One of the biggest decisions you make for your business is where to locate your office. This is going to be your home-away-from-home for years, or at least until your business outgrows its space and you have to upgrade.
Ideally, you won’t need to relocate your office for a long time, but once you’ve reached the limits of your current space, it’s important to take the leap of faith on a new location.
If you thought finding a new home was difficult, then you need to prepare yourself for finding a new office. It has its own special obstacles that we will look at today.
Find your new office space
First, you need to define exactly what type of space you need for your new location. There’s no point in moving your office only to find that it doesn’t have everything you need. Start by creating a list of your must-have/non-negotiable items. You also need to find a real estate agent who has familiarity with the commercial needs of the area to ensure that you get the best location.
Create an office moving plan
Once you’ve settled on a new space, it’s important to create a plan and stick to it (as much as possible). Decide exactly who’ll be responsible for each point of the move. It’s essential you don’t try to handle this all yourself, instead delegate to department heads and others who can handle the moving duties for their specific divisions.
Meet with your IT department
If you have your own server or other specific IT needs, you need to make special considerations with your IT department. Determine exactly how you’ll switch over the server so as to minimize the downtime for your company’s computer network. You’ll want to be sure to set up the phone lines and internet connections as soon as possible so that these can be up and running almost immediately.
Hire experienced movers
When you’re hiring your movers, make sure you don’t hire just anyone to move your office furniture and equipment. Check reviews for licensed and bonded movers who are familiar with the needs of breaking down, setting up your furniture and other equipment. The bottom line here is you don’t want a lot of down time and you certainly don’t need a lot of broken equipment. Check out our guide on 6 Tips for a Smoother Office Move for more tips.
Get Moving Insurance
One way to ensure your moving needs are met is with moving insurance. This ensures that if something does go wrong (and accidents can happen), then you’ll be compensated fully for such a claim.
Office Relocation Is Easier with a Little Planning Ahead
Once you pick your location and set a moving date, it’s important to create a detailed schedule of exactly when you need to finish everything to stay on track for the move. If you miss one of these deadlines or benchmarks, you need to adjust so that your move can still go as smoothly as possible.
We have been providing reliable, timely and safe office moving services for in the Vancouver area for over 40 years. Find out why so many trust Crescent Moving & Storage to care for their most valuable assets. Contact one of our friendly customer service representatives for a free estimate.