February 07, 2024

Choosing the Best Chicago Moving Company to Move Your Business

So you've decided to relocate your company. You've thought about the move, done your due diligence, found a new location, and are prepared to make the move. Just one final task remains: selecting the ideal moving company to handle the move. So, how do you pick the right Chicago commercial mover for your business? After all, not every moving company is created equal.

A moving company experienced in workplace relocations will work with you to formulate a detailed action plan to help reduce your company’s downtime. No matter the size and scope of your move, the right moving company will ensure you have a smooth moving experience that results in a cost-effective overall relocation cost.

It’s important to carefully investigate before picking a mover. There are many movers to choose from in the marketplace, yet only a small fraction of those are truly capable and experienced in office and industrial relocations.

Here are some hints to help facilitate the journey of finding and choosing more manageable for you:


Get references

Ask the mover for 3 references of recent moves they’ve performed for other organizations that are similar to yours. Most movers that advertise themselves as Chicago commercial movers typically only handle household moves. These companies won’t be able to provide any references of companies in your industry that they’ve recently moved. Asking for references will surely help you differentiate the inexperienced movers from the professionals.


Certificate of insurance

Ask the mover if they will provide a Certificate of Insurance on their business insurance, showing your company and/or the building owner as “additional insured.” This provides you with valuable protection against damage to property and/or workers compensation claims. This is a standard request. If the mover hesitates or refuses, they either have a poor safety history or lacks experience in commercial relocations and should be avoided.


Plan of action

Once you conduct a pre-move survey with the prospective movers, require them to give you a detailed plan of action along with their cost estimate. The plan should give important information, like how many trucks, men, and support equipment they will commit to your project, the flow of the move itself, and the estimated time from beginning to end. Ask yourself: Does it make sense, and does it align with my objectives and expectations?


Hourly rates vs. net cost

Do not make the mistake of focusing solely on hourly charges. There are many examples of companies picking a moving company based on the cheapest hourly rate only to learn their move took much longer than predicted. This will cause the final cost to be more than what would have happened with a more exerpienced and skilled commercial moving company. If a mover’s estimate is too good to be true, it most likely is.

If you follow these guidelines and drill down into the details, you will be able to select a Chicago commercial mover that stands out above the competition. Expect a a smooth, efficient, top-notch yet affordable relocation, and don’t compromise on quality.