Setting The Stage for a Commercial Relocation

commercial-relocationEvery move is challenging, but a commercial relocation has so many moving parts to it that it can seem like an overwhelming task. You have two options: coordinate the project yourself, or look to outsource it. If your relocation needs to be a seamless transition that doesn’t impact your day-to-day business, then the most expedient solution is to partner with a commercial move expert who has a field-tested logistics management program in place.

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So what is a logistics management program? It’s a 5-step protocol that relocation experts use to keep a project on budget and on time. Before you hire a company, interview several candidates, and see which ones will approach your move with these proven parameters:

STEP #1: Commercial Relocation Plans and Objectives

Your Logistics Coordinator should develop a project overview and outline that encapsulates all the details
involved in your relocation, including:
• Projected timeframe
• Goals and budget
• Space evaluation
• Asset inventory/furniture analysis
• Space planning
• Contents move plan and asset liquidation
• Computer/phone/data migration

STEP #2: Physical Survey before Commercial Relocation

An on-site logistics team should survey both the origin and destination locations in order to provide a
comprehensive detailed work overview. It’s important to identify property/building management requirements and specifications so that decommissioning at the current office space complies with the guidelines, and any build-outs required at the new office space are completed prior to move day. A physical survey is especially important when relocating stock from several different locations — office, store, or warehouse. Each venue requires an entirely different logistical approach, so don’t assume just giving the logistics team the square footage total is enough information. Nothing takes the place of an actual boots-on-the-ground survey.

STEP #3: Budgeting for a Commercial Relocation

Your Logistics Coordinator should create a detailed budget that breaks down the move into individual line items. Any vendor services needed should be sent out for comparative bid. Final recommendations should slot that doesn’t involve a landfill. From recycling to liquidation to donation, a commercial move should not hurt the earth.

Can you coordinate office and residential relocation for the entire company?

For a commercial relocation that involves a great distance, look for a logistics management team that can handle all the relocation needs of both company and employees alike. Why? A comprehensive move plan that can coordinate the office relocation along with the employees’ residential moves will transfer everything at the same time to maximize efficiency and minimize downtime.

A commercial relocation is a major step for any business. Make it your business to hire the best full-service professional for the job.

About Argosy Management Group:

Argosy Management Group (AMG) is a leader in office relocation and logistics project/move management. AMG services companies throughout the U.S. and worldwide. AMG delivers a wide range of comprehensive services: move management and transition planning, space planning and furniture needs, office and industrial relocation and liquidation, storage solutions and asset management, furniture disassembly and installation, and I.T./data center relocation.


Shawn O’Neil at 609-744-4112 or
Paul Sipera at 609-760-8312