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Moving Tips for Small Businesses When moving your business to a new location, proper planning saves you time and money. Packing and unpacking take time, and haphazardly placing critical support equipment in your new space can result in ongoing inefficiencies (Where’s the copier? What happened to my filing cabinet?). Fortunately, moving your small business to a new location doesn’t have to mean days of disruption. Brandon Morris, president of North Dallas Moving and Storage, has years of experience planning and executing small business moves. From getting everything ready to go into the truck, to ensuring the new space is ready to receive your equipment, Morris has the process down to a science. And now he wants to share his expertise with you. Dyman Associates Insurance Group
5 Tips for an Efficient Small Business Move • Get onsite estimates, not online quotes Your moving company needs a clear understanding of everything you plan to move. Morris says the vendor should conduct a detailed onsite inventory early in the process. "We never give quotes or prices without doing a visual survey," he explains. "So much can go wrong." Anything large or cumbersome may require special moving equipment, and your estimation of how much you need to relocate could be way off. An onsite walk-through lets the vendor accurately gauge the labor and equipment required to get your team moved quickly, and it will also ensure the final bill doesn’t hold any surprises. Dyman Associates Insurance Group
Tips for an Efficient Small Business Move 2. Listen to the experts During the survey, pay attention to your vendor's advice. Those suggestions will save you time and money. "As we walk through the office, I give tips and ideas on moving," Morris says. For example, you can move some filing cabinets even if they're full. 3. Embrace efficiency "The totes make it clean and simple," Morris says. His company’s quotes typically "include delivery of the totes three to four days prior to the move, and I determine the number of totes they’ll need while doing the onsite office survey." Once employees fill each tote, they just close them up and slap a label on them. The moving vendor retrieves them shortly after the move for use on the next job. Dyman Associates Insurance Group
Tips for an Efficient Small Business Move 4. Plan ahead It's a move: not a free-for-all. Creating a floor plan and a seating chart ahead of time helps everyone get situated in the new space with a minimum of fuss and disruption. Coupled with good signage in your new location, this process saves time and lets the movers place totes, furniture and other materials where they need to go. 5. Purge before you go It’s simple math: the less stuff you have to move, the faster and cheaper your move will be. Most small businesses have the equivalent of a "back room," where old desks, chairs and computer monitors have gone to die. "Either donate the old equipment and use it as a tax write-off, or sell it to a used furniture place," Morris says. Dyman Associates Insurance Group