Moving your business to a new location can be a stressful time. You’ll have a lot to juggle, from making sure your staff can continue working in the new premises to ensuring the right equipment and furniture is moved. Overall, you’ll want to make the move as smooth as possible, so you can keep downtime to a minimum and keep your business running and growing.
As experts in commercial removals, we’ve set out some of our top tips to relocate your business quickly and efficiently.
Find Your New Location
When you’re looking for new premises for your business, consider how much space you’ll need. Are you downsizing or expanding? Do you need meeting rooms or break rooms? Do you need a warehouse or storage area? Do you want to have space to expand as your business grows?
You should also consider the location of the new business premises, and how accessible it will be for your employees and customers. You might need to consider whether it is near public transport routes and/or if there is parking space.
Evaluate What You Have
The next step in an efficient business move is to analyse and evaluate what you currently have. You will need to decide what you will be taking with you to your new location, what you want to get rid of and what you might need to store. Bear in mind that you may prefer to get new furniture in your new premises, especially if you’re downsizing and need smaller items, or if you’re upsizing and need more to fill the space.
If you decide that you want to get rid of or replace certain items, consider whether they will still need to be used before the move. If you want to upgrade your computers and telephones for your new location, you will probably have to leave these until last to get rid of to avoid any interruption of work. You can then transfer your staff over to the new equipment when you move into the new premises.
Britannia has a number of business storage solutions across the country, so you can store extra equipment and furniture or archive paperwork in a safe and secure facility. We’ll work with you to create a tailor-made storage solution for your business needs. Get a quote for your business storage today.
Create a Moving Timeline
Once you know what you’ll be moving to your new location, you can map out a timeline for the moving process. Consider your moving date and what will need to be done prior, including getting rid of items that won’t be moved, putting anything in storage, and packing what remains.
It might be beneficial to speak to your employees about what they think will work for a timeline, and how the move will affect their role. It’s useful to appoint a lead for the move, so there is a single point of contact. However, you can also assign different people to lead on different sections of the move, to help spread the workload.
As part of your moving strategy, it can be useful to create a floorplan for your new premises before you move. This will minimise any confusion when you move into your new location. You may need to measure your furniture and the rooms in your new premises so you can accurately map out where everything will need to go. This will mean that when your items are moved, you can direct them to the right area and unpack them efficiently.
As part of your moving timeline, you could also create a communications strategy. This will help you to keep both your employees and your customers informed of what will be happening over the course of the move. Employees will then be able to plan ahead for their tasks, factoring in any downtime as equipment is moved and set up. Customers and clients should also be informed if there will be any downtime and how their services will be maintained during the period.
Find a professional removals company
You should find a reliable and trusted removals company to assist with your move. Professional movers will have the knowledge, expertise, and specialist equipment required for your business move. We’ll conduct a pre-move survey at your premises, so we can determine exactly what will be required for your move and any potential challenges or obstacles that should be accounted for. This will help us to make your move as smooth and hassle-free as possible, so you can get setup in your new location quickly.
You could look for a company that can provide extra services, such as expert packing and packing materials. This will help to ensure all your items arrive in their new location safely. They may also be able to provide a shredding service to get rid of any unwanted confidential paperwork, so you don’t have to waste resources moving this to your new location.
A professional company should be able to work with you to your timeline, providing necessary packing materials so you can pack the items yourself in good time, or doing the packing themselves prior to the move. They’ll be able to load and transport your belongings quickly and efficiently, so any downtime is kept to a minimum.
Moving Your Business?
If you’re relocating your business, Britannia Movers International can help. Whether you have 5 or 500 staff, we have the experience and expertise to move your business efficiently and securely. We’ll work with you to plan your move to the last detail, helping you every step of the way to keep everything stress-free. We can also provide extra services, including professional packing, storage, and shredding.