Has your small business outgrown the space you’re currently occupying? First of all: congratulations! Growth in a business is something to be celebrated, but the prospect of moving can seem like a hassle. When undergoing a commercial move, it can be even trickier than relocating your home. But it doesn’t have to be stressful. With the right commercial moving company and a little know-how, you’ll be packed up and in your new location before you know it. Read on for some tips about how best to prepare for your move.
Trust the Professionals
With a little grit and determination, it’s possible to DIY a residential move: just give teenagers some pizza and call it a day. But trying to muscle your way through a commercial move can be more trouble than it’s worth, and the statistics seem to agree. Of people who utilize moving companies, more than 38% are businesses. If you’re balking at the cost, consider what you’re gaining in the process: qualified professionals whose expertise will help you work quickly and efficiently so that you can get your business up and running again.
Give Yourself Time to Prepare
Even more than a residential move, commercial relocations take time and energy to prepare. Not only will you need to coordinate with the movers, but make sure you’re being especially communicative with your customers or clients. On the whole, people tend to be more compassionate if they’re given context, and in the case of a relocation, that means a timeline, plenty of time to get familiar with your new address, and what they can expect while your business is in flux. Are you planning to close for a day or two? Will your services be limited during the weeks leading up to the move? How long after the relocation will you be fully operational? Having a clear answer to these questions before they’re asked will help ensure that you retain business with your clientele after you’ve moved and reopened again.
Flexibility Can Save You Money
As with residential moves, a commercial moving company can vary wildly in price depending on the time of week, time of month, or time of year your relocation is taking place. If you’re trying to stay under a budget, plan ahead so that you can be flexible with your dates. The most expensive times to move are at the end of each month, the summer, and the weekend, so if you’re able to move mid-week in the off season, you can save big. Additionally, ask yourself what services you want your movers to perform. Are you looking for someone to pack your things, or are you just looking for them to be loaded and unloaded? Are they handling especially fragile, valuable, or dangerous objects? Make sure that you’re prepared to disclose that as well, and you can find the right moving services for your business and budget.
Be Sure to Ask About Storage
If your move will require downsizing, or you’ll need to store things while undertaking projects to prepare the space, make sure to ask your moving company about storage options. Almost any reputable commercial moving company will have short-term storage facilities that will take the worry out of where to put objects your business may still need but won’t have space for yet.
Moving is stressful. That can be doubly true when your move is tied to your livelihood. But with the right commercial moving company and a little bit of research, your move doesn’t have to affect your business. Instead, it can turn this time into something work celebrating your growth and moving forward. Do you have questions about how to get the most out of your move? Let us know in the comments below!