How to Prepare For an Office Move
With most important projects the process starts with making a checklist. Thus a checklist of how to prepare for an office move. This plan that you can refer to over and over again. This list should include things like designing a moving task force consisting of key employees. Furthermore meeting with a space planner and/or interior designer.
The following elements will need to be considered or in place in your new location on top of your actual office equipment and furniture
- Electrical Outlets and Power Requirements
- Data Cabing for Computers and Phones
- CCTV and Access Control
- Mobile Phone Signal Efficiency
- Incoming services such as broadband and telephone lines
Consider your technology taking inventory and dispose of what you don’t need. In addition now may be the time to upgrade technology. Also contact the appropriate utility companies to turn the services on and off. Furthermore inform your customers about the change in address card. Submit instructions for any new procedure before, during, and during the move. Remember to meet with employees later.
This is not just a move. Delays and lost goods can hinder your workflow and prevent employees from returning to work quickly, disrupting productivity and damaging your income. The same applies for not having the correct power and data infrastructure in place at the new location
It is important to ensure that business continues uninterrupted despite relocation. To move smoothly, commercial professionals need to be hired with dynamic business experience. Both in setting up the new office and in relocating he existing
Once the relocation date has been set, the business owner should prepare for the upcoming relocation. Similarly if you are crossing the road or relocating nationally.
Here are some tips to keep your office move in mind:
Develop a Timeline
Create migration schedules based on important dates in the business calendar. Write events in the event exchange timeline. Factor on expiration of business ‘building lease’. The property manager should be notified of the expected action date. Talk to all employees about relocation dates. Suppliers should also be notified. Inform the team members about the progress of this development as well as their responsibilities during the relocation.
An example of an IT relocation checklist can be found here
Plan for the New Space
Once you sign your lease, the first thing you need to deal with is space planning. Will your existing furniture fit your new location? Do you know where the current furniture is going? Do you have enough furniture to cover your entire space? Space planners are available and can make a definitive draft of what your existing furniture will look like in your new space. They can also work with you to recognize fresh equipment as wanted. Some landowners offer free space planning services. If your landlord does not provide a space plan, you may be eligible to work with a furniture seller who can help with your space plan. You can also find free tools online to help you plan your place.
Once the furniture layout is in place you can asses the existing infrastructure. The following questions can then be assessed
- Do i have floor boxes and power in the right locations for the desks
- How many data points do i need for computers and phones
- How many WiFi access points do I require to cover the office
- What is the phone signal like. Do i need to install a booster?
- What can be relocated and what needs to be new
By planning in advance these works can be correctly installed prior to the office move. If not then they will be disruption after the move
Announce the move
Create a detailed email, newsletter section, or short video plan to let employees know about the big move. Furthermore it should be comprehensive regardless of the format you choose. In addition employees need to be told everything they need to know. Thus the more detail you put into communication, the easier it will be for you to wrap your head around every step of your office.
Here are some objects to comprise in your statement:
- New office name and address
- Moving date/dates
- Key features of the new office
- Employees still need to do something, if anything
- What future employees should expect
Set Up Your IT & Telecommunications
Your priority should be to find a new place for your employees as soon as possible. Which translates into the Internet and phone systems for most companies. Do you already have Internet and telecommunications services installed in your new location? The previous tenant may have removed all data cabling when he moved out.
Do you already have Internet and telecommunications services installed in your new location? The previous tenant may have removed all data cabling when he moved out.
Verify that the internet speed you need is available at the location you are renting. If your business needs a specific Internet speed, verify that the provider has that capability. If you already have an account configuration, you can usually move your existing agreement to your new site.
Establish your budget and purchasing process
Get budgets (preferably on paper) from your company leaders and set guidelines for completing all purchases related to the initiative. This step will help you visualize the process going on. For example, if you need a team of three to sign all purchases and contracts, you may be able to plan extra time for all doses related to the purchase.
Make lists of what you have and lists of what you need
Now is the time to make an inventory of everything, big and small. Make two lists:
- Things you’re taking
- Things you’re leaving behind and disposing
The lists should highlight some requirements that you might otherwise ignore, especially if you refer to them with your new office floor plan.
- When on a tight budget, inventory will remind you that you need to pack everything hidden in this all storage space
- If the office move includes a complete design, and you’re dropping off all trash cans and whiteboards. In addition you’ll need to purchase new versions of those requirements to get a new look.
- If your new kitchen is twice your old size, but there are only a few basic things on your “pick up” list, you’ll need to pick up new kitchen items.
Generate and Execute a worker and client Communication Plan
Do your employees, customers and shoppers know about your move?
Create a communication plan to inform your employees, customers, and any vendors about your upcoming move. Having a series of meetings with your company to help plan dynamic days, understanding logistics, and answering any questions.
Create a separate email address for move-related questions
There will be a lot of questions in the people’s office about this initiative. Furthermore try to separate office work from your regular duties by simply creating an email address for action-related questions and correspondence.
How to Prepare For an Office Move – The final step
Plan a party to celebrate your moving success!
We use the term “party” loosely. You will probably be tired after this step. Furthermore more reason to celebrate your hard work. Get some champagne or non-alcoholic bubbles and some easy, healthy snacks, and you’ll create an excitement about the move