Moving any retail space is quite a different job than when moving a home. With a clothing store, there is also more to consider than just moving the clothing (and even that is going to be different than the advice we give to homeowners). Vancouver store movers know that there will be operational equipment, furnishings and fixtures that need to be disassembled with the right tools, or handled with care.
And, retail supplies are not like ordinary furniture. If retail store movers don’t do their job correctly, any broken or missing pieces of a store can affect revenue at worst, and result in a mismanaged, frustrating store to shop in, at best. But, sometimes moving to a new commercial retail space is necessary – either to downsize your costs, or grow the traffic needed in your store.
With that in mind, we’ll give you some tips on how to move a clothing retail shop. Even if you plan on hiring professional store movers to do the job for you, it’s good to be equipped with the knowledge you’ll need to know if they’re doing a good job.
Thoroughly discuss moving rates, ask questions and plan for the unpredictable level of inventory to move
When you get an in-person estimate to move a clothing retail store, one question that will come up is: how much inventory are we moving? Let’s say your store is moving in two months. You’ll be getting deliveries or supplies in that time, to keep the store stocked. Or will you? What if you aim for liquidation, but don’t know how much you’ll realistically sell by moving day?
Since the inventory levels that need to be moved can be hard to predict, it’s crucial you discuss this with your professional movers in advance.
Another MAJOR consideration is for international movement of goods. If you’re planning on moving across borders, there may be customs documentation needed. Bring this up with your mover, especially in case they’re not aware, or forget to ask you about it. This page of the Canadian government’s website has more info: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/comm-eng.html Find out your costs, and what may happen if your movers are delayed or rejected at the border for any reason – who pays in that instance?
The next question to ask is about tear-down. You may have wall racks attached to studs, light fixtures (like chandeliers), cabinetry, wall divisions and other more-or-less ‘permanent’ materials in place for your store’s ‘look and feel.’ The store mover may not be thinking that the ‘semi-permanent’ parts are their job too. But if you need them to be, let them know! Sometimes, these can be thought of as part of renovation or junk removal services.
If this is your first time moving a clothing retail store, remember that movers are not like delivery companies. They are also not moving anything similar to your home. So these differences in your past experiences will need to factor in to your expectations.
On that note, we also recommend checking for moving insurance!
Prepare far in advance of the store movers’ arrival
While technically you could ask Vancouver store movers to handle everything about your move, chances are you’ll want to take care of much of this yourself.
First of all: consider labour costs. Your minimum wage employees may be the perfect cost saving alternative to boxing up your store. This is especially true of your store experiences down time with little traffic, and your store employees would otherwise only be holding down countertops for you.
They’re also trained to use your equipment and know how your store is already organized. So they’re going to be the most knowledgeable when it comes to keeping the right things together in the right boxes.
Some other tips for preparation of your retail move:
Have your packing tape, foam, boxes etc. ready for employees to start packing. Don’t let wasted time go by because they didn’t have the equipment to do the job. When you shop for these, you may also want to get some large paper rolls to hide what’s going on inside your store windows on moving day – though this up to you.
Take down mannequins and disassemble them if they’re not being used. Put them in boxes – either together with their individual parts, or ‘arms with arms, legs with legs,’ etc.
Find all your admin stuff – receipt rolls, price stickers, tagging guns and even your pens. Your extras may be stashed away somewhere that you forgot about. Gather them all together so they’re not loose ends that need to be cleaned up, wasting time, on the day of the move.
Hire your cleaners, or arrange for employees to do this task. Don’t forget to empty the steamer and vacuum. Best to have the dusting done before you pack up shelves and racks.
Check your lease rules to see if moving docks, backdoor access ways, delivery parking spots, or even allowed hours for moving are going to fit in with your store movers’ schedule.
Make sure your moving company will have all the equipment needed for a clothing retail store move. For example, do they have the right types of moving dollies for your needs? What about ramps on their trucks if they can’t use loading docks? Clothing racks and protections? Ask about everything!
If you have an alarm or security equipment managed by a third-party company, schedule them to come in on the same day of the move. They’ll need to re-install your systems and set you up at the new location.
Contact any utility companies to make arrangements for the move. Water hookups, electricity, phone lines, Internet etc. will all need to be operational when you are open for business at the new location. Do your address changes for other services where necessary (such as with credit card companies, banks, etc.)
Clear out personal items such as employee mugs, lockers, and whatever else may be hanging around.
Schedule your bank deposits from your cash register and POS system the night before, so that you’re not carrying large monetary amounts to the new store. You don’t want this to go missing during the commotion of the move.
If you hire a display designer, make sure they’re available to set up your store when you move. And if you’re using their staging supplies, you may want to have them pick that up on moving day, to avoid being responsible for any damages.
Find out how you’re going to take down signage, and if it can fit in your new space. You may need specialists to handle this part of the move. Same goes for vinyl wall or window decals.
We also recommend making it known on your website, and with a store sign, that you are moving, and what the new address will be. See our article linked-to below about how to preserve your SEO when moving a business, for more on this.
Sell whatever clothing inventory you can before moving day
Depending on how far you’re moving, your budget, and the markup on your inventory, it may be worth holding a massive sale before moving. That said, the case here can be different for different clothing stores. You may want to do a bit of math to find out if offloading your inventory is cheaper than paying to move it professionally.
Selling off inventory doesn’t just have to mean putting on a sale. This article by Profitguide.com explains how to move stock that’s not selling:
You can also donate to local charities, as another option for getting rid of inventory. See this article on our blog for options.
Protect your inventory when moving your store to a new location
It goes without saying that you’re going to need to take extra precautions to make sure your inventory is still sellable after you move to a new store location.
You may not have all the original packaging that your store’s clothes came in. But it may be a good idea to start collecting the plastic bags and boxes they’re being delivered in, so they can be re-boxed the same way for the move. You can also ask your suppliers for extras.
When you do pack the clothing, we do not recommend you use for-sale materials to cushion your breakables. We can give this advice to homeowners, but this is a different case. You want to keep your clothes looking as new and unused as possible. If you pack brochure displays or detachable hooks with your clothes, they might tear, and you don’t want that.
And, don’t forget about the breakables, like accessories. Do you sell nail polish and jewelry? How will you keep them from damage during the move?
When everything is boxed up, you may want to also consider humidity and moisture. If you’re moving dresses on rolling racks – even if they’re bagged in plastic – you want to keep the bottom away from puddles. You also want to make sure that the moving truck isn’t packed so that a water-filled steamer or cleaning spray bottle is sitting adjacent to clothing. Best to treat the clothing as fragile in this case, and let your movers know about the concern too.
Moving a clothing retail store doesn’t have to be difficult. But it does help to know the differences from when you’re moving a house. This can prepare you for the smoothest transition to your new space. And, by discussing these considerations in advance with your store movers, you’ll likely save money, or at least come to a more accurate estimate.
Ferguson Moving and Storage can help with your retail moving needs. Give us a call, and we’ll come by for an in-person estimate.
If you are thinking of moving in Vancouver, you probably have a checklist of what you want in your new home, and perhaps even your new neighbourhood. If you have children, one major item you should add to this checklist is proximity to schools. However, you don’t want to move close to just any school. Follow this quick guide to find a good school for your kids before your Vancouver move. (more…)
But have you ever considered what would happen if your home, business, community centre or church ever caught on fire? How bad would the damage be? How would you recover from a fire? See the story of this historical hotel recently damaged by a fire in B.C.
Chances are, after everyone’s safety is addressed, you’ll go through a lengthy, tedious and specialized process to salvage your belongings (if they can be recovered at all). You’ll also likely need to re-locate after a fire. In between, your things will need to be moved – sometimes to a special facility – and then back to their original spot in your home.
And so, salvaging belongings from a fire, and moving after a fire in B.C. often go together.
In this article, we’ll give some tips on what to expect, and what to do, if you are recovering from fire damage.
Know that fire damage is not just from flames: water and smoke will ruin most belongings not turned to ashes
Fire smoke, soot and the water used to put out the fire can be the biggest determinant of whether or not your belongings can be salvaged at all. This is where fire restoration companies come into play. This restoration specialist explains what the process may be like (though we don’t claim to sponsor or promote any one company). As you’ll see, everything will need to be moved out before it can be salvaged.
If you watch the second video on this news story, you’ll see floods of water coming out of a church building that had been powerfully hosed for hours to put out a fire. Now imagine what would be left after the fire is gone. You can expect that carpeting, flooring, walls and much more will be damaged by water – and resulting mould – alone.
And, as this article explains, smoke damage can be the most detrimental, and hard-to-get-rid-of effect of a fire. The site goes on, in this page, to explain that chemicals from smoke and soot damage can be harmful to humans. This is why you may want to consider a temporary relocation, or moving permanently, after a fire.
Know your first recourse after a fire, to help you resettle or move, while bringing your home back to shape
Your first recourse after a fire is your insurance policy. Insurance should cover the services of a fire restoration company to help you determine what can be salvaged of your belonging after a fire. They will also be able to professionally handle the material that may now be hazardous to your health.
The City of Vancouver publishes a guide on what to do immediately after suffering from a home fire (or other building fire, such as a commercial or community space). If you don’t have insurance, there may be government resources or charities that can help you. This can be as little as shelter for the first few days after a fire, or as extensive as social services and financial help (from the B.C. government), if you have to move out of your home completely.
Of course, it goes without saying that if you live in another city, you should check with your local city hall to find out your similar available options.
You can also see our guide on how to find temporary accommodations in Canada, here.
Learn what work you’ll need to do on your home before you can move in after a fire
There are several guides on how to clean, repair and restore your home and belongings after a fire. Here are some we found that may be useful in your search:
https://prrd.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/fire.pdf – this explains the importance of professional de-odourizing. It also explains that you’ll need to make sure your home’s value is adjusted, and that your property is kept safe while restoration is going on (you won’t want trespassers causing even more damage during this process). Also, it brings up the important point that a building structure damaged by fire may not be safe for the untrained to walk into. You don’t want blocks of charred wood falling on your head, so please be careful. Again, we’ll emphasize that a professional may need to do this job for you.
Don’t forget you’ll also need to temporarily cancel your utility services after a fire. As you can see, there is administration to do after a fire, and before you can move in or out of a building damaged by fire. It’s not just cleaning.
To conclude: precaution is the best remedy to fire restoration, and having to move
You knew this piece of advice was coming. As you can see from what we’ve covered above, recovering from a fire is a dreadful process. Not only will you be in shock and recovering personally from the event. And that’s not even assuming there were any fatal life losses (which is more devastating). But the amount of work involved in salvaging your belongings will be a headache. It can take a long time – so don’t expect to be able to move back in within a week or two.
And so, we recommend having a fire safety plan to begin with. Make sure sure your smoke detectors are working, you have the right fire ceiling paint, self-closing doors, and other building fixtures that can help prevent fire damage – not to mention save lives. Also, if you have tenants in a basement suite, make sure it is a legal one, to avoid unnecessary blame if the fire affects their safety.
If you need help moving in from your temporary location, back to your permanent home after a fire, give us a call. We’d be happy to help. The fire restoration specialists may need to handle the careful moving of other damaged items, however.
When you run a commercial retail food establishment, moving is not as simple as when you move house. And it’s also quite different than moving an office or other type of business. Before making the decision to move – if you have the choice – you’ll want to realize how many parts of your business can be affected. Your list of things to do will be vast – probably more work than when you set up your business to begin with.
In this article, we’ll go into some considerations when doing a commercial move for a coffee shop or cafe in Vancouver.
Licensing your coffee shop or cafe when you move to a new municipality
If you move your coffee shop or cafe to a new city or municipality, your licensing fees and terms may change. Different cities in Metro Vancouver will have different rules for businesses. Be sure that you have the appropriate license to operate, before you open at your new location.
Marketing material updates when you move a business
As we discussed in our article on preserving SEO when you move a business, your address updates will be important. This is not something you want to leave on the back burner. You’ll want to change your address on all your marketing material, and all website mentions. In today’s age of Yelp searches for local eats, you can’t afford not to do this for a coffee shop or cafe business that is moving.
To avoid confusion, also update your print material (such as business cards) or any paraphernalia.
You may also want to alert local newspapers, in the hopes you can get some press coverage out of it too.
Send out an e-newsletter, if you have one, to let your subscribers know where to find you at your new location.
Of course, for practical reasons, you’ll also need to update your address with all your service providers, suppliers, banks, licensors, insurers and so on.
Moving your cafe or coffee shop equipment and re-installing at your new location
It’s probably a fair guess that your operating equipment will be the biggest headache when moving a coffee shop or cafe. Moving a commercial espresso machine, for example, can require ensuring proper water and electrical hook-ups at your new location.
You may need a professional to come and install the espresso machine. And, while you’re at it, any maintenance that needs to be done should also be checked when it arrives at your new location. You’ll want to ensure all working internal parts are still functioning after transport, and before you open.
This article explains how to clean a commercial coffee machine.
We also have articles on our blog for moving household appliances. While moving commercial appliances may have more implications, you can get a read up on some basic principles regardless:
Moving food for a commercial business can be harder than moving food in a household kitchen. In our article on this topic, we talk about minimizing food you’ll take with you by using it up before moving day. But when doing a commercial move, your focus will be on minimizing the days your coffee shop or cafe has to close for business. You will, at the same time, not want to run out of supplies to meet your current customer demands in the days leading up to the move. Also, large inventories can’t just be thrown out without costing you a lot in operating budget.
Considering that this will likely be a short distance commercial move, you may have no choice but to take your food stuffs with you, if possible. Take advantage of commercial packaging of unopened items, and move them safely in your car. Unfortunately, moving companies often can’t move food for you (plus the weight of doing so may not be worth it). So you’ll likely end up doing this yourself.
In the time leading up to the move, ask your supplier to deliver part of your inventory to the new location, if there is any possibility of doing so. If your new location will be undergoing renovations before moving day, you won’t want food sitting in the way.
Refrigerated items will need to be handled carefully. Remember your food safety rules for things like milk and frozen foods. Do not let them cool below their recommended storage temperatures!
For coffee, flour and dry goods, be sure you won’t be storing them in moisture-rich areas where condensation can build up and ruin them. Stale or mouldy ‘dry’ foods are not great for business.
In the event you can’t transport your food inventory, consider donating to a local food bank or charity. The rest will have to be tossed out.
Costs of opening a new space for your food establishment
This article describes the costs of opening up a coffee shop from scratch. While most of those initial costs will simply transfer over to your new location, you won’t want to forget that your new location may come with new budget necessities. Your new lease, for example, may not be the same as your old one. And foot traffic can also change, affecting your profits.
There will also be costs to set up your POS system at a new location, transferring Internet and phone hook-ups, and other utilities.
Aside from that, your new space won’t be outfitted the way your old place was. This can be good or bad. Either way, you have an opportunity to re-decorate (and possibly donate old furniture to charity!). And that can involve more purchases. If you need more tables and chairs, lamp pendants, or new flooring – it can all add up. If you decide to install new commercial appliances because of space allowances, consider how that can affect your utility and maintenance bills in the long run (weighing out the benefits of profitability, of course).
Anything that happens to get damaged along the way during this commercial move will need to be replaced. Ensure your professional moving company has insurance for the items they will be transporting. If you move items yourself, see if your business insurance will cover it, just in case.
See this page with videos on how to move espresso machines, if you choose to ship them to your new location.
Also, since you’ll be moving computer equipment, you’ll want to ensure you have backups of all your data – no insurance company can help you retrieve years of records on your hard drive, if it gets lost along the way. See our article on moving an office in the digital age for more on this topic.
Hiring and training new employees
Depending on how far you move, your new location may be a dealbreaker for existing employees. And, even if they all go with you, your new location may get busier, or have longer opening hours, thus requiring more staff.
Hiring and training new staff is time-consuming and costly. Be sure to plan ahead for this before you move your business. Try to get existing staff to let you know well in advance if they will be able to commute to the new location, and possibly to work the extra hours.
Hire a trustworthy, professional commercial moving company
When you work for a company, and they ask you to move in Canada to take a new position in another city, you may get a relocation package. Relocation packages can come in the form of stipends for moving, salary bonuses, temporary housing, long distance moving services covered by the company, or other help getting settled in to your new home (and life!).
Relocation packages can include temporary accommodation, or company housing
Sometimes, people who have to relocate for their jobs are put up in a home paid for by the company – for them and their family. It might be cheaper for the company than paying for you to travel a lot on business.
If you are asked to find the accommodation, for reimbursement later, check out our article on this topic here:
You can negotiate your relocation package when moving in Canada
You may not realize this, but if your company is asking you to move long distance, they probably really want to keep you. That means you can ask for a custom relocation package. Of course, don’t go overboard. But for instance, if you need to take your family with you to check out houses before moving, you can ask for that. They may pay for that trip.
Relocation packages can include a lot you may not be thinking of. It’s not just the long distance move they’ll cover, or the housing and storage needs. A company may help your spouse get a job, pay for child care services, or even cover language training.
The point is to think about what you will need before and after the move, so you can ask the company for compensation in your relocation package. Not all will be willing to go that far, but it’s worth asking, and worth making a case. After all, you’d be uprooting your life to work for them.
While relocation packages may have become rare due to recent economic downturns, they are not totally abolished as a reasonable concept among businesses.
As an article linked to above notes, always maintain receipts of the cost of your move. Even if that includes meals paid for while road tripping with a trailer across the country. Track all of it. It may be needed when calculating the stipend a company will reimburse you for.
You can search for jobs with companies that offer relocation packages, if you want to move in Canada
It may sound sly, but if you are job hunting, and also would like a change of scenery, there isn’t a lot stopping you from finding job postings with companies that are willing to pay you to move.
One way to do this is to visit a job website, and type in the word “relocation” in your search. You can get results where the company is actually advertising a relocation package as part of their job offer.
You can also google a company you want to work for, and then also type in the word “relocation” to see if they have job openings on the web that include these packages.
However, these can be few and far between.
Other times, the company may not advertise their relocation package policies so directly. If you know someone within the company, they may be able to give you an inside scoop on typical relocation packages. If the company has an HR department, you might be able to randomly call in to ask if they offer these incentives to eligible applicants.
Other times, you’ll just need to apply for the job you want. Then if you get selected, ask – in a professional way – if they can offer you help with your business move. If they see you are highly qualified, and a rare hire, it may just work out.
When you’re ready to move to another city in Canada, give us a shout! We can help you with the long-distance move, as well as temporary storage of your belongings until you get settled. Our storage comes in portable containers, which means your goods can be shipped when you want them, without unnecessary unloading.
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If you like the idea of having a hobby farm, or just the benefits of easy access to farm produce, urban farming may be for you. But if you’re living in an apartment, or a suite without a yard, that can be hard. And if you’re living in a city that doesn’t allow animal raising in your yard, you may not be able to live your chicken dreams. So where can you move in Metro Vancouver or the Fraser Valley to keep an urban backyard chicken coop? We’ll explore your options in this article!
Move to the City of Vancouver so you can have a chicken coop
It may be hard to imagine the small Vancouver lots having enough room for a backyard urban farm – no less one with a chicken coop. But yes, if you move to Vancouver, you can set up a chicken coop in your yard, and the city encourages it! Only four though. They’re not totally crazy, sheesh.
In Vancouver, you have to register your chickens, however. You also have to follow some rules to keep things under control (we can’t have chickens roaming around our streets, attracting rodents or spreading disease, of course). You can’t have roosters, which we think would be an obvious bylaw for such a venture. Keep your neighbours happy by not waking them up at dawn! Also, while you may love that down to earth lifestyle, you can’t slaughter chickens in your urban Vancouver farm. But, chickens rarely result in complaints, so you should be ok.
In short: don’t move to Vancouver for a chicken coop if you thought it would be just like keeping a full operating farm on your property!
For more information on the city’s rules for urban farming and raising chickens, see this page of their website:
Move to New Westminster and you might be able to rent chickens
According to this article by the New Westminster Record, backyard chicken coops are nothing new in city. And, a company now wants to let you rent chickens, so you can give them back once you realize how hard it is, or when the kids get tired of it! Anyway, if your property is big enough, you can have chickens in New West, so that makes it a hot spot for your next move in Metro Vancouver!
Move to Delta or Richmond to raise chickens on a big property
We’re combining these two cities since they’re so close.
According to the Corporation of Delta, chickens are definitely not pets. But if you have moved to a large enough parcel of land, you may be able to keep chickens. The aforementioned link document also has a great table, by the way, showing other cities that allow chickens, and the typical rules for having them. And, this news article explains more on the story of how that document came to be, in case you’re wondering why you probably can’t have chickens in Delta. You’re not the first to think of it, and it’s already been debated.
In Richmond, you need at least 2000 square metres to keep poultry, and you have to keep the area sanitary. If your chickens escape, they can be taken away from you too.
Moving to Burnaby to raise urban poultry in your yard? Probably not allowed.
Although it’s so close to Vancouver, if you move to Burnaby, you may not be allowed to raise urban poultry in your yard. We had a search, and the urban agriculture section the city’s website mentions nothing about chicken coops, though they do allow beekeeping:
You’ll notice the document seems to contradict some of the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers we’ve given. Be sure to do your research! We have given you the documents we could find on these subjects, but you may find more in your search.
Moving to the Fraser Valley to have a backyard chicken coop? Stop right there
According to our research, we could only find resistance, not acceptance, to chickens in your backyard.
This seems to step from a fear of avian flu, according to this article:
It makes sense, since the area has industrial chicken farms that need to be protected from disease. The farmers are the real deal. The residents are just hobbyists that can mess things up. Let’s keep that in mind before bringing urban chickens into our homes. This stuff really happens, and it’s devastating for farmers.
A final word: Make sure you know how to raise chickens before you move for a chicken coop!
You really need to know what you’re doing to raise chickens. So don’t move in Vancouver or the Fraser Valley just to get a chicken coop. There are rules about animal control and animal rights you’ll need to be aware of. So it’s not just fun for the kids. This isn’t just a pet that gives you fresh eggs daily – it’s a commitment. Here are some resources to help you out: