Along with holidays and weddings, moving is one of the most stressful things you can do - and with IT, phone lines and air conditioning to sort out, an office move can be even more so. The key to a smooth transition is organisation: this guide will help you to make sure you stay organised before, during, and after the move.
There are two ways you can go about finding new premises: yourself, by looking through newspapers and the internet, as well as estate agents and local trade associations. Appointing a commercial agent or surveyor is the other way of doing it. They will keep you up to date on suitable premises available in your area, saving you a great deal of time.
Start to compile a checklist of your requirements six months before you move, and appoint a member of the moving team to oversee the checklist and make sure everything is planned out. Decide whether you want your employees to do the packing, or if you'd rather have your professional movers overseeing it - be aware that if you ask employees to do it, you risk compensation claims if they injure themselves.
To keep the levels of confusion to a minimum, stagger your move so only the employees who are needed are in the new premises. Make sure the phone lines and internet are ready before you move the majority of your staff to minimise business interruption, and try to unpack as quickly as possible.
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