If you own a business and are looking to eventually expand, you may know that one day you may need to relocate. Sometimes business relocations come with high costs, especially depending on the type of business you have. It can be difficult, however, to know just how many costs are associated with the upcoming relocation and move that is ahead of you as relocation is hard to plan for. You can save costs no matter your business type though with the tips found in the information below.
Make a Plan
Though it can be difficult to know exactly when the relocation will happen or how much a relocation will cost, you can start to make plans now. If you require motorcycle shipping for a dealership, for instance, it may cost more than just shipping office equipment. This is especially true if you know that you will require a business relocation at some point in your company’s future. Come up with a plan about how long you want to take for the relocation to occur and how much time you want to give. You can also quickly make changes to your plan when necessary so that you do not unexpectedly pay for extra expenses and costs you are not prepared for.
It is so important to first hire a moving company you can trust, but you can save money with the moving cost if you get organized. This is especially true if you have a surplus of office supplies that you do not think you will need in your new building. You can even sell some of these supplies to make even more money for your business. You should also make an inventory of exactly what needs moving so that your moving company feels prepared and so that they are less overwhelmed when giving you a quote.
Use the Offseason
If you can manage it, consider moving during the offseason as you can save a lot of money. Many businesses choose to move in the warmer months of the year, which are the spring and summer, so moving costs are especially high during these times. If you can wait until the fall or until the winter, put off your relocation until then to cut costs. You may also save on the least that you choose for your relocated office space as they are less expensive in the offseason as well.
Discuss the Price
A quote that a moving company gives you is not necessarily set in stone, and you are able to discuss the price and negotiate a new price. Make sure that you have done your research so that you can come to the moving company with competitors’ prices as well. Ask even about discounts that you have seen on their website or that you have heard about from other customers. You should never be okay with the first price that a moving company offers to you, as there is a strong possibility that it will become lower over time.
Ensure Your Equipment
Though insurance does cost more for the actual move, it will cost you more to replace any of your equipment that becomes broken during the relocation. Accidents happen to anyone, so you do not have to be mad at the moving company. You should only order the insurance ahead of the move so if anything does become broken, it can be quickly replaced through the insurance. You also do not have the time to undergo a lawsuit or the money that it may take to put forth for the lawsuit ahead of you.
An office relocation is an exciting time for your company as it most likely means that you are expanding and growing. Moving at any time and for any business though can be expensive, and it is important for your budget that you find ways to save. Be sure to always negotiate your quoted price and to always ensure your expensive office equipment that requires moving. Take the time to organize and get rid of equipment that you may not have use for any more as well, and consider moving during the offseason so that you do not pay full price.
By Sierra Powell