Office Moving: Expectations vs. Reality
So, what kind of realities do you really face with an office move? Let's look at what you might expect and what you'll really experience.
Expectation: You Can Move in a Short Amount of Time
Just because you have a relatively small company, you may think you can put together an office moving schedule within a week. In truth, you're going to need at least two months to plan your office move. With so many different things to think about and do, you'll end up being overwhelmed if you wait up to a few days before moving day.
Start thinking about what you'll have to prioritize, and keep up your schedule to the day of your move. Things often change between when you start your list two months earlier to the eleventh hour before the move occurs.
Expectation: Hiring a Cheap Moving Company
The old notion you get what you pay for is usually more than true. Your expectation is perhaps one where you think you can hire a cheap moving company and still get great service. The reality is, this isn't always the case.
Some moving companies like this don't have well-trained movers, meaning potential furniture damage. You're going to need to vet the best moving companies to assure you're getting quality service.
Referrals are the best bet, though you can research easily online.
Expectation: Not Needing Storage
Maybe you think you can move every item at once. In most cases, it may involve more than one moving trip.
When you have more things that need moving, storage is going to become necessary. A moving company should give you offsite storage for anything requiring storing before the move completes. This might involve files you need to keep separate from your office equipment.
Moving all your files with furniture could mean your business data becoming lost in all the chaos. Don't automatically assume the little things are going to stay completely organized during an office move without some additional precautions.
Expectation: You Can Move Your IT Equipment on Your Own
A lot of businesses try to save money by moving all their IT equipment by themselves. Doing so isn't very practical when it involves heavier items. Not only can moving heavy items on your own could cause injury if your employees don't know how to lift properly, but it could also cause damage to expensive equipment you count on. Always hire a professional moving company to move your IT apparatuses, including setup. The same goes for other heavy work equipment requiring expert lifting and packing.
Expectation: Assuming You Can Move During an Emergency
What happens if a disaster occurs, and you have to move your company in a hurry to another location to keep operating? During times of chaos, you might not find a place immediately. Only the very best moving companies help provide emergency moves for you during times of crisis.