When you’re gearing up for an office move, it’s understandable that you want everything to run as smoothly as possible. This is easier said than done when you have to get all of your furniture and equipment, including sensitive material, to the new office in one piece while also ensuring employee safety during the moving process. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your office move goes off without a hitch. Let’s explore some of our favourite strategies to assist with your office move.
Take care of equipment and furniture
The last thing you want is to find that your furniture and equipment has been damaged during the move so take care with the moving process. Use bubble wrap or furniture pads to protect your furniture and consider dismantling larger pieces of furniture. Turn off all electronic equipment and let them cool down completely before you transport them. Use plenty of bubble wrap for printers and store all electronics upright. If you have the original boxes for your computers, use them for transport. If not, find a sturdy box and fill it with packing material so there is as little movement as possible. Remember, you can ask your removalist if they can assist with the packing process.
Consider safety issues
Moving can be chaotic and it’s essential that you consider the safety of your employees. Make sure that you familiarise employees with the occupational health and safety guidelines in your office and discuss potential hazards that may arise during the move. While you’re packing, ensure that walkways are clear and that trip hazards are kept to a minimum. If employees are assisting with the move, make sure they’re familiar with safe lifting practices. In many cases, it’s better to let professional removalists do the heavy lifting. Keep all emergency exits clear during the move and be aware of any risks involved with falling furniture.
Plan ahead with sensitive material
Unlike home removals, an office removal often involves the need to transport a large amount of sensitive materials such as client files and computer data. A good starting point is to shred documentation that won’t be required in the new office space. This prevents you moving large amounts of unnecessary paperwork which contain confidential information. When it comes to moving paperwork, it’s best to secure them in filing cabinets so you don’t lose track of where your paperwork is. When you book your removalist, make sure they have experience in moving sensitive material so you can be confident that they’ll take the proper precautions.
If you’re moving offices, Fox Removals will help make the process run as smoothly as possible. Whether you have a small business or need to coordinate a large-scale removal, our experienced team will get your moved in quickly and efficiently. We also have experience with sensitive removals so you can be confident that your computers and paperwork will arrive at their destination.