The Key Differences Between a Furniture Mover and a Furniture Installer

Are you in the market for some new furniture for your office? Are you shopping around and aren’t sure whether you need a furniture mover or an installer? Perhaps you need both services…someone to not only move your furniture and someone to install it properly. Since it can be hard to determine which furniture moving and installation service is needed, here is clarification on the key differences between furniture movers and furniture installers so that you can make an informed decision for your office moving and installing needs.

Furniture Movers

All furniture movers aren’t all the same. There are some furniture movers who specifically deal with residential populations while others cater to commercial entities, and then there are some who provide both residential and commercial furniture moving. 

Home/Residential Movers

Residential movers, also known as home movers, typically work with consumers for personal moves of furniture to and between residences providing moving services for apartments, condos, townhouses, and homes of all sizes. These types of companies are sometimes associated with storage companies where they offer both moving and storage services simultaneously. They usually pick up and deliver furniture, load and unload moving vehicles, and in some cases, are contracted to pack and unpack boxes as well as the assembly and placement of furniture per customer request.

Office/Commercial Movers

Commercial movers sometimes referred to as office movers, typically focus on business clients. Their client base can range from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses across various industries. Commercial movers offer more comprehensive moving services when compared to residential movers that include anything from the preparation of furniture for moving, loading and unloading of moving trucks, floor-plan design, moving of files and records, and even on-site project management if desired. Some commercial moving companies even offer warehouse storage and facility protection.  

Furniture Installers

Furniture installers are specifically involved with the efficient installation of office furniture. The type of office furniture for installation varies based on the industry. For example, furniture installation for a financial institution can differ from furniture and equipment installation for a hospital. Furniture installers also assist with wall mounting, installation of accessories, and system setups if desired. In the commercial setting specifically, furniture installers often work alongside the construction industry assisting with installing furniture and equipment to specific specifications. Overall, furniture installers play a vital role in ensuring that furniture and equipment are placed within environments in an efficient manner. Furniture installers are available for both residential and commercial settings.

The Importance of Choosing the Right Furniture Moving Contractor

Now that you know the difference between furniture movers and installers, you have to access which services you need to determine which service is needed. If you’re just looking for assistance with moving furniture and equipment to another location without any setup, a furniture mover might be the best option for you. However, if you’re looking for the installation of furniture that you already possess or are purchasing, a furniture installation company is ideal.  

There are circumstances where furniture moving and installation are needed simultaneously. In such cases, it’s best to choose a company that offers comprehensive furniture moving and installation services. Some companies offer comprehensive cross-training for moving and installing so that customers have access to furniture moving and installation services all in one.  Seeking out a company that offers multi-faceted furniture moving and installation services could potentially lower your costs. 

Professional furniture movers and installers have expertise in handling high-cost, fragile furniture and equipment ensuring that everything reaches its destination intact. The movers are trained to use specialized equipment, when necessary, to move and transport furniture in a safe and secure manner. Employees of furniture moving and installation companies are trained to use dollies, straps, hand trucks, straps, pallet jacks, and other heavy-duty moving and installation equipment in a safe manner to ensure valuable furniture is moved and installed efficiently. 

In cases of mishaps that result in damage, professional, reputable furniture moving and installation companies are licensed and have insurance coverage to account for property damage. It is for this reason that it is important to only contract with licensed furniture moving and installation companies. 

Ultimately, choosing the best furniture mover and/or installer is based on your personal furniture moving and installing needs. Oftentimes, it is best to seek out a furniture moving company that provides a variety of additional services such as furniture installation as this ensures that you can keep all of your furniture moving and installation with one company which can help limit your overall furniture moving costs.  

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