While there are similarities between residential and business moving services, there are also distinct differences. Although some companies specialize in both, if you plan to move the location of your business and need to hire professional movers, you should focus on companies that typically do more commercial moves than residential moves.
Key Considerations for Business Moving Services.
In most cases, residential moving is less stressful compared to commercial moving. While some homeowners are in a hurry to reach their new destination, meeting deadlines for moving businesses is extremely critical. Especially for companies that run multiple shifts or that have to literally shut down operations during a move, time is of the essence. Therefore, you want to identify business moving services that practice good time management.
You also want to consider setup and installation. Reputable business moving services often include furniture and equipment setup/installation. As professionals, these movers are capable of having an office up and running much faster than if you and your employees were doing the work. Make sure that companies you are interested in hiring have this experience and expertise.
It is also imperative to look for business moving services that have proper insurance coverage. If your move is within the same state, you can check several organizations. For instance, you can contact your local consumer affairs agency. If the company does not have adequate insurance, you need to talk to your provider about additional protection.
If your company is moving out of state, you can verify a company’s license through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a government agency. Whether online or via phone, ask for the moving company’s US DOT number, which is required to be licensed as an interstate mover.
Asking about professional accreditation and verifying an address are also important when researching business moving services. Companies that are vetted by trade associations are always recommended. This means the companies have been given the association’s seal of approval. For the address, a moving company can list a bogus address online, which indicates something shady. As part of your research, be sure to verify the address.
Fortunately, most commercial moving companies are honest, professional, and respected. However, as you conduct research to narrow your choice down to just one company, pay attention to red flags. For instance, at no time should you be asked for a cash deposit prior to the move, and all of your questions should be answered.
For more information about our business moving services or to receive a free quote, contact our team at Hall Lane Moving and Storage today.