4 Mistakes Not to Make When Packing for Your Office Move to Atlanta06/18/2018by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group Packing up your office appears to be a straightforward chore, right? Especially if you are somewhat orderly worker, it seems like all you would need to do is place your documents in a box, your IT stuff in another, load up your desk, and you’re done. Unfortunately, moving your office from one place to another is often much more time consuming than we tend to imagine it is. Luckily, dodging these frequent errors when it is time to box up your office can save you a great amount of headaches when moving to Atlanta. Mistake #1: Not Enough Organization Whether you are doing a do-it-yourself move or have hired a moving company to help, the worst thing you can do when it is time to pack up is start without getting adequately prepared. You might think you're organized because you scribbled a single item designation on the outside of the box, but what you need to do is think about what you need to pack and in what order you're going to pack it. After that, you must precisely label what is where. Because by the time you have your boxes loaded up, moved, and to their new business location, you're going to forget which box holds your power cords, and which one holds your stapler in it. So, record a list on every box of what is 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 residence, you might know that feeling of unboxing the dishes you have not needed in 10 years amid unpacking, but not being able to uncover the shampoo and fresh clothes you need for tomorrow morning. An office move can have a similar problem. That's why you need to pack up the things you are not going to need immediately (such as your tax records from six years ago), and make sure they are placed on the moving truck first. The items you may need quickly (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 method helps curtail your downtime, and aids you to get right back on the job once you arrive at 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 incrementally, which is why it's vital to use the correct tools to understand your progress. You should have a timeline in place for how long it will take to box up your stuff, how long it will take to move it, how long it should consume to unpack, and then the amount of time it will take to finish setting up. The timeline should have some space in it for problems, and it must be connected to a checklist so you can check off tasks as they're completed. If you plan to hire a professional moving company, they will help you with this task. Flying by the seat of your pants is not a doable option for an office move. Mistake #4: Bringing Stuff You Don't Need to Atlanta Moving your office is an occasion to start over, and to put your best foot forward. However, a lot of people end up just relocating everything with them, whether they actually need it. That's why, before you even think about packing, you must go through all of your stuff in your office and ask if it needs to move to the new office location. That broken hole punch that you replaced and were holding onto in the event that you could get it rebuilt? Do not dirty up your new office with it. The box of old, but still functional, computer mice you hung onto in case of an I.T. issue? Well, if they are some years old, they are probably antiquated. That pack of musty paper that does not fit your printer? Recycle it or give it to an employee for their children to draw on. The more items you can dispose of (including digitizing old records so the paper copies are no longer necessary) the easier your move will be. Moving your office can be a big task, but with a little bit of forethought and organization, downtime can be at a minimum. A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been the office moving expert for over forty years. Our trained staff can make sure that your office move to Atlanta goes smoothly. Contact us today!