Whether you’re moving a small home office or a business with several employee office suites, your relocation will be less stressful when you pack ahead of time. As an experienced Atlanta moving company, we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips to make your moving day as hassle-free as possible.

No matter what type of business you own, you’ll likely have three primary types of belongings to pack. Your commercial or household movers can assist with the best ways to pack your office and may suggest breaking the process down into three primary areas:

  • File Cabinets
  • Furniture and Equipment
  • Personal Belongings

How to Pack a File Cabinet

While starting with paperwork may sound like a daunting task, you’ll be glad to get it out of the way.

Start by identifying older files to shred or recycled. This will save space in the moving van—and you’ll be more organized when you arrive at your new office.

Once you’ve taken care of those documents, you can start packing the rest of your files. Place the files and folders in boxes in the same order as they will be returned to the filing cabinet. Label each box with the contents, making note of any confidential or time-sensitive information.

Packing Furniture and Equipment

Before you get nervous about packing furniture and equipment, start with your desk. Empty each drawer and pack the items securely into boxes labeled with the contents or employee’s name.

For computers, office equipment, and furniture, be sure to ask your commercial or residential moving company if they offer packing, disassembly, and reassembly. If so, this will free up your time so you can focus on keeping your office up and running during your move.

Packing Personal Belongings

Personal belongings can include items such as:

  • Artwork and Other Wall Décor
  • Framed Documents such as Diplomas
  • Desk Photos and Knick-Knacks
  • Plants

If you’re moving a home office, you can pack some of these items along with your other belongings in boxes designated for your office.

It gets a bit more complicated for your employee’s personal belongings. You—or your moving company—may suggest that employees move personal items on their own. This way, each employee knows the location of their family photos or other treasured items during the move.

Some moving companies offer specialty moving for delicate artwork or other high-value items.  All you need to do is ask!

It’s important to note that moving companies cannot transport living items such as plants, so you’ll need to decide if your plants will fit in your new office space. If not, consider donating them to a local hospital or long-term care facility.

Planning and executing an office move doesn’t have to be overwhelming when you chose an experienced business or household moving company. Since 1994, ALS Van Lines has provided a wide range of cost-effective moving services for offices of all sizes—whether you’re moving to, from, or within the Atlanta area.

To learn more about our family-owned business, simply give us a call today to speak with a friendly representative, or fill out our quick online form to schedule a free, on-site consultation and personalized estimate.