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Moving To A Bigger Office? Here’s Why Cleaning Your Old One Must Be A Priority!

Moving To A Bigger Office? Here's Why Cleaning Your Old One Must Be A Priority!

One visible sign of a growing business is when you need to move to bigger premises! Companies that flourish in today’s economic climate are most likely to continue growing. Of course, they can’t expand if their physical working area doesn’t allow them to do so!

In some ways, moving from one office to another is a bit like moving home. For a start, you have to throw out the things you don’t want to take with you. And you must ensure that valuables get wrapped up well so they aren’t damaged in transit.

But, one thing some enterprises forget about is cleaning their old office spaces. It’s not much of a priority for them as business owners have other things on their mind. Still, cleaning your old office out should go to the top of your to-do list! Let me explain why:

Your old office needs to pass a landlord inspection

In much the same way as with residential homes, offices get inspected when tenants leave. There are many reasons why this is something that always gets done. Firstly, the landlord must confirm you left the office in a good condition. Second, they need to check you’ve not damaged or stolen anything that was part of the lease.

Let’s say that the office looked brand new when you moved into it. And, now that you are leaving, it gets left in a messy and unkempt state. The landlord (or their agent) will charge you a fee for cleaning up the mess. Plus, you’ll incur costs for things like carpet repairs or painting.

Quite often, the simplest way to avoid such issues is by giving the office a thorough clean. Firms like Cleanworks can ensure your office gets cleaned to a high standard. Let’s face it; a professional is always going to do a better job!

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You want to get your lease deposit back

When you lease any business premises, you usually have to leave a deposit before you move in. And when you eventually leave it, you can request that money back. The shocking truth is that many businesses seldom get their full deposit once they exit.

Why? Yes, you guessed it – because the office isn’t clean and tidy! You don’t need me to tell you how helpful getting your full deposit back can be to your cash flow.

You want to fix problems before your landlord finds them

There’s another reason why cleaning should be a priority when you move out of an office. Sometimes, a thorough clean can unearth issues like peeling paint or damaged carpets.

It’s likely your landlord or letting agency will charge you to fix such problems. And it’s not uncommon for them to make a big profit on those fees!
Giving your office a thorough clean means you can fix anything as you go along. It’s far cheaper for you to paint a wall or replace a section of carpet than what you’d get charged. Good luck with your office move!

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Kunbi Tinuoye
Kunbi Tinuoye
Kunbi Tinuoye is the founder and CEO of UrbanGeekz. Previously, she worked as a News Correspondent for NBC’s theGrio. Prior, she was a senior broadcast journalist for the BBC in London. Tinuoye currently sits on the SXSW Pitch Advisory Board and CES Conference Advisory Board. She is a key player in the Atlanta tech startup ecosystem and serves as a mentor for Comcast NBCUniversal’s The Farm Accelerator. Tinuoye has received several awards and accolades, including being honored with a Resolution from the Georgia Legislative.
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