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How to Smoothly Relocate Your Business

 

Has your business outgrown your current facility? Did you purchase a new building? Is your rent too high? Regardless of your reason, moving a business to a new location takes careful planning; you don’t want to lose productivity or customers, and you want minimal disruption for everyone.

 

Every business has varying needs, but all companies can benefit from these tips.

 

Create a Relocation Plan

Move.org knows there are many steps to a move; they advise making a checklist. It might include:

 

        Schedule for key tasks

        Packing and moving timelines

        When to order new business cards, furniture, signs, and equipment

        How to notify vendors and clients

        Funding needs

        New permits or licenses

 

Obtain Funding

Your company may need additional funding to purchase new equipment, hire movers, or make improvements to your new property before you move. Create an accurate budget, then seek funding options if needed.

 

Consider Overlap

For many businesses, it’s virtually impossible to close a location one day and begin operations in the new location the next day if both sites aren’t fully functional. You need to provide expected services or goods to customers wherever you are.

 

Many companies move as much inventory and fixtures as they can into their new facilities well ahead of time while still leaving enough at the current place to serve their clients. That way, once the new location is operational, things can be moved from the old one.

 

Communication Is Key

Retail businesses are different from factories or wholesale companies because many customers may frequent your store. If you don’t effectively communicate your moving plans to your customers in plenty of time, they might show up at your store one day and wonder what happened to your business.

 

Retail companies might hand out refrigerator magnets to their customers with the new location address and moving date. All businesses should inform their employees, clients, delivery companies, and vendors about your plans. Vendors and delivery people will need to know what door they should use to enter your new premises before you move to avoid confusion.

 

Order New Furniture or Equipment Early

Order new inventory, equipment, furniture, and supplies for your new location early enough to account for product availability issues and shipping delays.

 

Put It in Writing

People read about your business in different places: your website, social media pages, advertising, and business cards. You might also have pre-printed invoices or other materials that include your address.

 

When you know that you’ll be moving, make an announcement for your online outlets. Tell readers when you’ll be moving and the new location. That way, people will be on the lookout and not be caught by surprise if they show up at your old site after you’ve moved.

 

Designing new business cards or other printed materials is quick and easy. You can design a personalized business card using customized pre-made templates and choosing your font style, color schemes, and finish, along with adding images and text.

 

Put up signs at your new location as soon as you’re able, and try to arrange to leave a “We’ve moved” sign at your old property.

 

Make It a Smooth Move

Although moving a business can be a significant undertaking, it can be a smooth process if you make a thorough plan and follow a timeline. Give yourself as much time as possible to get ready, and remember that communicating about your move is critical for continued success.

 

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