Business is doing great and your employee engagement is at an all time high. You have been closing deals left and right which only means that you are inching towards your expected growth objectives sooner than later. With these developments, you find yourself in a pleasant predicament of having too little space to make room for more team members and equipment needed to meet your production goals. You then begin to realise that you will soon need to move out, and when we say soon we mean now!
Office relocation management requires months of preparation but is still achievable with just weeks of planning. You will just have to double your efforts and ensure that all aspects of the move are precisely handled in order to be successful in doing so. Here are a few tips that will help you strategise more effectively.
Find the new office location that will suit your needs
Is it more space that you require, or a change in location? Or perhaps you intend to have a second office to cover more ground and bring in more opportunities for your business? Whatever it may be, it is important for you to have a clear cut reason for deciding to move out. That will allow you to filter through the thousands of facilities and venues available and save you valuable time.
Calendar the activities
Whether you have months or weeks to spare before the actual move, it is crucial for you to have specific milestones to achieve. But more than completing the tasks, it is highly important for these activities to be accomplished exactly on the day you intend, if not in advance. Working with deadlines is challenging enough. Do not make it doubly difficult by having to worry about delays.
Inform your contractors, suppliers and customers
In any logistical process, or any activity for that matter, an effective communication plan must be in place. Apart from relaying the news of the move to your employees, your vendors and, most especially, your customers must be aware of your new business address. This will ensure that they will not have a difficult time tracking you down for transactions. Always remember that moving does not have to impact your operations negatively.
Dispose off and replace old business cards, letterheads, collaterals, etc.
As soon as the location of your new office has been confirmed, be sure to contact your office supplies distributor of the change and place an order for new business collaterals. It is also wise to collect all old supplies and dispose them to avoid confusion and other problems in the future.
Hire a Professional Moving Company
You do not have to go through the pains of office relocation on your own. Partner with ABR Relocations, a reputable removalist in Melbourne, to help you sort out through the heaps of details that you will need to handle. By allowing professionals to manage your move, you will have all the time and energy to focus on your employees and your business.
Contact us for expert advice on your next relocation project.
Anyone who has experienced moving house can attest to the fact that a relocation is very challenging to execute. Not only is there furniture and other valuables to account for, but also the welfare of occupants and pets needs to be taken into consideration. The area of destination is another factor to be addressed for without it, all your efforts will be for naught. Now, scale all this to about five times more labour and you will get the idea of how extra taxing warehouse relocations can be.
But don’t get me wrong, moving a warehouse, while it is no easy feat, is highly doable. It should not be made any harder than it already is so long as one has a solid removal plan in place and that each element is carried out with precision. If you are in the process of developing a removal strategy for your warehouse but do not know how or where to start, read on and find some of the things you must consider before the actual relocation.
Warehouse removals require pre-planning work that may sometimes take months to do. As soon as the need to move has presented itself, the first thing that one should do is to research on the following:
Documents to be processed prior the move such as permits, contracts, and receipts
Viable options for relocation target, if none has been determined beforehand
Reputable removal contractors that offer a full range of services - from pre-planning up to post relocation
Devise a communication plan
Your employees and third party consultants who are physically working in the warehouse to be relocated will need to know the details of the move so that they could act accordingly. Most important of all is for them to be made aware of the schedule of movements, the type of activities that will take place, safety precautions that they will need to take note of, and the duration of the move. It is also best for you to appoint an Employee Relations Officer that the team members can contact in case there are any other concerns that will arise before, during and after the move. This will definitely make a difference in ensuring that everyone will be able to contribute to the seamless transition and that no untoward incidents will take place.
Devise a business continuity plan
If you intend to continue on with your operations while the move is being done, a business continuity plan is a requirement. This will ensure that, though majority of the facilities may be out of commission, your human resource will still be able to carry on with their tasks without the slightest inconvenience. While achieving your business targets is of great significance, your workforce must be your paramount concern and that they will not be put in harms way at anytime during the relocation.
To learn more useful tips and recommendations on how to relocate your warehouse, contact the experts at ABR Relocations for advice.
ABR Relocations recently moved our company into new offices and the process was easy, problem-free and within a welcomed (and earlier
than expected) timeframe. The staff were professional and friendly, the tapeless boxes were very convenient and overall, the
relocation was painless for all staff. Thank you!
Cathy Fowler – Office Manager
City of Greater Bendigo
The City of Greater Bendigo engaged ABR Relocations after an exhaustive selection process…based on recommendations by other
libraries, Public Records of Victoria, economic value and the ability to perform the relocation within our time frame.
Jim Weymouth – Project Manager
Dahlsens Building Centres
We recently contracted ABR to move our offices from Malvern East to Notting Hill. The price quoted was fair but more importantly
the service was very good and the workers were friendly and obliging. ABR has delivered everything they promised and went out
of their way to deliver the little extras we forgot. We highly recommend ABR to anyone needing to move.
John Dahlsen, Chairman – JC Dahlsen PTY LTD
Department Of Human Services
I was very impressed with the Tapeless Boxes™ that you use and they certainly are very durable, easy to pack, unpack and
move around.They were the most polite & helpful removalists, that I, and others who were on site at the start of the move,
have come across. The way in which you moved computers and equipment, and padded the door and stairways was very impressive
and I believe with the information you provided us prior to the move enabled it all to go very well.
Lorraine Hamilton, Office Manager
Marks & Clerk Australia
We recently had occasion to use ABR Relocations following a relocation of the office. They were impressive from the outset. ABR
were more than happy to coordinate the move with not only our staff, but also the company in charge of the fit out of our new
office. On the day of the move they were a pleasure to work with and had a "can do" attitude. They also worked over the weekend
to ensure that we would have a fresh start in our new office in the next week. Following the move ABR continued to assist us
with a number of matters. Overall the whole removal process was made easy by the efficiency of ABR's staff and moving guide.
We would not hesitate at all to recommend ABR for any removal needs.
Glen Littlejohn, Office Manager
Can I please pass on our thanks to your team for the great job done in our move today in the VC’s office, which was absolutely
seamless. Vanessa and I were impressed by the fact that despite it being in the middle of a working day, your team managed
to get it done without any interruption to our work.
Damien Farrell, Director – Government and External Relations
Motion & Control - NSK
I am pleased to recommend the company, ABR Relocations.
Shifting 2500 pallets of bulk stock and 10,000 boxes of stock from our 2 storey mezzanine structure was always going to be
logistically challenging when coordinating with another contractor responsible for the disassemble and re-assembly of the existing
racking system. With constant questioning from the ABR team, our confidence in their ability to get the job done was justified.
Job completed in 15 days. Well done.
Bruce Lees – Marketing and Sales Support Manager
Singleton Ogilvy & Mather
With a merger there are so many variables and so many things that can go amiss, so many little details that need to be addressed
and thought through. We needed a relocation company that covered all these areas and more. You came up trumps! From the very
first contact your courteous and co-operative manner and style shone through, to the well thought out move and eventual relocation,
your efficiency was second to none.
Roger Clifton, Senior Management Partner
Your staff were the most co-operative I have had the pleasure of working with during many relocations undertaken by Tattersalls.
The innovative methods employed by your company, certainly contributed to our staff having a minimum of loss of production.
No computer equipment or property was damaged during the move, which I am sure was due to your methods. Due to the quality
of services, your company has been appointed as Tattersalls’ preferred supplier for any future relocation work.
Baxter Henderson, Purchasing & Property Manager
I think the most rewarding sight I have seen for a while was on the Monday morning following the first move.Seeing the whole office
complex set up as if the occupants had been in residence the previous Friday, and then watching people starting work with intact
desks and filing cabinets, phone and computers within half an hour of arriving at work.This is not only a big productivity
issue, but also a big morale booster for all the staff involved. Busy, properly motivated people become quite annoyed when
they have to perform unproductive tasks.The ABR methods reduced this to an absolute minimum.