Differences Between Residential & Commercial Moving

For a moving company, the logic behind a residential move and a commercial move is the same, performing the move is very different from each other. Understanding the difference between residential and commercial moves can save you a lot of time and stress when looking for the right professional moving company. A professional moving company like Three Men and a Truck that accommodate both moving solutions can make the moving process a lot easier.

What is a residential move?

A residential move is when you are moving out of an apartment or a house. You or a moving company packs your belongings, and you hire movers to move your boxes and furniture to a new home or apartment. These moves can be accomplished by just a few moving professionals and a truck. As long as you have already secured your new place, the only thing you will have to worry about after the move is unpacking the boxes.

The most considerable challenges associated with a residential move is getting the fragile or oversized pieces moved. Most residential pieces that pose problems are valuables or fragile pieces. Items like pianos, glass pieces, and antique furniture can be challenging to move due to weight and size. Using a professional company during a residential move can often ensure that these items reach your new place without any damage done to them.

What is a commercial move?

Commercial moves apply the same principles as a residential move, but on a larger scale. Commercial moves can vary in size from small businesses to large factories. The process of commercial moves is more complicated. The process of the move has to be swift to help minimize the loss of profits for the company. There is often a lot of concern regarding the movement of heavy equipment like you would find in a factory setting. Movers who are experienced in moving commercial items are experts in handling this type of equipment.

Commercial move

Professional office moving companies know that coordinating moves like this with management to ensure the moving process goes as smoothly as possible. A commercial move can be executed efficiently and quickly with the right team of workers. More workers are utilized in commercial moves than in residential moves due to the heavy equipment.

It is important that all of the office furniture, equipment, lighting, and technology are in place prior to the more oversized commercial items. This will help in getting the business up and running as quickly as possible.

Commercial Move Operations

Most commercial moves, depending on size, employ anywhere from two to 20 moving specialists. Most of these moves are made after hours or on the weekends to reduce interference to business operations. If heavy or oversized equipment is being moved, different equipment will be used to move it all safely and efficiently. Some of the same equipment may be used in residential moves, but only if heavy and expensive items are being handled.

  • Forklift
    • Forklifts are good for moving heavy equipment and machinery. These are built specifically for the purpose of hauling around heavy objects for short distances. These are not going to be a good method for moving equipment to a new location, but they can be used to load machinery onto a truck.
  • Skates
    • Machine skates are wheels that make moving heavy machinery easier. Most machine skates are square or rectangular platforms that have wheels in each corner. These are placed under heavy equipment, so machinery can be moved across the floor without having to be picked up and carried. These often have a handle and a 360-degree rotation.
  • Roller Skids
    • Roller skids resemble machine skates but with one exception. These can be bolted onto heavy machinery. These skids are then loaded using a forklift. Once in place, these skids allow for machinery to move freely where it needs to go.
  • Lift Buddy
    • A lift buddy is a piece of equipment that is used much like a jack to lift a side of heavy equipment or machinery. Using a lift buddy can make it easier to get machine skates or roller skids beneath the equipment.
  • Toe Jacks
    • A toe jack is another name for a floor jack. These are helpful when you don’t have a forklift at your disposal. Much like a forklift, these jacks can be used to lift heavy machinery. Unlike a lift buddy, these types of jacks have the capability of lifting as much as 60 tons.
  • Lifting Straps
    • Some appliances and machinery can be moved by two people using lifting straps. This gadget is also referred to as a moving harness. These straps have loops on the ends that are placed around the shoulders or forearms and the straps under the equipment. Two people can then lift on the straps and move equipment quickly and efficiently using the lifting straps.
  • Air Bearings
    • For heavy equipment or machinery with rates in the tons, moving specialists often incorporate the help of air bearings. Using an air compressor, bearing elements are inflated and connected to a platform. This gets placed under the equipment, and thanks to a continuous supply of air, the equipment floats where it needs to go.
  • Hand Truck Dollies
    • A hand truck dolly is used in both residential and commercial moves. These dollies can allow for appliances or other medium-sized equipment to be moved by one person. Heavy equipment can also be handled by one person using a dolly, but it is not efficient for tall or oversized items to be moved by one person.

Finding the Commercial Mover Right for You

The best commercial moving companies that you will find often pride themselves on being able to accommodate multiple moving operations. Three Men and a Truck have been in operation for over 20 years and have the expertise to prove that they are the right choice for any move that may come your way. From local to international, and residential to commercial-Three Men and a Truck offer solutions that not only fit your budget but will exceed your expectations. When you need a professional moving company, get your free quote from Three Men and a Truck today.

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at Chris@threemenandatruck.net

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