by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Boxing up your office appears to be an easy job, doesn't it? Especially if you are somewhat orderly worker, it appears like all you would have to do is tuck your documents in a box, your computer, monitor and mouse in another, load up the furniture, and away you go. Unfortunately, getting your office from one place to another is many times much more difficult than we tend to think it is. Fortunately, avoiding these frequent errors when it is time to box up your office can save you a great amount of stress when moving to Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Mistake #1: A Lack of 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 pack up is to go into it without being properly organized. You might believe you're prepared because you scribbled a one word item description on the outside of the box, but what you should do is prepare in advance what you are going to pack and in what order you are going to pack it. Next, you need to clearly label what is is going into which box. Realistically, when you have your boxes loaded up, transported, and unloaded at their new business location, you're going to forget which box holds your keyboard, and which one has your pens in it. So, make a list on every box of what's in it to avert digging, disorientation, and general hysteria while you get unpacked.
Mistake #2: Burying Things You Really Need
If you have ever moved your house, you probably know that feeling of unboxing the dishes you haven't used in a decade amid unpacking, but not being able to uncover the shampoo and fresh clothes you must have for your morning routine. An office move can contain a similar issue. That's why you should pack up the things you aren't going to need immediately (such as your tax records from six years ago), and make sure they are loaded on the moving truck first. The items you will need promptly (your desk, your computer, your printer, etc.) should all be packed up last so they're the first boxes you unload off the truck. This process helps curtail your work interruption, and helps you get right back on task once you get to your destination.
Mistake #3: Not Using a Timeline or a Checklist
Moving an office to Tulsa and Oklahoma City is something that tends to happen accumulatively, which is why it's important to have the proper tools to understand your progress. You should have a timeline mapped out for how long it will take to box up your belongings, the amount of time it will consume to move it, the amount of time it will consume to unpack, and then how long it will take to get everything set back up. The timeline should have some space in it for problems, and it must be connected to a checklist so you can mark off tasks as they're finished. If you plan to hire a professional moving company, they should help you with this process. Winging it is not really an alternative for an office move.
Mistake #4: Bringing Stuff You Don't Need to Tulsa and Oklahoma City
Moving your office is an occasion to begin again, and to put your best foot forward. But, many folks wind up just relocating everything with them, whether they really need it. That is why, prior to thinking about packing, you must sift through every item in your office and contemplate if it needs to move to the new location. That broken stapler that you already bought a new one and were keeping on hand in the event that you could get it fixed? Do not clutter up your new office with it. The stack of old, but still working, routers you stuck away in the event of an I.T. issue? Well, if they are some years old, they are probably antiquated. That ream of musty paper that doesn't fit anyone's printer? Recycle it or hand it to an employee for their kids to doodle on. The more things you can get rid of (including digitizing old records so the physical copies are not needed) the smoother your move will be.
Moving your office may be a huge job, but with a little bit of preparedness and organization, downtime can be minimized. A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been the office moving expert for over 40 years. Our trained staff can make sure that your office move to Tulsa and Oklahoma City goes issue-free. Contact us today!