Moving tips for businesses
Moving business premises? Whether you're a home start up business looking for your first commercial property, a growing business that needs more space or you're looking to downsize to cut costs, there are lots of things to consider when making a move. So we've put together some business moving tips outlining the main points to consider to help make your move as smooth as possible.
Moving can be an expensive business, particularly for a business! Work out how much you have to spend and make sure you have enough money in your budget for extras like fitting out the new premises, buying new equipment or furniture and loss of business caused by downtime. You may also have to budget for redundancy or recruitment expenses if some of your staff are not prepared to move with the business.
2. Choosing a Date
Plan your move for a quiet business period and make sure your staff are given plenty of notice. They will then begin a winding down period in the run up to the move so customers/clients will be prepared. You should put in a call to all key accounts to inform them of the move and how it will affect service. It may also be a good idea to display the moving dates around your premises and to add them to email correspondence to make sure everyone is well informed.
It's a good idea to put together a moving team made up of staff members. They will be able to assist with the majority of tasks including space planning, organising utilities (disconnecting the old and setting up the new), changing stationery to incorporate the company's new address, organising telephone and IT systems for the new premises, contacting the post office to redirect mail, informing authorities of the move (e.g. bank, insurers etc), booking the removal company and dealing with queries from other staff members.
4. On the Day
When moving day finally arrives, make sure staff are informed who needs to be there on the day and what they should be doing (e.g. helping to unpack, organising the movers, organising utilities etc). It's also a good idea to label and colour code all boxes and furniture that are coming with you from the old premises and have a plan drawn up of where everything should go. You may also wish to draw up a plan/map of where your staff will need to go on their return.
We hope you'll find this list useful when it comes to your move, particularly if you're moving into one of our industrial units to let in Langtoft. If you'd like any further advice specifically about King Street Industrial Estate or about moving services and utilities in the surrounding areas, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.