by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Packing up your office seems like an easy task, doesn't it? Especially if you are a decently uncluttered person, it looks like all you'd be required to do is put your documents in a box, your computer, monitor and mouse in another, load up your office furniture, and away you go. Unfortunately, moving your office from here to there is many times much more labor intensive than we tend to imagine it is. Fortunately, dodging these simple blunders when it's time to box up your office can save you a great amount of headaches when moving to Atlanta.
Mistake #1: Not Enough Organization
No matter if you are doing a do-it-yourself move or have hired a moving company to take care of your move, the worst thing you can do when it's time to move is begin without being adequately prepared. You may believe you're organized because you wrote a single item description on the side of the box, but what you need to do is work out what you're going to pack and in what order you are going to pack it. After that, you need to precisely label what is is going into which box. Because by the time you have your boxes loaded up, moved, and to their new office, you're not going to be able to discern which box holds your power cords, and which one has your pens in it. So, record a list on every box of what is in it to avert digging, confusion, and mass hysteria while you get your new office set up.
Mistake #2: Burying Things You Really Need
If you've ever moved your home, you probably recognize that feeling of discovering the towels you have not used in a decade while unpacking, but not being able to unearth the shampoo and fresh clothes you require for your morning routine. An office move can contain the same issue. That's the reason that you should pack up the things you are not going to need immediately (such as your tax records from six years ago), and be sure they are placed on the truck first. The things you may need promptly (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 assists you to get right back on task once you reach your destination.
Mistake #3: Not Using a Timeline or a Checklist
Moving an office to Atlanta is a process that has a tendency to happen accumulatively, which is why it's important to have the correct tools to understand your progress. You should have a timeline written out to plan how long it will take to pack up your things, how long it will consume to move it, how long it will consume 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 needs to be connected to a checklist so you can cross off tasks as they're completed. If you plan to hire a professional moving company, they will help you with this process. Flying by the seat of your pants isn't a very good choice for an office move.
Mistake #4: Bringing Stuff You Don't Need to Atlanta
Moving your office is an opportunity to begin again, and to put your best foot forward. Unfortunately, many people end up just taking everything with them, no matter if they actually need it. That is why, before you start to think about packing, you need to go through every item in your office and ask if it needs to relocate to the new office. That broken stapler that you replaced and were keeping on hand in the event that you could get it fixed? Do not dirty up your new office with it. The stack of old, but still working, computer mice you hung onto in the event of an I.T. issue? Well, if they are a few years old, they are most likely outdated. That ream of musty paper that does not fit the copier? Recycle it or give it to an employee for their kiddos to doodle on. The more items you can dispose of (including digitizing old records so the physical copies are no longer necessary) the more carefree your move will be.
Moving your office may be a huge task, but with a little bit of forethought and organization, downtime can be minimized. A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been the office moving expert for over forty years. Our capable staff can make sure that your office move to Atlanta goes smoothly. Contact us today!