There’s a reason businesses so rarely move to an entirely new building. It’s disruptive, and it requires a complete reset of the company’s functions and processes. Still, when it needs to happen to allow for your next phase of growth, there are ways to smooth things over and make your transition easy. Here are three tips for your move to a new address that will make the whole process easier on your bottom line, your workers, and your customers.
1. Stage Your Move
Chances are that if you’re like most businesses, you have some equipment you don’t use every day. Whether it’s because the machines are only needed for certain client orders that are currently out of rotation or because you’ve upgraded your daily workstations and you are keeping a couple old machines for overflow work, you’re going to be moving machines that you don’t need right away. If you also don’t need them right before the move, it might be easier to get them out of the way until you’re settled in. Working with a heavy machinery storage provider can provide you with the space to keep them until you are ready to put them in your new facility. After storing machines you’re not using, you’ll only be moving the machines you’re going to use right away when you make the big jump.
2. Take It One Team at a Time
It can be expensive to pay for both buildings for a few months, but if it avoids disrupting your operation, it’s worth the cost. A hard restart is very difficult for a company to schedule, but if you let your occupancy of the new property and the old one overlap by a month or two, you can move a team at a time. This allows your facilities staff and troubleshooting team to focus, streamlining the individual transitions of each department and ensuring their new infrastructure tools are working before bringing the next team over. There’s no hurry up and wait to this method because everyone who is waiting will still be working at the old building.
3. Control Your Cash Flow
If your business is like most, you have credit resources designed to keep your cash flow smooth. A move has the chance of disrupting this rhythm, so you’re going to want a combination of cash reserves and new credit resources to help with the move specifically. If you plan for overflow expenses up front, you can continue to use your regular resources to manage your month to month spending without short-changing either your suppliers or your move.