The temptation when relocating your office may be to attempt to handle all the tasks yourself; however, it is highly recommended that you enlist the services of a reputable, professional moving company for such an endeavor.
From how to go about conducting your research to important questions to ask, the following is a rundown of useful steps to help you select the most qualified office moving company for the job.
Research Is Key
Technology has made it incredibly convenient to conduct the bulk of your research online, namely via reviews courtesy of Google, Yelp, the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List, and more. When browsing such feedback, though, it’s crucial to note the specific services being evaluated. In the case of commercial moving, be sure the companies you're considering actually offer this specialty, and have a documented track record in the field.
Once you’ve settled on several viable candidates—three is ideal—it’s imperative to schedule an in-office walkthrough, during which time inventory can be taken to obtain an accurate estimate. If it's a long-distance relocation, it may be helpful to look into national van line companies as well, as transportation will be an important component of the move.
Another important criteria is whether those companies you come across during your research are certified ProMovers. Launched by the American Moving and Storage Association in 2009, this accreditation program is designed to fight rogue operators and ensure that all members are fully licensed, insured, and embody the highest standards of safety and professionalism.
Since the program’s inception, more than 2,800 movers have been certified, with most offering free estimates to those seeking further information. By choosing a ProMover, customers can rest assured that their possessions will be handled with care; likewise, issues relating to packing, personal injuries, truck or van accidents are greatly minimized by leaving the “heavy lifting” to the professionals.
Before booking an office moving company, ask for explanations on all terminology, to be sure you fully understand the process. When obtaining an estimate, clarify what it includes. Are there any hidden fees relating to added weight or distance, or stairway or elevator usage? Some companies may even tack on additional charges relating to parking proximity in particularly congested areas.
Once the cost is outlined, be sure to confirm what forms of payment are accepted—cash-only is a red flag—as well as if deposits are refundable within a certain period of time. Many companies also offer a missing or breakage policy, should any unexpected issues arise during the move itself. It’s vital to ask for all of this criteria in writing prior to signing any paperwork.
The Steinway Solution
Steinway Moving & Storage has been providing professional, accredited moving and storage services to the greater New York City area for more than 90 years, offering strategic planning, meticulous attention to detail, and a sense of urgency which sets them apart from the competition.
Steinway’s commercial moving services are designed to aid companies in keeping business going throughout the transition, whether a luxury office or a mom and pop shop. From initial planning and packing, to furniture placement services and storage, your personal project manager will be on hand to coordinate all the details of your move.
For more information, or to request a quote, contact Steinway Moving & Storage today.