Not all small business relocations are long distance. Whether you’re moving your warehouse down the road, relocating your office to another building a few kilometres away or getting your wares out of your home office and into a studio two suburbs over, there are a few things to keep in mind to make the process as seamless as possible. With small business relocation specialist Grace on your side, you’ll be ready to get back to business in no time.
For a short-distance move try to start planning at least two months in advance. Make a list and check off each item as you get it done – include things like swapping over your insurance, getting your phones and internet connected, ordering any new furniture or office supplies, and booking a removalist. This is also a good time to set a budget for the move. It might be tempting to go the cheap route and do as much as you can yourself, but remember that this can lead to costly mistakes, stress and exhaustion. Grace Business Services offers cost-effective project management, packing and removalist services that will see your small business moved safely and securely.
Where possible, take a step back and assign tasks to your employees. Get them to help with pre-packing sorting, cleaning and packing within their department. If your business only has one or two people, consider outsourcing what you can to take the pressure off. Hire a cleaning team to take care of the final tidy up and let Grace manage your move from start to finish, so that you can get on with running your business.
Moving a short distance is no excuse to slack off when it comes to packing properly. If Grace is handling this aspect of your move you know your office supplies and equipment will be in good hands. But if you decide to pack everything up yourself, don’t scrimp just because you’re not going far. Using worn, damaged or old boxes makes it harder to get your goods to their new home in one piece. Don’t risk it – invest in quality boxes and packing materials.
Safety and Security
You might not be moving far, but that’s no reason to risk damage to your goods through reckless removal. Packing and loading your items properly ensures your goods make it to their destination safely. Care takes time, and if the job is rushed any savings you make may end up costing you extra in damages. By using Grace’s professional removalists you can be sure your office will be moved safely and efficiently, with specialised equipment designed for commercial applications.
Spread the Word
Even if you’re not moving far you still need to let people know. You’ll need to keep all your clients and customers in the loop, in addition to contacting utility and service providers, government agencies, suppliers, contractors, and everyone else involved with the running of your small business. Consider organising a mail forwarding service and, if possible, put a temporary sign up at your old premises directing customers to your new address.