Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Plan Your Commercial Property Move

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Plan Your Commercial Property Move

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IF YOU thought moving house was an experience you never want to endure again, try relocating an office or other commercial property.

With furniture, electronics and other equipment for potentially dozens of employees (or more), as well as trying to run your business while you move, relocating a business presents logistical challenges unlike anything you've experienced before.

But it doesn't have to be the nightmare you're expecting. With a little preparation and planning, a commercial property relocation can be a smooth and efficient process.

Here are a few measures you can take both before and during the relocation to ensure it's as painless as possible.

Let everyone know

Don't spring the move on stakeholders at the last minute. Once you've locked in the move, put together a communications plan to keep everyone - employees, clients and vendors - informed throughout every step of the process.

Kent Removals and Storage spokesperson Sally Wood says employees like to feel secure in their position, so keeping them abreast of any news and their responsibilities during the move will ensure a stress-free staff, while letting customers know is equally important.

"Your customer base will be a little more understanding if the pace of work slows down a little as moving day approaches," Wood says.

"Plus, it can be a great marketing tool, particularly if you're relocating to larger premises due to an expanding team."

Make a list, check it twice

Relocating the contents of a commercial property isn't something that can just happen on the day. It requires careful planning and meticulous project management.

Wood says it's critical to create a checklist early on, so that everything is in readiness on the big day.

"A detailed checklist is the best way to divide responsibilities between employees and ensure that everything that needs to be done, gets done," she says.

Compile a floor plan

Shifting into a new commercial premises isn't like moving into a residential property - it's not simply a matter of walking in and saying, "Put that here, set that up there". …

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