Mistake 1: Not having a clear gameplan when moving restaurant equipment
Choosing to move a restaurant is not a decision you make overnight. It requires a lot of planning, as far in advance as possible. There are so many things to consider when moving restaurant equipment. You need to give yourself enough time to get all of this in order long before moving day.
A really helpful tool when moving a restaurant is to make yourself a detailed “to-do” list. Sit down during a quiet moment (which is difficult to find as a restaurant owner, we know) and make a list of the following:
- Contacts (think vendors, suppliers, insurance, banking, utilities, permits, and employees, to name a few)
- Inventory (List all your non-perishable inventory that will need to be moved, including alcohol, ingredients, etc.)
- Dining area furniture (chairs, benches, tables, bars, shelving, front counter, etc.)
- Dining area art/incidentals (any art on the wall, statues, rugs, mats, carpets, etc.)
- Dining ware (all glassware, utensils, plates, bowls, etc.)
- Barware (wine glasses, shot glasses, pint glasses, garnish trays, etc.)
- Audio/visual equipment (speakers, sound systems, etc.)
- Kitchen furniture (tables, cutting boards, knives, mixing bowls, measuring cups, scales, etc.)
- Kitchenware (pots, pans, storage containers, baking dishes, sheets, etc.)
- Commercial appliances moving (fridges, freezers, stoves, dishwashers, air ovens, dough sheeters, food processors, mixers, etc.)
- Cleaning supplies (bins, trash carts, utility carts, dollies, industrial mops, buckets, etc.)
It’s important to note that professional long-distance restaurant moving companies will not transport perishable food items or flammable or hazardous materials.
Once you have your list, it's time to divide and conquer. Call long-distance restaurant equipment movers to discuss the next steps for your move.
Some of the techniques and tools our long-distance restaurant equipment movers use while moving restaurant equipment are:
Disassembling furniture for easier transport (our movers can disassemble any brand and type of furniture)
Reassembling furniture at the new location
Wrapping easily damaged furniture in blankets, pads, and plastic wrap to keep it protected during the moving process
Using only the very best packing materials (including boxes or various sizes, various wrap material, heavy-duty packing tape, blankets, plastic wrap, etc.)
Using proper packing techniques to protect all glassware, barware, and kitchenware (including wrapping all breakable items in packing paper, or bubble-wrap)
Wrapping all small kitchen appliances to protect them from being damaged while moving restaurant equipment
Using the correct tools (dollies, hand trucks, shoulder straps, furniture sliders) for large commercial appliances moving
Putting down mats, carpets to protect the floors while moving heavy items (at the old restaurant and the new one) to assist with commercial appliances moving.
These are just some of the ways our long-distance restaurant equipment moving company meets the needs of a restaurant move. Ensuring every item, whether it be a single fork, or the most expensive piece of equipment, gets to its final destination in perfect condition.