When is the best time to relocate the office?

When is the best time to move the office?

When it comes to relocating your office, choosing the perfect time that fits in with everybody is gong to be a challenge. Not only do you have a business to keep on track, you have the headache of organising and planning the move itself. There is a lot to think of, including ensuring the safety and privacy of client accounts and files, office equipment and organising employees to pack and shift their work stations.

Get your timing right. Avoid moving at peaks times of the year. Peak times would include school holidays and summer holidays. Many employees will use their annual leave during school holidays and also take that opportunity to move house themselves or go on holiday with their families. Not only does this mean that you may be low on staff number to help with the move but may also mean that office removalist companies may also be busier during these peak times. Regardless of the time of year, always book your office relocation service as far in advance as possible.

The best time of the month to move is right in the middle. It's common for most businesses to get busy during the beginning and at the end of each month, and adding in an office relocation can cause stress and tension within the office. Moving midweek is also going to be your best chance at keeping your employees happy and keen to help with the move, as it's just like another work day. Employees may not be overly excited about giving up their Saturday to help move the office. However, some body corporate won't allow mid-week moving as it can be distracting to other tenants in the building, so always check this out before you start booking services and making arrangements.

It's also worth taking into account the season in which you move. In some parts of Australia, winter time is cold, wet and employees are regularly away on sick leave, so moving in spring or autumn may be the better choice. In other parts of Australia winter time may be the dry season (such as Queensland) but days are warm, yet mild, and may be a better time for your to relocate your office.

Whichever time of the year you may be moving, plan as far ahead of possible and write a checklist of "things to do" while you are planning.