Charlotte Office Condo Moving Checklist
1) Study current operations and future needs to determine the size of the new facilities.
2) Develop alternate sites, locations offices, and facilities.
3) Evaluate and select site with the assistance of a facility planner, architect, or interior designer.
4) Negotiate your lease (or purchase) of new office space with the landlord (or owner). Use a competent real estate attorney.
5) Select an architect or design firm to renovate and layout new office space and prepare floor plans, office spaces, wall partitions, etc.
6) Design the facility and the layout.
7) Arrange for telephone truck lines at the new address.
8 ) Collect estimates from movers, and riggers (if necessary).
9) Select an appropriate mover and rigger.
10) Check costs of insurance, parking, and loading.
11) Check delivery claims procedures.
12) Explain the move to your key executives.
13) Obtain estimates for the telephone system and its installation at the new address.
14) Select telephone equipment for the new location.
15) Secure telephone number(s) for new location. – Satellite, cable, T-1, DSL.
16) Order telephone equipment. – Server/data.
17) Get change of address forms from the post office (allow 6-8 weeks for subscriptions and other
companies to update their records).
18) Place a conditional order for new stationery using the new address, subject to confirmation of
the new telephone number.
19) Notify utilities and services of new address and phone. Include insurance, electricity, water, cleaning service, the IRS, subscriptions, banks, checking accounts, printer, security, etc.
20) Check all major office equipment (computers, word processors, automated office appliances, postage meter, etc.) and heavy industrial equipment for disassembly and reassembly at the new site. Delegate this task for a complete follow-through.
21) Determine which equipment and furniture to keep and which to sell. Photograph what you keep.
22) Buy or lease new office furniture.
23) Explain the move to all employees in memos and meetings. Delegate and clarify all tasks and assignments. Use assignment cards.
24) Review your corporate insurance policies to itemize the business equipment appliances , and furniture that are covered before, during and after the move.
25) Notify vendors of the new address and the date that their products will be accepted and reviewed at the new location.
26) Clarify labor policies at the new location, and any move-in restrictions.
27) Determine licenses and permits required, if any, at the new location.
28) Prepare to sell or discard obsolete furniture and equipment. Find buyers, or donate to charity for a tax deduction.
29) Clarify who is to do the packing: you (your employees), your mover, or what combination.
30) Determine the number and size of carton needs per office, or per employee. Order from your mover (if they are to pack), or purchase cartons (if you are to pack).
31) Transfer your insurance coverage to new location.
32) Determine the best access and routes from the old to the new locations. Avoid moving on heavy-traffic days.
33) Go over floor plans, office spaces, wall partitions, heavy equipment, conference rooms, public and private facilities, with key executives and employees for suggestions. Can the new elevator lift heavy items?
34) Take inventory of all items to be sold off or moved.
35) Make sure the telephone company will have installed a recording at your old phone number that gives out your new number. Insist that a recording must be in place for at least six (6) months. Confirm this in 2 weeks.
36) Confirm that the telephone and carpeting at the new address are in place before move-in day.
37) Determine if you will attempt to execute the move over a weekend or after regular business hours to avoid interruption of business.
38) Prepare to remove your present security systems and procedures, and to install them (or new systems and procedures) into new site.
39) Delegate and assign responsibilities to each of the coordinators of the move. Rehearse if necessary. Use assignment cards.
40) Explain to each employee explicitly and exactly what they will be required to do: remove desk materials, pock books, and files; color code boxes, etc.
41) Color code all office furniture and office equipment to indicate where each item will go on the color coded floor plan.
42) Mark, tag, and color code every item to be moved. Place a photo of an item on it’s container.
43) Check elevators and doors at the old and new locations for ease of egress and entry.
44) Make sure all employees know what to do, when and where to report to their new workstations.
45) Establish security procedures for the move itself and delegate. Decide how to check that items are removed from all locations and appear at the new location.
46) Confirm that new letterhead, envelopes, and business cards are printed after move-in day (when new numbers are absolutely certain).
47) Install locks and make duplicate keys for the new location. Distribute the keys to the appropriate employees.
48) Reconfirm that telephones at the new address will be operating properly on or before move-in day.
49) Arrange to feed your employees, if appropriate, during the move, or on delivery day, at new location.
50) Set up communications between the old and new locations. Telephone is the easiest.
51) Read the bill of lading carefully before you sign. It is the contract between you and your mover. Keep it with you until everything is delivered, charges are paid, and any claims are settled.
52) Seal each van when full.
53) Be on hand to answer questions and give directions to the movers.
54) Examine the seals on the vans and personally unseal.
55) Arrange for gifts of cash payments to appropriate people, as necessary, for expediting difficult tasks.
56) Reconfirm that when you call your old telephone number, a recorded message or an operator gives out your new telephone number correctly.
57) Remove all cartons and debris.
58) Note on the inventory any damaged boxes or items before you sign anything. This is necessary to process any claims.