We understand that moving a business is different from moving a home.
A hotel, restaurant, professional office, or other commercial space will present unique challenges. This might include the moving of a half-ton air conditioning unit, or other equipment located in hard to reach places such as appliances or hot tubs. A doctor, dentist, bank, real estate or law office could involve the movement of sensitive medical equipment or confidential files. Care home facilities, schools, or theatres may have musical instruments or kitchen equipment. Do you need full service move? We can take a full inventory of your possessions and pack your move for you.
ABE Moving has the training and experience to make your commercial moving transition a success.
Not all moving companies are created equal. The movers you used for your home might be overwhelmed by the necessities of your commercial move. What should you be looking for in a commercial mover?
First and foremost, you want to choose a group of professional movers that are equipped and prepared to move whatever you need. Medical offices will have different needs from a hardware supply store. What you want is a company that is adaptable to your specific needs.
Ask the moving company if they have previous experience in the areas that were mentioned above.
Ask if they have the equipment and protocol in place for moving fragile or delicate objects.
Ask if they will provide a consultation regarding anything that requires special attention.
An experienced moving company knows what to expect from all types of moves. They can help you foresee difficulties, and avoid them before they ever become issues. A good commercial mover will have a consultant on hand to help you through the process of planning your move. From start to finish, they will assist in making the entire process smoother, and more efficient.
For a business, your things are more than keepsakes and comforts. They are tools. Losing track of a tool is not an option for you, so while conducting your search for the best moving company ask them how they will keep track of everything. Your team of movers should be keeping an inventory of your office. The registered inventory will allow you to keep track of all business documentation, equipment, furniture, etc. throughout the relocation.
Itemize and label all the packing materials. This will make locating necessary and important equipment accessible to you at any time.
Accidents can happen to the best. With that in mind, you don't want to be left out in the cold when an accident happens. Make sure your commercial mover is covered with enough insurance to protect your specialized equipment.
A professional moving company will have a reputation within the community. Ask around to see what people think of their services. Were they impressed? The best movers sell by word of mouth.
Price is important for everyone. You obviously want to get the best quality from your choice of professional movers, but you don't want to cripple your business by a move going beyond your price range. Here are two more tips when it comes to pricing.
Ask for a free moving quote
It's as easy as that to get an idea of how you will be charged by a company.
Weigh the value
Ask each moving company to explain their pricing. A low quote might mean that they are cutting corners somewhere (no insurance, poor equipment, etc) or they may be hiding additional fees. The same principle applies to the high quotes as well. Try not to assume that a high price means high quality. Get them to explain what you're paying for, then weigh the value of your options.
Ask for details during each stage of the move. Is there any follow up involved? Do they reassemble furniture/equipment or assemble new products you may be moving? If so, is this included in the price?
Planning is always an important part of moving, but it becomes paramount on any office relocation. Try to give your company at least 1 month of advanced preparation. This will give you enough time to ask some important questions.
How much bigger, or smaller are the new offices?
Do I have a floor plan?
How far is the move?
Is everything labelled?
Do all employees know where their items will go?
What can be packed first / unpacked last?
Will my move require specialized equipment?
Keep asking questions. The fewer questions you have left by moving day, the smoother everything will go.