Things not to forget when moving office

Things not to forget when moving office

Moving home with just one family is known to be stressful enough, but what if you’re moving a whole business, with many people and possessions?

There’s a high likelihood that you’ll forget something, but with good planning and checking, you don’t have to. Here are a few things to bear in mind:

Check your contracts 

It’s doubtful that you’ll remember exactly what was in your tenancy agreement to the property you’re leaving when you agreed to it. Before you close the door behind you, ensure that there aren’t any agreements or contracts that mean you are tied to your office for a set period of time. There may be conditions which mean you need to leave the property in a certain way. Now is also the time to ensure that you know what you’re signing up to with your new premises. 

Cancel your bills 

Just like there’s nothing more irritating than being tied into a contract that you’re not making the most of (hello gym membership), it’s a real kicker when you realise that you’re still paying the bills of a property that you’re no longer using. Most bills come out on a monthly basis, ensure that you make note of when the last debit is due before you move, so that you can cancel it on the way.  

Make a schedule 

There’s really no way that you can over-plan, when you’re moving, especially when you want to keep your business running as consistently as possible. With this in mind, it’s best to finish any big projects before you move and don’t start anything new immediately. While you want to keep your business going, it’s always important to remember it’s your staff that do that, so try not to overwhelm them, either way. 

Keep talking to your employees 

We’ve talked a lot about what to do before moving office and what HR issues to bear in mind, and there are a few more things that you can do to keep your employees’ enthusiasm up. Make sure that you keep talking. You may be very excited and looking at moving forward, but there may be some anxiety for your employees. Keep talking and sharing your excitement, especially what you’re excited about, including whether the move brings them nicer places for lunch in reach. It may be worth planning a treat or trip out when you’ve moved, to help your team to get to know the area. 

Don’t leave the removal company to the last minute 

If you would like to use a good removal company, with the right insurances in place and which will ensure the safety and protection of your possessions, you need to secure their time quick, or they are likely to be booked up. Don’t forget that they can also help you with your packing and any storage needs that you may have, to save you time and ensure that your move is seamless. 

If you would like to talk about your office move, we would be happy to offer more advice and our services, please get in touch with us.