4 Mistakes Not to Make When Packing for Your Office Move to Austin

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Office Moving - Office RelocationPacking up your office seems like a simple undertaking, right? Especially if you're somewhat orderly worker, it seems like all you would be required to do is place your documents in one box, your computer and peripherals in another, load up your desk, and you’re off and running. Sadly, getting your office from here to there is often a lot more labor intensive than we would like to imagine it is. Luckily, dodging these frequent blunders when it's time to box up your office can save you a decent amount of headaches when moving to Austin.

Mistake #1: A Lack of Organization

No matter if you are doing a do-it-yourself move or have found a moving company to take care of your move, the worst thing you can do when it is go time is to go into it without taking a moment to get adequately prepared. You may believe you are organized because you scribbled a lonely item detail on the outside of the box, but what you need to do is work out what you need to pack and in what order you need to pack it. Then, you need to precisely label what is is going into which box. Be aware that when you have your boxes loaded up, transported, and to the destination, you're going to forget which box contains your desk telephone, and which one contains your stapler in it. So, make a list on every box of what is in it to avert digging, confusion, and some hysteria while you get set up again.

Mistake #2: Burying Things You Really Need

If you've ever moved your home, you most likely be familiar with that feeling of discovering the sheets you haven't needed in ten years amid unpacking, but not being able to uncover the shampoo and fresh clothes you require for tomorrow morning. An office move can have a similar issue. 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 six years ago), and be sure they are loaded on the truck first. The items you will need soon (your desk, your computer, your printer, etc.) should all be packed up last so they are the first items you unload off the truck. This method helps minimize your work interruption, and aids you to get right back to work once you reach your new office.

Mistake #3: Not Using a Timeline or a Checklist

Moving an office to Austin is a task that has a tendency to happen incrementally, which is why it's vital to use the correct tools to track your progress. You should have a timeline written out for how long it will take to box up your belongings, how long it will consume to move it, the amount of time it will consume to unpack, and then the amount of time it will take to get everything set back up. The timeline should have some room in it for problems, and it should be accompanied by a checklist so you can mark off tasks as they are completed. If you plan to hire a professional moving company, they will aid you with this process. Winging it is not really an option for an office move.

Mistake #4: Bringing Stuff You Don't Need to Austin

Moving your office is a chance to start over, and to put your best foot forward. But, many folks end up just taking everything with them, no matter if they actually need it. That's why, prior to thinking about packing, you need to sift through all of your stuff in your office and contemplate if it needs to come to the new office. That broken hole punch that you already bought a new one and were storing in case you might get it rebuilt? Don't muddle up your new office with it. The box of old, but still working, cables you kept in the event of an I.T. issue? Well, if they are some years old, they are most likely outdated. That pack of musty paper that does not fit your printer? Recycle it or hand it to an employee for their kiddos to scribble on. The more things you can dispose of (including digitizing old records so the paper copies are no longer necessary) the smoother your move will be.

Moving your office may be a large task, but with a little bit of planning and organization, downtime can be at a minimum. A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been the office moving expert for over forty years. Our skillful staff can make sure that your office move to Austin goes trouble-free. Contact us today!