When it comes to moving your business, no task is too menial or unimportant. Even something as seemingly insignificant as ensuring the office is well-prepared for a move can significantly impact the success of the upcoming transition. To ensure your office transition is as seamless and stress-free as possible, it’s essential that you have every detail well-thought-out and prepared in advance. Here are some helpful tips for ensuring your office move goes off without a hitch to get back to focusing on growing your company.
Make a Moving Inventory
A moving inventory makes sure you have covered every aspect of your move. From all the equipment that needs to move with to how you will move it, make sure it ends up back in the correct department or with the right employee.
Make sure you know exactly what needs to be done and when, such as contacting your current landlord to hand over keys, booking storage units if required, changing utilities over, contacting clients and suppliers to inform them of the move, etc. Once you have a thorough inventory of everything that needs taking care of and who is taking care of it, you can start the process off the right way.
Declutter Before You Move
To avoid feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of items that need to be moved, declutter your office as much as possible before you move. This will help you reduce the number of things that need to be packed and transported and reduce the overall cost of the move. To declutter your office, start by auditing inventory and then conduct a thorough walkthrough of the office space. This walkthrough will help you identify which items can be thrown away – whether old equipment, things no longer in use or items that can be repurposed or donated. To declutter your office even further, consider hiring a professional organizer to help you get the job done. Organizers can provide expert insight into the best ways to declutter your office and prepare for a move and provide cost-effective support to help you save time and money in the long run.
Conduct an Office Audit
Once you’ve decluttered your office, you’ll want to conduct an audit to determine what office supplies your employees need to function effectively. For example, you’ll want to make sure there are enough pens, pencils, paperclips, and staplers to last throughout the entire transition period – and that employees have access to any necessary stationery, electronics, or other supplies they may need to do their jobs. Furthermore, make sure you have enough file cabinets or file boxes to store important documents and enough desks, chairs, and other furniture to accommodate all your employees.
You must also conduct an audit of the new facilities before moving any equipment or inventory. You’ll want to make sure you take measurements of every room, closet, and space you’ll be using and the utilities available (like the power supply). This will help you stay organized and efficient as you’re moving and give you an accurate assessment of the new facilities and their capabilities.
Lock in a Moving Date
Finally, lock in a moving date as soon as possible, and ensure all relevant employees and third-party vendors are notified of the timeline. This will help you stay organized, stay on schedule, and ensure your employees don’t feel overwhelmed by the stress of the upcoming transition. When selecting the optimal moving date, consider how long each phase of the transition will take and the amount of time it will take to move all items out of the office. In particular, make sure you have enough time to organize the move and book a large truck to accommodate all your items. These tips will help you prepare your office for a move. All that’s left to do is sit back and relax while your company is relocated to a new and improved space.