Moving Knowledge

Submitted by Madeline Marie Crane
on 03/07/18

As an aspiring future architect, I will have to work with clients who may not be completely thrilled with moving. Part of the job as an architect is persuading people to move into a new building using design improvements. Therefore, I will have to do extensive research on local and long distance moving in order to see what drives people to pursue a new building.

The first thing I will have to be accustomed to is including the buyer’s existing furniture. There are several complications to moving furniture, especially long distance. When on a time constraint, an architect depends on all exterior and interior components to arrive in the expected time schedule. This means that the architect will have to work with the moving company on getting the furniture into the building at the appropriate time. This can get increasingly more difficult the further away that the client is moving. Long-distance moving often takes several days, and the time schedule cannot always be reliable. If the client is trying to move his items on his own, this can make fitting the furniture is completely unpredictable. The architect has to incorporate this furniture into the design of the building, planning each component out. The client also has to know how they are going to pack their furniture into the moving boxes, and larger components will usually need to be disassembled to later be reassembled on site. This will only add to the time moving takes, which will have to be accounted for in the time frame. Also, the moving company could have lots of clients and may take awhile before they can actually move the furniture. The architect would have to coordinate with either the moving company or client in order to finish the building by the deadline for the project.

The client will also be concerned with the allotted budget for the project. An architect and other building managers need to plan out components of the building within the budget that the client required. Besides the cost of the physical building and the new furniture inside of it, an architect also has to include moving costs. Although the DIY moving costs would be significantly cheaper, long distance moving usually requires the client to hire a moving company. This can get to be very expensive, especially if the client has a lot of furniture to transport. The moving company will charge for the cost of their labor, as well as the planned mileage to account for the cost of gas. The project manager of the new building will have to include this expense into the budget, so they will have to know the exact cost that the moving company is charging. This will have to be planned out by the client ahead of time and is, therefore, another thing that the architect has to take into consideration when persuading a buyer to move into a new building.

Luckily, most companies looking to move will be relocating to a site nearby the existing building. Companies and even average homeowners have several reasons that they are planning to move. Companies are often persuaded to move because their existing building can no longer support their needs. Either the building is getting too old, or too small for the expanding business, and so a local relocation would be best for their company. Homeowners often times move to another house locally because of the size or price of their existing home. Whatever the reason, a local move is much easier to plan for. The timeline can be more effectively planned out because it will not take as long to move the furniture, meaning there are fewer variables to account for. Also, it will be easier for the client to move their furniture themselves, saving them money that can be spent elsewhere in their new building. Therefore, it is important for the architect or project manager to know whether the move is going to be local or long distance so that it can be properly accounted for time and money-wise.

An architect will also have to account for the transport of the existing furniture into the new building. This may seem simple, however, there are several things that need to be planned when moving the furniture into the building. The moving truck needs to be located relatively close to the building in order to easily move the pieces to where they belong. A large parking area will, therefore, have to temporarily be planned in order to fit the large moving truck. It is also important that all pieces can effectively fit into all doorways of the building. This will have to be carefully planned because the parts need to fit through the doorway in order to be placed in their correct spots. Once through the doors, they also have to fit in the designated spots. If the piece is too large or too small, the design of the building may be thrown off.

Finally, an architect and building manager have to plan the appropriate amount of parking to account for the number of people that use the building as well as the size of the building. If the client is moving a long distance and has to transport multiple vehicles, the parking lot has to be big enough to not only fit these cars, but also the auto transport vehicle. This can be a large truck, and therefore the parking space will have to be large enough to fit this truck and all the cars that it is transporting. This will only be done for large clients moving a long distance, that requires the transport of company cars. Therefore, the transport vehicle will be expensive and have to be budgeted for the cost of moving.

In conclusion, I will have to be fairly accustomed to the pains of moving, in order to persuade potential clients that it will be worth the move. By accounting for the distance that the client is moving, the time frame allotted, the expected budget of the entire project, incorporating existing furniture into the design and effectively moving it into the building, and transporting exterior company parts to the new site, I will be an effective architect with lots of potential clients. Knowing about the moving process will greatly benefit me in my career, and is essential for everyone to know since everyone in their life will end up moving at some point.

Submitted by Madeline Marie Crane
on 03/07/18

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