Lab Moving 101: How to Choose a Lab Relocation Company
Whether you're moving an entire collection of samples to another location across the country, down the street, or within the same building – taking time to research a lab relocation company is critical.
It is important to work with trained and licensed lab moving professionals who have experience transporting biological material at precise temperature parameters, lab chemicals, and high-value items.
Perform Due Diligence
Understand the different type of move companies involved in a lab move – and ask questions.
• General moving company
• Specialized lab moving company
• Laboratory project management firm
A moving company should always have several licenses and certifications to transport biological material. Surprisingly, some companies do not have proper licenses, documentation, and training. Make sure the moving partner has the right credentials.
• A mover must have a number issued by the United States Department of Transportation.
• Find out in advance about the state, federal, and local laws and permits required for moving.
Choose a vendor based on experience and capability within a defined scope of work.
Consider Customer Referrals
The power of word-of-mouth referrals from colleagues is an ideal source to help with purchasing decisions.
If a standard moving company is unable to move some of the items, ask the mover to refer a specialized moving service that can help with temperature-sensitive material.