At some point, your business may require to change location and move to a different area. Whether that is brought about by growth, change in market parameters, or looking for new prospects, business relocation is a hectic task that should be best left handled by professional and reliable commercial movers. Failure to do this will be a recipe of disaster. For all I know, you don’t want to incur extra costs or your business loses business opportunities because of late and unscrupulous moving services. So, your number one goal when doing a business relocation should be to find the most reliable commercial movers in your area. Here are tips to guide you.
- Friends recommendations
Before you set out to look for that perfect commercial mover to help you with your relocation, having your friends and family chime in some ideas of companies they’ve used before to do relocation can be a good starting point especially when it’s your first time. Even so, their firsthand experience gives you trust able insight about the company and allows you to approach the company with a higher-level confidence. However, if your family or friends haven’t engaged with commercial movers, you can go online.
- Check online reviews
Now, the internet can be a can of worms especially when handled poorly. A plethora of commercial movers exist and not all have what it takes to provide you with a seamless business relocation experience. To protect you from this, whatever companies you select, you must ensure you check the online reviews and learn about what other former customers are saying about the company itself to save yourself the trouble of landing on shoddy services. In most cases, the online reviews reflect the real colors of the business but approach it with the caveat that there could be just some mischievous customers who might want to taint the company’s image. There are other factors you can check in combination with online reviews.
- Familiarize yourself with the company
Before you settle on a particular commercial moving company, it would be advisable that you first get to know about the company physically. Visit their offices, their premises, and check how well-endowed they are as a business relocation company. Some companies are just good on paper while in reality, they can’t handle even the simplest of moves. This guards you from hiring such companies.
- Do in-depth research
Research is a must. Not just online, but through other sources such as talking with your business peers. If you’re a businessman, then you know other businessmen. You can learn about their experiences if they’ve done business relocation, solicit recommendations and learn what to do during a relocation. In other instances, deep online research can help you learn about business relocation and what you should expect from reliable moving services.
- Ask for quotes
As always, price is a big determinant when looking for reliable commercial movers in your area. You therefore shouldn’t settle on the first quote you receive. Collect a number of quotes and compare the services and choose one which provides the highest quality services at the most affordable rate. Again, price shouldn’t be used in isolation from other factors. Sometimes companies may lower their service fees only to attract more customers when their quality is substandard.
- Avoid large deposit requirements
Most commercial movers, once hired, request for a minimum deposit before they can come to do the business relocation for you. However, majority of companies never ask for large sums as deposit. If you encounter any company asking for large amounts of deposits, it could be a fraudulent company or has other hidden agendas. Most companies ask for a 20% upfront deposit of the total service fee.
- Always call and clarify what you don’t understand
In your search, you may find additional information on commercial movers’ quotes that you may not understand. Don’t assume anything and always go a little further to call and clarify. A reliable commercial mover will be swift to answer any questions you have and give more information. If you find that the company is reluctant to reply to your call and doesn’t care about your requests, then that simply is not a reliable company.
- Check whether they offer insurance
One major advantage of hiring commercial movers to handle your business location is that they, in most cases, bear the risk of damage to your items. Most reliable movers will offer insurance cover for the items being moved, guaranteeing you that you won’t have to pay an extra penny in case of disasters. Avoid movers that don’t offer this unless you want to take the risk.
- Website appearance is key
Interestingly, in this digital age, websites have become the first point of contact between businesses and customers. As you might have noticed, most reliable companies with a huge customer following have stupendous websites that are easy to navigate and appealing to the eye. They update their websites regularly with new information and have even features for online chats with customers. If you find that a moving company has a poorly kept website with outdated information and hard navigate, that’s a sign of their unreliability or they at least don’t care about their customers’ experience.
- Check for license and appropriate government approvals
No matter how good a company looks on paper, if you want to be protected from fraudulent companies and unscrupulous ones, always ensure you check whether they operate legally in your area, otherwise you risk being defrauded. In any case, unlicensed companies will not care about the quality of services they deliver. Check through a website like Better Business Bureau that enlists companies that have met the industry standards and operate legally. However, if your moving company is not there, no need to worry. There are other ways to know of their legitimacy.
At My Speedy Movers, we thrive to ensure that we meet all the above qualities of reliable commercial movers since our goal is to make the customer happy with our services. Our staff is professionally trained with extensive experience and will leave you with a smile once the whole process is done. If you need business relocation services, don’t hesitate to let us know.