If there is a business move in your future, you may be contemplating just how involved the process is. Unlike a residential move, business relocations need to be planned with precision and good organization to avoid financial losses. With that in mind, we have some tips to help you get started!
Make sure you notify your customers in advance that you’ll be moving. This will help them plan to take care of any urgent business before the move in case there are days of downtime. If you are a critical service or supply line for other businesses, personally reach out to them about anticipated needs during that time. Your proactive measures signal to your customers that they are your priority.
Update your address and contact information on your website and all your marketing materials. Beginning this process in advance of the move can help avoid interruptions in business growth due to customers and referrals not being able to find you. This is also a good time to arrange utility transition dates, banking updates, and other service account changes. While this list is likely lengthy, remember that some of these updates can be conveniently completed online.
Pack up your inventory and office equipment carefully to avoid damage during the move. If you’re doing the moving, consider taking any fragile or extra sensitive equipment in smaller, more controlled loads so that these items can be coddled so to speak. Moving blankets and foam can help insulate and protect electronic items from being bumped or shaken.
Hire a professional moving company to handle the entire move if you can. Trust us when we say that this will save you a lot of headaches and backaches. Business moving services do this all day, every day, and they know exactly how to get the job done quickly and efficiently. These businesses are pros when it comes to organizing a move for a business with the least amount of interruption and ensuring that highly sensitive items are secure and protected. They also have all the equipment necessary to handle large, heavy furniture and equipment items safely and securely. If you can’t afford to have business movers handle your move from start to finish, at least consider them for the heavy lifting.
If you’re moving to a new city or state, research the business environment there and get to know the local market before making the move. This will help you hit the ground running when you open your doors at your new location. Begin doing some advance public announcements about your opening so that the community can welcome you with open arms.
Make sure you’re properly insured during the move. Your business insurance policy should cover any damages that may occur during the relocation process. A brief check-in with your agent can offer coverage confirmation and advice on anything that might be additionally needed.
We know that moving your business to a new location can be a stressful process. Following these tips will help keep your business organized during the transition, and is a great testament to your current customers for how well your organization handles big projects!
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan