Moving office furniture is more challenging than making a residential move. Not only is the furniture much heavier, there’s also more of it. This makes staying organized, efficient, timely, and safe a huge task unless you know how to pack everything correctly.
Place Papers from Emptied Filing Cabinets Into Filing Boxes
Pack your files in boxes with labels that correspond with the filing cabinets you took them out of. You should also label employee’s drawer contents with its corresponding desk unit.
Use Cling Wrap on all Drawers and Trays
Make sure all the drawers, keyboard trays, and shelving pieces on your office furniture are tightly wrapped with cling wrap. This won’t only keep them from moving, but it’ll also protect the furniture’s finish.
Take Apart all Furniture
Any oversized pieces of office furniture will need to be dismantled to save you time. This also makes it less likely that you’ll break something because it’ll be easier to move. When you remove the hardware, place it in Ziploc bags that you tape directly to the furniture itself.
Wrap Your Furniture in Moving Blankets
Spend a few minutes wrapping your office furniture in moving blankets so you don’t ding, scratch, scrape, or dent it or any walls or doorways throughout your move. Hold the blankets in place with cling wrap. While this may feel like it takes time now, it’ll save time later when you don’t have to patch holes in walls or fix dings in furniture.
Use Trolleys and Harnesses on Moving Day
Harnesses will take the weight off your back and free up your hands so you can maneuver things better. You’ll want ones that can be adjusted to move different lengths of objects and to be easily used by different sizes of movers. There are also some that work better for flat surfaces while others work better for larger objects.
Dollies are available with either two or four wheels. The load size will help you determine which dolly to use but typically larger pieces need four wheels while boxes only need two wheels.
Both harnesses and dollies reduce fatigue and injuries so your move remains both timely and safe.
Create a Floor Plan
Before you move, visit your new office and create a floor plan. Label each room, who will be there, and what furniture they’ll need. Tape this in a prominent location where everyone, including your movers, can see it. This will make it easier to unload everything and take them where they’ll go. In turn, this will make it faster and easier to unpack.
Everything needs labeled! This is easy to do and will save you a lot of time and energy in the end. Everything includes your boxes, computer equipment, files, furniture for each employee, contents for each room, furniture, and all cables and components.
All these things can be very overwhelming, which is why it’s a good idea to hire professionals. When you’re ready to discuss the advantages of having a professional move your office furniture, get in touch with the Education Resource Partners. Over the years they’ve successfully helped many companies move with great ease. You owe it to yourself to be next.
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