Choosing the Right Moving Company to Move Your Business
So you've decided to relocate your business. You've meticulously weighed the move, done your homework, found a new location, and are have everything in place to make the move. Just one final task remains: choosing the right moving company to handle the move. So, how do you choose the right commercial mover for your business? After all, not all moving companies are built the same.
A moving company experienced in workplace relocations will work with you to develop a detailed execution plan to help reduce your company’s downtime. No matter the scale and magnitude of your move, the right moving company will ensure you have a smooth moving experience that results in a budget-friendly overall relocation expense.
It’s important to do the proper research before picking a mover. There are numerous movers to select from in the marketplace, yet only a small fraction of those are truly competent and skilled in office and industrial relocations.
Here are some tips to help simplify the research and selection process easier for you:
Ask the mover for multiple references of recent moves they have performed for other companies that are similar to yours. Many movers that advertise themselves as commercial movers primarily only handle household moves. These companies will be unable to give any references of similar businesses that they have recently moved. Asking for moving references will certainly help you distinguish the unqualified companies from the experienced movers.
Certificate of insurance
Ask the mover if they will issue a Certificate of Insurance on their insurance coverage, listing your company and/or the building owner as “additional insured.” This provides you with crucial protection against property damage and/or workers compensation claims. This is a standard request. If the mover is reluctant or opts out, they might lack a strong safety track record or is not experienced in commercial moving and should be avoided.
Plan of action
Once you conduct a pre-move survey with the prospective movers, require them to provide a detailed plan of action along with their pricing estimate. The plan should provide important information, such as how many trucks, staff, and support equipment they will allocate for your project, the flow of the move itself, and the estimated duration from start to finish. Ask yourself: Does it make sense, and does this match my goals and objectives?
Hourly rates vs. net cost
Do not make the mistake of focusing solely on hourly rates. There are many examples of companies choosing a mover based on the most affordable hourly rate only to learn their move took significantly longer than anticipated. This will cause the final cost to be higher than what would have transpired with a more reputable and efficient commercial moving company. If a mover’s quote is too good to be true, it probably is.
If you stick to these steps and thoroughly research, you will be able to find a commercial mover that stands out above the competition. Expect to get a smooth, effective, top-notch yet affordable relocation, and don’t compromise on quality.