4 Mistakes Not to Make When Packing for Your Office Move to El Paso06/18/2018by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group Packing up your office seems like a straightforward undertaking, right? Especially if you're fairly tidy, it seems like all you would need to do is tuck your files in a box, your computer, monitor and mouse in another, load up the furniture, and you’re done. However, moving your office from one place to another is lots of times a lot more difficult than we tend to think it is. Luckily, avoiding these common errors when it's time to box up your office can save you a great amount of anxiety when moving to El Paso. Mistake #1: Not Enough Organization No matter if you are doing a do-it-yourself move or have employed a moving company to help, the worst thing you can do when it's go time is to go into it without taking a moment to get suitably prepared. You may believe you're ready because you penned a lonely item description on the outside of the box, but what you need to do is work out what you are going to pack and in what order you need to pack it. After that, you must precisely label what is where. Because when you have your boxes loaded up, moved, and to your new office, you're going to forget which box contains your keyboard, and which one holds your pens in it. So, write a list on each box of what's in it to prevent digging, stress, and some hysteria while you get unpacked. Mistake #2: Burying Things You Really Need If you've ever moved your home, you probably recognize that notion of discovering the dishes you haven't used in 10 years amidst unpacking, but not being able to uncover the shampoo and fresh clothes you require for in the morning. An office move can contain a similar problem. That is why you must pack up the things you are not going to need immediately (such as your tax records from seven years ago), and make sure they are placed on the truck first. The things you may need soon (your desk, your computer, your printer, etc.) should all be packed up last so they're the first items you take off the truck. This process helps curtail your downtime, and assists you to get right back on task once you arrive at your destination. Mistake #3: Not Using a Timeline or a Checklist Moving an office to El Paso is a process that has a tendency to happen incrementally, which is why it is important to put in place the proper tools to understand your progress. You should have a timeline mapped out to estimate the amount of time it will take to pack up your stuff, how long it will take 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 time in it for problems, and it needs to be connected to a checklist so you can mark off tasks as they're done. If you plan to hire a professional moving company, they should help you with this process. Winging it isn't really an alternative for an office move. Mistake #4: Bringing Stuff You Don't Need to El Paso Moving your office is an occasion to start over, and to put your best foot forward. But, a lot of people wind up just taking everything with them, no matter if they actually need it. That's why, before you start to think about packing, you need to sort through every item in your office and think about if it needs to move to the new office. That broken stapler that you already bought a new one and were holding onto in case you could get it rebuilt? Do not clutter up your new office with it. The pile of old, but still working, computer mice you kept in case of an I.T. issue? Well, if they are a few years old, they are probably antiquated. That package of musty paper that doesn't fit anyone's printer? Recycle it or hand it to an employee for their children to doodle on. The more things you can get rid of (including digitizing old records so the physical copies are obsolete) the smoother your move will be. Moving your office can be a big task, but with a little bit of planning and organization, downtime can be minimized. A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been the office moving expert for over four decades. Our skillful staff can make sure that your office move to El Paso goes issue-free. Contact us today!