When choosing to relocate your business, there are a million different things that you’ll have to take into consideration. These may include: Making sure that your existing clients know where to find you, establishing a presence in a new area, finding the ideal way to maintain your working routine and get back into the flow of things as quickly as possible after the move is complete, etc.
Running a business in general is no easy task, and trying to keep everything in tip top shape while undergoing an office move can be a herculean task that many will simply find too daunting to handle without dropping the ball somewhere along the line.
As with most things in life, an office move is something which you want to keep as simple as possible under any given set of circumstances. There is simply no room for wasted or divided attention.
Before you even get down to considering the removals process itself, there are certain key steps that you should undergo in order to make sure that the entire move gets off on the best possible foot from the outset.
To that end, here are a few suggestions:
Firstly, Weigh up the value and importance of your office furniture and decide whether it’s worth keeping, or whether it could be replaced with minimal effort and cost. The bottom line is that it is often easier and cheaper just to purchase all new furniture once arriving at your new premises, than it would be to pay for a professional removal for all of that furniture – especially if your office is mostly filled with prefabricated goods. The way that your decision on this matter ends up going is obviously in large part due to your specific circumstances.
Secondly, eliminate as much clutter and “waste” as you can before the move. This is an office, not a family home. There is no room for sentimentality here. Do an inventory of every item which is currently in your workplace, and eliminate as much of it as you can with clinical efficiency. Your move will only be made more complicated, distracting, and expensive if you find yourself clinging onto non-essential items as you transfer between offices.
Thirdly, judge the distance between your old office and your new one, and the amount and type of stuff which you need to transfer across during the move. Distance is the first factor which determines how “DIY” or “professional” the move will need to be. To put it simply, if you’re moving 20 minutes away, you can afford to make several trips to your new location, ferrying across a boot-load of items each time. If however you’re moving to a location 3 hours away, that quickly becomes impractical -- both in terms of the time you’d have to commit to the process, and also in terms of the money you’d need to spend on fuel in order to get the job done.
The sorts of items which you need to move across are the second factor which determines how the whole thing needs to be done. If you find yourself having to transport delicate equipment, or hefty filing cabinets, it is entirely likely that your own car won’t be enough to get the job done, and that a professional moving company may be the best way forward.
Always err on the side of caution. If you’re not entirely confident of your ability to safely and quickly transport your office from one location to another, then let the professionals take care of it. Chalk the cost up to a business expenditure and use the extra time you’ve bought yourself to get back into the swing of things as quickly as possible.