When it comes to relocating a business to Philadelphia, there are dozens of things to plan for. From moving electronics and furniture, to managing your utilities transfer and singing contracts, it’s a long checklist to complete.
Planning for this kind of move can take anywhere from 6 months to a year. To help you manage this stressful process, our team at Relocation Strategies put together a business relocation checklist for Philadelphia moves. No loss of productivity, no loss of revenue, no headaches.
6 Months Before Relocating a Business to Philadelphia
6 months before a business relocation? It’s definitely time to start planning.
This is the time to address high level tasks like finding an architect and interiors firm, finding new office space, and getting your new lease contract started. Take some time and do your due diligence here. It’s important to vet any new contractors or partners before making the leap to hire them. A lot of trust is involved with a business move so ask for references and do some online research before you hire anyone.
Put together a list of what you need for your new space. Think about your square footage and furniture/IT needs as well as functionality for your employees. When you have all the floorplans, make sure you consider construction changes ahead of time. This will be the messiest and most time-consuming portion of moving preparation, so it’s best to get this out of the way early.
5 Months Before Relocating a Business to Philadelphia
Once you’re about 5 months out from the big move, finalize your lease and construction needs and hire a general contractor. Again, vet these new hires well as they will be very important partners in your move.
This is also the right time to decide which furniture/IT equipment you would like to take with you in the move, which pieces need to go, and what new furniture you want to add to the space. Given the current economic landscape, it’s very possible this business move is a downsize. If that’s the case, you’ll need to develop a plan to decommission any furniture you won’t be taking with you. Ideally, you’ll have some help with this process so you can break a profit from the extra furniture or equipment.
Once you find a general contractor, get started on alternations for you new space at this time.
4 Months Before Relocating a Business to Philadelphia
This is when your relocation plans need to be finalized and any tasks with minimum times (like permit applications for construction) should all be under way. Review and finalize your move plan with a project manager to be sure you didn’t miss anything. Move dates should be finalized and your orders should be placed for any new furniture and IT equipment.
Now is also a good time to start introducing move plans to your workers. The more familiar they are with the relocation plan, the smoother the process will go. If your employees will have any part in the move, you should schedule strategy meetings to ensure plans are in place.
Relocating Like a Pro
Don’t let relocating your business cause you to lose productivity and revenue, not to mention sleep. You will need to have trusted and experienced partners in this endeavor and that is where the professionals at Relocation Strategies come in. You may have never moved a business before, but we have! Consider using Relocation Strategies to manage your business move in Philadelphia.