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Preparing for your next office move

Be prepared to move officesWhether you hold a high-level management position in your department or are a new business owner, the reality is that at some point you are going to have to move your office.  The single most important thing that you need to do if you are planning such a relocation is to know precisely what to expect and make sure that you are prepared for it.

Setting out a budget for your office move is of vital importance.  Moving is expensive, and you need to have some realistic resources prepared for what you are about to undergo.  A shortlist of things that you will need to budget for includes the cost of a new building, office fit-out, telephone installation, legal costs, network infrastructure, and the physical moving of the office furniture and equipment.

If you think you are likely to be undertaking office relocation in the future then the planning should start straight away.  Experts say that planning for an office move can take anything from nine to 18 months when done properly, depending on the size of your company.

Another good piece of advice is to hire a professional.  Everyone wants to do as much as they possibly can on their own and hopefully save money; however, the reality is that there are serious professional firms out there that can actually save you upwards of several thousand dollars in terms of operating, logistical and labor costs for the relocation.  Consulting with a professional is a good idea even if you are small firm.

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