By: Sean Zharfati
Office Moving can be even more challenging than moving your home. The reason for this is plain and simple – your business cannot come to a standstill while you are moving. Your customers need to feel secure during your move and you need to remain open to any new business that may arrive. This is no easy task, if you are busy packing things into boxes, disconnecting electronic equipment and moving your communications systems. Office moving is definitely a potential hassle, no one is arguing that. But with some common sense and a few good tips, it can be a lot smoother than you may think.
First of all, do your research and find the right office moving services. Don’t go for the first one you might find in the directory – get some recommendations for office moving companies in your area. There are companies that specialize in office moving, so when you speak to the company representative, remember to ask about their particular experience in office moving.
The size of your office and the number of workers is of course a factor. If you run a home business, you will probably want to recruit a family member or a friend, to help you with some of the packing and organizing. If you are part of a larger office, then it’s a good idea to recruit everyone in advance by giving each person a specific responsibility towards the move and then providing positive reinforcement as the day draws near. You will also need to hire one of the office moving companies you feel you can trust.
Make sure to plan your move well in advance. One week, even one month, will likely not be enough. Remember, office moving involves more than just throwing things into a box and moving them from point A to point B. You will need to provide your new address to your suppliers, bank, professional service providers and clients. The post office also needs to know, in order to see that your mail gets forwarded to the new address without any delay. You will also need to book your office moving services well in advance, to ensure that they will be available on your desired moving day.
The new office space needs to be designed in advance; you want to know more or less where all of the furniture will be going, so that the office moving services you have hired will know where to place the items once you arrive. Also make sure that communication systems are up and running before you get there. This means ensuring that phone and Internet services are all functioning before you arrive, so you can be up and running from day one in your new location.
The best office moving companies understand how important your business is to you, and will provide the most efficient and effective service possible. By choosing wisely, you will ensure that moving day is a breeze and you will be back to work and serving your customers as quickly as possible.