Moving your business is a big step. A new location could offer more space, a better customer experience, or more business. Before you can enjoy all the benefits, you’ve got to get settled in your new space. In this blog, we’ll tackle one topic that many of our customers have questions about: how to move a business. We’ll provide our top tips, tricks, and insights to make the process easier, faster, and more streamlined. Before you know it, you’ll be up and running and ready to serve customers again. Let’s dive in. 5 Insider Tips for Moving Your Business Regardless of whether you’re moving across town or the country, these five tips can help keep your business move smooth and simple. 1. Preparation is critical, so start the process early With residential moves, procrastination can make things frustrating and messy. When it comes to commercial moves, though, procrastination can be downright disastrous. After all, there are lots of moving parts involved with a commercial relocation, and leaving everything to the last minute increases the likelihood that you’ll forget something important. With that in mind, start planning your move early. We recommend leaving yourself at least 3-6 months to plan your big move. Whether you’re moving an office, lab, or warehouse, the team at Gallo can help you prepare by going over your current location and making sure you have the tools and know-how to get moved into your new space. From labels and packing supplies to make sure you’ve got the equipment you need for your relocation, Gallo is with you every step of the way. 2. You’ll need to coordinate with local utility companies In a commercial move, it’s not just your company’s belongings that are moving – you’ll also need to make plans to transfer all of your utility accounts, including your water, heating, and electrical services. Before moving day, coordinate with your local utility companies, phone and internet providers, insurance companies, customers, and vendors. This all can be a daunting task, but you can pull it off seamlessly with the right move plan. Contact utility companies at least two months before your scheduled move date, and give customers and vendors as much notice as possible – ideally a month or more. Starting early is critical – it can take months to get services moved, so planning is key. Leaving yourself plenty of time to notify everyone who your move will impact is the best way to prevent interruptions and provide high-quality service to your clients. 3. You should know about any moving day restrictions as early as possible Before you start planning your big move, check in with the commercial landlords who own your current and new buildings, if applicable. You’ll want to develop a solid moving day plan that includes your estimated departure time from the old building and your time of arrival at the new facility. Find out about any time of day restrictions that may limit the process. Some buildings only let you move after 5:00 PM, while others require you to reserve elevators or dock space. You should also be aware of any regulations or interstate transportation considerations that may impact your move. While it’s possible to work around most moving restrictions, you still need to be aware of them to plan your moving day accurately. 4. Keep a checklist A checklist is a deceptively simple moving tool, but it can be critical to helping you stay organized and on-task. Keep a checklist of everything you’d like to accomplish throughout your moving process before the move is over. This may include marketing initiatives to publicize your new space, notifications you need to send out, items you need to throw away or donate, or people you need to contact. If other stakeholders are involved with your move, be sure that they have access to view and edit the checklist. 5. Book moving services early If you’re planning to hire a moving company to assist with your commercial move, onboard the team as early as possible. Spring and summer are prime moving seasons, and moving companies fill up fast. Booking early ensures you get your ideal moving date and time and that you have access to all the services you need to enjoy a streamlined commercial relocation. Gallo is Here to Help Your Business Get Moving We know that moving your business can be a daunting process. Fortunately, our team is here to help. Experts in the commercial moving industry, we provide a wide variety of white-glove moving services for businesses like yours, from packing and transport to move planning and organization. Contact us today to learn more about our commercial moving services or book your FREE estimate!