Moving your retail store could be fraught with many complications, if you do not plan for it well in advance. Besides, planning, it usually needs the right expertise to pull it off smoothly. For example, in addition to informing your customers about the move, you also need to inform your vendors, protect your inventory and make sure that your documents and equipment is not damaged during the move. This is too much for the business owner to handle alone, and it’s advisable to use a professional service provider to move your retail business. Some tips to keep in mind during planning include:
Hire a commercial mover who has experience in retail store moves
A company that has been in the business for a long time is likely to have the expertise needed to move your items quickly and safely. Simply find out when the company was established from their documents or online. You are also within your rights to consult the management about this. Newly established moving firms may not have the requisite materials or experience to eliminate complications. Even if they offer lower rates, remember that they could cost you a lot more in other ways such as damage to your goods.
The floor plan for your new retail store should be ready
When planning the retail business move, you should also design the floor plan for the new store. This enables the moving company to unpack your items and place them where they should be. This reduces the total amount of time needed to settle in the new space. You can also download apps that provide basic floor planning. Accurate floor plan design requires visiting the site you are moving to in order to assess its dimensions.
Work within a schedule
Every stage of the retail business move should be scheduled. This provides a guide as well as a measure for knowing if the process is too slow. The latter would need intervention. To make an effective schedule, it’s wise to get input from your professional moving company and your employees. If not, you run the risk of creating an unrealistic schedule. This could place too much pressure on your employees and result in mistakes. It should also not take too much time.
Packing like a pro
Packing office equipment might seem simple but often requires time and expertise. Inventories and electronics have to be packed properly to minimize damage during transport. Proper packaging also influences the ease of moving, storage and security of the items. The actual process of packaging is affected by several variables including the types of items being packaged. An experienced moving company will know exactly how to move each item in your office.
Delegate tasks accordingly
Even when working with a professional mover, there are things that you have to do on your own. An example of this is notifying clients that you will be moving to a new location. Create a to-do list of these tasks, and delegate them to other employees. This will ensure that these tasks are done at the same time as opposed to one at a time. Mistakes are also avoidable as one individual will not be overloaded with too many tasks.
If you want to accomplish a smooth and hassle-free retail store move, get a quote from Optimum Moving today and see how we make a difference to your moving experience!