First, let it be said that you’re in a rather enviable position. Many businesses would love to be growing so well that they’re bursting out of their current premises. But, of course, actually moving from one location to another is a wrenching change for your business. And the move itself could end up being damaging.
For one, your customers and suppliers know exactly where you are right now. Will they still want to come to you if you move to a new location, even if it is better? But also, the costs of getting relocation wrong can be devastating to your finances. That’s why it’s so important to get relocation right. Here’s what to do.
Moving to a new premises can be a long and drawn out process. At the moments, companies take an average of about two years to move. And so if you are running out of space, it’s best to start the process of moving early. Most experts recommend you start reviewing your options about 9 to 18 months before you expect you’ll need to move.
This gives you plenty of time to sort out the paperwork. But it also puts you in a stronger negotiating position. If you’ve got a lot of lead time, you’ve got more time to consider your options. Often by doing this, you’re able to find better premises for a lower price.
Start work on new premises as soon as possible
As soon as you are able, it’s a good idea to start work on your new premises to make it fit for business. Most new premises won’t have the exact feature set you want from day one. And so it’s important to start the process of renovation as soon as possible.
To do this, you’ll need the help of the right people. For instance, if you’re moving from a small to a large office, you’ll need a commercial electrician. They’re required if you want to install the latest HVAC or RAPIX lighting systems.
If you’re moving from a small to a large restaurant, you might want to consult with a commercial plumber. Often commercial kitchens need special plumbing arrangements to prevent drains from becoming blocked.
Check out local removal companies
Changing your place of work can be a logistical nightmare. But when it comes to removal, you’ve got two options. One option is to hire out a fleet of vans and move all your stuff by yourself.
If you go down this route, then be prepared to pay staff for any extra work they do helping you to move. This may involve organising overtime payment for workers who are willing to give up their evenings and weekend.
The other option is to get a removal company to come and do it for you. If you decide to go down the latter route, make sure you read reviews of removal companies online.
You can compare removal companies on sites like reallymoving.com and robinsonrelo.com. You can also ask businesses you know who have recently moved whom they would recommend.