Moving or leaving an office space requires more than the physical shifting of furniture from one space to another. Decommissioning an office takes time, organization, and knowledge of equipment disassembly. At Michaels Global Trading, we specialize in asset decommissioning services.
When you lease an office space, your contract will have specific regulations on how the space must be left when you leave it. Normally, the term used is “broom swept”. Sounds simple enough, but broom swept doesn’t mean running a broom across the floor and tossing out the dust. It means leaving the space you are renting as you leased it, deep cleaning aside. In other words, you don’t need to scrub ceilings and base boards, but you need to ensure the removal of:
- All furnishings
- Cubicles and partitions
- Lighting (Unless lighting was pre-installed prior to your agreement)
- Office equipment
- Residual debris
This is a tall order, considering many business owners are focusing on their new office and the running of a company as they undertake the decommissioning of old office space. Hiring a professional asset decommissioning service allows you to focus on big picture items, while the heavy lifting and organization is left to somebody else.
What Is Involved in an Office Decommission?
Decommissioning an office sounds like a simple move, but there are many bells and whistles to consider. Michaels Global Trading takes on the complicated task of breaking down your office space and removing all the items inside, so you can focus on running the business, and managing your new work site.
As we begin the decommissioning process, many clients wonder what our role entails. Some of the steps we take on in a decommissioning include:
- Appraisal of furniture and equipment for potential resale/liquidation
- Disassembly of furnishings and shelving
- Disconnecting electrical hookups
- Removing office supplies, furnishings, décor, and electronics
- Unwiring networks, servers, IT equipment
- Sorting and organizing items for resale, recycling, and donation
- Delivery of furnishings appropriate facilities and sorting centers
- Clearing debris, garbage, and remaining wiring
After the decommissioning of an office, Michaels Global Trading continues working with your business to ensure everything is clear to your specifications, and that the organized equipment is being sent to designated locations.
Options for Decommissioned Office Equipment
Before you begin decommissioning your office assets, you may want to consider options for the removal and delivery of the items inside. Are you moving from one office to another and require a moving company to assist with the transportation? Or maybe you’re selling your business and closing the office down altogether. Whatever the case, Michaels Global Trading can help you get all of your decommissioned belongings where they need to go.
Common options post decommission include:
Donating to a local charity or organization in need is a great way to get rid of unwanted furniture and equipment while making a positive impact on your community. As a business, this is beneficial in many ways, including broader brand recognition, boosted reputation and decreased carbon footprint. MGT helps businesses to donate their furniture and equipment to charitable organizations.
Some office furnishings can’t be saved. Whether they are unusable due to wear, age, or quality, disposal is sometimes the only option. Disposing of office equipment requires knowledge of the materials included in your belongings. For example, some of the metal components included in IT equipment contain toxins not safe for the environment. These parts must be scrapped individually and delivered to the right disposal centers.
Recycling is a must for much of the equipment in an office, especially glass and plastics. As electronics are broken down, some components may be sent to the landfill, while others require special processing. Dealing with professional office decommissioning specialists ensures you have no legal issues.
Liquidation happens for many reasons, including bankruptcy. Michaels Global Trading understands the delicacy of liquidation. Whether you are decommissioning your office because you are retiring, or because of financial reasons, we are here to help get you top dollar on your office equipment.
Decommissioning an office isn’t a generic process. No two businesses are alike. Therefore, Michaels Global Trading works with you to create a custom plan for your business decommission. We help sort, organize, disassemble and remove anything and everything you want out of the office.
Benefits of Professional Decommissioning
Wondering if professional asset decommissioning services in Ontario, Canada is the right option for you? There are many benefits to contacting an experienced office equipment decommissioning service, such as:
- A thorough approach to removal – Our business is decommissioning offices. Therefore, we pay close attention to the fine details associated with each job we take on. You can rest assured your landlord will find nothing left behind to create problems with your damage deposit.
- Eco-friendly decommissions – We work hard to ensure our carbon footprint is minimal. As a proud North American company, we strive to provide eco-friendly decommission services, recycling and reusing whenever possible.
- Technical knowledge – The breakdown and recycling of electronic office components requires knowledge and training. Our team is trained on all the latest office tech, so you can rest easy knowing we’ve got you covered from data storage devices to server setups.
- Local law familiarity – In North America there are restrictions associated with recycling and disposing of certain materials. We are familiar with local laws, ensuring our clients hit no red tape during the decommission process.
Contact Michaels Global Trading
As you begin your asset decommissioning endeavours, Michaels will walk through your business space with you, take photos, and create an inventory of what you have, what you need rid of, and which items require special tools or disassembly before they are removed.
The stress of moving offices is overwhelming enough without the added pressure of disposal and recycling restrictions. Michaels Global Trading works with your business from beginning to end of the decommission process, leaving you without a doubt that your office is being left exactly how it needs to be.
Interested in learning more about our asset decommissioning services? Michaels Global Trading wants to hear from you. Call us at 1-888-902-7531 to speak to an experienced member of our team today.
BEST IN THE INDUSTRY! That’s how we would describe Michaels Global Trading. They took all the headaches for our office move, decommissioning office cubicle, and did everything at a great price. They planned everything ahead of time and were on time to finish the job. Marlon, Mario, and team were extremely professional. They were fast to respond, fair in prices, and extremely service oriented. We would recommend them to companies who are planning an office move or decommissioning office furniture or equipment. – Brainhunter Systems Ltd.
We engaged Michaels Global Trading to remove and dispose a large quantity of office furniture during renovations. Marlon and his team were professional, efficient and made our jobs much easier. It was nice not having to deal with all those desks ourselves!
We normally have 3 avenues for old furniture. It can either be resold domestically or internationally, donated or recycled.
The first step is completing a walk through to get a detailed inventory and photos of what is to be decommissioned. The second step is to evaluate what has resale value or scrap metal value then subtract those numbers from the overall cost of the decommission. This process saves the client some money. After the quote is finalized another meeting takes place to discuss timelines, expectations and any other pertinent details. The movers then execute what has been planned by both parties.
Not all moving companies provide end to end support. Office space decommissioning is more than removing furniture and equipment. Sometimes it involves buying remaining assets to help the client balance out the cost of a decommission service.
The number one thing you should look out for in your commercial lease when decommissioning an office space is how the property management wants you to leave the space once vacated. There is a common term used in this industry called “landlord ready”. This means the space should be completely emptied – removing everything from the walls and ceiling and having the floors broom swepted.