Moving your business is a daunting prospect. People, technology, furniture, and security all have to be considered—not to mention continuing to run your business throughout the process.
How to Move Your Business
Making lists is an effective way to start tackling any big project or task, especially if the list breaks it down into smaller steps. This can help you remember all the important details and follow the appropriate process. And doesn’t it feel good when to cross the finished items off?
A Business-Moving Checklist
Prepare A Plan
- When are you going to move? Is there an order that items need to be moved in? Should this happen during business hours when it can interrupt our billable hours/client work?
Review Rental Agreements
- Do you need to move out by a certain date? What condition are you expected to leave the building in? Do you need to leave certain assets? Your business moving company can communicate with landlords or realtors so all expectations and agreements are met satisfactorily.
Think About Technology
- Unless you’re somehow a time-traveling businessman, your office uses technology. In fact, it’s likely your business is completely dependant on computers, software, and WiFi. When you move your business, you’ll want to ensure there’s as little downtime as possible.
Don’t Forget the Furniture
- Are you planning to move your old furniture or will you be purchasing new? There are pros and cons to both. A good business moving company can help safely disassemble, relocate, and reassemble your existing furniture. If you want a change, they can also help you choose the perfect pieces for your style and function.
Empathize with Employees
- Change can be hard. A little employee hand-holding goes a long way. Maintain open communication channels throughout the entire process so they never feel blindsided. Find some creative ways to make them feel valued during the company’s next step. You could give them maps of their new commutes, host a farewell pizza party, or even invite them to help pick paint colors or name conference rooms.
- The activity of moving always generates dust and debris. Your aforementioned landlords probably want a clean slate between tenants. To save you the headache (and additional fees), make sure your business moving company can clean up your old space after you’re moved out as well as refresh your new one before you move in.
Offer an Open House
- If appropriate for your business, host an open house once you’re settled in your new building. It’s a great opportunity to network with current and potential clients, investors and employees. You could even invite your new office neighbors. Once you’ve celebrated this new milestone in your company’s history, it’s back to work in your new digs!
Meeting Your Unique Needs
This list is by no means exhaustive. Your business is unique from the thousands of others in town and so your business moving needs will be unique as well. If you have questions on how to start checking off your own moving to-do list, give the moving experts at The Quality Group a call at 504-585-7309.