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OfficeSpace.com's Move Guide

OfficeSpace.com's Business Moving Guide is brought to you with minimal charge, thanks to our sponsors. This office move guide is written for the medium to small company. If you work for a company that has 25 employees or less, which typically means an office space need of not more than 5,000 square feet, then this guide provides a how to for moving your office. Most employees of small firms who have been assigned to manage a move are doing so for the first time, and the responsibility can fall on anyone from the President to the Office Manager. The only relocation experience for most people is their last home move. If your company has decided to move and you've been designated to lead the movement, this guide is for you! Note: Access to the complete Move Guide requires registration, followed by the purchase of a $29 subscription.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Hundreds of thousands of small companies across the country relocate to new offices every year. Most have outgrown their current locations, while some are down-sizing their operations and require smaller, more cost-efficient offices. Still other companies seek a new geographic location offering a better quality of life while lowering the cost of doing business. Whatever your particular reason for making the change, moving a company requires a lot of thought and thorough planning.

Moving is ranked as one of life's most stressful events, and it can't be practiced beforehand. Preparation is very important to ensuring a successful move. Without proper planning, you may find yourself with a copy machine too large for its designated space, a telephone system with not enough telephone lines, a brand new spacious warehouse without adequate shelving, or even worse, movers being paid to wait while employees pack.

This guide is divided into sections to help you plan exactly when and how to delegate the many move-related responsibilities. The examples in this guide are designed for moving a company of 25 employees within a three month time frame. These concepts and ideas can be adapted to any business, regardless of size and moving date, and whether your move takes you across town or across the country.

This guide should also answer most of your questions as well as tell you what questions to ask others. Don't be afraid to ask the advice of employees, friends, business associates, and others who have survived a move -- their input can be invaluable. Remember: the only dumb question is one which isn't asked.

There are two other very important things to keep in mind: 1) Moving is a team effort and cannot be done alone -- one person cannot possibly attend to every detail of the move. You will have to delegate responsibilities in order to ensure a smooth move. 2) Moving can be fun!

Copyright Notice. Portions of OfficeSpace.com's Moving Guide have been reprinted with permission from The Small Company Moving Guide, authored by Diane Touleyrou.

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