Moving Your Business: Everything You Need To Know
There are many reasons why you might be relocating your business, and if you are, then you’ll undoubtedly have a lot to think about. Depending on what the nature of your business is, you’ll might need to transfer sensitive information, and remember that it’s not just you who’s moving, it’s your whole team, and they need to be organised too, but on the plus side they’re there to help you, you’re not on your own.
Relocating your business is an exciting and positive move so don’t be deterred by the long list of things you have to do. Whatever the reason for your relocation, it is an exciting time and a positive move in your business’s success. To attempt to make it a little bit less stressful, take a look at this checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything.
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If only it were that easy to pick everything up in one go and put it down in the new place, but anything worth having you usually have to work for, so an office move takes a lot of planning, and it may take longer than you anticipated. Consider what needs to move and when? Can anything be moved in advance? Are you moving everything or purchasing new? Do you have IT systems, furniture, and personal items? Do you know how long it will take you to get set up in the new place? It probably won’t just be a case of turning up and switching your computers on, so think about what services will need to be connected and what the priorities are? Is the internet connection, phone lines, cleaning, security and maintenance services provided in your new location?
Before the big move, put together a timeline. Once you have your new space and you know where you’re going to you can get some quotes from removal companies. Look for companies that mainly specialize in office moves as they will be used to this and will understand your business’ specific requirements. They might even think of things that you had forgotten about and will be able to give valuable advice based on experience. About a month before, you’ll need to notify any relevant service suppliers and providers, as well as customers, of the upcoming move. Tell any customers or clients if they should expect any disruption during the move and what alternative arrangements are in place.
Unless you have employed a full-service removal company, you’ll probably need some cardboard boxes, or even better some corrugated packaging to pack everything into as well as tape and scissors and bubble wrap. Are you hiring a van or is it worth seeing if there are any trailers for sale? Will you need someone to come in to help move the large items such as printers, computers, desks, and other furniture? How far are you relocating? Will you need car transport? When it comes to the day, make sure you have a cleaning company to do a deep clean of the space so that it’s in good condition and you meet any end of lease obligations.
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