A commercial move arguably takes more effort and care than a residential move. When you move your business, you must ensure that the relocation goes off without a hitch so that you can pick up where you left off in making a profit and serving your customers. These simple, yet smart ideas can make your business faster, easier, and more affordable.
Prioritize What to Move First
If you plan on keeping your business open for as long as possible during the move, it is important that you prioritize what items you need and want to move first. While you may think to move essentials like office furniture and computers first, you actually start with those things that you use least often. Such items may include:
- Seasonal decorations
- Extra office supplies
- Infrequently used office furniture
- Freestanding lamps, plants, and other floor non-essential floor fixtures
These items should be moved first because they are not vital to your business' day-to-day operations. As the move progresses, you should then start moving more essential things like computers, desks, and other equipment that is necessary to keep your business up and running each day.
Make Use of Storage Space
More business owners today are making use of storage units in their local area. These units are convenient because they free up space in your office. They also safeguard your company's possessions until they are needed at work.
When you check into one of the local storage facilities, you would do well to choose one that makes available conveniences like:
- Climate controlled units
- Around-the-clock security
- Password protected entry
- Affordable rental rates
When you rent self-storage units for your business, you save money on your initial moving expenses and instead invest in extra space that your business can use to keep non-essential items safe and out of the way until it is time to use them again.
Hire Professional Movers
You and your staff may be so busy in the daily running of your company that you have little time left over each day to actually move the things in your office. Rather than waste money on overtime or call in your staff on the weekend and after hours, you can get the move done and over with quickly by hiring professional movers.
Movers are trained to move and unload your office's possessions quickly and efficiently. They also are licensed and bonded so that you and your company avoid taking on a possibly expensive liability.
Follow To-Do Lists
A move of any size can seem overwhelming and confusing. When you want to keep it simple and actually remember what you are supposed to be doing each day, you can draw up to-do lists for you and your employees.
Along with making up lists for you and your assistants to follow, you should also make up to-do lists for each department or office within your company. These lists will help keep everyone on task and let them know what is expected of them during the move.
Let Your Vendors and Customers Know
Your vendors and customers will not know where to find your business' new location unless you tell them. Before you finish the move, make sure you send out postcards or emails to each of your customers and vendors informing them of your relocation.
If needed, include a map with your company's new address. You should send out these notices well before your company actually relocates to the new store or office.
Moving your business can be simple, efficient, and affordable when you plan ahead and use some basic tips. These ideas help you save time, money, and effort during your business' move.