DOs and DON’Ts
Best Practice Guide 11
It is increasingly common for these duties to be
outsourced, either on a contract basis or perhaps
simply as a call-out service as and when required.
In this case it is advisable to have a regular
contractor who can provide the necessary resource
at short notice to deal with relatively simple moves.
It is also an ideal proving ground through which to
select a firm that is responsive, careful and efficient
whom you can trust when the time comes for a
larger more complex operation.
It may be tempting to “spread the work around” to
several contractors and to some extent this could be
beneficial because it does provide broad experience
which will help you find the best supplier. But if
occasional small moves are spread too thinly they
may cease to have much appeal to a contractor who
is otherwise busy and he may be less responsive
and less ready to go the extra mile for you.
• DON’T carry out piecemeal moves on
demand – you may be able to group these
together and achieve cost savings and
• DO spend time preparing a detailed Scope
of Works and use this as the basis for the
tender to ensure like-for-like responses
What may appear at first
sight to be a quick, simple
one-off move can actually
be quite inefficient and time-consuming
in conjunction with other
adjacent moves taking place
within a short period of time.