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A guide to business removals – 11 top tips for moving your business

| May 13, 2022

Everyone knows that moving home is said to be one of the most stressful things you can do (although it DEFINITELY helps if you have a good removals company!). But what about moving business premises?

As a Leeds removals company for over 100 years, we’ve had the privilege of helping many businesses move. Whether they were scaling up, scaling down, merging or relocating, all had one thing in common. They all wanted to move with the minimum amount of disruption to their business services and ultimately to their clients and customers.

Although it takes some careful planning, a smooth business move is certainly very possible. Particularly with the right Yorkshire removals company!

So here are our top tips if you’re planning an office move:

  1. Plan as far in advance as possible. Ideally you’ll have a few months’ notice and you can work with your chosen removal company to plan the key dates in the process.
  2. Pick wisely when it comes to your removals company. If someone is offering a deal which seems too good to be true, it probably is. Make sure they’re full members of the British Association of Removers and have the relevant British Trading Standards. Talk to them about things like insurance and make sure you feel confident in how they deal with your enquiries. Check for recommendations and read reviews. Looking for a removals company Leeds with excellent reviews?
  3. Make sure everyone knows their roles and responsibilities. Who is in charge of utilities or updating the contact details on the website? Does everyone pack their own desk? Will people need to be in or stay away on moving day?
  4. Take the opportunity to Spring Clean. Just like at home, at work we can be guilty of hanging on to far too much stuff we don’t need. Plan to start afresh in the new premises with less of the stuff you don’t need. Remember we can help with storage and shredding services if you need them too!
  5. Will your old furniture fit your new office? There’s no point transporting lots of desks or a big boardroom table if there’s nowhere for them to go. Create a scaled drawing so you can work out where things may fit. This floor plan will be helpful for the removals teams when unloading as well.
  6. If work needs doing in the new office – such as painting or replacing flooring – try and do it before you move in for minimum disruption. If the lease begins a few days before you move, you can also start moving some non-essential items yourself by company van or car.
  7. Use good quality boxes. Cheap packing materials are more likely to damage and crush your items or collapse in the slightest bit of rain (we are in the UK…)
  8. Make sure everything is clearly labelled. You can’t give too much detail, and it will help you hugely when it comes to unloading and unpacking.
  9. Consider parking at both ends of the journey. Will permits be needed, or will you need to save a space for the removal van(s) with cones?
  10. Think about prioritising what’s important when you arrive at your new office. Is it unpacking and getting desks and phones working, or is it getting the broadband up and running? Tech tends to be most people’s priority. Make sure everything is backed up, cables and component parts are clearly labelled and tech is safely packaged for transportation.
  11. Make sure everyone is notified. There’s a lot of changing of address which will need to be done, from banks and insurance companies to clients and suppliers and everything in between. Make a list and start in plenty of time!

If you’re looking for office movers, Leeds, get in touch to find out more.

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