Published on Monday, 30 July 2012
Tackling a business or commercial removal is very different from your normal, everyday, domestic relocation. Not only does it usually entail more work, due to its sheer size, but it also comes with a specific set of tasks and challenges, characteristic for an office move. However, the good side of an office move is that you have the option of hiring a remover who specializes and this area and leave practically everything in the hands of the removers. Despite this, there are still a few things to keep in mind to make sure that your office removals go as smoothly as possible. Here is a short list of tricks to save you from any blunders and problems down the road.
1. The first thing you need to do is hire the right company. Now the best thing to do is to choose someone that you or your company has already worked with. However, do not pick a remover, because they've done your domestic removals for example. Charges for office removals will be very different and, moreover, you will need someone who specializes in corporate removals in particular. This will ensure that the removers will be able to work with minimal instruction and will perform, according to industry standards. Naturally, the company should be registered with BAR (British Association of Removers), so make sure that everything is up to par. Similarly to a domestic move, you will need to get testimonials about several removers. Look around forums and blogs and look for opinions specifically for your type of situation.
2. As with a domestic move, you will need to get an evaluation and a price quote before hand. It is best to arrange for the evaluator to visit on the weekend, or at another time outside of office hours, so as not to disturb the process. Similarly, if you do not want to cause a break in productivity, you will probably need to set your moving date either on the weekends, or at another date when the office will be closed. Keep in mind, however, that most removers do not work on bank holidays.
3. Next comes the packing process. While the removal company will take care of most of that for you, they are not meant to pack and remove personal items. Any personal belongings of the people working at the office should be packed up and taken away in advance. A good idea is to get a hold of a set of small or medium cardboard boxes (or use any, which are already lying around) and devote the last working hour on final day in the office to packing. Each employee should be responsible for clearing out his or her work space from any personal belongings and then taking these home, to be moved into the new office space later. It would also be a good idea to assign someone to organize and pack the office supplies into boxes and labeling them to save time on the actual moving day and to make it easier for the removers to deliver everything and unload it at the right place.
4. If there is any expensive specialized equipment in the office, make sure to ask if the removers are trained to handle it. This should be established during the evaluation. If the answer is "no", make sure to hire experts to deal with the delicate equipment. This may be a bit more expensive, but you will be saving some money in the long run.
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