There’s absolutely no doubt that corporate relocation is a major undertaking. So much so that a great deal of planning must be made before you can take your first step. Although there is a lot to consider and prepare for, corporate relocation (big or small) can be done with little hassle (along with the help of this handy guide to the basics):
Pick a Date, Any Date.
Taking the time out and sitting down with your executive staff to determine a final moving date is a great way to set some of your relocation wheels in motion. Much like with planning a wedding, setting a final moving date will inspire you to tie up loose ends, finalize any necessary paper work and put you ahead of the curve for when things go into full swing. This step will also give you the opportunity to notify all your staff and clients of the big move thus keeping everyone from the ground up, internally and externally, in the loop.
Secure Your Data.
Any hardware, such as essential disk drives, servers and other storage devices need to take precedence when it comes to corporate relocation. Secure any vital data and make sure they are safely packed away when it comes time to actually move them from one place to another. Extra points if your business invests in cloud computing pre-move to eliminate clutter and insure security.
Get a Quote or Two.
There are plenty of national and international companies (a few real estate agencies, too) that specialize in corporate relocation, so do be afraid to shop around not only for the best value for also for someone who’s going to get everything moved over correctly the first time.
Work It Out!
Just because your company is moving to a new location doesn’t mean everyone is on an extended vacation. There’s still some work to be done out there, people. Be sure to set aside time and speak with all essential personnel about how it’s still “business as usual”. Granted, it might cause some extra, but temporary, strain on certain departments and employees, but it will all pay of once moved into the new digs.
Stay Ahead of the Curve.
Making regularly scheduled visits to your new place of business is essential in executing a successful move. Checking the new building and surrounding area for any potential snags will give you the advantage and save you the trouble of potentially moving a company full of people to a building or city that’s incompatible or sub-par.