Are you ready for your next office move? – By Bob Milliken

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Bob Milliken

Let’s be honest – no one likes to move. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be a horrific, expensive experience. If it is time for your business to move on to bigger and better things, it’s important to make sure the office moving process goes as smoothly as possible.
The No. 1 lament I hear from people who have experienced a “bad” move is “I didn’t know I needed to…” followed closely by “I completely forgot that…”  In other words, it’s what you don’t do that makes the move a disaster.

To make your move easy and effortless, here are the 4 most common mistakes you’ll want to avoid:
Trying To Save Money By Using Your Employees To Move Your Computer Network
Don’t ask your staff to disconnect, move and reconnect computers, phones and other devices just to save a few bucks. You’ll frustrate them and end up with phones ringing at the wrong extension, lost cables and PCs that get dropped. A computer network is sophisticated and sensitive – Be smart and hire an IT pro to pack and move your network.

Not Hiring The RIGHT IT Firm To Move Your Network
While we’re on the topic, make sure you know what to look for when outsourcing the move. Be smart and ask for references from other clients, proof of insurance, and a professional, organized approach to quoting the move. A real pro will insist on visiting your current location as well as your new location to conduct a detailed site survey. NEVER hire anyone who wants to quote moving your network over the phone.

Not Giving Your Phone, Internet And Cable Vendors Enough Advance Notice
80% of unexpected communications blackouts and cost overruns on network moves are caused by failure to properly plan voice, data and electrical installation in advance. Just because the prior tenant had computers and telephones is no guarantee that the cabling is suitable for your phones and your computer network. Allow up to 6 weeks for Internet and telephone connections to be installed.

Not Organizing Your Move So That You Can Keep Your Business Open While you Are Moving!
No need to shut down your business just to move. Be sure to hire a qualified professional mover to organize your move,  and if you leave the packing and unpacking to a firm that specializes in doing just that, your move will be a smooth operation and you’ll keep your stress levels in check. Letting a professional team take care of your move will let you do business as usual and keep your customers happy.

Bob Milliken is the TheITGuy@CascadiaSystemsGroup.com and specializes in helping businesses with their IT needs.  To learn more about how to plan your next office move and keep down time to a minimum, give him a call at 604.270.1730.
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