The Cases For and Against Selling Your Office Furniture and Equipment During a Move
It’s time to move into a new office. Should you haul all of your office furniture and equipment to the new space, or sell it and buy new furnishings and updated equipment? There are some pros and cons to each scenario, so let’s run through them to help you determine what’s best for you.
- Buying New Furniture Allows You to Customize a New Space. Your old furniture fit into your old office space. Your new office has a new layout and may be smaller or larger. If you buy new desks, chairs, conference tables and workstations, you have the opportunity to create a work environment from the ground-up. What works best for you and your employees? Do you want cubicles or an open office? Furniture is not only functional, but also helps create a certain atmosphere around the office. There’s no point in trying to make a fresh start with a new office if your old furniture does not support that vision.
- Buying New Equipment Lets You Transition Gradually. Move one department at a time by setting up new, fully-functional work spaces at the new office. The team can work at the old office until the new space is set up, and then seamlessly transfer to the new office and hit the ground running. Then their old equipment can be used to set up the next department’s workspace, etc.
- Selling Lets You Recoup Some Money to Buy New Equipment. Pad your budget for new equipment by selling your old equipment or furniture. Maybe your computers, projectors, fax machines, etc. are still in good working condition but you are changing from PC to Mac or vice versa, or you’re going paperless in your new office or are simply downsizing.
- Selling Equipment Means You Have Fewer Things to Pack Up and Move. If you’re trying to move by yourself, moving box after box can get quite tedious. Selling your office supplies locally means you can have the buyer pick-up their purchase.
- Keeping Furniture and Equipment Is Cost Effective. You can move to a new office on a budget by keeping your old furniture and equipment. After all, your existing computers and workspaces have been serving you well, and while it would be fantastic to start fresh, the practical side of you knows that it’s not strictly necessary.
- Keeping Equipment Ensures You Know How to Use Everything. There’s always a learning curve when you switch to a new operating system or brand. Even just getting a new printer sometimes requires having to train all the staff in its use. Avoid a lengthy set-up process by keeping your old equipment.
When you move to a new office, the transition period can be stressful. Take a load off your shoulders by hiring a moving team to handle the details and the heavy lifting so that you can focus on the day-to-day running of your business.
If you find yourself without office space for a few days, keep in mind that there are flexible offices in most major cities that allow you to drop in and use equipment and meeting spaces on an as-needed basis. To avoid major disruptions while your office equipment is in limbo, suggest that your team work from one of these co-working spaces or from home if possible.
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~Guest post by Cathy Habas, a professional writer with an interest in the environment, home renovation and social justice. She enjoys writing about things that help people live their fullest lives. You can contact Cathy through her LinkedIn.