There are any number of reasons for wanting to relocate your business. The current lease expires or you find a better deal elsewhere. Regardless of the reason, the task is still challenging for business owners and their staff. But proper planning can ease the transition.
Sometimes an office relocation is necessary. But moving all the equipment, files, and office furniture can be a daunting task. In fact, many businesses hire moving firms to take of everything. And no wonder!
Yet, smaller businesses still opt to do the moving themselves and, while this is certainly a reasonable option, it can be an overwhelming project. When it comes to massive numbers of boxes or the larger furniture and office equipment, a plan is needed.
Americans are a mobile people. Not only their businesses, but families and individuals. How many people actually move every year?
The U.S. Census Bureau has estimated that almost 40 million Americans relocate each year. And the U.S. Postal Service estimates that they process about 38 million change-of-address forms annually. But that's just individuals moving from one residence to another. There are no official records of business moves.
But we do know that businesses move each year. This may be due to the company landing a better lease deal, or they need to relocate due to expansion and having outgrown their current facilities. Whatever the reason, relocating is critical task that should be approached with planning and strategy.
Planning Your Business Relocation - A Quick Guide
Your move will be different than other businesses in terms of specific details and needs. For example, if you are a manufacturing type of firm and have stocks of inventory, machinery and raw materials, your needs will differ from that of a financial advisory firm.
The size of your staff, the number of computer workstations, the amount of office furniture, appliances, and equipment, all have to be factored in to your specific moving plan. And a plan is absolutely necessary whether you do all the move yourself, or hire a moving firm to do it for you.
However, no matter your business type, every business has some common needs when it comes to moving and relocating. We have put together a suggested checklist for planning a move:
Update Your Online Business Information
Updating vital business and contact information is a high priority. In addition to informing all your vendors and clients of your pending move and new address, you should change your NAP (Name, Address, Phone) information on your Google My Business page. And, while this is absolutely essential, simply updating Google My Business listing won’t be sufficient, however.
You should update your business data on all of the directories and review sites you can think of including Yelp!, Yellow Pages, City Search, Local.com, etc. Moz recommends visiting Infogroup, Localeze and Acxiom to check for out-of-date information as well as creating accounts on all major search engines to update your old listings.
In addition, you can use Google Map Maker to directly edit Google’s maps. Once your edit is approved, the new information will show up on all subsequent Google map searches.
A Great Junk Hauling Team for the Job
One of the less exciting aspects of a major office move and relocation is dealing with the junk. Most businesses will have accumulated a large amount of old equipment, discarded furniture and plain old trash over the years. Getting rid of it all efficiently and properly is not a task that you should have to deal with in the midst of a move.
Outsourcing this work is the smart approach and can actually be far more cost-effective.
Once you decide to outsource the junk removal part of your office moving project, you need to determine which firm is the right one for the job. And while you can certainly find plenty of guys with trucks willing to do the job, choosing that alternative may end up costing you more than you hoped to save. This is why Junk King really is the firm of choice.
Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly junk removal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of the debris after your move is complete. One of the best things about hiring Junk King is that we recycle a much of the material we pick-up. This is proof of our commitment to being an eco-friendly removal service.
Whether you need our services several times during the move, or just once after it is complete, our hauling professionals will ensure that the debris is out of your way so that you can get on with your work.
Our team specializes in commercial junk removal. We can be at your facility in mere minutes, so call us today! Our crew is fully insured and well-trained, so you can trust them to get rid of your unwanted items in a professional and courteous fashion.
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