14Mar Relocating To a New Office: Our Relocation Checklist & Tips To Help You Move
“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” – Sara Blakely.
Are you moving your business to a new commercial space in another state, or even locally? If so, do you need help moving, or do you have everything under control? It’s important to remember that moving is a stressful time for everyone involved. Furthermore, it is not a sign of weakness to admit that you need some help and advice planning and executing your move. We believe that it takes courage to ask for help.
Checklist and moving tips
To help you plan your move, we have put together the following concise, yet simple relocation checklist:
- Decide on your moving date
The first task is to decide when you will move your business to your new office space; otherwise, you won’t be able to plan a successful move. It is critical that you move when it will have the least impact on your business operations. For example, it is a good idea to move over a weekend so that you can be up and running without adversely impacting your customers. You can also consider staggering your move; ergo, move half of your business while the other half continues to operate.
It goes without saying that the less you move, the easier and more cost-effective your move will be. On the other hand, it is not a good idea to throw out office supplies and machinery that you will need in the future. Therefore, sort through all of your office equipment and determine what you need and what can be donated to charitable organisations.
- Use up sundry office supplies
If you have office stationery such as printer paper that can be used up before you move, it will simplify your move if you use up your existing stock before your moving date; ergo, you will have less to pack and move. You can always place a stationery order for delivery to your new premises.
- Investigate removal companies
It is important decide which interstate removalists you are going to contract to move your possessions. In order to partner with the removals company that will conduct your move speedily and efficiently, it is a good idea to have a look at what the different companies offer before you make a final decision.
Are you going to pack up your office and factory yourself. If so, you need to order enough packing materials such as boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and cling film. When you are ordering packing boxes, it is essential that you include different sizes as well as specialist boxes in your order.
- Measure your new commercial space
Measure the floor space of your new office and workshop, or ask your new landlord for a floor plan of the commercial space you have rented from him. In this way you will be able to plan where your furniture, machinery and equipment needs to go before you move.
- Pack up your office in anticipation of the move
It is a good idea to pack up unused but necessary supplies and equipment ahead of your moving date; however, you will need to pack up the majority of your machinery, furniture and equipment just before you move. This includes breaking down and loading your machinery into shipping containers.
Moving your business to a new office space is a daunting task for any business owner; however, if you plan your move properly, it will be executed without a hitch.