Efficiently Moving Company Property from One Location to Another
For many, moving is a stressful and complicated process that requires careful planning, organizing, and execution in order to be efficient. This is especially true of business owners who are relocating their companies, branches, or stores from one location to another. Time is money in the business world, so a business owner wants to make sure all equipment and physical property is transported to the new business location as quickly––and as safely––as possible. In this blog post by Classic Moves, we’ll go over some of the common reasons why businesses move locations as well as some of the things that business owners should take into consideration when planning to move their business to a new location.
Why Do Businesses Move?
There are many reasons why businesses move to new locations. Some of the most common reasons are:
- Lower overhead costs: In many areas of Houston and other cities all over the U.S., rising rents are causing business owners to relocate their businesses to places where their overhead costs will be less expensive. Similarly, many business relocate to places with more favorable taxation rates for businesses and corporations.
- Better location: With the exception of e-commerce businesses, the physical location of a business can have a huge impact on its success. All business owners seek a location for their business that will be easiest for their target market to access–– many fast food franchises , for example, intentionally open locations near residential and commercial areas in order to attract people at home and on their lunch breaks at work.
- Neighborhood changes: Changes in the neighborhood in which a business is located can have a dramatic impact on their business. Areas where many businesses have closed or moved away from may no longer offer the desired demographics that other businesses in the area rely on. Construction can also make it more difficult for potential customers to access a store or business.
- Property Damage: A fire, flood, earthquake, accident, or property crime can provide reason enough for a business owner to relocate their business entirely rather than try to restore their damaged location.
- Access to talent: Some businesses choose to move in order to better access the type of employee talent that can make their business more successful.
- Expansion: Sometimes a “move” isn’t really a move at all but rather an expansion. If a business is opening a new location in addition to their existing one(s), they often still need to have equipment transported to the new location in a safe and timely manner.
Top 5 Commercial Moving Tips
- Let employees and customers know well in advance: If your business is moving, you want to let your customers and employees know well ahead of time when and where you plan to move. This will give your employees enough time to pack up and prepare for the relocation and will let customers know where they will be able to find your business in the future.
- Assess all property to be moved: Before packing up, do a thorough assessment of all items that your business will carry over to the new location. It will be easier to keep track of this way.
- Get rid of unwanted and unnecessary items: Not everything is worth moving. In some cases, it is smarter to get rid of outdated or unnecessary items and purchase new ones if necessary.
- Choose the right moving company: When planning to move, it is essential to choose a reliable and reputable commercial moving company that will move all your items with care and provide timely service at a reasonable cost.
- Update your location information: Once you’ve relocated, it is extremely important to update your address on your website, social media, and any business directories your business is listed in so people know where to find you.