04 November 2014
Removals 101: How to Pack Your Office
Regardless of whether you are moving office or house, the entire experience can be exhausting. From having to find a new place to move into to actually going through the process of moving everything, it will all seem endless and extremely stressful. While hiring and office removals company will most likely get some pretty heavy burdens off your chest, it will not necessarily ensure you that you don’t have to do anything. This stands especially true if you want to stick to a very particular budget. How do you pack your office before the removals company gets there? Here are some tips you may want to take into consideration. 1. Start by packing documents and all of the contents on the desk. If you have employees, make sure they do the same and that they place their items in boxes with their names on them. 2. Remember that small items such as pens and anything that can be easily lost should be packed in sealable bags which will later on be added to the larger box assigned to each of the offices. 3. If you (or any of your employees) have sensitive items or personal items on or in your office, remember to take it with you. Photo frames, “special” mugs and plants usually fall into this category and they should definitely not be transported with the other items. 4. Every single piece of equipment in your office should be packed by a professional. Do not attempt to do this yourself or to have your employees do it because you may end up losing more money in the end because these items can very easily break during the removals. Also, inquire on what type of removals insurance you can get for these items, especially if they are expensive and if replacing them would be too much for the budget of your company. 5. Do make sure you are labelling all of the items properly. Most likely, your removal service will instruct you on how labelling should be done. Also, they may require for a diagram of the new office so that they know where to place the furniture and the boxes as well. 6. Lamps should be labelled as well. Generally speaking, to make sure nothing gets lost, you should label the lamp and its cord with the same colour and number so that they can be easily distinguishable when unpacking. Furthermore, the cord should be packed in a bag and it can also be taped to the lamp itself, as this will make unpacking even easier. 7. If you have any kind of adjustable shelves, do remember to secure them because otherwise things may get broken and people may get hurt as well. 8. Standard filing cabinets are usually removed as such, including their contents. However, keep in mind that lateral filing cabinets may be subject to other types of removal procedures, according to the company you work with. Do talk to them about this and make sure you understand how they do this kind of things!9. Posters and large pictures on the walls are usually left there and labelled for the removals. However, make sure you talk to your removal service provider so that you know what you have to do. 10. Bookcases should definitely be packed. Make sure the boxes in which you are placing the books are resistant enough and that you don’t pack too many books in one box. Also, try to organise them properly when packing them, so that you can unpack them with ease as well.