Outgrowing your first commercial space is a sure sign that your small business is about to hit it big, but relocating to a roomier rental isn't as simple as it sounds. With profits on the line, you'll want to make sure that your move goes off without a hitch. While scheduling a reputable moving company can take care of the logistics – and if you don't want to handle it yourself, packing – there are a few more important things you'll want to put on your to-do list to make relocation day as easy as possible.
1. Color Code Everything
As a small business owner, you might want to save money on moving fees by doing your own packing. To make unpacking as easy as possible, take a cue from professional movers by using bright colors to mark every piece of furniture, especially identical desks and chairs. If you simply wrap everything, label it, and call it a day – as many of us do when we plan our residential moves – you might find yourself wasting a lot of time on hunting down lookalike pieces that go together.
2. Be Smart About Scheduling
If you run a corporate business, the weekend is obviously the best time to schedule moving services, but the answer isn't as clear for other industries. For example, retail stores often see most of their traffic on weekends – but not always. To arrive at the best date to move your business, calculate your sales records over the last several months into daily averages, and pick the day with the lowest average number.
3. Consider Storage Solutions
With so much already on your plate, chances are that you don't have the time to think about what you want to do with extra or outdated equipment and supplies. For a quick fix, storage units can't be beat. Just be sure to book one with climate control and security features if what you're storing is fragile, expensive, or made out of electronic components. When your new space is all done, you'll find it easier to visualize whether your storage stockpile fits in or if it needs to be sold.
To save even more time, hire a moving company that also offers storage, so you won't even have to worry about planning the connections between your old business, your new location, and your storage facility. Movers who specialize in commercial relocations sometimes also offer perks like IT assistance, color coding, and office setup. The more tasks you can leave up to them, the more you can concentrate on running your business as usual.