Any type of move can be quite stressful, as well as money- and time-consuming. However, when talking about relocating a business, no matter if it’s big or small, the situation becomes even more complicated. Basically, no matter what your line of business is, you are sure to experience some downtime during the move, which can have some serious consequences on your business endeavor later on.
So, in order to avoid wasting both time and money left and right during the moving period, here are some tips that should help you better organize the entire process. Check them out.
Now is the perfect time to really look at your office equipment, as well as furniture, and try to determine which of those things you really wish to keep. If you’ve been thinking about getting new office furniture, but you just never got around to actually do it, there’s no better time than the present. The idea behind this is that you’ll A) clear out your future office from the things you don’t actually need and make room for the ones you do, and B) you won’t have to waste resources on relocating those items. So, find a registered charity and donate all of the items you no longer need. This way, you might even get a tax break.
Determine the Best Course of Action
Next, decide whether you want to take care of the move yourself, or you want to hire a moving company. Both of these have their perks and flaws, so you will have to see what works best for your particular case. If you decide to take care of the move yourself, it will probably last longer, because you personally will have to pack everything up, hire a moving truck and drive items to the new location. However, if you ask your employees to help you out and turn the entire endeavor into a fun, team-building activity, and the entire process will take significantly less time. On the other hand, hiring a professional moving company will cost you money, but save you time. So, you should make a choice depending on the size of your operation.
Ask for Help
Now, there are certain aspects of relocating a business that are not particularly complicated, but they do tend to take time. For example, moving your utility, gas, electricity and Wi-Fi connections is not difficult, but you’ll have to run from provider to provider and notify them individually about the move. However, did know that there are companies who specialize in moving all of the utilities for you? Try to find similar experts in your area and rest assured that your utilities, internet and efficient electricity connection will be ready and waiting for you. The best part is that these experts can even find you providers that offer better deals than your current ones, so that’s another way you can save money in the long run.
Get the Right Insurance
No matter if you hire a moving company, or you decide to take care of the move on your own, you definitely should get some insurance coverage. Do know that a car or rental car insurance sometimes won’t cover the moving truck (because it’s sometimes considered equipment) in case of an accident, so make sure you clearly state what you need the insurance for. Additionally, some moving companies offer their own insurance, so inspect the policy and see if it covers everything such as accidents, theft, damage, injuries and so on. Finally, if you’re hiring day laborers, make sure all of them are also covered by some sort of insurance, because you may be held partially liable in case of any injuries if you fail to do so.
Have a Backup Plan
Lastly, no matter how good your organizational skills are, and no matter how carefully you’ve orchestrated the entire move, chances are that some things will still go wrong. So, to avoid any unpleasant situations and unnecessary downtime, make sure you have a good backup plan up your sleeve. Think about all the things that can potentially go wrong in advance and come up with a strategy to remedy the situation if it happens to come true.
To recap, the best way to save both money and time during a move is to identify which things you can take care of on your own and which would be best to leave to professionals.