5 tips for relocating your business
Relocation is inevitable at some stage of every company’s development. It’s usually the result of expansion, lease expiry or a change in circumstances. It can be an exciting prospect moving into a new office, but you do need to make sure that the process is carried out as efficiently as possible to avoid your business being non-operational during the move.
Here are five tips to help you relocate your business efficiently and quickly.
1. Create a Timeline
Once you have confirmed the date you are moving, you need to create a timeline of events to make sure the move is coordinated with all the tasks that need to be done. Schedule time for finding office space, lease negotiation, packing and updating the internet and phone services. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time. The larger the business, the more time you will need to plan.
2. Allocate resources
You will to use external office relocation providers to support you throughout the moving office process. These will include a property agent, a solicitor and a removals company. Get several quotes so you can secure the best price for the budget you have available.
3. Hire removalists in advance
Research some office removals companies in your area and don’t be afraid to ask your colleagues and contacts for their recommendations too. Planning ahead is important as many removal companies tend to get booked up quickly, particularly over weekends.
4. Office design & space plan
Moving into a new office gives you the opportunity to review your seating arrangements, the furniture you have, and the image you want to portray. An office fit-out company can help you map out your new office to ensure you use the space effectively and maximizing productivity.
5. Update your clients and suppliers with new contact details
You don’t want to be losing contact with your clients and suppliers when you move to a new location, so let everyone know your new details well in advance. If you are changing your phone number, make sure you set up call redirection.
Use this handy Change of Address Checklist to remind you of all the companies you need to notify of your new details. If you have planned your move effectively, your move day should go like clockwork.
Use this detailed Moving Office Checklist to find out everything that needs to be done to expedite the process.
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