If you are a business owner planning to relocate your office, you’re likely looking for ways to make the move happen without breaking the bank. It’s important to know that the rate you pay for removal will vary depending upon your location. Companies in New South Wales charge an average of $93/hr for office moves while those in Queensland charge $90/hr for the same service. And, if you’re living in Victoria, you’ll likely pay approximately $80/hr for office removal.
Because moving isn’t cheap, business owners often look to cut corners by having employees help with the packing. While we certainly understand the reasoning, we’d like to make the case for hiring professional packers in addition to movers. It may cost a bit more, but we think hiring a professional packing team offers its own savings in terms of time…and your sanity.
Let’s look at 5 reasons you should let the pros do the packing.
1. Reduces Employee Stress
It may be tempting to ask employees to pitch in when packing…but it isn’t fair. It’s highly unlikely that packing and moving an office is in the job description of any employee and, if they are spending hours a day packing, their regular duties can’t be accomplished, which can cause unnecessary stress.
Do your employees a favor—ask them to pack up their own desk and/or office, then hire pros to take care of the rest.
2. Packers are Insured and Licensed
If you insist on having employees do the packing and dismantling of office equipment, what happens when something inevitably breaks? Who’s responsible for the cost of replacement? If you haven’t asked yourself this question you should because your employees are no doubt sweating over the possibility.
A professional packing service should be fully licensed and insured so that, if the worst occurs and items are damaged or broken during the packing/moving process, you’ll be reimbursed in full.
3. They Have the Right Equipment
Still on the I’m-going-to-pack-myself kick? Keep in mind that you’ll not only be packing boxes—you likely have office equipment that will need to be dismantled (think cubicles, conference room tables and chairs, partitions, even filing cabinets). Taking such items apart requires the use of specialty tools that you’ll likely have to buy to get the job done. And there is no question it will take you and your reluctant team of employees much longer to accomplish the task when compared to a team of pros, once again adding to your costs.
Save your time and sanity and pay a team of pros to take care of disassembly. They’ll have all the tools and will likely have everything uninstalled in a fraction of the time it would take you to complete the same job.
4. Reduces Downtime for Your Business
We’ve already established that the pros will be faster at packing. This means less downtime for your business. Employees can continue to work while packers take care of the rest. And, if you hire the same team to unpack and install everything in your new location, your business will be up and running much sooner than if you’d taken the work on yourself.
5. Pros Can Save You Money
We know the idea of packing yourself seems more economical…but hear us out. A professional packing team is going to be more efficient, which saves time and money.
A professional packing team will arrive with everything needed for packing—boxes, moving paper, tape, bubble wrap, and tools for disassembling furniture. This keeps you from having to purchase such items and saves you money.
A professional packing team can pack while your employees continue with business as usual, maintaining productivity and saving you money.
There’s no way to get around it—hiring professional packers is going to cost you, BUT the benefits listed above make it clear that you recoup much of that cost in efficiency and getting back to business sooner.
If you’re looking for a professional team that can quickly and safely take care of your office relocation, we hope you’ll contact us at Holloway Removals. Our removalist team will work with you before, during, and after your move to make sure your relocation is flawless.
Contact us today for a custom quote….and don’t forget to ask about our professional packing service. We think you’ll find our rates reasonable and the benefits to be well worth the cost.