If you are planning to relocate your business for the first time ever, you should know that commercial moving is very different from residential moving. Here are some of the ways in which commercial moving differ from residential moving:
Free Help May Be Hard To Come By
Many people get free help, from family members and friends, when moving houses. For example, you don't have to pay your kids when they help you pack your home when you are relocating. However, don't expect such freebies if you are in charge of a commercial relocation project. You will have to pay for every little service you need, unless you have internal staff that can handle some of the tasks. In most cases, it's best to contract a professional moving company to handle the entire project from packing to unpacking.
You Are Likely To Have More Sensitive Items
Nobody wants their items to get damaged on a move; it doesn't matter whether you are moving your home or an office. However, the states are probably higher if you are moving an office. Damage to sensitive items such as contracts, for example, can set your business deals back by days or even weeks. Then there are also things like memory discs that contain sensitive materials (think client details) that should not fall into the wrong hands. This means you need to be extra careful to ensure you don't damage anything during relocation.
Even A Little Delay Can Be Costly
With a residential move, a little delay may not be anything more than a little inconvenience. However, delays in commercial relocations can have reverberating effects that can cost you thousands of dollars in damages. For example, a small delay may push back the date when you can begin operations in your new place, which may delay delivery to a customer, which may get you sued for breach of contract. Take utmost care to ensure everything runs as scheduled.
You Probably Need More Planning
Due to the complexities of commercial relocation, it's good to plan it well in advance far more than you would do with a residential move. Advance planning is necessary not only to protect your items but also to minimize disruptions to business operations. Keep your moving company in the loop throughout the planning stage so that they can know whenever you make any changes to the plan, for example, when you add or remove items on the list of things to be relocated.