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10 Steps to Hiring the Right Commercial Movers
May 2, 2018
Moving is stressful. Fortunately, nowadays, this is a choice. Yes, you can choose whether moving, no matter the distance, will or will not cause you headaches. It all depends on the moving company. Hire the right movers and your move will be the least stressful thing you ever do.
At Empire Movers, we have extensive experience with many different types of moves. To help you out, we’ve decided to put together this list of 10 easy steps you can take to find the right moving company for you.
Of course, as every business savvy individual will tell you, the best way to find the right moving company for you, or any company or service for that matter, is to get multiple quotes. You can start right now, by using the Empire Movers quote form above.
And when you do go looking for quotes, remember the following 10 tips. They will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Is insurance included?
This is one of the most important rules of the moving game. If a mover does not offer moving insurance, move away to another mover.
All reputable moving companies have insurance. But even so, you still need to find out exactly what that insurance covers. Make sure it covers all your needs and you’ll be safe.
Finally, also check out the coverage amount. Your belongings might be worth more than the maximum amount of coverage. So you might end up losing money if an accident happens.
Is packing included?
It’s never a smart thing to assume anything. That’s why it’s important to ask your movers if the price also includes packing. If it does, and you’re OK with it, then you won’t have to worry about paying extra. And if the price of packing is too much, you might decide do pack everything yourself and save money.
Asking this question will also help you better compare quotes and figure out which company best suits your needs.
What about the trucks?
It’s important that you find out exactly how your goods will be transported to the new locations. At Empire Movers, we own a fleet of vans of different sizes. If you don’t have that many items, there’s no point in renting the largest van. Take care to ask this question and you will save money
Distance and time matter
These two are some of the most important aspects that you need to discuss with the moving company. Select a route and a time that best suit your needs. If you’re moving to a different part of town, remember to take rush hour traffic into account. Just because you can’t control it, it doesn’t mean that your movers won’t tax you extra if they happen to get stuck in traffic.
Distance and time will determine how much you pay. So make sure that you know every little detail.
Will other companies be involved in the move?
Some companies don’t have the required numbers to handle a larger move. But that doesn’t mean that they’ll refuse to do business with you. Instead, they might just hire out another company to help them out.
You might think that this is not a problem, but it is. And you should be worried. The deal you have with your moving company will not be the same as the one between the two companies. If something goes wrong, your belongings will end up paying the price, and you definitely want to avoid this.
That’s why it’s important to make sure that the moving company you choose has all the staff and equipment necessary to handle your move.
Packing materials also matter
We’ve talked about packing your belongings yourself, in order to save money. But you should also know that getting the right packing materials is also important. If you want to protect your belongings, just buying any box from the store won’t be enough.
Nowadays, more and more moving companies offer reusable packing materials. These are environmentally sustainable and they cost less. And they’ll also keep your items safer. So find out what materials your company is using. This information might just save you both time and money. Not to mention that you won’t have to clean it up after the move.
You can now track your goods!
This is a new feature, one that comes with the modern age. Nowadays you can track your belongings with the help of internet and GPS. All you need is to download an app on your phone. It might not help you save any money, but it will give you peace of mind. And, from our experience, this is also important.
Ask your movers about their experience
Most movers have the required experience to transport basics like furniture, clothes or books. But what about more sensitive items? Can they handle a classic car, an expensive piece of art or a wine collection? They might. And you need to make sure of this.
It’s also useful to hire movers who are familiar with the area that you’re moving to. Say you’re a business owner moving to a new SoHo office space; you’ll want to work with movers who have experience working in this neighborhood, and who know how to get around traffic and find parking. You’ll save yourself a lot of time this way.
These simple questions can end up saving you a lot of money, so don’t hesitate to ask them. You don’t need to worry that you’ll offend the movers. Will storage be involved? If so, find out all the details
Longer moves might also involve storage. Therefore, it’s very important that you understand how and where your belongings will be stored. You might own items that require special care, so storing them outside and leaving them at the mercy of the elements might not be such a good idea. Additionally, just placing these items in any storage unit might also not protect them from deterioration or even theft.
At Empire Movers, we offer climate controlled storage units, which are monitored 24/7. If you own delicate furniture or other expensive items, you definitely need to make sure that they will be stored in the right units.
Ask for referrals
A moving company should be happy to put you in contact with any previously satisfied customers. In fact, all reliable companies do it. And you should definitely give these people a call. They might give you details that you won’t be able to find in online reviews, details that may help you.
The only way to make sure that your move will be a complete success and that you will enjoy the best moving experience possible is to get involved, to gather all the required information and to make sure that you make the right decision. And if you’re looking to move right now, you can complete our moving quote. Just fill in the required information and we will send you your quote as soon as possible.