Whether you are an individual or business, relocation sometimes becomes part of your life. Many people relocate due to new job offers or going away to school. Businesses must often relocate as well. When the time comes to make that move to another part of the country, or even overseas, contacting the proper relocation professionals is imperative. You’re relocation will only be as successful as the company you hire to handle the task.
Considerations Before You Relocate
There are a few considerations to take before you search for a relocation company to suit your particular needs. These involve not only moving furniture, but also supportive factors. Factors to consider include:
- Day care
- Moving assistance
- Housing assistance
- Cultural training
Careful consideration of the needs of yourself or business outside of simply moving furniture, will mean the success or failure of a successful relocation move.
Corporate Relocation Services
Corporate relocation services are equipped to manage the details of relocating a business. This will typically include relocation preparation, moving furniture, equipment and data to the new location. Many of these relocation companies also make sure that the new location is properly set up according to specifications before the employees arrive. This includes arranging offices, handling utilities, and setting up their computer networks as quickly and efficiently as possible, in order to avoid loss of productivity.
Residential Relocation Services
Individuals who are moving a good distance to start a new job, or those who are moving to being a new life often hire relocation services. Depending on the situation, relocation services can assist in locating a new place to live, moving personal items, help in finding employment, child care services, elderly care services. Some relocation companies will also have access to temporary storage facilities as well as temporary living arrangements until you get completely settled.
Many relocation service companies offer their customers relocation packages. These packages contain basic services and are usually customisable. Depending on the company, they may contain:
- Pet transportation
- Packing options: Full pack and unpack, partial pack and unpack, no pack.
- Custom crating
- Air shipments
- Local and overseas storage options
- Insurance during transit
To make sure your relocation goes smoothly, being aware of the options available to you will aid you in shopping for the best possible relocation service for your needs.
Choosing a Relocation Service
Try to stay only with ‘brand name’ movers, not a ‘bunch of guys’ from down the street. Ask friends or relatives for recommendations. Research online and start calling, and only trust the company that gives you an estimate after an in-home visit. After you narrow your choices, investigate each one by calling the Better Business Bureau, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Secretary of State. This last check will make sure that the mover has no issues with licensing or outstanding complaints.
All in all, the success of your relocation depends on the company you choose. Carefully consider all of your options. It is also important to remember to look into their payment requirements. Depending on the contract, you may have to pay a deposit up front, or the entire amount upfront. Also make sure there are no hidden fees, and examine what the insurance entails.