5 Office Relocation Mistakes That Can Cause Serious Delays And Unnecessary Stress

Office Relocation Mistakes

There can come a time in every business’s development when it has to relocate its offices, and that is when the advice from removalists who are experienced in office relocations can be invaluable. Given that they will have helped hundreds, and maybe even thousands of businesses, move to new offices, their experience can prove to be a huge asset in helping to ensure that your office relocation goes smoothly.

Unfortunately, there are some business owners that, for whatever reason, decide to bypass removalists and try to organise and implement their office relocation themselves. It is certain that, no matter how hard they try, they will make mistakes and the move will not go as smoothly as it could have.

There are also some business owners, who wisely hire removalists to help with their relocation, but, for some reason, do not follow all the advice they are given by their removalists to the letter. They either skip some of the steps they are advised to take, try to take shortcuts, or deviate from the tips and advice provided by their removalists.

All these scenarios can lead to numerous mistakes being made during an office relocation and, to be fair, even if a business owner does try to follow all the advice given to them, they may still make some crucial errors. We do not want you to find yourself in that position if you have an office relocation on the horizon, so here are five of those mistakes which we hope, by alerting you to them, ensures you avoid making them yourself.

Office Relocation Mistake #1 – Failing To Plan Properly: If there were to be a count as to why office relocations do not go as smoothly as they should, the failure to plan properly will almost certainly be the mistake that is the most common cause. Start planning early, and ensure that every aspect of your office location is covered, perhaps by using checklists, so that a successful move to new business premises can be achieved.

Office Relocation Mistake #2 – Missing The Opportunity To Declutter: An office relocation is an ideal opportunity for your business to have a full-scale declutter, and nothing should be beyond consideration for removal. Old and broken furniture, obsolete and disused office equipment, or old documents which can be archived or destroyed securely are but three, although there are many more. Another benefit of decluttering is it reduces what you have to take with you.

Office Relocation Mistake #3 – Using Unsuitable Packing Materials: Possibly because they always have their eye on the profits their business makes, some business owners try to minimise the cost of their office relocation by purchasing cheap, and thus inferior, packing materials. This is a false economy because the cost of replacing items, especially those which are expensive to replace, because they were damaged by being packed in inferior boxes, will be much greater.

Office Relocation Mistake #4 – Not Involving Employees: Trying to oversee every minutia of your office relocation will not be effective, and it will almost certainly be extremely stressful for you. You should instead delegate as much as you can to trusted employees, including managers within your business so that, whilst you might have overall responsibility for the office relocation, you are not having to arrange and carry out every single aspect of it.

Office Relocation Mistake #5 – Lack Of Communication With All Stakeholders: The term stakeholders refers to anyone and any other commercial entity that your business has a relationship with. This covers your clients as well as those businesses that your business is a client of. For example, you should make arrangements for utilities and other essential services such as IT and internet access in advance of your move to your new offices to ensure they are live when you get there.