When you decide to relocate your business a considerable distance from your current location, you need to consider whether you will be relocating your employees as well. Some of them may choose not to go with you, but those who do need to be given financial and logistical help to make the move. You may not necessarily fund their move in its entirety, but you could certainly help to offset some costs and make the relocation as easy as possible on them. Here are some things to consider in respect of your employees when planning a business relocation.
All businesses should have a relocation policy. If you didn’t have one in place when you hired your staff, you should certainly hammer one out as you prepare to move, and make sure that it is communicated to your staff. Outline what the company will pay for, such as the services of a moving company or a storage unit. Other possible expenses the business could subsidise might include education, temporary accommodation, spousal career search, among others.
Make sure you have planned your budget in advance. As you work out what you can spend, decide whether aiding employee relocations is a cost-effective action in the first place. You can also create preset limits on what an employee can spend on their relocation and make sure that they understand this from the start.
Hire a relocation management company
There are relocation management specialists who can take the burden off your HR department and facilitate the entire process. They can even help you draw up your relocation policy and then implement it for you. Master Movers works with trusted companies that can manage these tasks for you, and we would be happy to provide you with a referral.
Select your expert mover
The next thing to do is to select an expert mover. It might be the same moving company that does your office relocation or an entirely different one. Experienced business movers like Master Movers can do both business relocations and your employees’ personal moves. We are not able to assist with your relocation policies or employee relocation management, but we will provide expert moving services to take everything from the old location to the new one. While you consider the many variables involved with your business move, and leave the planning of your employee moves to your relocation management contractors, the moving company will handle all the heavy lifting and logistics to ensure that both the company and its employees get moved and settled with minimal fuss.
Contact Master Movers for more information on our relocation services.
A business relocation is not something that should be done unadvisedly. It is a major decision involving several factors that require careful consideration and analysis. Before going ahead with a business move, think carefully about the impact on your stakeholders, as well as the costs involved. Here are some of the critical factors to consider:
- Cost: How much will the move itself take out of your budget? How will rent and maintenance at the new location impact your spending in the long term?
- Stakeholder impact: How will the move affect management, employees and clients?
- Future growth: How will the new premises accommodate the future expansion of your company?
- Community: How will your move affect the community you are leaving, as well as the one you are moving to?
Advantages of business relocation
Before you make the move, ensure that the advantages outnumber the disadvantages. Here are some of the main pros that should be in place to make a move worthwhile:
- Access to a new labour pool: The new location ought to put you in a position to access talent that you may not have had access to in the old one.
- A fresh layout: Moving to a new location gives you a chance to redesign your office space with a view towards increasing productivity and efficiency.
- Cost savings: Unless an upgrade in the size and function of your office facilities is justified, you should move to a space that will either leave your overheads the same or, preferably, reduce them.
Disadvantages of business relocation
On the other hand, there are always a few downsides to consider. Here are some of the most common:
- Loss of clients: If you go too far out of the way of your existing client base, you may lose some or all of them, meaning you will have to start from scratch building up a customer list in the new location. Not all businesses are as location-sensitive as others, so this may or may not affect you, but it is certainly something you should think long and hard about. As things currently stand, this is not as much of a factor as it once was, since so many businesses are now working remotely, either partially or entirely.
- Business interruption: You are likely to suffer some loss of productivity during the move, no matter how well you plan it, so make sure you make provision for this. You could always have your staff work remotely for the day – this is increasingly an option considering technological advances and what we are calling the ‘new normal’ that has developed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Recruitment: You may find yourself facing a trade-off between the location and the available staff pool. If you move out of a central commercial area, for example, you may have difficulty getting potential staff to commute to the new location and may have to offer incentives to attract them.
There is a lot to consider when relocating your business, so you shouldn’t have to worry about the details of the move itself. Leave that to a professional moving company like Master Movers. We are experienced business movers who can take the hassle out of your business relocation. Contact us for more information.
Modular storage is a more economical storage option that offers all the safety and space benefits of traditional storage units while reducing the cost of keeping your furniture and other items safe when downsizing or between premises. Instead of placing your belongings into the usual “garage-type” roller door storage units, flat-pack, preconstructed wooden modules are used. Your belongings are just as safe as they would be with any other storage option, as the modules are held on a secure, access-controlled site. However, the cost of these safe and sturdy units is far lower than brick-and-cement structures. Modular storage is an affordable storage option that will save you money while providing peace of mind.
Why use modular storage?
Modular storage offers savings of both time and money. When loading and unloading your storage module, you can park your vehicle right next to the unit, reducing your carrying and loading time. It is an extremely safe way to store your belongings as the units are secure and protect your things against the elements while still allowing the items being stored to breathe.
People use modular storage for many reasons. These could include:
- Decluttering the home.
- Getting more storage space when your property is starting to get full.
- If you are in-between homes or offices.
- When you are renovating your home.
- If you are downsizing.
- As a temporary place to store your belongings if you are working overseas but have not yet made the decision to move permanently.
Modular storage is best suited for:
Modular storage units can be used for domestic or commercial furniture, as well as boxes containing all kinds of items, for both long-term and short-term storage.
Advantages of modular storage
Modular storage options offer several key benefits, including fast loading and unloading, breathability for your items (preventing the growth of mould), security, protection against dust, and great cost savings compared to other storage options. The storage units are also proofed against fishmoths and are regularly fumigate to prevent infestation by borer beetles and other insects.
Disadvantages of modular storage
One catch to keep in mind with modular storage is that access to your items will be restricted. This is for the safety of your belongings, of course, so you would have to schedule your visits and loading/ unloading accordingly. Also, these modules are built to save space, meaning every centimetre is used, so you may have to unpack the unit in order to get to a particular item, and then repack it again, which could take up some time. You can get around this by organising your packing so that things you may need are near the front.
Master Movers is a moving company and secure storage solutions provider with offices and storage facilities in all of South Africa’s major centres. Contact us for more information.
An office relocation can be a complex operation. There is so much to think about, so much to move – and all while trying to minimise downtime and disruptions to your day-to-day business. Having helped hundreds of companies move offices, Master Movers always recommends that you put together a comprehensive checklist to ease the process.
Why use an office relocation checklist?
When there is so much to do and move, the worst thing you can do is take a haphazard approach. An office checklist helps you to organise and systematise your move so that it goes smoothly and nothing is forgotten about. By drawing up a list, you can avoid expensive mistakes, save time and ensure that every step of the move is optimised. However, to write up an effective checklist, you should seek the advice of professionals. If you engage the help of a professional moving company, you can get their expert help in creating a list that will maximise your results and minimise your costs.
What is included in the office relocation checklist
A good checklist drawn up with the guidance of experienced office movers will break the relocation process down into a series of manageable steps and tasks. It includes everything you need to know and do before the move starts, the key decisions to take before putting the moving plan into action, a moving timeline to systematise the move, plans to move your valuable equipment without damage or loss, and a scheme to design and lay out the new office space, to make setting up and settling in as easy as possible.
Master Movers is a moving company with offices in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, as well as a national reach. With years of experience, we can help you plan and carry out a flawless office relocation. Contact us for more information.
Moving to a new home can be daunting and without planning ahead, the costs can quickly add up. There are many factors that go into a move and hiring a relocation company is one of the most important. You also need to create a moving budget so you know what the costs are before moving day.
Your moving company fees will include a base fee plus specialty items fees and moving insurance. They can help transport your pets as well as vehicles to your new location. Make sure to also factor in extra costs like daycare on moving day and house cleaning services.
Here are 4 great relocation tips to make your big day easier.
1. Declutter so you can pack less.
Don’t pack anything that you no longer need. If you haven’t used it in 6 months then you probably can sell it or donate it.
2. Use quality moving boxes.
It’s easy to get boxes from the grocery store to use. While they are free, they are odd shaped and may have damage from moisture. It’s worthwhile buying proper moving boxes that are durable.
3. Don’t overpack boxes
You shouldn’t try to fit all your items in a few boxes. This can damage items and make them too heavy to lift. Pack your boxes to the top so your belongings don’t shift while on the truck as movers are not responsible for any abrasion damage in boxes during transport.
4. Make a priority box.
When you arrive at your new home you don’t want to open up every box when you get there. Having a tote with must-have items will make your life easier. Put things in that you will need right away so you don’t have to search for them. Master Movers can do this for you. Talk to our moving coordinators.
Hiring a Relocation Moving Company
When you are looking for a moving company to hire, make sure to do your homework. Word of mouth goes a long way so ask family and friends for recommendations. You can also go online and read customer reviews. If you have a detailed inventory, a relocation company can give you an accurate estimate of moving costs. It’s easier to compare different quotes this way.
Having a plan is the best way to find a qualified relocation company and keep down costs. Master Movers are here to help. With offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban, we are professional movers for hire and are accredited with AMOSA so you are assured of quality service. Contact us today for more information.
When it comes time to move to a new house, packing up your belongings is the biggest task. Here are some great tips on how to make that challenge of packing less daunting.
Less Stuff, Lower Moving Costs?
This is the perfect time to take inventory of your home and decide what you really want to take with you. It’s time to identify the excess stuff in your life and purge.
- Return Items Most people have items in their homes that are borrowed from family and friends. Give these things back to their owners so they don’t come along with you.
- Sell Decide what you need vs what you want. Things that you haven’t used in a while are better turned into cash at a garage sale or on craigslist.
- Donation Whatever is leftover from your yard sale can now be donated to a local charity. This can help those in need and free you from taking them to your next place.
Packing and Wrapping Needed for Relocation
Once you have your moving date you can start packing up things you don’t need right away. Here are your main packing items.
Just about anything can be wrapped with bubble wrap. Use it for your more delicate items like wine bottles, statues, appliances, and electronics. Mirrors and paintings can be bubble wrapped but will also need added protection, especially when moving long distances.
Most people have plastic storage containers at home and while these can be loaded straight into a moving truck, they are not ideal for moving. Make sure to fill any empty space in the bin to avoid shifting during transit and cable tie or lock them securely.
Double-walled cardboard boxes come in a variety of sizes and can be customized to fit most items. They are durable and stackable as well as being eco friendly. They can also be broken down to be reused in the future as well as be sold to someone else planning a move.
When you need to protect furniture from dirt, dust, or water, dust covers are a great option. They are perfect for covering items during a move as well as protection for storage when you get there.
These tips will cut down costs and make it easier for your moving company to transport your goods to the next place. Master Movers are experts in house moving and corporate moves. Call us today for more information.