Relocating your business is difficult enough. You want to make sure you don’t choose an inconvenient date that ends up holding the move up and costing you time and money. Read on for tips on choosing the right date to make your move as smooth as possible.
Planning for the Move
As soon as you know your business will move, start planning. This includes the nitty-gritty items like transferring telephone and internet services to the new location, hiring a moving company and mailing business moving announcements. A key part of all these planning aspects is knowing when you’re going to move. Carefully review your business and personal calendars (if separate), as well as those of any employees who will be an integral part of the move before setting an official move date.
For instance, if you assign the task of compiling a mailing list for your business moving announcements to your assistant, make sure she won’t be on vacation for two weeks prior to the move. Or, if you set a date and schedule all the particulars, but a week prior realize that you have an important business conference where you’re the keynote speaker, then your move will probably not go as planned.
Finally, don’t overlook any projects that occur at a particular time of year, or meetings and conferences scheduled that could interfere with the moving process. Try to choose a time period where you can either rearrange the schedule or block the schedule so that nothing comes up to interrupt the move.
Is Day of the Week Important?
After you narrow down possible dates and make sure your calendar is clear for the move (or as clear as possible), pay attention to what day of the week you chose. For instance, if you expect certain employees to come in over a weekend, will you have to pay them overtime, or will you be directing the move alone on a Saturday morning.
In addition, moving companies tend to be busier on the weekend and more open during the week. If you plan ahead and can fill an empty day on the moving company’s schedule, you’ll likely work out a more competitive price and not feel rushed during the process. Mondays and Fridays are not always great moving days since they border the weekend, but if your retail business is closed on Mondays, for example, then you might want to go ahead and schedule the move for that day to minimize business loss due to the move.
The right date for any corporate move will depend largely on the type of business you operate. An accounting firm will probably not choose to move during the beginning of the year while a landscaping company might choose that time of year to move. As long as you look at the big picture and put thought into what date works best for your business, you’ll be all set when the big day finally arrives.