There might be a time in the lifespan of your business when you need to move out of your current office and pass it over to new tenants. This might be because you are unable to take your company any further and need to close it down before you suffer too many losses. Or perhaps your reason for moving is happier—you might be expanding and need to move into a larger office space to accommodate all of your team. Whatever the reason, it is now time to prepare your office ready so new tenants can take it over. Here are some great tips to help you do just that.
Take Meter Readings. Before you leave your current office for good, you will need to take meter readings for all of your utilities. This is so you can send the readings off to your energy, electricity, and other utility providers. They will then be able to draft up a final bill for you before they close down your account. If you fail to take meter readings and notify the suppliers, then you might end up paying the bills for the tenants who take over the office for you. So, make sure you don’t forget to take those final readings.
Get Electrics Checked Out. It’s also a good idea to have your electrical system throughout the office checked over before you move out. A commercial electrician will be able to do this for you. Even though getting this check isn’t a legal requirement, it’s just good courtesy to do so. It’s your responsibility to get the office up to a good standard to try and attract new tenants, and a modern electrical system that has been recently serviced and checked by a professional will be one of the things that people want to see when they view the office space. They can then have piece of mind that they aren’t moving into a building with hazardous electrics.
Finalize Contracts. Before you sign any contracts with the new tenants or a letting agency, you should take the time to look carefully over all your contracts and sales documents to ensure that you fully understand everything that is mentioned in the small print. This will keep you and the new tenants safe, as you can flag up any potential problems that might arise from any of the clauses in the contracts and documents.
Set Your Moving Day. You need to set a day for your business to move out of the office. Once you have a date in mind, you should let the new tenants know. They might be eager to move in straight after you move out. This is the perfect situation as you can give them the keys just as you are leaving. However, if they are going to move in once you have moved out, then you will need to arrange a time when you can drop the new keys off with them.
Handing your office over doesn’t have to be stressful…
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