Whether you’ve outgrown your business premises or if it’s merely time for a change, getting packed up and onto pastures new can involve lengthy trips to the hardware store, planning, and closing the door firmly behind you before going through the processes of getting up and running again elsewhere.
Many companies fall into the trap of staying put and putting expansion on the back burner because the move involves too much effort, time and money but don’t fall into this hole if bigger and better really is just what your business needs.
Do Your Research
Once you’ve decided you need to move your business, think about contacting moving experts who have done this many more times than you and of course, as with anything, do your research. Don’t get stung by hidden costs and charges, for example, and be sure to read through testimonials from those who have used moving companies in your area in the past. Moving Company Reviews can provide you with knowledge about different companies and their efficiency, cost, professionalism, and more.
This point cannot be emphasized enough – make sure you begin planning for the move ahead of time. Get your employees involved and consider asking them for helpful ideas and about any problems that they might have encountered in office moves before because, after all, forewarned is forearmed. Start early, and you’ll be far less likely to leave something out.
- Begin by collecting boxes and storage crates (large or small) for a series of months and ensure you’ve measured every piece of furniture in your new and old office.
There’s no need to do this three times over or until you can recite the measurements backward, just enough so that you can start planning where desks, computers, printers and the like are going to go without overcrowding your new space.
- Then try to keep your new premises clutter-free as a clean and tidy environment is recognized as being conducive to happy workers and improved work.
Tell Customers And Clients In Advance
Alert your customers and clients to the fact that you’re going to be moving in plenty of time. Customers will be far more forgiving if you don’t reply to their email on the same day as they sent it if they understand that you’re busy moving your business.
Send an email to all those who it may concern in your mailing list and explain when you plan to up and running again. Dutifully update your new contact information before your move if you know exactly where you’re going. This way, mail shouldn’t get lost or continue being sent to the address of your previous premises.
Ditch What You Don’t Need
Think ahead and decide what needs to stay, as in what you’re going to be transporting to your new premises, and what most certainly can go in the trash.
There’s no time for sentimentality in an office move, so be ruthless if you have an office desk and kitchen filled with junk that’s taking up precious space.
Ask your employees to claim any of their belongings left hanging around in communal spaces, and explain that what’s left will be removed and thrown away.