From start to finish, moving a business can be a monumental task. You will have a lot on your plate to remember, from keeping production loss at bay to handling employee assignments amid the transition. As a result, the possibility of overlooking something critical is very real. Here are five essential things that are easy to forget during a corporate relocation.
1. Finalize your moving plan.
A few weeks before the big move date, take some time to finalize the moving plan. Be sure to get out your initial strategy and:
- Go over the schedule
- Double-check the to-do list
- Discuss the timeline with your employees
- Contact the moving company to confirm your dates
- Pick up last-minute supplies
- Contact vendors, change addresses and tend to customer notifications
As a side note, finalizing the plan is also making the necessary adjustments to your online presence. So go in and adjust your location on places like Google My Business and Yelp, and update your business website to reflect the correct information.
2. Confirm utility connections before moving day.
Hopefully, you made your arrangements for utility connections at the new location in advance. However, before moving day, take a minute to reach out to each service provider to confirm the connection dates. This will ensure you don’t run into surprises with things like power, water, or heating when you get your business belongings to the new address.
3. Schedule an IT to set up computer systems.
Unless you have your own in-house team of IT professionals, you will likely need a bit of help to get all of the electronics moved and set up correctly. But, you don’t want to have to wait for weeks for a pro to get an opening to come for a service visit. And, most ITs will need to review the network in the new place to plan for the setup. So, make sure you line up someone to help that is available right after you get everything moved to the new building. As a side note, don’t forget to get in touch with technology vendors in advance to let them know you are moving.
4. Label office furniture.
You should take the time to label the furniture in your office. A standard business can have numerous offices and multiple rooms, so having the furniture marked so that you know where it needs to go at the new location can be extremely helpful when setting everything back up.
5. Ask employees to take personal items home.
If your employees have lockers or even just keep things on their desks, at their workstations, or in the breakroom, be sure to ask them to take their items home. Most will remember to do so on their own, but you don’t want to add bulk to what you already have to pack because each employee has a lot at the place of business. So instead, simply post a notice a few weeks in advance and then a reminder a bit closer to the move date to make sure everyone has taken their items home.
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