Being National Write a Business Plan Month, this month is a good time to talk about planning a business move. Whether you are relocating your company due to business growth, because your lease is ending and rent increasing, or for some other reason, the following resources and tips for planning a business move will help.
Two of the most important steps in relocating a business are to plan the move well in advance and hire a reputable moving company. Otherwise, you could easily become one of the many with a relocation horror story, and your business would likely suffer because of it.
Imagine learning only days before your scheduled move that elevators in your current or new building are unavailable for transporting furniture and equipment during business hours. Or, a loading dock is full, will be for hours, and the large moving truck is unable to park near your building. What if you find out at the last minute your movers are not qualified to relocate some of your company’s equipment; if they did it would void your warranty or service agreement? Did anyone give your company’s vendors advanced notice of the move? The number of important details easily missed without thorough, advanced planning seems virtually endless.
Business Owners Say Planning Among 3 Keys to a Successful Move
According to an article at Entrepreneur.com, business owners cited planning as one of three keys to a successful move. The other two included being realistic about what you can afford when relocating and to do your homework before selecting your new location.
Not sure how to develop a business relocation plan? An article at Chron.com lays it out in seven steps, beginning with clarification of your reasons for moving and ending with preparation of your checklist, schedule for moving and contingency plan.
Chipman Relocations offers 6 tips for a stress-free corporate move and 20 tips for smoother office moves, both helpful when planning any commercial move. You can also download a business move checklist here compliments of San Diego commercial real estate experts Hughes Marino. Take what is applicable to your move from each and combine them to get your own business relocation plan started.
Do Your Research When Hiring a Commercial Mover
Assisting with planning and move management, a good commercial mover will help ensure a smooth and economical business relocation that is on time and on budget with little to no downtime. But finding such a mover is not as simple as performing an online search and selecting the first company listed.
Do your research. Make sure the company you hire is licensed and insured. Ask for references. Applicable to any business moves, these 4 Tough Questions to Ask Your Corporate Mover will help in your selection process.
For a free quote from commercial movers at Chipman Relocations, click here.