While relocation is not an easy experience for your business, employees and clients, there is no reason to take it too close and manifest some kind of personal attachment to its success or failure. It’s just a technical aspect that needs to get done as soon as possible. If you attentively read and try to implement the tips and the advice that I am going to share here on this blog you’ll manage to realize that there is basically nothing that can go wrong during this transportation experience. I’ve heard people calling it a nightmare, but I honestly don’t believe it’s true. Your attitude is what really matters when doing such things.
Relocation is not easy to handle indeed, but this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. Your employees and company people are not paid by you for them to have the burden of relocation on their shoulders. There are special companies that can easily handle the relocation of any business from A to Z for a certain fee. The prices are not that high and you should always try to think one step ahead. Sometimes business owners get confused when it comes to moving their office to a new location and this because they are not sure about what companies to hire. First of all, forget about agencies that work with residential homes; you move your business not your house and that’s enough to get rid of a lot unnecessary information from your list. Next, when asking for a quote, tell them that you need the moving of your office only, otherwise you’ll be asked if your employees need transportation of any kind. They don’t!
When trying to find the best way to relocate your office, it’s good to know that not everyone can handle this type of work that’s why I strongly suggest not giving this job to anyone. I’ve personally had to deal with situations when the moving company simply didn’t had the necessary equipment to move a piano from my office through the window directly into the truck (because this is how we managed to get it inside in the beginning), but still didn’t want to give up on me as a client. Something like this is unbearable because what really happened in the long run is that they actually said that they are sorry and can’t get it done, but I’ve almost wasted two days trying to believe that they have what it takes to move that piece of furniture (in my case a piano). Anyway, the idea is that there is a huge difference between moving an office and performing packing for a residential relocation. These are two different things and that’s why they should be treated differently. You don’t want to let a company that doesn’t have the necessary human power and technologies to move your office to handle the job. Try to find someone else as soon as possible and don’t be shy to say that you refuse their services.
Make sure that you study all the regulations, when planning to move your company abroad, in an offshore country for example. Find out everything that is required. The corporate relocation company should also help, since they can have a lot of experience with international moving and might provide some free advice when asked. Sometimes, due to the whole hassle of moving, there are things that you need to get solved before actually arriving with all your stuff, but you simply forget to do or even don’t have a clue about them. An honest company that deals with moving your things will always ask you about those stringent transportation questions that need to get solved first. What I am trying to say is that there is no reason to worry when hiring a respectable relocation business with several decades of traditions in helping businesses and simple people move their offices. It would be more comfortable for you to know that all your items, documents, furniture, computers, blinds, pictures, printers, etc are in good hands. This is what a really experienced firm can do for you. Usually people run into trouble because they have no idea what and how to ask for help to the guys from the relocation agency. Remember once and for all that in case something is not clear – just ask.
The success of your corporate relocation depends on finding good experts that can handle the job. I’m not saying that you haven’t yet done it; I’m saying that you must always verify their potential and background before paying the relocation price. No matter what type of business you are running, I’m sure that there are plenty of organizations out there that you are having a good relation with and can qualify as partners. So now it’s time to really take advantage of these partners by having a serious talk with their boss or manager and trying to find out what relocation company can they recommend? If it happens that they had a good moving experience with a certain firm, consider yourself extremely lucky because you might even get a good discount when trying their services. Word of mouth is probably the best way to find out which are the best companies out there that can provide really decent relocation services for a business like you own. Nevertheless, even if someone “honestly” recommends a certain agency, you still need to get it verified. That’s why don’t be lazy and do your search whenever possible.