Moving offices can be a stressful experience if you aren’t prepared. To make sure everything goes smoothly it’s a good idea to find out early on how much your move is going to cost, and which aspects will cost the most.
Depending on the size of your space, the move will cost more or less. The bigger the space, the more it will cost. Based on size alone the price of a move can vary from $750 to $30,000. This is quite a drastic range, but when you have a larger office space you also have more equipment and furniture, which takes time and effort to pack up. On average it will cost around $50 to $250 per employee.
If you don’t plan on taking your old furniture with you and want to by brand new stuff for the new office, this will also cost more. Furniture will cost around $200 to $2,000 per employee, while computers can cost up to $3,000 per person. It can be simpler to replace all the old furniture, but it might also be more expensive.
Another way to save money is to pack up the office yourself. This is definitely cheaper than hiring removalists to do it, but it also isn’t guaranteed to be as good as if professionals do it. If you do have money to spare, it may be worth paying your removalists to pack up the office as this will ensure that they are packed correctly so nothing will break during transit.
You will also need to factor in other services that you might need, such as utility connection, packing materials, insurance, storage, and more. These will all cost more but might make your moving experience much less stressful. Rather than having to do everything yourself, you can have professional removalists do it for you. Depending on how much you have to insure, your insurance will cost anywhere upwards of $1,000. Storage facilities generally cost around $200 to $400 a month, or more, if you do need to store things temporarily
If your new office isn’t exactly up to scratch you may also need to pay for renovations. A fresh coat of paint or new carpet might be enough to improve the appearance of the place, but if it’s in really bad shape it might cost a lot more. Make sure you inspect the office thoroughly before you relocate to assess what needs to be done to get it to the standard you want it to be at.
If you factor these costs into your budget then you should be well and truly prepared for the next time you move offices. While it may be an expensive trip, it will be worth it when you have brand new offices and a fresh start to the work day.