Relocating for the winter and how to handle it

If you run a hospitality based business in an exceptionally seasonal industry, then you may be one of the few companies left who actually has to think about relocating for summer and winter. So how does one go about doing this? Well luckily with the right help and armed wth the right knowledge, you should be able to achieve a stress free move which leaves your business intact and ready to hit the ground running with every relocation.

  1. Getting the move right

When you are relocating your venue for the winter, there is a lot to consider – not least, how are you going to move everything over to your new location and install it when you get there? Luckily there are plenty of reputable hospitality ff&e companies out there to help you enjoy a successful move with minimal worry, and who will know exactly what they are doing. So although it is easy to stress, with the right removals and installation company your relocation doesn’t have to be as problematic as you might think. This may be even more tempting when moving during the cooler months as you have the added challenge of moving and driving in colder temperatures. Professional movers may be able to do the load in one load? Versus if you try loving yourself it may be as many as ten loads. 

  1. Staying safe

Often speed is of the essence – nobody wants a job to take any longer than it has to, because it wastes everyone’s time and in the end, nobody is happy. However, that doesn’t mean that quality or safety should be sacrificed in the name of speed – if you feel like you need accelerometers to measure how fast your workmen are installing your new location, that should be a red flag. If you suspect that corners are being cut it is your responsibility to bring that up and resolve the problem before any damage is caused or unsafe situations created. It’s not a good idea to rush things and to risk quality or safety along the way. This applies to when you’re driving too! It’s important to drive to the conditions especially during winter when snow and ice can really complicate things. 

  1. Staying up to code

One of the biggest problems a building can experience in the winter is frozen pipes – it makes sense, as pipes can often be external and exposed to the elements. But it’s very important to combat this problem. Firstly, frozen pipes impact how well you can use the heating and even water supply, additionally, they can become damaged or cause damage to the rest of the building or other structures. When you are running a hotel or other customer facing business, it’s especially important not only that customers are able to stay warm but also that the building is safe!

Relocating your business seasonally is unusual in this day and age, but some of us still have to do it – luckily, if you go in with the right attitude and phone numbers on speed dial, you’ll achieve a successful move with minimal stress.