If you are planning to relocate your business, you may be overwhelmed by the thought of moving all of your furnishings, files, and equipment. Often, business owners spend thousands of dollars to supply their business with needed items, and many of the items may be difficult to replace. In addition, replacing damaged goods can slow the production and profitability of a business.
Still, there are things that a business owner can do to lessen the chance of costly losses during a relocation. Here are a few of them.
Label Containers Properly
Once the items arrive at the new business space, they will need to be sorted for proper placement. Even if items are boxed properly, without effective labeling, the items contained in the boxes can be difficult to locate. To avoid wasting precious time looking through boxes, it is best to label the boxes properly, as the items are being loaded.
You should also use large lettering when labeling. Some of the people unloading the boxes may find it difficult to discern small handwriting, especially if the unloaders usually wear reading glasses. Also, avoid labeling with cursive handwriting. If labels are not computer-generated, they still need to be legible.
Each label should clearly identify the contents of the container. If the items are to be used in a specific area of the building, such as the mail room, the destination should also be included on the label.
Backup Files Electronically
In preparation for the move, business owners should also consider backing up important files electronically on a cloud-based platform. If computer equipment is inadvertently damaged, it can take time to retrieve files that are stored on a hard drive. Also, large numbers of paper files can be tedious to move. It may be preferable to store the files, and move the information to an electronic platform that is more easily accessed.
Keep in mind that some files may contain sensitive information. Therefore, simply storing them in boxes and moving them to the new business site may not offer adequate security. Electronic files often require passwords for access.
Hire a Moving Service
The employees of your business may be capable of moving your property to the new building. However, the employees may not have the skills and knowledge needed to complete the move in a safe, organized, and timely manner. In addition, employees may risk injury as they load and unload items.
If you are considering relocating your business, contact a commercial mover in your local area to find out the commercial moving services they offer.