The Internet is replete with articles giving advice to homeowners about how to move house. But seldom do we see the same advice for businesses that want to move. And when you think about it this is rather strange. After all, relocating a business is a far riskier endeavour.
The problem that businesses have is that they can only make money while they’re up and running. This means that any delay in moving to a new premises can cost the business thousands of dollars.
That said, there are ways to make office removals less of a hassle. You just need to make the right plan and execute it.
Create A Timetable For Moving
Many businesses are complex operations. It may be the case that you have multiple sites moving to one location. Or that you have one site right now, but want to spread out to several.
Because of the disruption, this causes it’s best only to move one part of your business at a time. While a department is moving, the other departments can take up the slack and keep the business operational.
It’s helpful, therefore, to have a window of time in which you can make use of both your old and new premises. Old facilities can continue running your operation while the new are set up.
You might also consider moving during a period that is typically quiet. Many businesses are seasonal and as a result, you may be able to take advantage of this for your move.
When considering a new location, be meticulous about your requirements. Make sure that the site meets all your needs and will continue to do so in the future.
Too many businesses make the mistake of moving to a new office based on their current needs and fail to consider how their needs will evolve over time. Your new office may fall within your budget today, but will it still be economical two years into the lease?
Get Key People Involved
Organising a change of location for a business is a big job. And it’s often the case that one brain is not as good as many.
Don’t be afraid to get other people involved in the moving process. They may be able to give advice and point out things you’ve missed.
Update Your Suppliers And Letterheads
While you have been at your current offices, you’ve made a lot of relationships. Hundreds of contractors, suppliers and clients have come to know your location. And they probably don’t know you plan to move.
That’s why it’s so helpful to have a mailing list with all of your contacts on it. Such a mailing list allows you to contact everybody who might be affected by your change of location.
Before you move, you’ll also have to begin the process of updating all of your official documentation. Letterheads will need to be modified to account for your new address. And your website will need to be updated.
Once you’ve done all the planning, the day or week of your move should go smoothly. As always, if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.