Looking for the right moving company can be a challenge—especially if you’re trying to find a reputable, trustworthy moving company that is also experienced in specific tasks you’ll need them to complete. For instance, if you were hiring a professional moving company to help you move a grand piano, you’d want to know a little bit about their level of expertise, past experiences moving pianos, and how they can help keep your piano well-protected for the long haul. The same goes for moving in the film industry.
The film industry requires frequent moving of set pieces, filming equipment, lighting and sound equipment…sound expensive? Well, all of that equipment, furniture, and so on are often high-quality and worth lots of money, so hiring the right film industry movers for the job is a critical step to ensure your film industry move goes smoothly and successfully. In this article, we’ll go over some tips for those of you who are looking for a moving company to help move expensive equipment such as these.
Factors to Consider Before Hiring Movers
Once again, it’s important that you take the proper precautions and perform adequate research before hiring a moving company to entrust with your expensive filming and audio equipment or high quality set pieces. These are the most salient factors to consider before you hire movers to handle this precarious job:
Level of Experience
This is one of the most important qualities of any moving company, let alone one that will be handling such important equipment and items. The moving company should have plenty of experience deconstructing pieces and/or protecting delicate items from damage along the trek. You might want to ask various companies how many times they’ve performed these specific types of moves before, or how comfortable they feel ensuring that their experience will guarantee a successful move.
Often times excellent moving companies will have a reputation that precedes them—but this can also be true of not so great moving companies as well. One of the best ways to gauge the reputation of a moving company is to look at their online reviews from previous or ongoing customers. The majority of reviews should be positive, but any negative reviews can give you the opportunity to ask the company in-person about.
Specific Industry-Related References
If you’re using a moving company for a specific purpose like a film industry move or set change, it’s important to know that the company’s reputation in the film industry is well-established. In order to feel more comfortable hiring any given company, you might ask them for industry-related references from satisfied customers over the years. Most moving companies can provide clients with a list of references, but industry-specific references can help ease your mind about their level of qualifications, experience, overall expertise, and success in their previous jobs with filming equipment, set pieces, and other items that are particularly expensive and susceptible to damage during a move.
Policies and Precautions
Before you hire a specific moving company, it helps to form a list of relevant questions you have about their qualifications and services in moving filming equipment. They should be able to provide you with a list of the services they offer, including their various insurance options, any specific protocols for moving heavy or delicate equipment, and how they handle damages should they occur.
Moving Location Specifications
Among your questions to ask the moving company, you should also be sure to ask them how they prepare to handle the challenges that different filming locations can present. For instance, if there are elevators, stairs, high-rises, etc. that require specific preparatory steps for navigating, they should communicate their preemptive plans for such occurrences.
How We Can Help You Move Smoothly and Successfully
Here at Watford Moving & Storage, we’re familiar with the needs of the filming industry when it comes to moving equipment, set pieces, and other delicate or expensive items. In Santa Clarita and other Los Angeles County areas, the film industry is a huge part of how our services are utilized; therefore, we have plenty of experience helping filming companies move their equipment to and from filming locations, storage facilities, and warehouses. If you’d like to know more about our company’s qualifications, experience, or references, please contact one of our helpful professionals directly.