Another change for the better over at Google+ Local (Google Places). Google have updated the guidelines for changing a business address.
It is now perfectly OK to change your business address in the Google Places dashboard or on the Google+ Local Business page if you have a verified merged Plus page.
No Need To Mark As Closed
Previously, you needed to mark the business as closed and set up a new listing. Since this was never explained on the dashboard, obviously many business owners neglected to do it.
If you have ever tried explaining to a business owner why they need to mark their business as permanently closed when they are simply moving premises, you will know how frustrating that conversation can be! This current change to the guidelines makes sense and should make things easier for all involved.
Here’s what Jade posted over on the Google and Your Business Forum
Verified business owner of a page, and is your business moving locations? Here’s what you do.
Edit your address in Google Places for Business or in the Google+ page admin area, whichever you are using to manage the page. This will either make a new page or edit the address on the existing page. It may take a week or two after editing your address before you see an update. At this point, you may need to go through a verification process again. Don’t worry — this is normal.
If you see a page that’s still got the old address, click on Report a problem and mark that location as closed. Provide the link to the new address or information about the new location if possible. You can find more instructions on closing a location here: http://goo.gl/YZIjq
It’s great to see Google starting to fix some of the frustrations with Local – there’s still a long way to go though!