Moving your business may seem like a daunting task due to the amount of moving parts but it is imperative to get ahead of the game, budget properly & to find the next location.
1. Get Ahead of the Game
It is imperative to start planning as soon as possible. The earlier you begin to plan, the smoother the process will be. Experts recommend businesses to start planning 6-12-months in advance which will depend on the size of your business & the work that will go into the new building.
2. Budget for the cost of the move
Focus on creating a budget for the entire move, ensuring there are no surprises when move date comes. If you are deciding to hire professionals, you should ensure you are receiving at least 3 quotes by moving companies to ensure you are getting a fair price. Be careful of moving quotes that have ranges, as companies somehow miraculously always end up on the higher side of the initial quote. Also, be careful of hidden costs that they may not be including in the initial quote, as some companies provide low quotes knowing they will increase the invoice every step of the way.
3. Find Your Next location
Work with your agent/broker to find your next location. The new location should meet your entire needs including space, amenities, parking, proximity to clients & other factors. Be transparent with your team to facilitate a smooth transition. If your new location is a long distance away, anticipate some team members not being able to make the transition. Be ahead of the curve and your transparency will enable those team members time to find their next position.
The office move does seem quite overwhelming but it is important you prepare and take the necessary steps to facilitate a smooth transition to your next building. Check out our decommissioning tips to ensure you are following all the right protocols.