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Modular Furniture Experts

We specialize in setting up modular furniture, as well as reconfiguring existing furniture into new environments.

We support furniture from a variety of manufacturers:

 

  • Allsteel
  • AIS
  • Haworth
  • Herman Miller
  • Kl
  • Kimball
  • Knoll
  • Steelcase
  • Teknion
  • Westinghouse
  • Trendway
  • And much more…

F.A.Q.

If you have questions about scheduling, billing, or anything you don’t see here, reach out to us below. 

How far in advance should I schedule a move or installation with your moving company?

We appreciate 1-2 weeks advance notice, but pride ourselves in our flexibility and our ability to meet customer needs on short notice. Our customers know that we will back them up in any emergencies.

On large moves, there is a great deal of preparatory work, and many companies begin planning 10-12 months in advance. Whether a large job or small, feel free to call and make use of our company to plan the move effectively. 

Can GIMS provide insurance certificates to building management at our locations?

Absolutely. All moves are insured with the highest levels of general liability and umbrella coverage through Transguard Insurance Company. All GIMS workers are covered by one million dollars in workers compensation through State Comp Insurance Fund. We need 48 hours notice and will supply insurance certificates naming your company and/or site Management Company in advance of the move.

Does GIMS do household moves?

No, GIMS specializes in office and industrial moves and does not do household moves.

What about fine art work, or really expensive computers?

GIMS carries standard comprehensive coverage sufficient for standard moves. However, some customers do request additional coverage for particular items of high value. We do need 1-2 weeks to make these arrangements and require a more detailed inventory and description of the items to be moved. Feel free to call GIMS office staff to discuss any concerns you may have regarding complete insurance coverage.

What kinds of items can GIMS transport? What items can't be?

GIMS can transport most things found in a standard office environment, including artwork, computers, telecommunication equipment, safes, and modular furniture. We do not move items considered hazardous such as: aerosols, gas cans, varnishes, corrosives, batteries, matches, ammunition, explosives, hazardous cleaning fluids and detergents.

Do I need an estimate?

A pre-move survey and estimate can be helpful to get a sense of the scope, specifications and cost of your relocation. However, we bill on an hourly basis and do not require estimates.

The GIMS supervisor of each move will be in direct contact with your designated on-site contact for each move. The supervisor will check in as work begins, and ask for your contact to sign off upon job completion. We maintain detailed records of time spent on each job and will be in contact with you throughout the move.

Is GIMS a union company?

Yes, Galindo Installation & Moving Services is affiliated with the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council. Both our move crews and installation crews are active members of San Francisco Carpenters Local Union #22.

GIMS is also a member of the Modular Installers Association, an association of licensed installation contractors with unionized workforces, who work exclusively on modular office furniture systems, and office/industrial moves.

Can you move us after business hours or over the weekend?

We provide moving services 7 days a week and 24 hours a day to ensure your business’ optimum operations.

We have classified material to move, how do you deal with secure files?

Working with your security staff, GIMS establishes a schedule to move classified material meeting even the most stringent requirements. We can establish documented “line of sight” monitoring of the move, as well as sealed locks for the transportation vehicles.

Does GIMS move copiers?

First, check with the manufacturer to see if using a moving company to relocate the equipment will void your warranty. If this is not an issue, then GIMS would be happy to move your copier.

We have classified material to move, how do you deal with secure files?

Working with your security staff, GIMS establishes a schedule to move classified material meeting even the most stringent requirements. We can establish documented “line of sight” monitoring of the move, as well as sealed locks for the transportation vehicles.

Do I need to empty my bookcases and file cabinets before the move?

In most cases, GIMS can blanket-pad and shrink-wrap the file cabinets, leaving the contents in place for the move. In some cases, with large fire files or extra large file cabinets, it is preferable to remove the top level of files.

Bookcases should be emptied for transport. GIMS can provide bookcarts for the unloading of books so that organization of library shelves is maintained.

Can GIMS provide help with preliminary packing and unpacking?

Yes, we can help pack anything in your office; the most usual locations being common area files, libraries and storage rooms.

Can GIMS help me with creating a space plan?

We will be pleased to assist you in planning office layouts. Space planning is extremely helpful in making efficient use of valuable office floor space. In coordination with a consultation and site survey, we offer an in house CAD Drafting Service at the same hourly rate as our installation services.

How does GIMS protect my building and possessions during the move?

We place masonite on the floors, corner protectors on door frames, and corrugated cardboard along the walls. All GIMS moving equipment, such as dollies, machine carts, library carts, etc. have rubber wheels to protect the floors from damage. Every precaution is taken to keep our equipment free of grease and dirt to maintain unsoiled floor coverings and to keep your possessions clean.

Computer CPU’s and their components are placed on machine carts, blanket wrapped and then wrapped in shrink–wrap, a heavy, clear plastic wrap that protects your possessions from scratches and dirt during transport and helps secure them. GIMS can provide ziplock bags for moving computer components (keyboard, mouse, cables and other peripheral items) which are then labeled with their designated destination. Furniture and equipment to be moved are blanket-wrapped, shrink-wrapped and labeled to minimize risk of any damage or misplacement. GIMS provides all blanket padding, machine carts, library carts, panel carts, masonite, wall protection and dollies at no additional charge during move. Boxes and ziplock bags are sold at a discounted rate.

Do you provide a disposal service for getting rid of excess office items?

Yes, we can provide a disposal service. The weight of the waste determines the cost for this service. GIMS does regular dump runs for several of our customers. We also do our best to recycle and reuse any items that are still reusable. We have contacts within the Oakland and San Francisco public schools where we try to donate good quality used office furnishings and equipment.

Items such as old computer monitors are considered hazardous waste and are charged an additional fee for disposal by the sanitary fill companies. Rates for regular waste disposal are based on weight, while hazardous waste is frequently by item. San Francisco residents can call Golden Gate Disposal & Recycling at (415) 626-4000 to get current rates. GIMS will use the most local waste disposal facility and forward the charges on our billing statement.

Do you provide a disposal service for getting rid of excess office items?

Yes, we can provide a disposal service. The weight of the waste determines the cost for this service. GIMS does regular dump runs for several of our customers. We also do our best to recycle and reuse any items that are still reusable. We have contacts within the Oakland and San Francisco public schools where we try to donate good quality used office furnishings and equipment.

Items such as old computer monitors are considered hazardous waste and are charged an additional fee for disposal by the sanitary fill companies. Rates for regular waste disposal are based on weight, while hazardous waste is frequently by item. San Francisco residents can call Golden Gate Disposal & Recycling at (415) 626-4000 to get current rates. GIMS will use the most local waste disposal facility and forward the charges on our billing statement.