Moving is no easy task, and it’s even harder when you have to continue working during the process.
That’s the first thing Chris Suchan says he would do differently next time he has to relocate his business set aside time to prepare the new location and organize the move.
“We didn’t stop working, and that was a big problem,” says Suchan, president of Legacy Innovation & Design Inc., a residential design and construction company. “The place we moved into, we basically had to build our office. We should have just set aside a week or two with no work, just knocked it out and got it done, but we had to keep going. We had stuff scheduled and couldn’t stop. That was the biggest headache we had.”
Because the new location wasn’t completely ready, Suchan didn’t have an office to work in, which meant he had to use his own house to do paperwork and run daily operations.
“It would have been better to have this built, move our office in one day and be done,” he says. “Instead, I have a fax machine and phone out here, and the rest of the office is in my house until this is built. It would have made more sense, but you can only do what you can do at the time. I had a big box in my truck with all the paperwork we had to have every day, and I just stayed in touch with everyone, all of our customers and vendors, and made sure they knew where stuff went.”
Suchan’s company has two components one does countertops, and one does remodeling and custom cabinets. He moved the countertop business overnight and kept it going, which benefited the business but made life somewhat difficult.
“The countertops are our bread and butter,” he says. “The fact that none of our customers were without what they ordered was good. While we should have shut down, it was probably better but it was just harder on us. We had everything out on time and kept income coming in.”
The company moved from a 2,000-square-foot space in Berea to a 5,000-square-foot spot in Bedford Heights. To find that location, Suchan said he and his partner looked at about 10 locations and decided on Bedford Heights because of its proximity to Interstate 480 and Interstate 271, as well as the number of other shops in the area.
“We are more centrally located now to get us to the east and west side easier from the shop,” he says. “There are other shops around here, too, so when people get backed up, they look for different shops to do their work. We are closer to that, so maybe we can get in on some of that.”
Although the location cost more than others they looked at, Suchan says it’s worth the extra money to better serve his business.
“It wasn’t enough to say no,” he says. “It still fit in to what we could afford, so it made sense.”
HOW TO REACH: Legacy Innovation & Design Inc., (216) 898-1238 or www.legacy-innovation.com
Alleviate moving pains
Moving your business presents a lot of headaches, but www.123movers.com offers some tips to alleviate the pain.
Prepare for the move. To save time, make sure you are familiar with your new location and offices. Take measurements of the new rooms to make sure your old or new desks, chairs, filing cabinets, etc., fit inside your new space.
To make sure that everyone knows his or her new dimensions, create a floor plan before the move. This plan should include, by floor, location of employees, furniture, plants and whatever else you are bringing to your new location. Make sure that every employee receives a copy of this plan, and post it in the building on moving day.
Correspond with everyone. Make sure that everyone employees, landlords, movers, renters, etc. is aware of every detail. They need to know the exact moving plan before the actual move. The fewer questions on moving day, the better.
To help the movers, use colored labels. All of the furniture that belongs on one floor can be labeled a certain color. Label colors and numbers for each employee, and place labels in a spot that is easily visible to the movers.
Get rid of garbage. Make sure that you throw away as much garbage as possible before the actual moving day. It is possible to get permission from the city to have industrial-size trash containers placed in front of the building if you have an excess amount of garbage to throw away.