After months of delays and postponements my big move to a new apartment is almost here. As I work from my home this means my personal and business move will occur at the same time. This isn’t all that uncommon of course, and anyone who has transferred to a new city knows what it is like to get settled in a new home.
But for those of us who work from home, just moving 46 blocks can be as stressful as if I had to move across the country. Up until the last few days everything hinged around getting my buyer, my sellers and everyone else on the same page. The last thing I’ve been thinking about, unfortunately, is the home office because trying to cross the “Ts” and dot the “Is” has been enough trouble. (As a side note, Shakespeare may have coined the phrase “First we kill the lawyers” in his play Henry IV, but personally I’d change “lawyers” to “co-op” boards because they’ve been the bane of my existence for the past six months).
Now that we have dates scheduled to close on the apartments, and made things final I have to think about the move. Of course the usual stuff that a regular move entails comes into play. I need to schedule movers, confirm that I can move in and out of the buildings (even home owners need to confirm what community boards allow these days) and set aside time to unpack.
But for a small office, there are many other points. Here is a checklist I’ve started, and feel free to weigh in… just in case I forgot something!
*Phone company – I need to confirm that I can get the business line set up for the day I move. And while I’ll forego a second line for fax, this is something you should consider when arranging the phone.
*Internet hosting – I’m keeping my ISP (Internet Service Provider) but only for the hosting of my Web site and e-mail. The rate isn’t the best and I’ve had friends tell me to make the jump to a cheaper solution, but I can’t deal with moving my Web site at the same time I’m physically moving. I’m not locked in for any set amount of time with my current ISP either, so when I have time in a few months I can shop around for cheaper hosting options.
*Internet broadband – I’m not keeping my ISP for the actual connection. I’ve had DSL for nearly a decade and frankly in New York City I’m finding that cable is faster. I can get a better deal, and this is hassle free because all I need is the cable guy to show up once and I’m good to go. I did look at the options with the phone company’s service, and while about the same price the speed was slower and it meant I had to get a modem mailed to me. Waiting wasn’t an option, so I’ll go with cable.