Moving location is already a headache; you don’t want to add more trouble by hiring the wrong mover. Moving location also requires a great deal of attention to avoid losing time and money.
Here are some pointers to help you out in choosing the right mover and make the whole moving experience as hassle-free as possible:
1. Visit mover directories and shortlist candidates
If you need to move your office furniture and equipments but don’t know where to look for the right moving company, you might want to consider visiting mover directories. Moving companies that are credible list their company profile on quality mover directories; so if you are looking for the right moving company to hire, such quality directories are good starting point.
Whenever possible, it’s better for you to visit mover directories that are not only listing quality and trusted movers, but also screen them for you.
2. Storage units – consider renting one
If you change location a lot, a storage unit can be your lifesaver. Not only for storing personal belongings, including prized possessions, a storage unit can also help you store products to be sold on your retail store that may include anything, such as equipments and furniture.
A storage unit can act as your temporary ‘pick up and drop off’ point – e.g. for furniture that won’t fit your apartment; for products that will only clutter your shop. One main benefit of storage units is that withdrawing items won’t incur you any fees – so if you move quite a lot, this can be a money-saver for your personal and business needs.
3. Read and keep your contract well
When you make a deal with a moving company, you will receive bill of lading – a legally binding contract between the company and you. You should keep the contract safe and secure to review upon when needed; otherwise, you won’t get legal protection when things go wrong. But probably more important than that, you need to make sure there are no hidden fees. You also need to review policies before you ink on the contract.
A typical case is damaged equipments and furniture. Although force majeur could happen, the risks of damages can be controlled and minimised through the bill of lading – and of course, by partnering with the right movers.
4. Pack your items well
If you pack yourself, be sure to pack the furniture, equipments and other items properly. Use wooden crates and boxes specifically made for moving; use Styrofoam to pack fragile items. If you are not really sure about this, be sure to ask your mover’s help on packing your items the right way.
Good luck on headache-less moving!
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