The 5 Biggest Office Moving Mistakes
Moving your business is a major event that needs to be carefully planned to ensure that everything runs smoothly. You'll need to be sure that your goods end up in the new office in one piece, and that everything dovetails appropriately so your business doesn't suffer any downtime. To help you plan the office move smoothly, we've listed below the five biggest mistakes that companies make when they move office - as well as tips so you can be sure to avoid them:
1. You think you can wing it
You're a small(ish) business and you think it will be easy loading all your goods in a hire truck and transferring everything yourself. Big mistake! Even a move across town can be filled with risks and complications. From the wear and tear of your office furniture, through to setting everything up at the new location without any downtime can be more complicated than you anticipated. A DIY move may not be as cost-effective as you might think. Hire professional office movers who will carry out all the packing and moving on your behalf and ensure everything is in it's right place and ready for you to commence work.
2. Not getting moving estimates
Settling with the first office moving company in your area that comes up number one in Google isn't necessarily going to be the professional, cheapest company you might have hoped for. There are plenty of moving companies out there who would jump at the chance of relocating your business. But how do you even begin to choose the right one? By getting moving estimates from at least 3 companies you'll quickly find out which company can offer the best value in terms of service and price.
3. You didn't de-clutter
If you don't use the move as an opportunity to get rid of things that you're hoarding, or that you no longer have use for, your new office may not look all that 'new' for long. A good clear out before the move gives you chance to re-assess exactly what you need and will help maintain an organized and tidy office that your staff will be proud of.
4. You thought your computers and phones would just 'work'
Smart movers make sure their computers and phones have their own IT relocation plan so that their business operations don't suffer as a result of the move. It's well worth planning your IT relocation well in advance, as your office will need powering with the relevant infrastructure, phone cables and networking requirements to maintain your critical communications throughout the move - and beyond.
5. You didn't think about your existing office
When you're thinking about the move to a new premises, it's all too easy to forget about the existing office. It will need to be cleaned and possibly even need a retrofit back to it's original state. Check in with the landlord to find out what needs to happen to handover the premises back and have your security deposit returned.
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