7 Things You Need To Know Before Moving Your Business In Downtown Dallas


Hint: You Must Get Permission And Follow These Rules

Moving your business to a new office location is a multi-step process that requires careful planning and several preparation steps. Most people are so focused on the internal aspects of the move that they forget the external issues that can really screw up even the best laid plans.

1. Parking

There are three things you need to think about when it comes to planning for parking related to your move.

    • Will your moving trucks fit
      Some downtown offices have very tight areas when it comes to bringing in large vehicles. Make sure you have trucks that will actually fit within any clearance restrictions.
    • Where will moving crew vehicles park
      If you are conducting a large office move, you may have 10 or more people that will need to have proper access to parking near the building.
    • Does parking required the usage of paid meters
      One thing that will slow down your crew is if they have to keep leaving their work area every 2 hours to dump coins into the meter.

2. Docks

Most downtown office buildings have loading docks that will make your move easier. These are most important things for you to know.

    • Locating Your Dock
      The dock area may not necessarily be in a convenient place for you. Make sure you contact building management and know what dock you will be allowed to use.
    • Getting Dock Clearance
      Get permission from building management so that when the movers arrive building security is aware of it. Getting this after the fact, after hours can be a real hassle.
    • City Dock
      There are a few buildings in downtown Dallas that share the City Dock. This dock is not owned by the building. They operate on their own hours. Oddly enough they are not open after hours so that poses a real problem that you will need to address. Here’s more info on City Dock.

3. Loading Zones

Some of the older buildings do not have loading docks. For these buildings it will be necessary for your moving company to use a ramp to load and unload furniture. Most out of state movers won’t know which buildings do and do not have a loading dock until it’s too late.

4. The Push Route

One of the most unplanned issues is underestimating what it will actually take to get items between the moving truck and your office. Your mover should know the actual planned route and how long “The Push” is between the two. Routes can often be overly complicated given restricted access, shared or lack of elevators, and other crews getting behind the scenes access.

5. Older Buildings

Downtown Dallas has several older buildings that can pose unforeseen challenges to inexperienced moving companies. Lack of elevators and tight doorways and hallways are the biggest issue. Also, some older buildings do not have loading docks. Parking, loading and unloading must be well thought out.

6. Elevators

Most people don’t realize that they can work with property management and request exclusive access to the elevator during their move. This will help speed up the move in the event that other trades may also be using the elevators. Elevators are often put on manual to hold them on a floor while they are being loaded. In a shared environment these holds can really pose a challenge.

7. Timing Access

Moving companies can get into your building to help you pack and get things ready to move at any time that is convenient to you. However, when it comes to actually taking large items in or out of the building they will need to work after hours when normal foot traffic is gone. To know if this is going to be an issue, you will want to contact property management to make sure your move team doesn’t get stopped at the door.