4 Mistakes Not to Make When Packing for Your Office Move to Tulsa06/18/2018by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group Boxing up your office sounds like a simple job, doesn't it? Especially if you are a decently uncluttered person, it looks like all you would need to do is tuck your documents in a box, your computer and peripherals in another, load up the furniture, and you’re done. Sadly, relocating your office from one place to another is often much more labor intensive than we tend to imagine it is. Luckily, avoiding these common blunders when it's time to pack up your office can save you a decent amount of anxiety when moving to Tulsa. Mistake #1: A Lack of Organization Whether you are doing a do-it-yourself move or have hired a moving company to assist, the worst thing you can do when it's go time is begin without getting adequately prepared. You may believe you're ready because you penned a one word item designation on the side of the box, but what you should do is plan what you're going to pack and in what order you're going to pack it. Then, you must clearly label what is is going into which box. Be aware that when you have your boxes loaded up, transported, and to their destination, you're not going to be able to discern which box contains your keyboard, and which one holds your stapler in it. So, make a list on each box of what's in it to escape digging, confusion, and general hysteria while you get your new office set up. Mistake #2: Burying Things You Really Need If you have ever moved your home, you might know that notion of finding the dishes you have not used in ten years amidst unpacking, but not being able to find the shampoo and fresh clothes you must have for your morning routine. An office move can have the same problem. That is the reason that you should pack up the things you are not going to need right away (such as your tax records from seven years ago), and be sure they are loaded on the truck first. The items you may need soon (your desk, your computer, your printer, etc.) should all be packed up last so they're the first things you remove from the truck. This process helps minimize your downtime, and assists you to get right back to work once you arrive at your new office. Mistake #3: Not Using a Timeline or a Checklist Moving an office to Tulsa is something that tends to happen incrementally, which is why it is vital to have the right tools to understand your progress. You should have a timeline written 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 should take to unpack, and then how long it will take to get everything set back up. The timeline must have some room in it for setbacks, and it must be connected to a checklist so you can cross off tasks as they are completed. If you plan to hire a professional moving company, they should assist you with this process. Winging it isn't really an option for an office move. Mistake #4: Bringing Stuff You Don't Need to Tulsa Moving your office is an opportunity to start fresh, and to put your best foot forward. However, many people wind up just moving everything with them, whether they actually need it. That's why, prior to thinking about packing, you should go through every item in your office and ask if it needs to come to the new office. That broken hole punch that you replaced and were storing in the event that you might get it rebuilt? Don't muddle up your new office with it. The pile of old, but still working, routers you stuck away in the event of an I.T. meltdown? Well, if they are several years old, they are probably outdated. That ream of musty paper that doesn't fit anyone's printer? Recycle it or hand it to an employee for their kiddos to draw on. The more items you can dispose of (including digitizing old records so the paper copies are not needed) the easier your move will be. Moving your office is a large 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 Tulsa goes smoothly. Contact us today!