What sort of process is involved in business relocation? Certainly, this is a good question and one that many business owners have had to deal with at one time or another. Generally speaking, a move is not something a business is likely to make that often. Exceptions may include damage to property, fire, loss of lease, as well as business expansion. In any instance, favorable and unfavorable, the process of relocation can become very complicated and strain the patience of most owners to the breaking point. Yet, it does not have to be. With some planning, you can make your business relocation project easier and more enjoyable than you might imagine.
The various reasons for relocation have been briefly outlined above. The business could have suffered severe structural damage due to fire, water, or other natural disaster. It could be a matter of losing the lease or office space due to new management or other complications. On a positive note, it could be that growth and success of a company necessitates the relocation of the business in order to accommodate the expanded needs of the business in question.
Among these expanded needs, there are practical considerations like having proper space for larger employee force and/or adequate space for the adding new service areas depending upon the type of business involved. Of course, other than the need for more space, the owners may have a better location in mind for their business relocation—one that takes advantage of the neighborhood and other businesses in the area to promote growth.
If one is definitely preparing for business relocation, as an owner is imperative to inform employees and ask for their suggestions if you value their opinions and input. They will likely be involved in moving and orientation of workspace once the business has been successfully relocated. Just as crucial to successful move is making the customers aware of the change of locations so they are not confused or frustrated needlessly. In this case, it is about advertisements, announcements, and personal visits.
The practical aspects of business relocation will include the transfer of utilities from one account location to another as well as telephone services. All of the business documents and materials will have to be changed to reflect the new address. If the furniture at the old location is not appropriate for the new space, it will need to be replaced. In fact, the bulk of business relocation will entail the transfer of materials and equipment and it is at this time, the business owner would be advised to “clean house.” There is no reason to transfer every bit of paper or other materials that have accumulated over time, when it is not essential or relevant. Business relocation presents a business an opportunity to take stock of all of its operations and make appropriate changes to be up-to-date and ready to progress to the next level.