Corporate relocation is no easy feat. Not only do you need the cooperation of each and every internal employee, staff member and consultant – you need support, reliability and expertise from a team of experts who knows the ins-and-outs of New York City.
Sure, you might be able to find a commercial mover from New Jersey, or even from upstate New York. But when their truck gets stuck under a bridge and damages your cargo you’ll know that NYC expertise is priceless. So, if you’re considering office moving, here are five pro tips for assessing, vetting and hiring the right mover for the job.
1. Gauge their level of expertise. Don’t fall in love with a slick-looking website – dig deeper to find out the level of experience a prospective commercial mover might have. Have they moved a business like yours before? (For example, a large company of 500 employees, hotels, laboratories, or any other company that would require special care.) Do they have referrals? How long have they been in business? Are they licensed, certified and fully insured in New York City (or wherever you’re moving to)?.
2. Do they subcontract? Some commercial moving companies contract their truck rentals or contract-hire their movers and project management. This could mean that the trucks aren’t well maintained, or that the staff isn’t well trained or experienced. Issues like these could cause problems on moving day, such as break-downs, accidents, and damage to your property.
3. Find out their COVID-19 protocols. We are in the midst of a public health emergency and these are unprecedented times. Now, in addition to making sure your corporate relocation goes smoothly, you also need to ensure that you – or anyone who will be on-site the day of the move – are protected. Be sure that all staff wear PPE/face masks and practice social distancing when near clients. How many laborers will be allowed at the location? Are trucks cleaned and sanitized between moves? Find out if movers and staff members are tested regularly – and if workers’ temperatures are taken before they arrive on-site.
4. Shop for deals – cautiously. If they’re willing to offer you a discount – find out why. Are they a new company with little experience? Will they offer a money-back clause in the event of a problem? Weigh out the soft costs for your company as well – for example, moving on a weekday may be less expensive than moving on a weekend, but may cause interruption to your business.
Eagle Transfer’s 45+ years of experience – combined with integrity, reliability and commitment to customer satisfaction – has awarded us the trust of businesses and institutions of all sizes and sectors.