If you are moving out of your current office space to a new floor in the same building, then you might plan to move everything yourself. However, you shouldn't discount using a commercial moving service just yet. Professional movers have some benefits over a DIY move. What are they?
Professional Movers Can Meet Building Regulations
Some commercial buildings require tenants to use professional movers. While some building managers might let you move yourself to a new location inside the building, some might insist that you stick to the rules and use a moving company.
In some locations, commercial landlords will only allow tenants to move in or around the building if they provide proof of insurance. If something in the building gets damaged in the move, they know that the mover has insurance to cover costs.
So, you might have to get a copy of a professional moving company's certificate of insurance before you can move within the building. If you do need this, then you have to use a commercial mover.
Professional Movers Protect You Against Accidents
Even if you have a small office, you're likely to have some items that are fragile or difficult to move. For example, large desks, bookcases, file cabinets, and tables aren't always easy to carry, especially if you can't disassemble them. Computers, copiers, and printers are easily damaged if you don't take special care when you pack and move them.
Plus, if you ask your employees to help with the move, then they could get hurt. Lifting and carrying heavy items around a building, even if you can use a service elevator, could strain someone's back. They might need time off work, and you could be liable for any accident they might have.
A professional moving company reduces the risk of accidents. They take on all the heavy lifting. They can also pack and move fragile items without damaging them. Your employees won't get hurt in the process.
Professional Movers Reduce Your Downtime
If you move office yourself, then you could have some business downtime. You and your employees will have to pack everything up and then move it to your new floor. You will then have to unpack and organize your new space.
If you hire a commercial moving service, then they do all this work for you. If you book an overnight or weekend move, then your work transition is seamless. Your mover can disassemble furniture, pack, and move the contents of your office fast. They can then reassemble furniture, unpack, and organize your new space. You'll have less work downtime.
To get started, contact a local commercial moving service and ask how they manage in-building moves.