Moving is stressful and moving business premises is no exception. Moving a business can impact staff, customers and ultimately the business itself. However, there are ways to minimise the impact and here we look at what you can do to make the whole process less stressful for all concerned.
Prior to the Move
The most important thing is planning, including letting staff and customers know when the move will take place and minimising disruption. You will need a reputable removals company, who can provide someone to oversee the move, so you can sort out all the things that need to be moved. Moving is a great excuse to re-evaluate your suppliers for services such as energy and IT, and you should also use the move to get rid of things you no longer need.
This includes IT equipment and office furniture which could be donated to charity or resold. Important or confidential documents should be kept off-site and stored somewhere securely until after the move. To save time on moving day, ensure that employees pack away their own desks. This will save the removals firm time and allow them to focus on packing up other things or moving larger items.
Moving Day Itself
The person coordinating your move will be able to tell you what you can do to make moving day less stressful for everyone. This includes tips on packing, plans for where things need to go in the new premises and the labelling of items.
They can also investigate issues such as parking, insurance or security. See if staff can work from home while the move takes place or try and move premises out of working hours, to minimise disruption. Make sure IT equipment is packed carefully and that someone is at the new premises to connect and test it for you.
Here at Gallagher’s Removals we can help you plan in advance and make moving business premises a relaxed and calm experience.