Questions to Ask when Moving Office
Important Questions to Help Evaluate & Plan your Office Move
If your company is thinking about moving office, there will inevitably be a number of important decisions you need to make and questions to ask that all need to be agreed by key decision makers within your organization before you begin your planning and preparations.
This article looks at the key questions that must be asked at the very outset to help you decide whether an office relocation is the best option, and if so, what practical things you will need to consider to give your office move the best possible chance of a profitable outcome.
Should we Relocate or Refurbish?
The answer to this question usually involves looking at practical issues such as more / less office space, wrong location, high rent, inadequate facilities. If you choose to refurbish your existing office, think about whether your company can cope with the disruption to your business whilst the refurbishment works are taking place.
What are your reasons for Moving Office?
Once you've established that you definately need to relocate, make sure you are clear about your reasons behind the office move. Doing so will help you to establish your future office space requirements, and will also help you communicate a clear and consistent message to staff and clients.
Can we Exit our current Office Lease?
It's all very well wanting to move to new premises, but are you able to get out of your existing office lease? If your office lease is expiring, how much notice do you need to give? And if it's not expiring yet, is there a break clause you can exercise? Ask a Real Estate Lawyer about how to exercise your intention to vacate the premises under the right contractual obligations.
Can we afford to Move Office?
Whether you like it or not, moving office is going to cost you. And whilst a new office may help to get you into cheaper accommodation, the migration costs of actually getting you need to be planned and budgeted for. To give you an idea of what moving office costs you should consider download the Moving Office Budget Planner for a detailed breakdown.
Who is going to be affected by the Office Move?
Don't forget to consider how the office move will affect every aspect of your organization; particularly the needs of your staff - who may be resistent to change. How you manage the office move for your staff will have a significant impact on morale, performance and staff retention.
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