Make Sure Your Office Move is Smooth!

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Businesses move offices all the time – sometimes they simply change floors, sometimes they go to new part of town, and sometimes they relocate to another city or country entirely! In any case, isn’t not a simple process. There are a lot of things you should be considering. This process needn’t be expensive, stressful, or dangerous. (Well, it needn’t be too expensive, stressful, or dangerous!). Here’s how to ensure as smooth as move as possible!

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Consider the budget

This is going to be cheap – after all, the world of business never is! There’s no such thing as a free move, even if you’re just moving up or down a floor. Sure, the process might be as easy as cramming things into an elevator, but you still have to account for all the work time that’s lost as a result of the move. In most cases, you’re going to have to directly spend some money to make sure the move goes safely and smoothly! Our advice? You should create a budget for the endeavor. This will help you figure out what you can afford to spend on the move.

The checklist

A lot of people assume that checklists are something that only dweebs use, just like written lists of pros and cons when making a decision. But you should definitely be making a checklist. Don’t assume that this is too informal a practice for a serious business to deal with! Checklists are one of the simplest yet most effective ways of keeping track of completed and outstanding tasks – and if you’re not keeping track of those, then the move can disorganized very fast. Develop a plan and keep track your progress.

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Shopping around for movers

Don’t just choose the first movers you find, because the fact is that no two moving companies are the same. There are some really bad ones out there. (Trust me, I’ve had the displeasure of working with a few of them.) It’s best that you take the time to find the best commercial movers for your specific needs.

Remember to use more criteria than simply price. Sure, one might charge you less for what you want to move, but they may charge you more based on the location – and they may have a bad reputation with previous customers. A company that seems too expensive at first might actually be worth it once you take into account all the benefits as well as their positive reputation. Long story short: research your options carefully.

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Safety first

I’d say “last, but not least” – but safety is, in fact, the opposite of least. Safety first, remember? A move can be surprisingly dangerous thing if you’re not careful. There are ladders out, piles of boxes lying around, heavy equipment being carried, transport to be utilized… the safe haven you call the office will suddenly become a hazard zone! Pay close attention to health and safety during the move. Draft up a list of safety measures specifically for this scenario and make sure they’re emailed to everyone. You don’t want to end up with an injured employee. (Well, I hope not, anyway.)

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