Every day, numerous businesses across the country run into unexpected office relocation problems that have nothing to do with safely moving equipment, juggling schedules or coordinating staff: they have to do with construction and remodeling.
That is, during the often hectic lead-up to their office relocation, businesses can neglect to ask these 4 critical questions:
1. Did you establish a clear layout and purpose for your new construction or remodeling needs?
Ensure that you invest quality time to identify the core purpose of your new or renovated space. Remember: no matter how aesthetically pleasing it may be, if the space doesn’t DO what it’s supposed to (e.g. help teams hold productive meetings, provide staff with an area to take breaks/eat lunch, offer visitors a place to wait for their required party to greet them), then it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be renovating again.
2. Do you have all of the necessary construction permits?
As you may know from experience, municipal bureaucrats have NO mercy for businesses that “forgot” to get all necessary permits, or who may have been given the wrong advice by a contractor or consultant. Double and then triple-check that you have all of the permits you need.
Also keep in mind that it can take surprisingly long to get all of the required permits. You’ll need to factor this waiting period into your schedule, and should start looking into it as early as possible.
3. Have you inspected the new premises and identified problems or limitations?
Just as experts say that you should never buy a home -- even a brand new one -- without a home inspection, you should never assume that your new “office home” is primed and ready for you to move in. Get an expert to examine the proposed location, and pay particular attention to limitations like old wiring, outdated Internet cabling, and so on.
4. Have you hired a credible and proven construction firm or general contractor?
Do your homework and find a credible and proven construction firm or general contractor to handle all of the work – from layout to finishing touches. Don’t hesitate to ask for references, either. You can also ask your office relocation company to recommend potential firms or contractors who have a reputation for doing quality work at reasonable prices.
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