Things to Consider Before Relocating Your Company

Moving is always hard, whether you have to relocate your home or your business, and there are so many factors you need to take into consideration. If you don’t do it right, you might face potential less when it comes to your customers, business partners or even your employees. However, there’s a way to avoid all of that,make the move smooth and continue working the same day you finish the move. In order to achieve that, you need to be organized and prepare everything in advance. That will help you spend as little time possible on the actual move and help you focus on what’s truly important – doing your job.

Do Market Research

In order to find the perfect space for your new office, you’ll have to do a thorough market research and discover the best areas. That means you have to see where the biggest companies are settled at the moment and find your spot there. Also, try to get closer to the companies you work with, because that will make organizing your meetings much easier.

On the other hand, you can move to a neighborhood where there’s no company like yours, and thus became a true leader. This will give you an opportunity to establish a new market and make your own rules, which is something many businesses are good at. You can be a leader if you research all of your options and offer something new to the clients in the area you choose.

Location Matters

The word “location” has different meanings for different businesses location, but they all have one thing in common – staying close to their clients. If your office is far from your clients, they might realize that they don’t like the commute and could eventually stop doing business with you after a while.

This will also prevent you from getting new clients –you may have the best office in the world, but if it’s far from your potential clients, they won’t have time for meeting with you. Think about the location of your competitors and try to find a space somewhere close. That will allow you to be in the center of the happenings, and bring you closer to new business opportunities.

Organize your new office

Before you start moving all your belongings, think about preparing the space and making it ready. Start by painting one wall at the time and making them look more appealing, but be sure to pick the color that’s going to suit everyone. Fix everything before you bring in the furniture because it’s always easier to work with empty space, and you’ll be able to see what needs to be fixed.

Apart from that,find a company that will help you set up an electricity connection and make everything work before you move into your new office. This is crucial because you’ll have to power all your equipment from day one, so make sure you organize this in advance.

Cost issues

Find a real estate agent who works with office spaces, can negotiate a good deal for you and make sure you get the best space on the market. Although this sounds like an expense you don’t need, think of it as an investment in the future of your company because you don’t want to move again after a while just because it turns out that the new space isn’t working for you.

When it comes to your employees, they will have to balance doing their jobs and helping you with the move. You’ll have to give them bonuses, because this is definitely not what they’ve initially signed for, so make it worth their while.

Find a Moving Company

No matter how small your business is, you won’t be able to move everything on your own. With all the computers, chairs, desks and other furniture, it’s always better to leave it to professionals instead of trying to do it on your own.By doing this, you’ll avoid accidents that could damage your sensitive equipment and thus ruin your moving budget.

Organize everything and ask your moving company to pack your entire office and label all the boxes just to make the unpacking process easier. That will allow you to let your employees unpack their personal belongings on their own, and this will fasten the entire process.

Although the moving process can be stressful and exhausting, you can organize everything in advance and it easier. Include your employees but show them that you appreciate their help and they’ll be happy to help you. Think about all the steps you need to take after the relocation and don’t waste your time in the new office. By continuing where you’ve left things off in your previous office, you’ll be able to get back on the right track and immediately start making new deals.

Emma B. Joyce is a blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She is a regular contributor on

Don’t Let Moving Costs Stress You Out

movingLife is filled with sticker shock moments. Few are more shocking than those that occur during a big move.

Whether you’re relocating yourself or an entire business, the weight of expenses can be stressful but know that you’re not alone.

According to the United States Census Bureau, nearly 36 million people moved in the United States from 2012 to 2013 alone. The report also found that the most common reason for long-distance moves was for job-related reasons.

With that many people moving across the country or abroad because of work every year, there are some tried and true strategies to reduce both stress and costs.

Time vs. Money

Before the big move, you need to figure out which of these you do and don’t have.

If you have funds out the gate or if you’re getting some of your moving expenses covered by your company, the most stress-reducing choice may be to hire movers. Since they are experts, they will save you time in the long-run when it comes to packing.

If you don’t have money, you will need to make sure that you allot yourself enough time to comfortably organize, pack up, and eventually unpack the things you’d like to move.

Sell, Don’t Ship

Obviously you can’t sell every single one of your belongings or office supplies and start 100% fresh in your new location. But you can try.

When it comes to big items that take up a lot of valuable shipping space (couches, other furniture, computers etc.), consider trying to sell those items before the move and replace them once you’re settled in to your new home or office.

By doing this, you’ll pocket money from the sales and save money because there will be less to ship.

Don’t Be Surprised By Regulations

To save yourself from penalties, fines, and extra stress, make sure to research any shipping regulations especially if you’re moving internationally.

As the article “How to Keep Moving Costs to a Minimum” points out, one of the easiest ways to handle this is to hire a corporate relocation service with expertise in international compliance.

If you can’t afford this sort of service, make sure to research the regulations for the country you’re moving to.

Shop Around

Be sure to get a range of quotes when it comes to the cost of things like shipping a car or moving trucks.

This will help you get the best deal possible and it may help you realize that some of these tasks will be cheaper if you handle them yourself.

You may find that it’s actually more cost-effective to drive your car across the country yourself than have it shipped or towed.

Save Money on the Small Stuff

Everything adds up when it comes to moving costs which is why you should be frugal everywhere you can.

Rather than buying brand new moving boxes, look on sites like Craigslist for used moving boxes or go to your local grocery store to see if they have extra boxes headed for the recycle bin.

Likewise, consider more affordable solutions for how you pack your belongings.

Plastic bags, newspapers, and coupon circulars can help you store fragile items. You can cover your furniture with old sheets or a drop cloth that you plan on using when painting your new apartment.

An easy way to save money is to get imaginative with how things can serve multiple purposes during and after the move.

Moves are rarely easy and involve countless moving parts.

But by following these tips you can reduce both your stress and costs all the while preparing for new personal or business ventures ahead.

About the Author: Kristin Livingstone writes on a variety of topics including small business and cross-country moving.