Moving offices can be stressful enough, but a office removal is also hit with extra complications, such as a potential lack of manoeuvrability on the road, extra expenses due to being in the city and a lack of space for informal storage. Regardless of the size of your office or whether you are downscaling or up scaling your business, it is important to take as many precautions as possible to ensure the safety of your belongings during the moving process. Not only may they be invaluable for you and your company, but even if they can be replaced it may well be an unnecessary expense at a time which is already going to be placing a strain on a small business, both financially and in terms of performance. As such, it is important that your office removal is a well prepared and efficient venture, and the tips below are here to help you accomplish that.
Firstly, it is important to try and plan ahead as much as possible. This could manifest itself in many ways. You may want to hire or assign an employee to managing the move and letting them focus on this sole task whilst you are taking care of the day to day running of the business. If you are hiring, then it is likely you are a large scale business and will be able to hire someone who can cater to your specific moving needs as per your particular industry. This will help the packing process and ensure the safety of your equipment as no corners will be cut during this process.
Furthermore, to assist with the packing process you may well want to hire a removal team to help you ease the burden of your office move. They will be trained professionals who are going to have a wealth of experience in the ways of office removals and will consider certain aspects of the removal process that you will have likely not considered. Furthermore, for large scale moves such as an office removal, many companies will offer an “all inclusive” package, which can offer a consultancy service, full packaging (including providing their own packaging materials) as well as the obvious assistance on the removal day. These services will often provide a comprehensive insurance policy too, meaning that any damage caused in the packing process, the handling or the actual move will be compensated for. Not only does this give you financial security, it gives the removal company the extra reason to handle your goods safely. Though this can prove to be quite expensive at face value, it makes sense financially when compared to the worst case scenario.
Another thing to consider in the packing process is the option of self storage. Storage lockers are available in a variety of sizes, and it is likely that you will have some sensitive equipment (records, computer hardware etc) that will need protection. Not only do self storage lockers offer a variety of security measures, such as security cameras, personal electric card keys, regular patrols of the area and a number of banned substances to stop potential damage to your possessions from other lockers. These also offer a comprehensive insurance policy if you can prove damage, and will provide a safe location for your electrical goods. It is likely that you will have to pack away these kind of goods first and then unpack them last in your new office whilst you wait for furniture removals, so something as convenient as a self storage locker could streamline the packing process and cut down on lost business time during your office relocation.