The only thing that is constant is change, and when it comes to moving house or office, it can be uncomfortable, stressful, and even expensive. It might be time for you to move office because your business has grown and needs to occupy a bigger space, or perhaps you are downsizing. Maybe you are following labour, resources, or market.
Well, whatever the reason for your office relocation, this can be a stressful change. Apart from the fact that the move itself will suck all your mental and physical energy until you are stressed to zombie levels, it can negatively impact your business in general. Think lost clients, lost suppliers, and the uncertainty of ever getting your business running smoothly in your new place.
But all these can be reduced to the point where your office move becomes a hassle-free, even beautiful event. For the actual moving, a good removalist is a must. You can read more about our office and commercial moves here.
But that is just one thing. To have a totally seamless move where you do not lose business, here are all the tips to follow.
1. Start Ahead
It is hard to start things early. That thing called procrastination is a little stubborn devil and if you can’t beat it when moving office, things might not turn out so well for your business. The biggest reason you might want to keep delaying starting is that it is uncomfortable. But the more you delay, the more uncomfortable it becomes.
The moment you realize you will need to move, start planning and looking into things like what removalist to use.
2. Find a Good removalist
Finding a good removalist is paramount if you want the move to go well. Imagine hiring a mover, agreeing on all the details then on the final day, they show up with a different truck from what they promised, one that is inappropriate for the job. But how do you find a good one, seeing how there is a sea of movers?
Testimonials. It is hard for a company to hide its reputation these days. People are quick to rant online whenever they have a bad experience with any company. A simple Google search will reveal a lot.
But you have to keep an eye out for fake testimonials. People will post fake paid reviews that paint companies in a brilliant light. Welcome to the real world.
3. Inform all Your Contacts
Every business has its core contacts without whom it is as good as dead. These are the suppliers and others like some of the biggest most regular customers. Inform them of when and where you are moving to. This is not so hard today on the internet.
Other parties to inform include Banks, utility companies and the post office. You should also get the changes done with the appropriate business registrar.
4. Clear Your Commitments
You don’t want to miss any deadlines on account of your moving. That’s a surefire way of leaving your current clients business at your old location. Reduce new commitments to leave room for the disruptive move. If you’re going to make any promises, make sure you consider the fact that you might not be able to do anything during the move.
5. Set appointments for internet installation ahead
Do not make the mistake of trying to sort your internet connections at the very last moment. No company will be at your office the moment you put down the phone. They usually take a month or at least some weeks. Within that period, your business will be hit. If you want things to be seamless, inform your desired company ahead.
This is also a great time to get a new internet provider. The time you were engaging your current ISP, maybe it was the best. But, obviously, new players have come aboard and the old ones might have changed their conditions of service.
6. Use this time to Get Rid of Clutter
Chances are that you have some clutter gathered up from the time you first moved in. Now is a great time to get rid of it. You could donate it, sell it on sites like eBay or Craigslist, or, in cases of extreme wear, just throw them away.
To find out more on how to move your office efficiently check out the following articles…
It’s also a chance to get your office equipment updated so before you move, try to see what can be replaced so that you do away with the old, then buy new equipment directly into your new office.
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