Industrial moving: if you’re facing it, you may be wondering what you need to do to get the job done. How do you handle moving all your heavy machinery? What about crating and packing? Do you need to rent heavy equipment to move your heavy equipment? What’s the best way to move your inventory? Should you hire a moving company to help with your industrial move?
We’re here to answer all of those questions and more.
This blog will discuss the ins and outs of industrial moving, what you need to consider, and how our team of movers can help.
Let’s dive in.
What is Industrial Moving?
Industrial moving is the process of relocating a warehouse, industrial plant, or other large facilities.
Industrial moving involves the transition of inventory, raw and finished goods, storage racking, handling equipment, heavy machinery, and technology assets – like processing machines. Since these elements are high-value, large, and often delicate, they make industrial moves very challenging.
If you’re facing an industrial move, you’ll need an experienced team to help you. Local moving teams who only specialize in moving families may not have the equipment or expertise to handle the unique challenges of an industrial move.
When you work with a team like Master Movers, we’ll handle every detail. We can set up secure temporary staging areas and/or storage based on your specific needs and take additional steps to guarantee the secure transfer of your items.
Our staff is experienced and background-checked, and we have supervisors to focus on the protection of your items. The result? An industrial move that’s convenient, well-executed, and good for your business.
Your To-Do List for Industrial Moving
Industrial moves can be daunting. After all, there’s so much to move, and much of it may be sensitive or high-value. Fortunately, getting organized will make it easier than you might have imagined.
With that in mind, here’s our step-by-step guide to finishing the industrial move process:
1. Develop a transition plan
Moving a warehouse or business is different from moving from a home in that it’s usually a much more extensive process, with a higher volume of items to move and other considerations to take into account.
A moving transition plan can be helpful.
Here are some of the things to consider as you develop the plan:
Who do you need to notify about your move?
What are your team member’s roles in the move process?
Is it possible or even feasible to stay operational while the move takes place? And if so, how much extra manpower will it require?
Is there aged, damaged, or dead inventory that you need to get rid of instead of moving it?
Do you have shipments arriving that need to be diverted to the new space to avoid double handling?
Have you determined your budget and timeline for the move?
Do you need to purchase new equipment, or would it be more affordable to move your old equipment?
Do you have a new floor plan/layout ready for the new location?
Is your new space set up and ready to run your business, or do you need to update the facility before you arrive there?
2. Create a moving checklist
Before your warehouse move, create a checklist to help you stay on track and check off all important tasks.
Here’s what you should include:
✅ Find and book a moving company
A moving company is an essential tool during a warehouse move. Skilled moving teams will have the experience and equipment needed to handle moving heavy equipment, machinery, and inventory. We can also help you with crating, packing, and more. As soon as you know you’re moving, book a moving company.
The earlier you secure help, the better off your move will be. Keep in mind that warehouse moving companies can be booked for months in advance. Find a few moving companies you like, compare what is included in any estimates, and make sure you’ve chosen the right team for your needs. Sometimes the bottom dollar on an estimate is less than what you may end up paying in the end. Ask what happens if it takes longer or requires more than what the estimator is seeing. We recommend never accepting a quote if the company hasn’t seen your facility, as it’s difficult to get an accurate virtual or phone estimate in this kind of move.
✅ Take inventory and organize your items
Before moving to the new location, organize all your inventory and list the items you intend to move to the new site.
If you’re hiring a moving company to pack and move the items for you, make sure you note fragile, dangerous, or high-value items that the company will need to be especially careful with.
✅ Gather contacts, phone numbers, and necessary paperwork
Before the movers come to help you with your warehouse move, compile a list of important contacts, phone numbers, licenses, goods, and paperwork you may need for moving day and the few weeks it may take to get established in your new location.
✅ Develop a work schedule for employees
If you’re trying to keep your business operational while you move, meet with your employees to develop work schedules that will span the move’s duration.
If you need employees to lend a hand with the move, make sure they know their roles and what you expect from them.
Inform everyone about the move
3. Make the transition
Industrial moving is an extensive process, and it can be stressful. Trust that the process will be over quickly and that you’ll be in your new space before you know it. Moving your business is difficult, but the payoff can be massive.
Master Movers: Your Partner for Industrial Moving
If you’re moving your warehouse or other commercial location or inventory, you’re probably feeling several things. You may be excited about your new location but nervous about the transition. Don’t worry, though. You’re not alone.
Here at Master Movers, we provide all the industrial moving services you need for your upcoming move. From crating and packing to heavy equipment moving and inventory management, we’re here for you. If there is an office space that needs moving, we can help with that as well.
As a team of industrial moving experts, we bring the knowledge and expertise necessary for your move. We know how to move all the things that may seem so daunting to relocate – both safely and quickly.
We also have the skills to move everything from heavy machinery to inventory. Our onsite warehouse move supervisors will work with you to ensure a streamlined move – no matter what.