Moving can be pretty stressful—particularly if you’re relocating to a new office. In addition to the obvious concern of getting your staff to adjust to a new environment, you’re faced with the stress of critical equipment getting lost or sustaining severe damage during the process.
One of the first things you have to do is engage the services of an experienced and reputable moving company. However, that’s not all if you want to ensure your precious belongings arrive safely.
There are specific preventive measures that can help you ascertain that the moving process goes as smoothly as possible—and yes, Valley Relocation is here to help you do just that.
Select a Reliable and Reputable Moving Company
When it comes to handling your valuable possessions, you don’t want to make the mistake of hiring just anyone for the job. Finding a reputable and trustworthy mover is one of—if not outright—the most critical steps. To steer clear of scams, ensure that the moving company you’re considering hiring is appropriately licensed.
Keep in mind that all reliable and professional interstate movers have a unique U.S Department of Transportation-issued license number. Local moving companies, on the other hand, usually have a state license. You can verify the license number and complaint history of a moving company here.
Furthermore, before you hire a mover, ensure you get quotes from at least three different companies. Also, the estimates you’re provided must either be based on an in-person inspection or video inspection of the premises. Don’t accept estimates over the internet or the phone.
Make a Checklist of Items
Before you give the green light to packers and movers to get started, make sure you have a detailed inventory of all the items that are being moved. It’s good practice to make a spreadsheet with the photos, descriptions, and quantities of all your belongings. Although this may take additional time and effort, it will make your move a lot easier and simpler. Taking inventory will also allow you to identify lost items.
Your checklist should include as much of the following information as possible:
- Photos of the item
- Description of the item
- Model and make where applicable
- Appraisals of the items, evaluations, or the cost at the time of purchase
- Irreplaceable items or antiques
Use The Right Boxes
If the moving company is taking care of packing, you can skip right over this. However, if you’re handling the packing yourself, you must get the right box for each item. Start with the size or dimension of the boxes. While you may think that bigger is better, that’s not always the case. For instance, it’s not safe to pack different-sized items in one large box. If the larger and heavier items are packed on top, the smaller items can break or get damaged.
If you’re packing your belongings yourself, make sure each box is carefully labeled with the details of its content. This will make it a lot easier for your movers to load and unload the moving vehicle and handle each box with the right amount of care.
Valley Relocation & Storage is a reliable and efficient Silicon Valley mover service. We offer professional residential and commercial moving services, including relocation services in California and affordable moving and storage in Sacramento. Our team of professional movers and drivers is well-equipped with the knowledge and skills to make your move secure and successful. Contact us to request a free quote and get started on your move.