Moving offices can be a daunting task, but it is in fact a great opportunity to start over. Even if you are using an office removals company or moving the furniture yourself, it is important to take an active approach.
Before you pack anything, go through your personal items. This is a good time to decide which items you want to keep, sell, donate or recycle. Empty the desk, drawers and shelves, packing small items in boxes. Pack heavier items on the bottom, then mid-weight items, with lighter or fragile items on top. Wrap breakable items individually in plain newspaper, tissue-paper, or bubble wrap. Label these boxes by either writing out the items inside or by taping a photograph on the outside of the box.
Separate important papers that should travel with you like, legal documents, recent tax returns or moving information into a separate box or file. This should be kept on your person. Pack the rest of your documents in a box or storage container that will return to the filing cabinet in your new office. After your filing cabinet is empty, remove the drawers or lock them so they don’t slide.
Take the time to thoroughly clean and dust your furniture. Dust and other debris can scratch hard surfaces during the moving process. Before packing any heavy furniture, inspect it for damage. Take photos of any chips or scratches so you can identify if new damage occurred during the move.
- If possible dismantle your office furniture by using the guide provided in the owner’s manual.
- Remove the legs, drawers and shelves.
- Lock any drawers and use stretch wrap to secure all no-removable parts.
Dismantled furniture will be lighter and easier to move. This will help prevent damages that may occur when jolting up against wall or door frames.
Dismantling furniture the day before will save time on moving day. It will also make it easier to pack your moving truck.
Remove the knobs, casters and attachments from all of your furniture and wrap them neatly in a bundle. Pack them in a box and labelled desk parts. Pack all hardware in sealed plastic bags inside the box. It is important to label each attachment you remove. This will simplify the reassembly process. If a piece of furniture has a lot of pieces, use masking tape and a marker to note where each piece goes. This will go a long way to protect your furniture and will streamline reassembly.
Wrap all furniture in moving blankets or other padding to protect items in the office move. Seal with packing tape. Be careful not to use adhesive side on furniture surfaces for it could damage the item.
A new office can mean an entire new look. With an active office removal plan your office relocation will be simply, quick and easy.