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Friday, 28 October 2016 17:49

How To Prepare For Your Commercial Move – Part One

When it’s time to move your Denver office, there are a few things that will make the move go more smoothly for you. Commercial moves are different than residential moves, so even if you’re a pro at changing houses, relocating offices has its own unique challenges.

Luckily, we are commercial moving experts, so we can take you through the steps of a successful commercial move. In this first half of a two-part series, we’ll take you through the pre-moving phase. These are the things you need to do at least six months before your move. Next month, we’ll walk you through the steps to take just before your move.

The first rule of a commercial move is do not delay. There are several things to be aware of and to plan for so that at your office move goes more smoothly.

Plan Ahead

Start to plan your commercial move at least six months ahead of time. If you can, let your employees, clients, and customers know even earlier so that they have plenty of time to adjust and plan accordingly.

Commercial Moves Across the State

If you’re moving your business across state lines, you’ll need as much lead time as possible so the employees who will be coming with you can plan their residential moves. Ideally, if you have an entire company moving a great distance, have the same moving company handle all the relocation procedures for everyone involved. Why?. A moving company that can coordinate the office relocation along with the employees’ residential moves will transfer everything at the same time to maximize efficiency and minimize downtime. Look for a commercial mover that has residential, commercial, and interstate moving experience for your interstate office move.

Can You Use A Residential Mover for an Office Move?

Technically, yes, you can, but it’s not advisable. There are plenty of residential movers who will be happy to give you a quote on your office move. However, you may want to consider the cost of having your business inoperable if the move isn’t handled efficiently. Delays on a residential move can be inconvenient, but problems with your commercial move could cost you thousands of dollars. Stick with an experienced commercial mover who has the manpower, equipment, and know-how to get the job done smoothly and effectively.

The First Steps Of Your Commercial Move

Step one, schedule your mover. Moving companies can book up quickly, especially during the summer, so be sure to secure your mover as soon as you have a moving date.

Step two, contact the building managers in both the building you’re moving out of and the building you’re moving into. Some buildings have strict policies regarding the hours you can move. Some buildings require you to reserve the freight elevator and loading bays well in advance, so it’s best to get your plans on their radar sooner rather than later.

If possible, set your moving time to non-business hours so you don’t interrupt an office day and you have less hassle with street traffic. It will also be easier to move items down empty hallways and elevators than trying to navigate through other people who are working in the building.

Step three, call your internet service provider to let them know when you will be moving into your new space. You will want to get your Internet up and your business back online as soon as the computers are moved in, so set up the work order with them sooner rather than later.

Next month we’ll cover measuring and designing your new space, taking photos of your computer wiring, and getting your business listings updated.

Need a commercial Colorado mover? Contact Compass Allied today to discuss your business relocation.