How do you plan a successful office move?
Being organized is the key to a successful office move. Consider engaging a Move Consultant whose expertise is organizing and overseeing a seamless move, from preliminary planning to deficiency resolution, they can offer as much or as little support as you might need.
How do you prepare for an office move?
Preparing is about troubleshooting the hundreds of hurdles that can affect the success of your move. Start your planning early and engage the services of someone experienced in organizing moves, like a Move Consultant. Bring in a mover during the preliminary planning stage to provide a budget number for your move and strategies for a seamless move.
What things will office movers not move?
Certain hazardous materials require training and certification to be transported. Photocopy equipment or other leased machinery will often need to be moved by the vendor themselves. The right office mover will have the knowledge and experience to direct you to the best contractor to team up with and can often arrange this as part of your move coordination package.
What areas does DLO cover for office moves in the Lower Mainland?
From Whistler to Chilliwack, DLO is ready to support you on your office move. Most of their clients are in the Greater Vancouver region but longer distances including Kamloops and Victoria are possible.
Does DLO offer long distance moving for companies?
From Whistler to Chilliwack, DLO stands ready to support you on your office move. Most of their clients are in the Greater Vancouver region but longer distances including Kamloops or Victoria are possible. DLO does not offer services outside of BC.
How long does it take to move an office?
When considering the time it takes to move an office, there are a number of key factors to consider:
- How far are you moving?
- Are you moving furniture?
- How many staff?
- Are you looking for additional services like computer disconnection and reconnection?
A quick site visit and DLO can provide you with the hours and cost for the move of your office, large or small.
How much does it cost to move an office?
A very general formula for calculating the cost of an office move:
- $100 per person based on computers and contents only (4 boxes per person) within the Greater Vancouver area.
- Up to $500 per person including all furniture, chairs and contents (10 boxes per person) within the Greater Vancouver area.
Are office movers different than residential movers?
Yes, as both require a certain expertise and focus. Office movers are dedicated to ensuring minimal down time for their business clients. They typically work after hours at regular rates since most office buildings do not allow moving during the day.
Office movers know the ins and outs of commercial elevators and loading dock bookings and have relationships with Property Managers in their area. They are experts at maintaining order, integrity, and confidentiality of office files during a move. They are tool savvy and can seamlessly disassemble and reassemble furniture and provide IT support, including the disconnection and reconnection of computers.
Are professional movers worth it for office moves?
Professional office movers have years of experience assisting with the organization and execution of moving an office. They have appropriate insurance and understand the cost of downtime for your business. By choosing a professional, reputable office moving company, you will not be left wondering if they may or may not show up and the stress that goes along with that uncertainty.
How can you make an office moving plan?
Start early and outline the key milestones of the project. Consider organizing an internal move team made up of a move captain from each department to act on their department’s behalf, and as the single point of contact for their department. Organizing a communications plan and streamlining the conduits of communication from the outset will ensure the project is not bogged down by too many players but does include input from key departments. Task lists can be found online but consider hiring a move consultant whose expertise is move planning. An experienced move consultant can do, in a couple of hours, what might take you days.
How should I dispose of old office furniture and equipment?
Given sufficient time and planning, most office furniture can be repurposed through sale or donation. Although used office furniture has very little value, it can mean that your furniture is removed at no cost to you. For older or damaged furniture, the right moving company will offer recycling services that can include the disassembly, removal and recycling of wood and metal. Moving is costly, so consider asking your building or mover to provide cleanup bins for paper, cardboard, plastics, old IT equipment, etc. and hold office-wide cleanups prior to the move to ensure you are only moving what is necessary.
How do you pack up an office?
Determine all areas that need to be packed up, including offices, workstations and common areas (copy rooms, lunchrooms, closets, file rooms, storage rooms). Most staff prefer to pack up their own offices and workstations so encourage them to start early (up to 2 weeks prior) by having boxes, labels and other packing supplies delivered on site. Floor plans of the new office will typically include a numbering system that you can use for moving purposes. Plan to purge and pack one common area per week and bring in extra support if needed as most moving companies offer assistance with the packing of common areas. Ensure everything is packed into moving boxes or plastic bins and labeled to the new location. Anything that does not fit in a box can just be labeled directly.