by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Packing up your office sounds like a simple chore, doesn't it? Especially if you are a decently uncluttered person, it appears like all you'd need to do is tuck your files in a box, your computer and peripherals in another, load up your office furniture, and you’re done. Unfortunately, relocating your office from point A to point B is many times much harder than we would like to imagine it is. Luckily, dodging these frequent blunders when it's time to pack up your office can save you a great amount of anxiety when moving to Tulsa.
Mistake #1: A Lack of Organization
No matter if you are moving yourself or have hired a moving company to help, the worst thing you can do when it is time to move is begin without being suitably organized. You may think you are ready because you penned a single item description on the outside of the box, but what you need to do is prepare in advance what you need to pack and in what order you are going to pack it. After that, you need to clearly label what is where. Be aware that when you have your boxes loaded up, moved, and unloaded at the new office, you're going to forget which box holds your keyboard, and which one has your stapler in it. So, make a list on every box of what's in it to prevent digging, confusion, and some hysteria while you get your new office set up.
Mistake #2: Burying Things You Really Need
If you've ever moved your house, you might recognize that feeling of finding the towels you have not used in 10 years while unpacking, but not being able to uncover the shampoo and fresh clothes you require for tomorrow morning. An office move can contain a similar problem. That's why you should pack up the things you are not going to need urgently (such as your tax records from seven years ago), and be sure they are loaded on the truck first. The things you may need soon (your desk, your computer, your printer, etc.) should all be packed up last so they are the first boxes you take off the truck. This process helps negate your downtime, and helps you get right back on task once you reach your destination.
Mistake #3: Not Using a Timeline or a Checklist
Moving an office to Tulsa is a task that has a tendency to happen accumulatively, which is why it's crucial to use the proper tools to track your progress. You should have a timeline in place for how long it will take to box up your belongings, the amount of time it will take to move it, how long it should take to unpack, and then how long it will take to put everything back together. The timeline must have some time in it for delays, and it must be supplemented with a checklist so you can check off tasks as they are done. If you plan to hire a professional moving company, they should aid you with this part. Flying by the seat of your pants isn't a very good alternative for an office move.
Mistake #4: Bringing Stuff You Don't Need to Tulsa
Moving your office is an occasion to start over, and to put your best foot forward. However, a lot of people wind up just relocating everything with them, whether or not they actually need it. That's why, before you even think about packing, you need to sort through everything in your office and contemplate if it needs to come to the new office location. That broken stapler that you replaced and were storing in the event that you could get it rebuilt? Don't clutter up your new office with it. The pile of old, but still decent, routers you stuck away in the event of an I.T. issue? Well, if they are several years old, they are most likely antiquated. That ream of musty paper that doesn't fit your printer? Recycle it or hand it to an employee for their children to doodle on. The more items you can dispose of (including digitizing old records so the paper copies are obsolete) the easier your move will be.
Moving your office is a large project, but with a little bit of planning and organization, downtime can be minimized. A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been the office moving expert for over four decades. Our skillful staff can make sure that your office move to Tulsa goes trouble-free. Contact us today!