There are so many things that can wrong with an office move, or at least cause the move project manager a lot of extra time, extra stress, and extra work.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce the negative effects of a looming office move and increase your chances that it will go off smoothly. Early planning is one of them – the earlier you start, the more time you’ll have to be thorough, and the more thorough you are, the better organized your move will be.
Another key element of your office relocation is the quality and caliber of the moving company you choose. Their skill, knowledge, expertise, and professionalism (or lack of any of these) can frequently make the difference between a successful move and one that turns out to be a nightmare.
If you’re looking to hire office movers in the near future, these tips can help you pick the best company for your needs:
One: Don’t be overly influenced by price.
Your budget is important, certainly, but in some cases the cheapest mover isn’t necessarily the best mover. A low budget company that shows up four hours late and breaks three pieces of furniture isn’t going to do you any favors, and the $200 you saved hiring them will start to seem like chump change the minute the cheap guys start causing you problems.
Two: Ask around for references.
This is where social media can really come in handy. Post a question to your friends and colleagues asking them to suggest companies to avoid or companies to check out. If you’re already thinking about a particular moving company, ask if anyone else has used them.
Three: Ask the office movers plenty of questions.
Before you sign on the dotted line, ask questions about the company’s licensing, insurance, years of experience, how they hire crew members, how they develop quotes, how they resolve problems, etc. The answers – or lack of them – will help you get a better feel for the overall quality of the company you’re considering.
Four: Research online.
Once you have narrowed down your list, hop online and check out the companies’ reviews on Google or Yelp, their Better Business Bureau standing, and so forth. You might also ask the moving company for a list of references, or see if they have a list of their past customers on their website. Call the office managers of a few of those companies and see if they’re willing to share their experiences with you.
Five: Ask the management of both your current building and the building you’re moving into for suggestions.
In many cases, the property management company has “seen it all” over the years: Tenants who’ve had successful moves, and tenants who’ve had bad moves. They may have some surprising insights about who you should call for a quote and who you should avoid. If nothing else, the property manager may at least be able to tell you which moving company names they see the most frequently.