Few experiences are more stressful than packing up your home and personal belongings for a move…but relocating your office and employees while trying to keep your business operating just might take the top spot for stress inducing experiences.
But it doesn’t have to be a miserable experience. Though some business owners try to prep, pack, and move with the help of their employees, allowing professional packers and removalists to organise and transport your business belongings will reduce your stress and your employees’ resentment at being forced to act as amateur movers. Let’s look at 6 benefits of hiring a professional team.
1.Employee Safety and Your Liability
The safety of employees should be priority number one for every business owner, and expecting employees (who have a full day of work to accomplish) to find time to securely pack and transport office furniture and equipment is not only ill advised, it could leave you liable to litigation if someone gets injured during the move.
Hiring professional packers and movers ensures that all your high-tech and/or delicate equipment is properly secured before it is moved, and that those doing the moving are trained to do so in a safe manner.
2. Limits Business Disruption
If you are relying on employees to pack, you can expect productivity to plummet. There is simply no way for employees to get work done if they are expected to pack up office items.
Hiring professional packers allows your team to do what they do best, keeping your business efficiently running while the packing team works around them.
And having a removalist team on retainer means your employees can continue working right up until moving day.
3. Professional Packers and Movers are Licensed and Insured
If you insist on making employees pack and assist with the move, what will happen if something is broken during transport? Who is responsible for replacing the cracked computer screen or broken copy machine? It is unlikely your employees will offer to pay for repairs (nor should they!), which means you will be left with the bill.
Professional movers and packers are fully licensed and insured, offering you the peace of mind that comes with knowing, if something should get broken during packing or transport, you will be reimbursed for the damages.
(Hint: Always ask your removalist team for proof of their licensing and insurance prior to hiring them and find out what their insurance covers as not all policies are the same.)
4. No Need to Purchase Packing Supplies or Rent Equipment
When you hire professional packers and removalists, you are paying for “white glove service”—everything is taken care of for you. There is no need for you to purchase packing paper, tape bubble wrap and other packing supplies.
When the time comes to move, you can focus on your business without having to coordinate equipment rentals, while the removalist team supplies the moving van and all necessary accessories—dollies, lifts, moving blankets, and straps—to ensure your office furniture and equipment is loaded and transported safely.
5. Saves You Money
Most business owners who forgo hiring a professional team do so because they believe it will save them money. Unfortunately, this mindset ignores the fact that employees who are packing are not working, which causes productivity to nosedive and costs the business money. Sometimes, employers are forced to pay employees overtime for extra hours spent packing or moving…once again, at the expense of the business.
Purchasing packing materials and renting moving equipment is an additional cost to employers, as is paying for onsite injuries if an employee is hurt while trying to move heavy furniture or equipment.
Add to this the cost to employers when they must replace broken furniture or equipment and it becomes clear that the cost of a professional packing and moving team is well worth the peace of mind they provide.
6. It Reduces Stress
If reading point #5 didn’t give you a stressful feeling, we don’t know what will. But moving can be stressful…particularly if you try to take it on yourself or pawn the responsibility off on your employees. Not only will your stress levels skyrocket, but employees are likely to consider alternative employment options as a result.
We hope you’ll consider hiring professional packers and removalists for your next office relocation. When the time comes to hire the right team, we hope you’ll consider us at Holloway Removalists and Storage. We have the experience and the knowledge to safely pack and transport your office and, as one of Sydney’s most reputable removalist companies, we have the references to set your mind at ease.
Contact us for a custom quote and let us show you just how easy an office relocation can be.