Get Set For A Successful Office Move
There are lots of reasons you might need to move office. Your business might be expanding and perhaps you need more space. You could be downsizing. This is becoming increasingly common as more businesses encourage hot desking and home working, reducing the need for a big office. Or for logistical reasons you may have decided to relocate in another town or even a different country.
Whatever the reasons, you will want to minimise downtime, make sure your staff are happy with the new arrangements and be sure that everything arrives safely.
Here are some tips to help things go smoothly
1. Start planning early
Make sure that you allow plenty of time. Things can take longer than you expect so the sooner you start planning, the better. It is never too early to speak to your removals company to discuss your requirements. As well as office furniture there are many other items to consider, some of which will need a bit of extra care. The biggest of these will probably be your IT equipment. But there might also be more unusual items such as plants or works of art. At Get Cracking, we are always happy to discuss your move at any stage of the process.
Office moves can be stressful for staff at all levels, not just those who are directly involved in organising it. Sometimes staff can get quite set in their ways, making them reluctant to accept changes that the new working arrangement might require. Involving staff in the planning process making sure they get to have their say can often help.
2. Prepare for the move
Before you start packing you will probably find that there is a lot that you don’t need to take with you. Despite the idea of the paperless office being around for decades, the reality is that most offices accumulate a vast amount of papers and files which do not actually need to be kept. So an office move can be a great chance to have a clear out and fill a few confidential waste bags.
Once you are ready to pack, you can decide if you want to do it in-house or make use of a professional packing service. Most places might find a mixture of both a good option. And consider special treatment such as hiring crates for any bulkier or more fragile items
Take advantage of the many services to help you prepare such as secure document disposal, specialist packing and crate hire.
3. Move in a logical sequence
Work with your removals team to decide which order things should be moved. This is especially important for a large office requiring multiple loads. For example, it is often a good idea to make sure that your IT equipment is one of the first things to arrive. That way, the IT team can get to work so that things are ready when the rest of the furniture arrives.
Once you have arrived at your new office, with all your equipment and furniture, there is still lots of work to do. Get Cracking can help you rebuild your furniture and if required can provide a range of option if you require storage space.