Upgrading to a new office space can be an exciting but also stressful time. You get the chance to grow your business as you have always dreamed of. But there are so many things to do in between that the constant moving back and forth and checking and double checking of literally everything can become tiresome.
Furthermore, there are often things that people overlook when moving from one place to another. You can make all the lists you want, but the universe dictates that you will forget something. Hopefully, you won’t forget your business cards and computers, but what about all the other, smaller things that you need to consider when expanding your business?
Anyone who has ever moved house will be aware of the potential for a pile of mess and rubbish that wouldn’t look out of place at a modern art exhibit. And this can be one of the most demoralising things when moving into a new space.
You might have noticed such mess when looking around before committing and you might have been assured that any rubbish would have been dealt with before the big day. However, this is not always the case.
That being said you do not have to suffer alone and should you find piles of garbage littered around, you can hire a company that is an expert in clearing out commercial rubbish which can save you a lot of stress and allow you to focus on the more essential problems in your new office.
Surely, surely, surely you must have considered this before moving in. However, sometimes what looks suitable when going from location to location may not seem as convenient once you have moved in. One visit to a specific space will not necessarily tell you everything about the area. It could be that the natural light isn’t great all the time; it could be that there is never-ending construction just beside your office window.
The possibilities are endless and so taking many trips and doing an adequate reconnaissance of the location will save you from any unfortunate surprises once the ink is dry. Furthermore, it could be that while it is close for you to get to, that might not be true of your other employees. Nobody wants to commute for too long to get to the office, and you might start seeing fewer and fewer people coming in every day.
Additionally, you need to consider the neighbourhood and those who live in the area. While most people won’t care whether or not you have moved your business to their area, there may still be some who aren’t as happy about it.
With all of the recent discussion about gentrification and rising house prices in places such as Silicon Valley forcing out long-term residents you want to ensure that you don’t upset anybody, as challenging as that might be.
To avoid getting off on the wrong foot, it might be wise to introduce yourself and your business, talk with the locals and see if there is anything you can do to help make the transition easier for them. They aren’t going to want construction or contractors walking in and out and blocking up the street and so ensuring that you consider their needs, as well as your own, will make the move in that much more comfortable.
One thing that many people overlook when moving to a new area, be it an office space, flat, or new home is the reliability of your network connectivity. As we move further and further from the old ways of business and adopt more technological techniques to get our work done, our reliance on sufficient connection is becoming more and more of a necessity.
This can relate to your phone signal as well as the wifi. If your connection is unreliable, it will be almost impossible and incredibly frustrating to get any work done at all and most of the time you and your employees will have wished they have stayed at home. While many people are opting to work from home more frequently, you need people in the office the majority of the time to ensure that the rental was not a waste of money, as well as cultivating teamwork.
The move-in process can and will be a stressful time. However, ensuring that you understand what you need to consider before you turn on the lights for the first time will save you a lot of bother and wasted hours after the fact. It can be easy to get swept up in the excitement of a move in and so making sure you have thought of everything is essential.
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