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Step-by-step commercial relocation checklist

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If you are creating a commercial relocation checklist there are several things to take into consideration. The most important thing is to keep the downtime of your business to a minimum. You want to find a way to relocate your business with minimum disruptions. That’s why we recommend hiring SOS Moving Los Angeles. We offer affordable, high-quality, and reliable commercial services. However, besides hiring professionals, there are a couple of things you need to think about when moving commercially. From planning the move to the actual logistics of how the relocation is going to go, here are our top tips for a stress-free move.

The first part of our commercial relocation checklist is formulating a plan

The most important part of a commercial move is to create a proper plan. We often hear from our clients, questions such as how can I double the speed of my relocation, or what’s the most optimal way to move? And if we are being completely honest, most of those clients already know the answer to their questions. It’s quite obvious – planning. If you don’t have a solid foundation to work with, all the bricks you lay on top of that imaginary building called “relocation” will crumble to pieces. So, if you want to relocate expediently, make sure you start planning now.

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The most important part of commercial moving is proper time management.

Now that you know the importance of planning, and hopefully grabbed a pen and paper and started to formulate a plan, normally a question pops up. What should I plan for? However, to be completely honest. We cannot give you a straight answer. In short, it depends. From person to person and from business to business. Relocation and planning is a very individual thing. Although, that doesn’t mean that we can’t provide some guidelines for you to follow.

What should I plan for?

Set your moving budget. This is the most important part of your moving plan. You need to know exactly how much money you have allocated for your commercial relocation. That way you can strategize to avoid overspending on things you don’t need. And maybe pay a little more for the things you actually need help with.

Once you’ve created your moving budget, answer the following questions.

    1. Should I hire a moving company? Depending on your budget you might either opt-in or out of this option. However, we strongly recommend that you decide to hire a reliable moving company. Or at the very least, invest in some cheaper alternatives such as labor-only moving services. Trust us, it will be worth it in the long run.
    2. Do I need moving insurance? Another important question you should answer when creating your commercial relocation checklist. Depending on the state of your belongings you might (or not) want to get the appropriate moving insurance. If you have valuable equipment we strongly advise that you get yourself some good quality insurance.
    3. Does the deposit for the property lease cover the possibility of relocating earlier? While it depends on what property lease you’ve signed, most likely your lease deposit is going to be taken away for relocation earlier than agreed. So make sure you keep that in mind.
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Nowhere does the quote “failing to plan is planning to fail” ring more true than in commercial moves.

Inform interested parties that you are relocating

Once you’ve formulated a plan for your relocation, it’s time to inform all your employees about the move. While giving an official notice for the relocation is always a way to go, we recommend that you contact everyone that might find the move important, personally. For example, we recommend that you get in touch with your landlord and give him an appropriate notice of your relocation. And while this goes without saying, we think that it’s of paramount importance to inform your team of the move.

However, it’s not just important that you tell them that you are moving, but also why you are moving. By explaining the reasons and motives behind the move you are ensuring that everyone is on the same page and that the relocation will be as smooth as possible.

The official preparing for the move

After you’ve created a plan and informed everyone that you are moving it’s time to start preparing for the relocation. Now again, what you and your business should prepare for might be different from other people. So, take that into consideration. However, generally speaking, you need to make sure a number of things are taken care of.

First and foremost, you should ask your employers to help with the move. In particular, by helping the company by packing all their belongings. Secondly, we advise you to contact your IT department and organize and plan the logistics of the move with them. In most cases, the IT department needs time to get all the equipment relocated from point A to point B and set everything up. So, make sure you allocate enough time for them so they can prepare for the move properly.

A business meeting where a girl is completing her commercial relocation checklist by informing everyone about the relocation.
Don’t forget to notify everyone from your team about the moving date and new office address.

The final part of our commercial relocation checklist is the moving day

It is our hope that when moving day rolls around the corner you will be prepared for it. All that is left to do is let your local LA movers take care of the rest. However, we are going to leave you with this final tip. Research suggests that moving can be a very stressful experience. From planning, organizing, and relocation to the actual unpacking and settling in. It’s a lot to take in. We understand that. That’s why, whenever you feel a bit overwhelmed, take a deep breath, and remember that you did everything in your power to make that perfect relocation a reality. And trust us, in a few months you won’t even remember the logistical nightmare that is relocation, at all.

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