Monday, 26 May 2008

Moving & Relocation Company - Tips in Hiring

By John Groth

After you have made the decision to relocate the business, you will want to consider hiring a moving and relocation company. If you have a simple move or you have done it before several times it may be an unnecessary expense. But for the vast majority of relocations the "do-it-yourself" approach may be a mistake. Relocating can get complicated very quickly. In order to assure a smooth move a better idea is to hire a moving and relocation company. However, it's vital they understand exactly your specific moving requirements. Of course it's you're responsibility that you hire the relocation company that is right for the scope of the move.

The right relocation company to hire can be somewhat of a research project. Once you've put together the basics of you moving plan now you need to find the right partner to help you with the moving project. There are many moving and relocation companies that seem to offer similar services. One may specialize in corporate and office relocations. Others offer more general services and can do more. Others may have the ability to move sensitive equipment and electronics. In addition if you have a specific need, such as an international relocation, or moving into a metropolitan high rise, you can narrow your choice between the specialized and generalized relocation companies. So to start with you have to isolate your special needs so you can better make the final decision.

Price is always important, but hiring a moving and relocation company on that factor alone can be short-sighted. Some specialized services are very expensive, such as moving servers and other electronic gear. However, if done wrong or equipment is damaged and your company has a shortfall in service the costs to the business can be devastating. The answer to selecting the right moving and relocation company is to find one that is affordable, will resolve all the details and take care of all of your special needs.

An additional help is to get bids from various companies. Ask for their suggestions on how to handle your special needs. Once you have a good understanding of your options the bids can be evaluated. As you narrow down the list, study the testimonials and speak to former customers. Did the moving and relocation company follow the company instructions, were there any problems, how were they resolved, and special needs the company had and would you use the company again? All are questions that need to be answered. There may be more areas to explore but these are basic for you to help arrive at an informed decision.

Once you've make the final decision, be sure all the special needs are clearly spelled out, the timetable is set and you have a complete understanding on how issues are to settled. From here on you should have a smooth move.

John Groth is a Relocation Specialist. Go to Business Relocation and Moving ideas and find valuable resources, a free money saving relocation guide and informative articles about business and individual moving and relocation.