Relocation of business premises isn’t always a bad thing. Granted it may be rather time-consuming and occasionally a somewhat stressful and thankless task, however it is usually evidence that your company is growing, expanding and in need of additional room to carry out everyday operations efficiently.
When it comes to a factory relocation, you’ve got to be sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible, especially if you have a fair bit of machinery that needs to be protected during any transit. That means that planning ahead and knowing exactly what you’re doing is nothing short of vital.
It’s almost too easy to simply assume that everything will go swimmingly with your move but just as in any aspect of business, nothing is certain. Carefully create a plan of action for your factory relocation and ask others to see what they think.
Have a clear understanding of what should happen and what could happen so you know you’ve got a plan B up your sleeve. Even things as simple as packaging your equipment in suitable materials can save a lot of trouble further down the line.
Assign competent people to roles you know they can fulfil and remember it’s never a case of simply filling a van and driving to the new premises. Ensure that staff are fully aware of responsibilities, deadlines and safety measures and hopefully all should fall into place.
Decide What Is Coming with You
One thing that all worksites may be a little guilty of is collecting an abundance of unnecessary items down the years. Now’s your time to filter through that mass compilation of hoarded bits and decide what is actually of use.
If you can’t definitively answer “Yes, we need this”, it might be time to let go. You’re already moving out of one space with not enough room, without pre-contributing to reducing the area of your new place.
Know Your Machinery
Your machinery is probably your biggest asset and ensuring that it remains intact during factory relocation should be near the top of any priority list you have.
If you or anybody in your team have sufficient know-how to disassemble parts (remember you need to know how to put them back together) then it’s probably a good idea to split apparatus down into smaller parts for an easier and potentially safer transit. It might also be advisable to use some sort of note or label system so it doesn’t get slightly confusing when you reach the new premises.
It should go without saying that this shouldn’t be attempted without a complete understanding of dismantling and reassembly of the specific machinery. If you aren’t sure, consult the manufacturer or draft in somebody who is sure – it could be a very expensive mistake otherwise.
When the big day is finally upon you, you’ll have hopefully factored for every eventuality and be as prepared as can be. Load up the relevant vehicles and away you go. Until you realise that nobody ever thought that the fragile machinery doesn’t quite fit into your script. After all, how can a 3 ton appliance be stuck in the back of a van safely and securely?
If this is a risk that may present itself, you might have to think about having something in place as cover, which naturally is enlisting the help of dedicated machinery movers with the correct knowledge, experience and perhaps most importantly, insurance, to deal with such a scenario.
Many professional factory relocation services will also be able to install your apparatus at the other end too, which is no doubt a bonus and takes an ever so slight weight off your shoulders.
Begin Your New Journey
After you’ve carefully unpacked equipment, reassembled devices and gotten everything set up and ready to go, you’re ready to get back to work, albeit in a fresh environment.
Thanks to your careful deliberation, meticulous strategizing and precise execution you’ll have gotten through possibly one of the toughest tasks with no dramas.