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The 10 Best Reasons to Move Your Office

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Deciding to move your office isn’t always about expanding. It’s not necessarily about downsizing either. Yes, size matters, but it’s not the only thing. Choosing an office is as much a part of your overall business strategy as setting prices. Relocating means finding a place that fits your fiscal, HR, brand, and cultural objectives. In short, it’s an important factor in the success of your business.

So to help you make the right decision, we’ve put together a list of the 10 best reasons to move your office.

Move Your Office If…

#1: It’s in an Undesirable Location

While there are a lot of things you can do to improve your current office changing its location isn’t one of them. If your office is in an undesirable location, then you may have trouble attracting the kind of talent you need to meet the demands of your business. This is especially true for companies that require employees with highly specialized skills and technical expertise. A convenient location is also key to serving your target market—whether that means being closer to clients, distributors, or even the competition.

#2: It’s Costing You Clients

A bohemian-style loft may be the perfect place to start your company, but if your business image is changing, your office must too. Just as a non-profit group’s choice to hold a swanky address would raise more eyebrows than funds, an office that doesn’t fit your brand image could be detrimental to your business. Your office creates an impression of your team and its work. An unprofessional setting will send the wrong message to prospective clients.

#3: Facilities Are Outdated

Are your services and utilities unreliable? At best these challenges are an inconvenience that can hinder the day-to-day activities of your business. At worst, outdated facilities pose serious health and safety concerns to employees and visitors. Make sure your building is up to code. If an inspection reveals any violation, have the problem fixed, or move.

#4: The Market Tells You It’s Time

Maybe you entered an up-and-coming neighbourhood and a favourable real-estate market means your modest investment will now yield a profitable return. Take advantage and upgrade your facilities for future growth—even if it is a little ahead of schedule. On the other hand, you might have office space in that same neighbourhood and the gentrification means you can no longer afford your rent. Even if you’d prefer to stay, fiscal responsibility says it’s time to relocate.

#5: The Team is Unhappy

Happy employees are productive employees. Bottom line: if your staff is unhappy in their work environment it’s time to make a change. When constant construction postpones projects, staff raises and bonuses, you need to consider that an outright move may be your best one.

#6: Your Renter’s Contract/lease Agreement Prevents You From Remodeling

If you know you could make your space work better with a few minor renovations, but are unable to renegotiate this in your lease agreement, start looking elsewhere.

#7: Cost Concerns

Recent changes in your industry may require you to make an unplanned investment in new technology, or marketing. To compensate for the additional expense, you may need to drastically reduce your overhead—especially if you’re a small business. Reducing rent and utility costs by moving to a more affordable office can keep you in the black.

#8: It’s Not the Right Size

Whether there are too many or too few of you, your space just doesn’t work. Productivity plummets in overcrowded offices when employees can’t concentrate. But too much space is equally unproductive. If you’ve downsized and can’t repurpose unused areas in a meaningful way, the ‘emptiness’ could hold a negative energy. Find an office that fits your company now with a view to the future.

#9: It’s Not the Right Fit

Is your corporate culture handcrafted or high-tech? Family-focused or driven by young professionals? Your office should reflect the beliefs and values of your organization. If it doesn’t, you’ve got a good reason to move. Choosing an office space that fits your corporate culture can help you attract and retain the best talent. It may move you from the city to the suburbs, or from a historic building to a newly constructed office complex.

#10: Infrastructure Changes

Adding or removing in-house departments will require more than few desk changes. Departments have their own unique equipment and design requirements that may cause you to move your office from one floor to two, or, into an entirely new building. Opening a new location or separating a manufacturing facility from the main office may mean transferring staff, furniture, and equipment across the city, or even the country.

If you can tick one or more of these boxes, it’s time to hire professional office moving services.

When you move your office for the right reasons is an exciting time in your company’s history. Your staff will know you’ve been paying attention, and they will be dedicated to making your new office, and your business, a success.

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