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Tips for Moving Your Home Business into Your First Office

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Tips for Moving Your Home Business into Your First Office

by Haley Kieser 

June 27, 2019

Congratulations! Moving your business from your home into a physical storefront, office space, or unit is an enormous accomplishment. It can also be a daunting task. When you know you're ready to make the move, there's a lot to consider, and a lot of steps to take. However, this process doesn't have to be overwhelming if you take the time to do your research and prepare yourself. Thankfully, we have some tips for you to make the transition go even smoother.

Think of the Future

Even though you may not want to get ahead of yourself, thinking ahead about the growth potential of your business in your new space. You'll want to give yourself enough room to grow, and that means perhaps finding a commercial space that may seem a touch too big at first. However, down the line, you'll be thankful for the extra square footage for more desks, more display space, or perhaps a meeting room.

You'll want to make sure your current clientele is aware of your move as well. Send out multiple reminders via e-mail and social media channels to make sure there's no confusion where you'll be when the grand opening comes along. And make sure that grand opening is one to be remembered! Send out press releases, invite the local community, and really start off with one foot in the door.

Prepare Your Space 

Even if it's a new construction, you'll need to do a little bit of preparation before moving into your new space. Getting a deep clean is vital to start off on the right foot, plus it'll assure you'll be passing health and safety inspections when those come around. Hiring a commercial deep cleaner will not only alleviate your stress about making sure you've gotten every nook and cranny, but it will give your business the blanket slate to really make it your own.

Another important aspect you need to prepare your new office is insurance. Commercial insurance that covers every aspect of business on the property is vital. Small business insurance is extremely important, as it will cover your workplace against damage and personal liability. You'll not only be protected, but you'll save yourself tens of thousands of dollars should there be a claim. 

You'll want liability insurance as well as (and it may be a legal requirement), just to protect yourself against any mishaps or accidents that may occur on site. There's two types of liability insurance you'll want to consider: general and professional. General liability insurance covers bodily injury and property damage while professional liability protects your business against errors, be them clerical or not. Both may be the best option for full protection, but based on what your business is, you may only feel the need to purchase one type of liability insurance.

Moving Day

Converting your business from your home into an actual building is stressful enough, don't overdue it and handle moving by yourself. Hiring office movers is a simple and easy way to alleviate a lot of worry, especially when it comes to heavy furniture like desks, bookcases, and filing cabinets. Let them do the heavy lifting and unloading into your new space. All you have to do is to tell them where to put things to make your new brick and mortar business the best it can be.

Make sure to think about the decoration and alignment of furniture in your space as items are moved in. You'll want to create a comfortable atmosphere and vibe, especially for customers and clients. Find inspiration from businesses you admire, study interior design magazines, or just take a walk around your new commercial neighborhood and see how other businesses are set up. Creating a welcoming atmosphere where people want to return is your main goal. Concentrate on soothing, welcoming colors with bits of your personality thrown in.

Moving your business into a commercial space doesn't have to be scary. Let it be exciting, especially with all the thorough preparation you've done. With these tips and your business savvy, you'll be succeeding in no time. 

How to Make Your Interior Paint Job Last Longer

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

How to Make Your Interior Paint Job Last Longer

by Haley Kieser 

June 27, 2019

Are you planning on painting the interior of your home? If so, you’re in for a treat—there’s nothing like a sparkling, fresh paint job to make everything feel brand-new again. If you want to ensure your paint job lasts as long as possible, use our foolproof tips to keep your paint job looking pristine for years to come:   

1. Ensure Walls are Clean

Getting your walls cleaned before painting them is important; otherwise, the dirt and debris that collects on your walls can result in a slippery, uneven texture. This can cause the paint to have a difficult time sticking. Before painting your walls, either hire a professional cleaning service or take the time yourself to thoroughly clean every inch of the surfaces you’ll be painting. The goal is to remove every speck of dirt so that you’re dealing with a smooth, dust-free canvas.  

2. Repair Existing Damage

On that note, while you’re in the process of cleaning your walls, be on the lookout for any damaged surfaces, like cracks or holes. Be sure to patch up holes and repair any damaged areas; that way, you’re painting on a nice, uniform surface, not a bumpy one. This will provide better coverage and make your paint really stick to the walls.  

3. Apply Proper Techniques

Haphazardly slapping paint on your walls probably won’t result in the best-looking paint job. To help ensure that your paint looks great and lasts for years, it’s crucial to use proper painting techniques. First up, it’s a good idea to prime your walls. Primers are designed to help seal the wall and prevent mold. Also, using the right strokes can really make or break your paint job: Work from top to bottom and use V- or W-shaped strokes when rolling to seamlessly cover the walls. Finally, you should also paint each wall one at a time and blend the wet paint you’ve brushed on with the paint you’re rolling. If you want to go back over the paint, wait at least a couple hours before doing so. 

4. Invest in High-Quality Tools

Don’t use old painting materials simply because they're cheap. The quality of tools and materials that you use absolutely impacts how long your paint will last. If your brushes are frayed and stiff, purchase a new brush that will make smoother lines. In addition, consider buying a paint that not only primes, but acts as a sealer as well. Source recommendations from friends and go with the highest rated painting materials out there. 

5. Timing is Everything

Timing is everything. If you're gearing up for a big paint job inside your home, keep in mind that two of the most important factors that determine how well paint dries are humidity and temperature. When there's more moisture in the air, this can lead to peeling paint. In addition, extremely hot temperatures can cause the paint to dry well before you can apply the paint evenly. It's best to paint in a cool, dry environment so that your paint looks good going on and lasts as long as possible.

If the above is too overwhelming...

As always, if you want something done truly well—hire the pros. If you don’t have the time or energy for a home paint job (or you simply want to make sure your paint job looks incredible), contracting a professional painting company to do your dirty work for you is always worth the investment.  

Whether you’ve never painted the inside of your home before or you’re pretty much a professional at this point, it can be helpful to keep the above tips in mind. Even when choosing to hire a painting company, ask the right questions to determine they're the right company for the job. After all, if you're paying for someone to paint your home, you surely want it to last.


Mold, Mold, Everywhere!

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mold, Mold Everywhere!

Mold at your St. Clair Shores business?

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.

Consider the following mold facts:

Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or HVAC systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. Give us a call at 586-741-5050 if you have a mold situation that you would like addressed.

Steps to Take After Your Business Has Flooded

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Steps to Take After Your Business Has Flooded

Steps to Take After Your Business Has Flooded

by Haley Kieser 

June 7, 2019

Steps to Take After Your Business Has Flooded

When a natural disaster strikes, a lot can happen, especially to your business. Flooding can be catastrophic, especially to a small business owner. If you've found yourself knee-deep in water after a storm or busted water pipe, you'll be wondering what on earth you can possibly do to save your property and your source of income.

There are certain steps one should take when faced with this predicament that can help ease the stress of a flooded business. 

Check with Your Insurance

Most commercial insurance policies won't have flood damage listed, it's typically an add-on. Hopefully this is something you did add to your policy and you'll be able to recoup financial losses with help of your insurance company. Call them immediately, take photographs and video of the damage, and get a claim in as soon as you've assessed all the damage.

If you've found yourself without flood insurance and are in a flood-prone area, definitely seek out a low-cost policy with The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) so you can be prepared for next time. If you're unsure if you're more at risk for flooding, check the historical flood maps in your area or visit the NOAA Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service's page for constantly updated information about flood risk in your area. 

Restore Your Property

One of the most important aspects of recovering your business after a flood is restoring the building and everything within. Chances are there is a lot of damage, be it waterlogged wood, mold, destroyed electrics and appliances, or something else. It's going to be difficult to know where to begin and may seem too overwhelming to tackle. Sanitation is key at this point, as items, waste, and other contaminants will be in the water. Wear protective clothing at all times.

Removing debris and items beyond salvaging via a junk removal company is a low-stress way to start the clean-up process. Only start removing items after you've contacted insurance, have documented everything, and have spoken with a claims adjuster. You will need proof of the damage in full. Once you've done this and everything that can't be saved is out, you can start restoring the business to what it once was.

Begin the Drying Process

All the water will need to be drained, which can be done via private companies with pumps or local agencies who are helping with disaster relief. Knowing what options are available to you, especially low-cost ones are important. Make sure to check base with all local authorities and councils. Dedicated restoration companies are available with teams trained in exactly this sort of work. If you wish to continue your business in the same location, you'll need to make sure all water is removed from the premises and that it's fully dried and sanitary.

If you come across more damage, especially mold, document it and send it along. This is especially true for insulation, carpet, or anything that could have retained too much moisture in your business. Replace anything that has the barest hint of mold. Mold is a serious health concern and isn't something that should be taken lightly.

Remember to Breathe

A flooded business is a major hurdle, but it's one you can overcome. This process will take many weeks, if not months before you're back on your feet. Band together with your community, touch base with your customers about your progress, and know that you're not alone in your struggle. Working with other business who are in the same boat will not only help morale, but you'll be able to work together and perhaps make life a bit easier.



Local St. Clair Shores businesses flooding

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

With the lake cresting in St. Clair Shores right now, many local businesses are experiencing flooding.  After you call us at 586-741-5050, below are some action steps you can take to help prevent further damage.  

Flood Action Steps: BEFORE A FLOOD If an advanced Flood Warning has been issued, there are several precautions that can be taken to help minimize damage to certain areas of your business: Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical equipment and appliances. Move vehicles out of low lying parking garages. Raise elevators from bottom floor. AFTER A FLOOD SAFETY FIRST Account that all employees are safe by establishing evacuation plans in advance, identifying areas outside the building that are designated meeting places. Assign select individuals to keep a list of their assigned team’s names and contact numbers in order to account for their whereabouts. If water enters the building and evacuation becomes impossible, move to an upper floor, and wait for rescuers. While evacuating, avoid attempting to drive through floods or rising water, nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto-related. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall. Use no open flames (there may be gas escaping from ruptured mains). Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged. Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters. Listen for news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink. Return only when authorities indicate it is safe.

Flooding in St. Clair Shores

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Concern around Lake St. Clair, flooding in St. Clair Shores

Flood and Water Damage Cleanup Services in StClair Shores, Michigan is reaching an all time high as the rains continue through Metro Detroit this week.  If you are affected by flooding at your business or home, please call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at 586-741-5050.  

Concern around Lake St. Clair, flooding in St. Clair Shores

By: Julie SnyderKristyne E. Demske | C&G Newspapers | Published April 30, 2019

Water is hitting, and in some places covering, the docks at the Harley Ensign Memorial Boat Launch located at the end of S. River Road in Harrison Township.

Photo by Julie Snyder

A pump moves water from an overflowing storm sewer catch basin back into Lake St. Clair on 10 Mile Road in St. Clair Shores.

Photo by Kristyne Demske

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“We’re going to all go under here. There is no drainage.”

Ken, Harrison Township mobile home resident

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/ST. CLAIR SHORES — Lake levels are reaching historic highs and experts say those levels are projected to increase during the month of May.

According to a release by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers on April 26, Lake St. Clair is 8 inches above the level from March, and just 1 inch below the record high from 1986.

“The lake levels are almost at historic highs,” Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller said April 30. “And the Army Corp of Engineers predict that they will go up more — 6 inches to a foot.”

The almost sudden rise is the result of a snowy winter in northern Michigan followed by recent rain and easterly winds that caused choppy waters and brought large waves far ashore.

“We had a cold winter, but not a lot of snow,” Miller said. “But they did up north. It all comes down stream.”

Lake St. Clair is up just like all the Great Lakes.

The report by the Corps of Engineers NOAA Center for Operational Oceanic Products and Services International Joint Commission, Detroit District, for Lake Superior is 4 inches above what it was a month ago, while the levels of lakes Michigan, Huron, St. Clair, and Erie are 7 to 8 inches above their levels of a month ago. Lake Ontario has risen 12 inches in the same timeframe.

In addition, all of the Great Lakes are higher than their levels of a year ago, ranging from 3 inches above last year’s level for Lake Erie, to 9 inches above last year’s level at Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Lake Superior is also just an inch below its April record high levels.

Officials report that all of the lakes are projected to continue their seasonal rise over the next 30 days. Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron are projected to climb 4 inches, while Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie are predicted to rise an inch. Lake Ontario is forecasted to rise 11 inches over the next month as well.

Miller said it usually peaks around mid-summer.

“The only thing that controls those lake levels is the weather god,” she said. “It’s dangerously high for homeowners.”

It is recommended that those living along the shoreline of Lake St. Clair protect their homes with sandbags. Harrison Township Supervisor Ken Verkest said the township is distributing sandbags to residents and there are four sand piles around the township that can be used for filling them.

Those locations are: Lakeshore Drive and Riverdale Street; Old N. River Road; S. River Road and Father Street; and Jefferson Avenue across from Sunnydale Street.

An 11-year Harrison Township resident who wished to only be referred to by his first name, Ken, said he and his neighbors in the Blue Sky Mobile Home Village on Jefferson Avenue and Crocker Boulevard are concerned what will happen to their homes, as well as the roads, should the water continue to rise.

“We’re going to all go under here,” he said. “There is no drainage.”

Ken said the potential flooding would also further damage the already deteriorating streets around the community.

“These roads are just terrible,” he said.

Miller, a resident of Harrison Township, said many people who experienced the flooding of 1986 eventually raised their lots and seawalls to be better prepared for any future major flood occurrence.

“But that was 30 years ago and there are new residents who have not been through high waters like this,” she said, adding that the Public Works Office is regularly monitoring storm drains and open drains for any backups.

Miller also said that the high lake levels, while a threat to homeowners and businesses in those affected areas, are advantageous to freighters, and boaters. It’s also a good thing for fishing enthusiasts.

Mark Carlson, of Fraser, took advantage of the situation on April 30 and went fishing at the Harley Ensign Memorial Boat Launch at the end of S. River Road.

“I would say it’s up about 2 feet,” said Carlson, who was able to snare a sizable perch and a catfish that morning. “I remember it being up like this in the past. It’s good for boating and good for fishing.”

Flooding in St. Clair Shores

“This is the earliest we’ve seen the lake this high,” said Bryan Babcock, director of Public Works for the city of St. Clair Shores. “Typically, the lake keeps rising between now and the Fourth of July.”

In St. Clair Shores, that’s leading to flooding along Jefferson Avenue in spots where the water is high enough to rise up through the storm sewer catch basins. In certain areas of the city, Babcock said they are able to plug the drain and bypass the stormwater around the plug to keep water off the street.

At the intersection of Lanse Street and Jefferson Avenue, however, it’s a different story.

“There seems to be some conduit of lake water getting to that structure,” he said April 29. “We believe it’s ... an old pipe from as far back as the 1950s that is bringing that lake water to that structure. We’re trying to find a way to seal that up.”

There are other locations in the city, such as at the east end of 10 Mile Road, where the city has a gas pump moving water from the drains through a hose back into the lake.

St. Clair Shores is also distributing sandbags free to residents of that city.

Babcock said that when the wind has been blowing from east to west, the lake has been crashing over seawalls and, in spots, running between houses all the way to Jefferson Avenue.

“It’s a concern and it’s something that we’re definitely looking into,” Babcock said.

Proof of St. Clair Shores residency is required for the sandbags, and residents are asked to take no more than 100 at a time. They are available at the St. Clair Shores Department of Public Works, 19700 Pleasant St.; Civic Arena, 20000 Stephens St.; the Lac Ste. Claire Park guard shack, 27600 Jefferson Ave.; and the Veterans Memorial Park guard shack, 32400 Jefferson Ave. Sand piles will be available for residents to fill the bags in the parking lot of Civic Arena, Lac Ste. Claire park parking lot and the parking lot for Veterans Memorial Park.

Dan Chimelak, co-owner of Lakeside Fishing Shop, 25110 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores, said that the high east winds are contributing to the elevated levels of Lake St. Clair.

“I keep my boat down in the Detroit River and I had a hard time getting in it,” he said, because he had to climb up into the boat instead of stepping down from the dock. As the captain of a charter fishing boat for 40 years, Chimelak said this is the highest he’s seen the level of the lake.

“The people who live around here ... are worried about it coming into their houses. It was washing over the seawalls,” he said.

Ken Green has lived at his home on the east end of 10 Mile Road in St. Clair Shores for seven years. He said that his home sits higher than some others and the water has still been crashing over his seawall.

His neighbor on the south side of 10 Mile Road, Kirk Carbary, said that he is concerned about flooding in the area. He pointed to a gas pump running behind Green’s property, running water back out to the lake, and said the city put that in April 29.

“It had flooded the whole street,” he said, before the pumping began. “With the height it comes with more logs floating and a lot of debris.”

Tom Joysey owns the Miller Marine BP gas dock, 24770 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores. He said water from the lake washed over the cement wall April 29, and he’s concerned about water coming into the store. Over the 11 years he’s been in business, he said this is the highest that it’s ever gone.

“People can’t even walk to their boats,” he said.

He said that, typically, the lake either rises or stays at its current level until late June or early July before levels drop, and if lake water continues to wash over seawalls, it can cause irreparable damage, washing out the fill dirt behind the wall and leading it to cave in later.
 

   

Commercial Building Restoration Services

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores (586) 741-5050

SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores is available 24 hours a day to restore your St Clair Shores property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,700 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. 

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
  • Schools

When fire or water damage strikes your business, you need professional help to get your property back to business. Every hour spent cleaning and restoring is lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores has the training, experience, and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.” Keep our number handy (586) 741-5050.

Fire Safety for Kids

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Keep children safe from danger!

Have and practice an escape plan

It is important to have a plan when there are children in the home. Children sometimes need help getting out of the house, and they may not know how to escape or what to do unless an adult shows them.

Have a plan for young children who cannot get outside by themselves

You will need to wake babies and very young children and help them get out. In your plan, talk about who will help each child get out safely.

Know 2 ways out of every room

It is important to find 2 ways out of every room in the house in case one exit is blocked or dangerous to use.

Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year

If children are old enough, help them practice going to your outside meeting place. Teach them to never go back inside a building that is on fire.

Keep our number handy in case of an emergency. We are available 24/7. Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores (586) 741-5050

Thunderstorm Season is Coming. Are you Ready?

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm Season in Roseville, MI

Under the right conditions, rainfall from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding. Lightning is responsible for many fires around the world each year, and causes fatalities. Hail up to the size of softballs damages cars and windows, and kills livestock caught out in the open. Strong (up to more than 120 mph) straight-line winds associated with thunderstorms knock down trees, power lines and mobile homes. Tornadoes (with winds up to about 300 mph) can destroy all but the best-built man-made structures.

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your St Clair Shores home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Keep our number handy in case of an emergency (586) 741-5050.

Do's & Don'ts After a Flooding

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Flood Season is Here in Eastpointe, MI

What to Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

If you experience a flood, call us @ SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores (586) 741-5050.