by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Boxing up your office seems like a simple job, doesn't it? Especially if you are a decently uncluttered person, it appears like all you would have to do is place your documents in a box, your computer and peripherals in another, load up the furniture, and you’re off and running. Sadly, relocating your office from point A to point B is often much more labor intensive than we tend to imagine it is. Luckily, avoiding these frequent blunders when it's time to pack up your office can save you a decent amount of anxiety when moving to Wichita Falls.
Mistake #1: A Lack of Organization
Whether you are moving yourself or have hired a moving company to assist, the worst thing you can do when it's go time is start without getting adequately prepared. You may believe you're ready because you penned a one word item description on the side of the box, but what you should do is plan what you're going to pack and in what order you are going to pack it. Then, you need to clearly label what is is going into which box. Be aware that when you have your boxes loaded up, transported, and to their destination, you're not going to be able to discern which box has your keyboard, and which one holds your stapler in it. So, write a list on each box of what's in it to escape digging, confusion, and mass hysteria while you get your new office set up.
Mistake #2: Burying Things You Really Need
If you have ever moved your home, you might know that notion of finding the dishes you have not used in ten years amidst unpacking, but not being able to unearth the shampoo and fresh clothes you must have for your morning routine. An office move can have the same problem. That is the reason that you need to pack up the things you are not going to need right away (such as your tax records from five years ago), and be sure they are loaded on the truck first. The items you may need quickly (your desk, your computer, your printer, etc.) should all be packed up last so they're the first items you remove from the truck. This process helps minimize your downtime, and assists you to get right back on the job once you arrive at your new office.
Mistake #3: Not Using a Timeline or a Checklist
Moving an office to Wichita Falls is something that tends to happen incrementally, which is why it is vital to put in place the right tools to understand your progress. You should have a timeline written out to estimate the amount of time it will take to box up your things, the amount of time it will consume to move it, the amount of time it should take to unpack, and then how long it will take to get everything set back up. The timeline must have some room in it for setbacks, and it must be connected to a checklist so you can mark off tasks as they are completed. If you plan to hire a professional moving company, they should aid you with this part. Winging it isn't really an choice for an office move.
Mistake #4: Bringing Stuff You Don't Need to Wichita Falls
Moving your office is an opportunity to begin again, and to put your best foot forward. However, many people wind up just relocating everything with them, no matter if they actually need it. That's why, before you even think about packing, you should go through every item in your office and think about if it needs to come to the new office location. That broken stapler that you replaced and were storing in the event that you might get it fixed? Don't muddle up your new office with it. The stack of old, but still working, routers you hung onto in the event of an I.T. meltdown? Well, if they are several years old, they are probably obsolete. That ream of musty paper that doesn't fit the copier? Recycle it or hand it to an employee for their kiddos to doodle on. The more things you can dispose of (including digitizing old records so the paper copies are obsolete) the easier your move will be.
Moving your office can be a huge task, but with a little bit of planning and organization, downtime can be significantly reduced. A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been the office moving expert for over four decades. Our seasoned staff can make sure that your office move to Wichita Falls goes smoothly. Contact us today!