There’s a popular bumper sticker that can be spotted on trucks throughout the country (particularly here in Texas). It says, “Yes, I drive a truck. No, I won’t help you move.” There’s a reason these bumper stickers sell so well: no one likes moving. Sure, moving your office might be a sign of growth, but figuring out the logistics of relocating all of your things to another location probably isn't atop your list of fun things to do.
Compared to individuals, these logistical issues are magnified exponentially for companies moving to new offices. Business leaders facing office moves not only have to pay attention to the proper and timely relocation of company property, but they continue running their company at the same time. To help ensure your office move takes place without too much hassle, we’ve prepared these 3 helpful tips.
Tip #1: Do Most of the Work During the Preparation Period
You might think the most difficult part of moving involves the physical picking up and dropping off of things, but that’s not the case. Most companies hire movers who do the actual lifting. This is much smarter due to matters of liability and worker’s compensation. Dan in Accounting may be great with numbers, but you don’t want to see the numbers on his hospital bill when his back goes out while he's half-way up the stairs with your company’s expensive furniture.
The unpacking and reorganizing of your new office location can be much easier when your employees pack and plan according to the design of your new location, not basing it on how things are organized in your current location. Instead of just putting things into boxes, help employees visualize what their new space will look like so they can plan accordingly.
Help employees visualize what their new space will look like so they can plan accordingly
Tip #2: Purge
Relocating to a new office is a great opportunity to rid your company of everything that is unnecessary. Not only should your employees get rid of unwanted trash or items no longer relevant to their jobs, but your old furniture pieces and fixtures that have been collecting dust can now be thrown away and replaced.
As an leader, it’s important you empower employees with your encouragement and example to rid their areas of everything they’re not going to need. It may feel like an episode of “Hoarders” as you’re convincing Barry he doesn’t need to keep collecting chocolate wrappers on his desk, but the minimalistic approach to your new office will help your office atmosphere remain as fresh and new as your new address.
Tip #3: Partner with Professionals
As if helping leading a company wasn’t difficult enough already, you shouldn’t task yourself with figuring out every detail of your office move. Usually, executives and managers set out to plan and prepare but their responsibilities as company leaders take up too much of their time for them to pay attention to every logistical matter. As more pressing issues take precedence, many things are ignored (and never figured out) until it’s moving day and the movers are asking you questions that never went from "to-do" to "to-done."
Hinge your office relocation on the expertise of those who do this all the time
That’s where the professionals come in. By finding a team that specializes in office moves, you hinge your office relocation process on the expertise of individuals who quite literally do this all the time. Make sure you work with professionals who’ve thought ahead well enough, knowing what aspects of your move are common and which questions they should ask because they’re unique to your company or industry. If you’re looking for the best professionals in the game, we suggest commercial moving services from McCoy-Rockford in Houston and Austin, Texas. (You may have heard of them!)
- While moving is never easy, it’s hopefully a sign that your company is growing and on the right track. By preparing far in advance according to your new (rather than your old) location, you ensure the unpacking and reorganizing process will be much more seamless.
- Purging your office of everything you won’t need makes sure you don’t pay movers to waste time moving things that shouldn’t be in your new location.
- And last of all, by partnering with professionals, you make sure you can continue running a successful, growing company while we make sure your new office is ready to go.