Moving your business to a new location usually means that despite the overwhelming odds and pressure, you’re growing. You’ve made your investment, it’s beginning to pay off, and now you’re expanding by moving your company to a new office or shop with the intention of growing further. Doesn’t this mean that particular care must be taken to ensure the safety and durability of your livelihood during the move?
Hiring the commercial moving services of an experienced moving company will be just that protection to secure you business during this transitional phase. Whether you’ve got stores of equipment, delicate and fragile items, or half finished orders that need to remain sorted, a commercial moving company has the experience and manpower to secure the move. The following are tips to make sure that you hire the best commercial moving company for the job, a company that can safely and effectively move your company from A to B.
The first interaction with a moving crew will be essential. Meet with the foreman or manager beforehand to discuss the commercial move and examine the business they will be transporting. Ask the manager to bring a copy of the moving company’s standard commercial moving contract so that you can adequately read and understand its clauses before you’re called to finally sign it. Also, ask questions about their services in detail, and find out the contact information of past businesses that they have moved. A truly capable moving company will be proud of the work they’ve done in the past, and if they do not readily have the contact information they should make it available fairly soon after your meeting.
The power of the internet means that reputation is inescapable. A moving company cannot remove their reviews (negative or positive) from websites such as Google, Yelp, and Angie’s List. However, a negative review isn’t necessarily damning. The best moving company will track their reviews on these pages and seek to remediate a negative reviewer’s experience. Look for this as well.
Next, inquire about the insurance offered in commercial moving. Once again, the moving company is transporting your livelihood. Make sure that the insurance terms they offer are not only reasonable, but comprehensive.
If your company is perpetually in transition, they’re not going to be working at full capacity. If your work capacity is perpetually stunted, you’re losing business. An experienced commercial mover will be able to discern a reasonable time table from examining the job. While rushing to meet deadlines can be dangerous, adhering to a timetable or at least full disclosure of any holdups will be crucial for transitioning your company. Talk to the moving company about how they handle such occurrences and the frequency that they happen.
Your moving company is going to be the difference between a stumble and a stride during your business’ commercial move. Take stock of everything and shop around when hiring a commercial mover. They must be reliable, experienced, and serviceable; anything short of that is simply not right for safely transporting the business you’ve worked so hard to grow.