Moving something most of us dread, but it can be even more complicated when you’re moving your office to another location. Not only do you have to move all the large bulky items such as desks, chairs and office equipment, but you have to be sensitive to your employees belongings and spaces. Moving your office can be really stressful, especially if you want to avoid having a lot of down time. Here are my top 3 tips for moving your office to ensure an easy and smooth move.
1. Consider Moving in the Off Season
Many businesses experience an off season, when business is much slower than the rest of the year. Depending on the industry you’re in, this could be during the summer months or during the winter. It may be worth planning an office move during this low period so that if you have to close for a week or two, you’re not shutting down and losing too much profit. Be mindful of when your staff usually have holidays, and either use that to your advantage as they’ll be out of office, or if you need their help be sure to give them plenty of warning. Check out this website for some great sensors that can help improve your business.
2. Bring in the Experts
I’m a big fan of outsourcing tasks I don’t really enjoy or that I’m not very good at. Moving is certainly one of those things. I find packing everything in boxes and then lugging them to my car, driving somewhere, and then carrying them inside, to be an absolutely exhausting process. Even more so when you have an entire office to move. For that reason, it can be worthwhile if you have the budget to hire some movers to help. Check this site so you can learn more about pricing packages and what options are available to help take some of the burden of moving away.
3. Get Organized
You don’t want to leave the actual packing until you need to move. It can be worthwhile asking people to get organized with their own offices a week or two before the moving date. If your staff can work from home, why not have them fully packed the week before you move and have them working from home that week so that there’s no one in the office needing to use everything. Having everything packed away in advance will minimize how much time your office needs to close down for the move, hopefully reducing the overall expense your business will experience due to being closed.
4. Ask for Help
Don’t try to handle the move alone. Bring in friends and family to help if necessary. You can order pizza and have some beers to make the mood a little more upbeat. Once you’ve got everything out, you’re going to have to do a deep clean, which can be worth hiring a team to help you with. One of the biggest mistakes I see people making when they’re moving an office is that they completely underestimate how much the actual moving is going to take, and how long the cleaning up will take too. For that reason it can be worth getting a cleaning team to do one final clean so you can get back all of your deposit. This website has some great tools that can help make your move easier.
Moving office can be extremely stressful, but I hope these tips ensure a happy and productive move.