3 Steps For A Successful Office Move

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.

 

Custom Crates for Removals of your most fragile and valuable possessions

Custom Crating for Moving your most fragile and valuable possessions

 

 

There is a lot to think about when you decide to move house. Once you have found your dream home it is time to think about getting all your belongings there safely. We can spend so much time thinking about the logistics of moving the big things like furniture, white goods etc. that it is easy to overlook some of the more fragile items which might need a little extra care.

 

Why these things matter to us

Every home contains items that have special value. They may have monetary value or they may be of sentimental value. Very often these things can be quite fragile and need extra attention when packing. Moving house can be a stressful time and once you reach your destination you want it to feel like home as quickly as possible. That’s why it is so disappointing if you arrive and discover that your favourite vase or painting has been damaged in transit.

 

The kind of things that need a little extra care include antiques and family heirlooms such as china ornaments or works of art as well as bulky items such as pianos, antique furniture or large paintings.

 

Electrical equipment also needs to be transported with extra care for different reasons. Computers, laptops, and tablets, in particular, must be packed correctly. For one thing, these items are easily broken and expensive to replace or repair. In addition to that, they might also contain irreplaceable data ranging from college work to family photographs. It is of course always recommended to back up data before packing up these items but, in reality, that is not always practical.

 

Musical instruments are another item that needs careful packing. These may or not be worth a lot of money but they are delicate and are often their owner’s prized possession so they definitely need a bit of extra care.

 

How we can help

At Get Cracking we understand how much these things mean to our customers. That is why we offer a wide range of packing options. For some items such as pianos, larger works of art including painting and sculptures, or fragile glass pieces such as chandeliers you might want to opt for our custom crating service which is tailored to your needs and allows each individual item to travel as safely as possible.

 

We also understand that while some clients would love us to come and do all their packing for them, others prefer to pack their more precious items themselves. With the exception of items that need to be crated, we can supply all the materials you need at a reasonable cost, including delivery to your home.

If you prefer, you can take advantage of our professional packing service. This means that these important possessions will be packed by our experienced packers to ensure maximum protection. This not only saves you time also give you peace of mind and better insurance cover in the unlikely event that anything goes wrong.