Moving office is a major undertaking that can be expensive and time-consuming. However, we’ve written a guide to help you reduce costs, time and the impact on your business.
Plan the Move:
This is arguably the most important stage of any move and reduces potential issues on the day. Here’s what you need to do:
- Choose a relocation date that least interrupts your business. We know that this is a difficult decision and losing a workday for moving office isn’t ideal but try to offset that work to another day.
- If moving office in a single day will have too much impact on your business, maybe consider moving over a series of days. We’ve used this moving method a few times starting with none essential items on the first day followed by essential items such as computers on the second day.
- Figure out what transport you need. If you have a few computers and boxes a car should be fine but with anything more, it’s worth renting a van for the job. Doing multiple trips in a car is not something you want to do, especially in a busy city like Bristol.
- If you’re considering a removals company for your office relocation, contact us and arrange a date for one of our team to conduct a visit to your office. An experienced member of our team will visit your office to gauge your move and offer a free no-obligation quote. See our Office Removals page for more information.
Inform staff, suppliers, clients, and whoever will need to know about the relocation of the planned move date and new address. Keeping everyone in the loop will reduce disruption to the business. You can also use this opportunity to contact potential clients about the move and maybe this will open lines of communication. Here are some more ideas:
- Use this opportunity to declutter and decide what you need to take. Any excess items can be sold to help raise money for moving costs and it can reduce the number of items to be moved and therefore reduce the whole cost. Post for sale items on Gumtree, Bristol social media groups or talk to other businesses within your building.
- Design a floor plan for the new office so you know exactly where to place the office furniture. This is definitely one of the best pieces of advice we can offer you. By creating a floorplan of your new office, your staff or the removals team knows exactly where to place all of your desks, computers, filing cabinets and everything else and this will speed up the workflow and reduces disruption to your business.
- Order and update the address marketing materials. This is an absolute given. It’s essential to update your website, online directories, business cards, letterheads and anything else that has the business address. Also, remember to do this for the business bills such as the mobile phones and don’t forget HMRC.
- We all know the parking situation in Bristol (terrible is an understatement) so contact the building managers and try to reserve a space outside the building. By being close to the entrance it will reduce the amount of time it takes to complete the move.
It’s very important that packing isn’t left to the last minute. Buy packaging well in advance and start packing non-essential items straight away. Also, make an inventory of every item and label each box with a short description such as files, computer etc…and colour code the boxes indicating where they need to be placed in the new office.
- Buy high-quality packing materials. You should aim to buy double-walled boxes, thick bubble wrap and strong adhesive tape to ensure everything is properly packaged. Arriving at your new office with broken items is not what you want.
- Think of the environmental impact. Try sourcing recycled packing materials to reduce the carbon footprint of the relocation and there are many online shops that can provide these materials.
- We’ve mentioned labeling your boxes before so don’t forget to buy a marker pen.
Have at least one member of staff at both locations to direct the removals company (hopefully us!). Here are some more general tips:
- Similar to moving home, check the inventory of the old and new office and take note of any damages, including photos. This will save a lot of hassle in the future and remove any potential confrontations with the landlords.
- Test electrical equipment such as phone lines and broadband. Although your new office landlord should take care of this, we’ve relocated enough business to realise this sometimes isn’t the case and can cause a lot of headaches.
- If you do decide on moving office yourself, remember this is hard physical work so have plenty of refreshments ready for your staff. Also, ask each member of your staff if they’re willing to help because it might not be in the job description. One more thing, make sure you hire stack trucks and dollies for the move. This equipment can dramatically reduce the effort involved.
Compare the inventory with everything in the new office, recycle or arrange collection of the packaging materials and although this has been mentioned before we feel it’s very important to mention it again – update the business address with everyone who it may concern. The last thing you want it to lose business because of the move or risk a fine for not paying a bill. We know this is obvious but these things can get easily overlooked.
Most of all, after moving office, enjoy your new premises!