If you’re about to make move premises but want to save on the costs, the first thing you would probably ask yourself is whether you can handle the office move project on your own.
Performing a search on Google for office move project help and tutorials will return many results with instruction videos and how-to articles. But, don’t be fooled, things will be portrayed a lot simpler than they actually are. So, before you dive headfirst, here are a few things to consider before deciding whether to hire a contractor or do it yourself.
WILL MANAGING THE PROJECT YOURSELF REALLY SAVE YOU MONEY?
You need to determine how much it would cost for a contractor to do the work and compare that to how much it would cost to manage the work yourself. When calculating the DIY project, you should add the cost of the external companies such as moving companies, electricians, and any building contractors and machinery you may need to rent.
Also, factor in the estimated number of hours you’d spend on the project and what money you’d lose as doing this project by yourself means sacrificing some time from your regular day job.
Don’t forget to consider the size of your project, and the need for extra manpower to complete the task, which will need to be accounted into your costs.
You might figure that hiring a professional contractor who can finish the job efficiently will save you time, effort, and money.
DO YOU HAVE THE SKILL AND EXPERIENCE TO HANDLE ALL THE TASKS?
Your project fulfilment may include some tasks that require a specialist’s skill to manage them correctly and achieve the correct result. While you can learn most things if you put your mind to it, you need to evaluate if you have the luxury of time for learning and practising that skill before you commence your construction. A word of warning, mistakes won’t just be costly. They can be dangerous too.
DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE REQUIREMENT OF YOUR…
LANDLORD (LEASE & PERMISSION)
LOCAL AUTHORITY REGARDING PERMITS, RULES, AND REGULATIONS?
When it comes to any construction work needed or change of premise function or car parking, you need to secure approval from your local government. You’ll also need to meet the specific construction requirements and standards, especially for drainage and sewer connections. Planning and construction approvals can be a minefield. There is a huge advantage of working with a team of people who have established relationships with your local authorities and understand their requirements. Warning: Potential delays could be on the cards if you don’t fully comply with standards set by your local authorities. So make sure you are fully aware of what you need to do to get these pushed through promptly and considerately.
SERVICE & SYSTEM PROVIDERS
ARE YOU 100% SATISFIED THAT YOU AND ANY CO-WORKERS CAN MANAGE THE OFFICE MOVE SAFELY?
When doing a DIY office relocation, ensure that you can complete the project without sacrificing your safety. This includes ensuring that you have the suitable materials and safety equipment and the know-how to use them and that you remain entirely insured and your team safe throughout.
Aside from finally moving to your new location, your goal should consist of making sure that you and the people around you would be uninjured throughout the move. If you don’t trust yourself in this regard, hire a professional team trained to conduct their work safely.
Now, if you’re confident that you can achieve all of the above, then maybe a DIY office move is right for you.
Alternatively, if you are not entirely optimistic you can handle the job at hand, then take time to speak to a member of our team who will be happy to offer support.
4 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO MANAGE YOUR OWN OFFICE MOVE:
- WILL MANAGING THE PROJECT YOURSELF REALLY SAVE YOU MONEY?
- DO YOU HAVE THE SKILL AND EXPERIENCE TO HANDLE ALL THE TASKS?
- DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE REQUIREMENT AND TIMELINES NEEDED TO
- MANAGE YOUR LANDLORD (LEASE & PERMISSION)
- MANAGE THE LOCAL AUTHORITY (REGARDING PERMITS, RULES, AND REGULATIONS)
- INSTALL SYSTEMS & SERVICES
- ARE YOU 100% SATISFIED THAT YOU AND ANY CO-WORKERS CAN MANAGE THE PROJECT SAFELY?
Here are some helpful links
- Office Design and Space Planning Advice
- Office Furniture
- Advice on the Plant Machinery
- Construction & Civil Engineering Company
- A Professional Groundwork Contractor