When you’re planning an office redesign, the first decision you need to make is whether to stick with your existing workspace or relocate to another one. The idea of moving offices might sound daunting at first but pumping more money into the wrong business location is only going to hurt more in the long run.
At the same time, this isn’t a light decision to make so let’s take a look at how relocating might benefit your business.
Should we relocate to new offices?
The answer to this question depends entirely on the needs of your business and how well your existing offices meet them. If you’re planning an office redesign, it means something about your existing workspace isn’t up to par. The deciding factor is whether your current location is satisfactory and your existing office can be turned into the workspace you need.
If it can’t, then relocation might be the only sensible option. Here are some key things to consider:
- Location: Is your current location the prime place to be for your business?
- Adaptability: Can your existing offices be turned into the workspace you want to create?
- Space: Do your existing offices have enough space to work with for your redesign?
- Ownership: Do you have the rights to make the necessary changes to your existing offices?
- Cost: Is the cost of renovating your current workplace more expensive than relocating?
- Long-term cost: How does the long-term cost of relocating stack up against staying put?
- Positive impact: Are the positive impacts of relocating too good to pass up?
That’s a very simplified list of questions to ask but the most important question is always going to be the last one. With a clear understanding of what your business stands to gain (or doesn’t) from relocating, making the decision becomes a relatively simple process.
What are the benefits of relocating?
The benefits you might expect from relocating your offices will vary based on your current location and where your future options are. However, the most common reasons for a business to relocate are the following:
- You need more space to work with for your next office design
- You want a workspace with more windows and nicer surroundings
- You can reduce everyday costs by moving to a new location
- You want to move closer to your clients
- You want to move to an area with better business opportunities
As UK design consultant Office Principles says: “Implementing a successful office move is all about the finer details. Get the initial planning stages done correctly, and the rest will fall into place. The risks of skipping through this stage with minimal care will have a ripple effect on the rest of the move – and can have huge consequences for the company.”
This means you need to understand exactly what your business will gain from relocating and then finding the most cost-effective and least disruptive approach to moving your company. Don’t be afraid to get professional help from a company with experience in office relocations and/or redesigns – they’ll be able to help you assess your needs and make the right decision for your business.
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