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Published on: 22 Dec 2016 by katyfinigan
Moving your salon normally means the start of an exciting new adventure. Whether you are moving to a bigger and better premises, or simply going to a place where you will get more foot traffic, it’s always a cause for celebration. But if you want to celebrate, first you have to do the work and get your beauty salon moved. So what do you need to check off your list before the job is done? Here’s what you need to remember.
Pack up small items
It’s a good idea to ask your employees to pack up all small items before you start. To avoid arguments later on, ask each of your employees to pack up their own station. If you have a receptionist or general assistant, they can be in charge of packing up extra items that are used communally. This ensures that everything is in the right places before you begin. Put the name of the person or the station on each box. If you are short on packing boxes, ask your movers – van hire services like Abel will provide those materials free of charge.
Tape up storage
If you have storage units, make sure that these are closed up with packing tape before being taken to the truck. Hairdressers and nail artists often have wheeled cabinets which they can pull around with them, and it may be convenient to leave these full and simply tape them shut. If you leave them without tape, however, they could fly open in transit, causing a mess. This is a great way to store electrical items such as hairdryers and straighteners, too. Just put them inside the cabinet and tape it up so it can’t fall out while you move.
If your staff have a habit of sticking things to mirrors, or slipping them behind in the space between the mirror and the wall, check these before you go. Think about other places where staff could leave things, too. You might find a treasure trove of bobby pins down the back of a radiator, or old Christmas cards that have fallen behind units that you are leaving for the next owners. Make sure that you aren’t leaving any other surprises for them to find!
Do an inventory check
When you reach your new premises, turn the unpacking exercise into an inventory check. You should already have a list of all of your inventory, so be sure to make one before you start moving if you haven’t done so. As you unpack, you can check everything off and get it to the right place. This allows you to be sure that you have taken absolutely everything from your old premises before you hand over the keys. It also prevents things going missing in transit or being discovered lost just when you need to start using them!
Do a final sweep
Make sure that you get out your broom and sweep the floor one last time before you leave. Not only is this going to be good practice for getting it clean before the new owners take over, but it has an added benefit. You might find a few small items that you have lost! Bobby pins, small coins, accessories, and more could be lurking in corners or under a coat of fallen hair. These items may not be valuable, but it’s better to pick them up than to need more later.
The most important thing when moving a small beauty salon is to keep your more expensive equipment and products safe. Don’t take risks!