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As workplaces continue to evolve, the traditional office setting is undergoing a makeover, especially here in New York City. The recent trend toward remote work has prompted many companies to rethink the role of physical office spaces. While tech giants like Google, Adobe, Amazon, and Microsoft have embraced long-term hybrid work models, others are taking a different route.

For those companies not ready to say goodbye to their water coolers and board rooms, the focus is on adapting and optimizing their space. Whether it's downsizing to a more efficient office or finding a new location that aligns with the changing work culture, businesses are navigating a complex set of decisions. In this ever-evolving scenario, it's crucial to understand the costs associated with office relocation in NYC.

If your company is among those navigating this transformation, you’re in the right place. In this article, we provide valuable insights into the expenses and considerations involved in moving your office in and around New York City. From logistics to the dynamics of the real estate market, we'll explore the factors that shape the cost of office relocation and help you make informed decisions in this changing landscape.

Office Moves Are More Expensive Than Residential Moves

Office moving falls under the category of commercial moving, and, generally, commercial moving will cost more than residential moving. This is mainly because commercial spaces can be thousands of square feet and require several moving trucks. Depending on the size of your office, the moving and packing costs can vary significantly, from a couple thousand dollars all-in to more than $50k.

To get a better sense of what you can expect, consider this example. We recently had a client whose space was surprisingly compact, similar in size to a typical one or two-bedroom apartment in the city. When we discussed the costs, we likened it to a new medium-sized apartment, which typically ranges from $600 to $2,000. It helped them get a better grasp of the budget for their office relocation. 

Additional Services Can Increase Costs

Office movers can range in price depending on the additional services required. We recently worked with a client who needed a comprehensive office move, including packing services and furniture assembly. While these additional services did increase the overall cost, our client found immense value in having a single, all-inclusive quote for the entire package. It streamlined the process, provided peace of mind, and allowed them to focus on their business during the move.

Hourly Cost for Office Movers

Moving services in New York City can be an expensive luxury. It can be difficult to calculate an average cost of moving due to the variation of type of moving job. For example, cross country moves (and other long distance moves) will be charged at a higher rate than a local move, as they require multiple crews of movers.

However, there are ways to determine what your move may cost. Office movers in New York City can start at $40 per mover per hour, but can go up to $200 depending on the distance of the move and the services required.

If you do not want to hire full service movers, there is an option to hire movers for large individual items of furniture like pianos, wardrobes, book shelves, industrial kitchens and so forth.

While NYC movers are often worth the investment, there are other, cheaper ways to conduct a move. You can go the DIY route, in which you rent a U-Haul and grab a few of your friends to help. New Yorkers can also head to Craigslist or TaskRabbit to hire a few stand alone movers. This can often be the cheapest way to move, but remember to take in account the cost of gas, packing supplies, parking tickets and any damages incurred on moving day.

After You Estimate Costs, Get a Quote

Though you can attempt to calculate how much your move will cost based on the information provided here, the best way to estimate the cost is to research local moving companies in your area and request a free quote. Moving companies have estimators that can do a thorough walk through of your space to provide a moving quote. They can take a number of factors into account like square footage, driving distance and inventory to accurately assess the cost.

Remember, on top of the price of moving, it is customary to leave 15-20% gratuity for your movers as a thank you. Another thing to note is that the final cost of your move may differ from the estimate due to traffic or other delays on moving day.

Ready to move?

When moving your office to a new location or your family to a new home, contact Oz Moving & Storage for a stress-free move. We recommend that you start planning the move at least 3 weeks before the moving date.

NYC moving has its own set of obstacles, however, Oz Moving has over 30 years of experience servicing the 5 boroughs of NYC (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx & Staten Island).


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