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Moving Office - Programme & Checklist

The subject of Dilapidations encompasses decoration, repair, alterations and reinstatement obligations.

Coordinator and/or Supplier

Action Required

Status &
Key Dates


Review current lease obligations, expiry date and establish timetable for move. Prepare this in conjunction with excel guide



Establish if lease inside or outside Landlord and Tenant Act provisions.

See Lease Notes in Property Topics and Guide



Determine size, geographical and specification criteria, length of lease and budget for space required.

To establish size requirements see Office Space Calculator



Select and appoint agent to handle search and negotiations on your behalf. Establish terms of appointment and agree reporting and inspections timetable



Select and appoint Property Solicitor.



Select and appoint building surveyor to review existing repairing/re-instatement (dilapidation) obligations if appropriate.

See Dilapidations Guide under Property Topics and Guide



Establish Budgets (your agent can do this) See Financial/Budget Templates



Make inventory of existing IT and Telecoms equipment and suitability for new premises. Review Voice/Data contracts and appoint contractor



Review available property report from agent and agree shortlist to inspect



Inspect shortlist and agree preferred option(s)



Instruct agent to advise on pros and cons and agree options for agent to further negotiate and clarify terms and budgets.



Review and appoint fit out/design consultants to review shortlisted options and perhaps prepare a "fit study"



Select preferred option(s)



Commence investigations for IT and Phone installation time frames. Establish if existing numbers can be transferred



Establish furniture requirements in conjunction with fit out company



Follow progress of agents negotiations of heads of terms and once agreed appoint solicitor to progress legal formalities, instruct fit/out design consultants to prepare fit out designs and budgets.

Establish timescale estimates



Follow closely progress of legal formalities to ensure each party performing to timetable (your agent should do this too)



Obtains quotes and references for removal companies and agree likely move dates. Establish archiving requirements and locations



Ensure repairing obligations for new premises are understood and appoint Building and M&E services surveyor to inspect and report



Obtain Landlord and if applicable Superior Landlord’s consent for fit out and ensure this is obtain before lease completes.



Agree fit out and programme for works to commence as close to completion/possession as practicable



Complete legal formalities for new lease



Confirm move dates for removals companies



Implement contracts for phones/IT and confirm dates to IT consultants



Programme any repairs/re-instatement if applicable for existing premises



Prepare lists of customers and suppliers to notify new address



Notify insurance company of new address and ensure cover at existing and new premises and during move



Notify rating authority of date of vacation (and claim empty rates if applicable) and lease commencement at new premises



Select and order any new hardware/software



Identify items to be disposed of and arrange with contractor or local authority



Ensure all stationary, business cards and company literature is updated with new address including website



Arrange post and/or phone forwarding if applicable from date of move



Notify utilities companies of intended move date.



Ensure adequate access and keys are available on day of move






Take meter readings (including photo of reading) on day of move




Contractors/Suppliers – Contact Details

Project coordinator


Agent/Chartered Surveyor




Interior Design & Fit Out Contractor


Removals Company




*This programme is a sample only and should not be considered as comprehensive and must not be relied upon for any purpose. Professional advice should always be sought on every aspect.

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