Hey, San Antonio: These 8 Office Relocation Gaffes Can Cost You Dearly

office being prepared for a moveYou’ve got a business to keep going. And now you‘ve got to keep it going while you’re moving it from one location to another! How do you keep your San Antonio business growing and the profits flowing while your furniture’s going out the door? That’s the big question of office relocation! Give it a wrong answer, and your productivity and profits will go out the door with the furniture.

At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we’ve got a right answer for you – one that can help keep you from making 8 gaffes that we, as office relocation specialists, find all too often made:
  1. Not Planning Ahead. As soon as you know you’ve got to move, that’s when you should get down to planning for it. Alas, too many companies begin their office relocation planning a little too late. Too late for what, you ask? Well, too late for moving companies and other vendors to draft a decent proposal for you, let alone properly deliver the goods and services you purchase from them. Remember: too little time often leads to too many mistakes. Let the size of your firm and the complexity of your move – i.e., the number of steps that must be finished before other steps can be started – guide you in deciding how soon is soon enough.
  2. Not Vetting Your Mover Properly. Office relocations are tricky. You need a mover who is expert enough to deal with office furniture and modular systems, computer systems and networking, office equipment, machinery, and hardware, cabling, phone systems, security systems, building permits, and ... that’s just the short list, make sure they’re legitimate. Check https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gove/hhg/search.asp to see, first of all, that they’re U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) licensed and insured, particularly for interstate commerce. Examine the reviews at bbb.org. to see if any criticisms of them are on file with the Better Business Bureau. And, if at all possible, speak with other companies who’ve employed them to see how well they satisfied their contractual duties. It’s also worth your while to ask about their moving crews – whether they’re full-time employees or temps, whether they’ve been background checked and drug tested, and whether they observe standard chain-of-custody procedures.
  3. Not Coordinating and Communicating Properly with Your Mover. Your office relocation manager must work with the project manager your moving company has allocated to ensure that your internal team and the moving company’s team are in perfect sync. Any changes to the schedule must be properly relayed to all those involved, thus helping prevent one upset from leading to others and causing all kinds of gaffes and cost overruns.
  4. woman alone in empty officeNot Assigning Enough Internal Staff to Your Move. The scope of any office relocation practically mandates that you call on the help of people from within your company. Choose people in each department who understand their department’s needs fully and have access to applicable company records. That might not always be the department head! In fact, you’re often better off getting the help of experienced but non-managerial staffers, as they’ll tend to take your relocation manager’s dictates without argument.
  5. Not Keeping to Schedule. It’s seldom the case that an office relocation schedule loses speed. Certainly, various tasks can be detained for this or that reason. But what typically happens then is that the schedule gets truncated. And that typically happens because the planning got started too late. And what happens when you attempt to compensate for lost time? More people from your team and the mover’s team are stuck with more overtime hours. Everybody starts tripping over everybody else. Things get confusing. Mistakes are made. And who pays for all this? Yep. Better to establish a reasonable schedule initially and stick with it.
  6. Not Budgeting Enough for Your Move. Truth to tell, it’s difficult for any company that hasn’t gone through a relocation before to know just what its move will cost when it’s done. To leave that cost to chance, though, or to budget for it inadequately is a huge mistake! In many instances, you need to budget for recurring real-estate costs, soft-dollar expenses for, say, employee relocation and training, capital expenses like new furniture and office equipment purchases, moving expenses, and consulting expenses for such things perhaps as interior design and engineering. The more of your needs you reckon with at the start, the more controllable the expense of your office relocation will be.
  7. Not Having Sufficient Coverage. If you’ve picked a professional relocation company of any recognition, the potential for property damage is slight. Still, you should be prepared. Consult your mover about the coverage options they offer and select the one that best serves your business.
  8. Not Thinking to Back Up Your Data. No need for horror stories here. Suffice it to say that when your office relocation is underway, your business’s material records ought to be backed up digitally, wherever feasible. Those that can’t be digitized should be deposited safely in a warehouse. And your digital data ought to be backed up in the cloud. As a matter of record, losing such data or suffering its vandalism isn’t a common phenomenon. But do you really want to risk it? Then, by all means, back it up!
A big way to prevent these sorts of mistakes – or to offset them effectively – is to employ a moving company that has a verifiable track record of successful office relocations. May we propose A-1 Freeman Moving Group right here in San Antonio? Investigate us as we suggest above. Then look over our office relocation services and ...
 

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