Moving an entire office, whether for a small or large business is often a daunting task. The cost of moving even a smaller office can get expensive quickly. If you’re managing your move on a tight budget, it’s easier to work on saving on moving expenses versus cutting corners.
Get a Head Start
Moving at the last possible minute can lead to several costs that you wouldn’t incur had you planned early. Getting a head start on moving by six months or more leaves you prepped for saving money. Booking any vehicles you may need well in advance can save you 20-40% on rental cost. Packing up unused furniture or documents early saves the need for more hired help.
Sell What You Don’t Need
Many office moves result in unwanted office furniture, or items that have no real place in your new location. Take the time to sell these items off to help offset the costs of your move. If your furniture is in excellent to mint condition, consignment furniture stores are often the best way to increase the money you get from selling off these things. There may even be tax benefits to giving items that you can’t sell to Goodwill stores.
Offer Trade in Exchange for Moving Help
Hiring movers, even private labor, is going to be the most expensive part of a moving budget. Rather than dealing with these expenses, offering up your products or services in exchange for moving helps saves an enormous amount of cash flow. Your costs versus the value some past customers or acquaintances may see in your service can make this an invaluable move.
Set a Schedule
Even if you can’t stick to it, having goals for your move will help things move along, ultimately saving you money on moving help and vehicle rentals. Set realistic but aggressive goals for how much you’d like to get done each day. Work to manage your moving help like you manage your business, and you’ll find the workflow will go much better.
Business owners and managers don’t just tell people what to do, but help them accomplish tasks. Taking part in a moving process, even if this means taping up moving boxes, motivates those around you, keeping them moving throughout what can often be a physically trying work day.
As in business, managing an office move on a budget is about being efficient. Simple cuts in expenses and time management can add up to big savings on your final cost, allowing you to put more budget back into your business and your new location.