Moving offices is far from the most exciting thing in the world. In fact, it’s fair to say you might be dreading the whole experience.
As with most things though, the anticipation is often far worse than the actual event and that goes doubly if you take our handy office relocation tips into account.
So, follow these steps to make sure your move goes off without a hitch. There’s no such thing as overpreparation, after all.
Make sure everyone knows what’s happening
One of the most important things to remember when planning a move is that keeping everyone – from staff members to clients – abreast of the upcoming changes is key.
You’ll also need to change the address details on all company documentation and start advising banks of the upcoming alterations. This is the kind of stuff which seems easy on paper but is vastly more time-consuming in real life. So, the earlier you get started on it, the better.
Once people know what’s happening, it’s time to get down to brass tacks: packing. It might seem simple on the face of it – shove everything in some boxes, right? – but, like in a game of Tetris, things get complicated fast.
You’ll need to start by packing up the non-essential items first. This will cover the kind of stuff you likely won’t need access to between now and moving day. Basically, don’t shut down the entire IT department just yet.
Then, you’ll need to decide if you actually want to take everything. Moving can be a good excuse to update outdated and bulky equipment, but if you do decide to shed some dead weight (and I’m not referring to Sandra in accounting), recycle it ethically.
Pack up the most important and regularly-used stuff last, like, the-day-before-the-move last. And let IT sort themselves out, because anyone else will just end up doing it wrong.
Oh, and milk crates make for excellent eco-friendly packing.
Hire a removals company
You’re a business-owner, you know the power of delegation. Or, maybe you’re an office manager, whose boss has already delegated out the work of office relocation planning.
Regardless, delegate some more and call in the professionals to help you on moving day. Removals companies can vastly speed up the process of moving and, in the long run, save you money.
How? Well, the quicker you get to your new base, the quicker you can get back to work. Time is money and moving needn’t cost you much of either!
For US-based offices, the best relocations experts can often be found locally, by word of mouth. If you’re in the UK though, we highly recommend hopping over to the buzzmove platform. There, you can search through the best movers in your area, get an accurate quote in minutes, and even filter for those who specialise in office relocations.
Are you ready for your move yet? With these three simple steps, you soon will be!