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How To Build An Office Move-In Timeline

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Having negotiated countless Tempe office space leases, our Arizona commercial real estate team has identified the most important factors that contribute to an effortless and cost-efficient office relocation process. Setting move-in goals allows a business to stick within budget requirements and hit project objectives and deadlines. Below is a best practice timeline for business owners interested in moving into any one of our Phoenix, Mesa or Tempe offices.

12 Months Before Move-In: Planning & Self-Assessment
Always try to begin your relocation planning at least one year in advance. The first step along the way to successfully completing a project of this magnitude is proper planning, preparation and role delegation.

1. Analyze budget and projected business growth.
2. Identify suitable locations.
3. Organize move-out project management team and assign responsibilities.
4. Take time to learn the language of real estate contracts.
5. Submit a bid, negotiate, or contact property owner to express interest in the space.
6. Establish the maximum feasible budget for moving services.

11-9 Months Before Move-In: Deep Logistics, Inventory, & Sign-Off
Put your business under a microscope to discover key efficiencies, resources, and potential impediments for the move-in plan. Consider your business assets and liabilities before signing your lease agreement.

1. Identify employee office space needs.
2. Establish office space design that complements brand standards and image goals.
3. Assess whether your communications infrastructure is adaptable to the space.
4. Negotiate final lease contract.
5. Tailor maximum move-in budget to accommodate new information.

8-6 Months Before Move-In: Furnishing & Utilities
Now that you have your move-in plan and agreements in place, it is time to think about what walls, furniture, heating/cooling units, lights, etc. you may want to add to the space following move-in.

1. Establish initial office layout preferences.
2. Order furniture for office space. It is suggested to do this ahead of time to ensure products are ready before the move-in date.
3. Notify phone providers, delivery services, and other service providers of relocation plans.
4. Identify any extraordinary electrical and ventilation needs.
5. If space alterations are needed, contact contractors for project estimates.

5-3 Months Before Move-In: Tying Up Loose Ends
Now that the big moving parts have been accounted for, it is time to make arrangements within your current office to facilitate a smooth transition to the new office space. This is where contractors and relocation project teams begin playing a bigger role.

1. Prepare your employees for transition.
a. Assign relocation project responsibilities.
b. Assign employees new spaces in office
c. Meet with move-in project manager for updates.
2. Hire moving contractor.
3. Prepare to securely purge unnecessary files, documents, and materials.
4. Verify packaging needs for move.

1 Week before Move-In: Implementation & Mission Success
During the final week leading up to move-in, the name of the game is “communication.” It is critical to keep your partners, employees, lessors, customers, clients, and contractor up-to-date and in sync.

1. Send change of address notifications to partners and clients.
2. Coordinate with moving contractors.
3. Ensure back up of all important data on cloud, drive, etc.
4. Prepare information technologies and office machines for move.

Move-In Day and Forward: Review & Debriefing
Move-in does not necessarily end once your office and staff has transitioned to the new space. Take time to examine the space and make sure all services agreed upon in contracts between your business and contractor have been rendered satisfactorily. You may also consider establishing the groundwork for organizational adjustments to accommodate to the new office space over time.

1. Complete a walkthrough to ensure movers have arranged the space according to plan.
2. Unpack boxed office equipment.
3. Establish and communicate new office policies and procedures.

When moving into a new Tempe office space, establishing a timeline is vital to ensure a productive and easy relocation. By keeping these best practices in mind, a business can quickly find the ideal space to fit its needs and follow with an effortless move-in. For more information on Tempe offices for lease, contact Camroad Properties.

Written by: Christina Arregoces
Image by: john morgan


As dedicated commercial real estate professionals, all of us at Camroad Properties pride ourselves on operating office buildings to the highest industry standards. This translates into consistently high occupancy rates, and tenant retention rates averaging over 80% in all of our Arizona commercial real estate properties. As local owner-operators, you can rely on Camroad Properties to provide the best leasing opportunities for quality office space in Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe. Our knowledge of Arizona commercial real estate and our ability to react promptly to our clients' office space requirements is our specialty. We can customize office suites to fit any of your commercial real estate needs.
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