The COVID-19 pandemic has sent seismic waves through the business world – with many companies considering hire freezes and redundancies, and many more people working from home for the first time.All of those changes mean many businesses have looked to move business premises. Corporate relocation during COVID-19 is no walk in the park, though. Aside from the usual facets of a corporate move that require careful planning, such as budgets and business continuity, COVID-19 poses additional challenges, such as safety precautions and movement restrictions. Here are the things you should be thinking about when relocating your business right now.
By far the most important part of moving business premises is choosing the right location for your business now but also for the future. Your new premises must:
With many businesses downsizing or changing their office usage, the commercial rental market is changing. So, now is the time to shop around for deals and when you find the perfect premises for you, negotiate a better deal on the lease. After all, at such an uncertain time, any cost-saving you can make to your business will sit you in a stronger position – and deals are out there to be struck.
As with any big change, planning is key to a successful business move. We recommend using digital tools such as Microsoft To-Do or Slack to help create an action plan that can be shared with those who need to input – even those remote working – and to keep on top of tasks. Set up a budget tracker, too, to keep an eye on costs, as they can easily escalate during a move if the ball is dropped.
When moving during COVID-19, there are a few additional considerations to bear in mind when packing your items up. One is that it is best to buy brand new packing materials, that haven’t been pre-owned, to help ensure they’re as sanitary as possible. Secondly, if possible, try packing several days in advance of your actual move. COVID-19 germs can sit on surfaces for up to several days and cardboard boxes for up to 24 hours, so taking time between packing, moving and then unpacking again could be a good precaution to consider. If using the same removals company to pack, transport and unpack your items, then this won’t be an issue.
Now, more than ever before, it’s important to take stock of your health and safety business protocols. And when you’re coordinating a business move while the COVID-19 pandemic still looms large, it’s vital that you put some basic procedures in place to keep your staff and contractors safe. On top of the usual advice around heavy lifting, make sure you brief your team on how to stay COVID-safe during the move. Providing face coverings for everyone involved in the move, setting up hand sanitising stations at each step of the process and ensuring people stay 2m apart, will help keep your team safe. If you’re hiring a removals team, they’ll be able to lead on this, as robust COVID-19 procedures are part and parcel of a good removals service now.
COVID-19 has necessitated the need for more complex business moves as businesses adapt to new circumstances. For example, some companies may need workstations packing up and delivering to their employees’ homes if there is a medium-term or longer-term switch to home working. Similarly, some companies may want to put under-utilised office equipment into storage for now until there is a return to regular operations. Organising a complex move like this can be very challenging if you’re not used to it. An expert removals specialist can take this off your hands and manage the logistics of getting different equipment where it needs to be, with minimal disruption to your business operations.
If your company is downsizing to a smaller office, then you could consider commercial storage solutions to help ease the transition to a smaller space. If you have redundant furniture that needs a place to live until it’s re-sold or you need a place to store important documents that you don’t need to access every day, then a storage unit could be the way forward. A good commercial storage provider will have secure, temperature-controlled units of different sizes on both temporary and long term commercial storage options.
With complex jobs often come large taskforces – as everyone gets all hands on deck. Yet, although it might seem counter-intuitive, reducing the number of people who are working on your move could help to streamline the process and also further reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Assign one central project manager to handle the move, and assign a couple of key people to handle tasks, such as packing, labelling and coordinating. Even better still, hiring a commercial removals team to handle the full process from packing to reassembly at the other side will mean you can drastically reduce the number of people getting hands-on with your move.
To avoid the headache of packing, moving and relocating your business during the COVID-19 pandemic, hire a specialist removals company.
We are specialists in everything from packing up sensitive business items to storing and reassembling, and have helped many companies successfully relocate over the years. What’s more, over the last few months we have become experts in ensuring that our removals process meets the latest government regulations for COVID safety. Get in touch today for a free quote tailored to your businesses removals and storage requirements.