range of storage needs if you have “overflow” issues, from business archiving and records management to asset management and warehousing. Our Archives Department is a safe, CCTV-monitored facility with state-of-the-art tracking capabilities that can not only securely store your records but also ensure that they can be retrieved quickly when you need them. We also can handle all aspects of shipping and receiving, including inspection, scan-in/scan-out, and online viewing/tracking. This kind of warehouse support can enable a business to handle growth securely and practically.
Finally, our team of office furniture installers can carry out the safe installation of any kind of modular workstation, furniture, and reconfiguration. We are certified by all the major modular/cubicle furniture systems on the market.
What it boils down to is that we are office moving professionals. BMSI can handle all aspects of moving your office — and storing any materials that you’re running out of space for — providing you with reliable, professional service and the peace of mind that comes with it.