You could be a small business with 1-10 employees or a large company with 500+ team members. Either way, an office relocation is a lot of work. Deciding to relocate your office is a huge management decision, and although often necessary, can still create a lot of stress for you and your team. So don’t make it any harder. Choosing an office relocation company who knows their stuff when it comes to a smooth office relocation is critical. Luckily for you, there are many UK based companies who can help you with an easy office move, but unfortunately, the sheer number of companies can make it difficult to choose the best one. That’s why we’ve put together our top tips on how to find the best office relocation company for your office move.
Start looking early
Chances are, you didn’t just make a snap decision to relocate your office. A task this size requires a lot of planning, so use that time wisely. Don’t leave looking for an office relocation company until last minute, unless you want to face the possibility that the best companies are booked up and you’re left desperately trying to find anyone available.
Start planning the move management side of your office relocation as soon as you make the decision. That way you can be sure you’ll have enough time to get only the best in to get the job done.
Read online reviews
The easiest place to start when it comes to picking an excellent office relocation company is online. Getting a well-rounded picture of the good, the bad and the ugly parts of a move management company allows you to make a well-informed decision.
Try Google reviews, Facebook reviews and reviews on the company page to find out what you need to know. Not only will you quickly get a sense of how they do business, but you’ll also get a gage of how they work with their customers and whether they are true to their word.
Ask for recommendations
As a business owner, you’re likely to have a network of other business owners that you’ve connected with throughout the lifespan of your company. Use these to your advantage! Reach out and see who has gone through the same process and find out their experiences. Or, go one step further and reach out to companies in the area who you know have recently moved, and ask for their recommendations.
Of course, you don’t want to rely on the experience of just one other company. But by asking around you may find that one office relocation company keeps cropping up again and again and you may be satisfied to go with them based on this.
Interview your company shortlist
We’re not saying you need to organise a formal interview in a boardroom. But what we are saying is that a decent office relocation company should be willing and prepared to answer any questions you may have about the way they work and other job-specific enquiries. In some cases, this process will give you all you need to know about a company and whether they’re right for you.
Below are some of the questions you may want to ring up your prospective relocation company to ask:
- “How many office relocations have you assisted with?”
- “How many years has your company been running?”
- “Do you have insurance in the instance of damaged items during a move?”
- “What precautions do you take to avoid damage during a move?”
- “Are you available on the day/s that I have requested assistance?”
Not only will this ‘interview’ provide you with invaluable information, but you’ll also be able to get a feeling for the kind of person you’ll be employing and whether they seem fit for the task.
It might be tempting to hire an office relocation company offering slashed prices. But when is that ever the full story? With low prices usually comes multiple hidden costs slapped onto your bill at the end. And at the end of the day, you get what you pay for. So don’t be surprised if you go cheap only to face major frustrations during the process.
But similarly, you should be wary of being overcharged. It’s possible a company offering flat-rate charges may be overcharging you. Every office relocation is different. Different needs, different distances and different challenges. An expert move management service should, therefore, create a bespoke quotation for you based on the job you’re presenting.
Ideally, you’re looking for a company who is offering a fair, considered price and who ensures there are no hidden extras to be charged later.
Ready to hire the best office relocation company for the job?
Hiring the best office relocation company will remove much of the stress that comes with an office relocation. And as long as you do your research you’ll be able to ensure a smooth move with minimal disruption to the business.
Consolidated Services are international pioneers of office relocation services and storage solutions. And with over 30 years of collective experience and knowledge in the industry, you can rest assured we’ll deliver only the best service. Contact us today to start planning for your office relocation.