If you have your own well-furnished home office, you are a great achiever indeed. Most people only dream of it. However, all the feeling of pride goes away when you suddenly learn that you need to move your home office along with your home to a new residence.Though it might not be one of the extremely challenging moves, yet it demands for early planning and packing to ensure the safety of all the home office items.
Here are some basic tips to guide you to move your home office successfully:
Build a robust plan
Proper planning is all what you need to get started for a home office move. It gives you a clear idea of the sequence of the tasks that need to be carried out in order to make the move a success. Research and analyze ways to make the move safer and easier. After all, these two are your ultimate goals when a move is concerned.
Also, expect the best but be prepared for the worst! You never know what unforeseen circumstances might arise on the moving day. So, be prepared for the worst possible scenario right from the beginning.
Whether you shall go for asking help from your reliable friends and relatives or you shall directly book a professional moving company, it all depends on what kind of items you shall be moving. Also, you need to analyze your own capabilities that are needed to do a self-move.
Remember it is a crucial move since it involves the moving of your office-related items! So do not take it lightly and plan beforehand. Create a moving checklist and strategize accordingly, optimizing your strengths.
Keep your home office moving checklist handy at all time. First and foremost, sort and organize the items you have in your very own office. Discard all the useless stuff to reduce the load. Remember the lesser the moving load, the easier it will be for you to do the packing for the move. This also reduces the moving expenses and moving time.
Empty your file cabinets to sort out just the important files and dispose of the others.
Protect your crucial documents and files
Certain set of documents and files might to too vital for your office work to lose. You might consider giving away your unnecessary items such as books to friends or the poor and needy. You can also get these irrelevant items recycled and brought back to life!
Avoid dumping trash papers or documents in the dust bin. It will be safer for you that way since it erases all the chances of some random person accessing your critical information your business or yourself. A basic shredder can be extremely helpful to ensure safety.
Pack up all your important documents diligently and place them in a specific box with labels like “Important files” or “office items”.
Keep a backup ready
Before you home office move, make sure to create copies, be it hardware or software ones of your important files and paper documents in case the actual documents get misplaced or mishandled.
You always need to take precautionary measures for several unpleasant events that might await you on the road. You shall have peace of mind only when you are assured of your documents’ safety. Another good idea to create a backup is to use a cloud-based storage service to upload your valuable files permanently on the internet which only you and your friends can view. The underlying fact is that get you security settings get done. Avoid handing your documents over to a professional moving company even if the company is very reputed.
Do proper packing
Packing is the most energy-consuming task. So, start packing beforehand, especially if it is a professional moving company. First of all, get suitable packing supplies and materials such as cardboard boxes, soft packing paper and bubble wrap for the delicate items, rolls of good-quality packing tape and a permanent marker to label the packed boxes.
Start with the heavier and more complicated items such as the computer and its peripheral devices. Then deal with the other office equipment such as printers, scanners, copiers, wireless routers. Click clear pictures of the device set-up of your office so that you do not have to invest much time to reconnect these devices later at the new place. Do the labeling in an identifiable manner.
Careful moving of your office furniture
Moving your office furniture is perhaps the first thing that strikes you when it comes to your home office move. Certain office furniture pieces weigh a good deal. In such a case you really have to decide whether you shall get those furniture pieces moved or you shall purchase new ones once you move to your new place. It is a valid concern since in many a cases, purchasing new ones cost much lesser than moving the old ones do.
Make extensive use of furniture blankets to protect the furniture pieces while moving. Most significantly, use extra caution while wrapping up glass elements like shelves, doors or tops.
Those furniture pieces that you decide to move need to be disassembled first. Do not do it alone without any prior experience. You might end up damaging your furniture while disassembling itself! Either get help from reliable friends and relatives or consult with a reliable moving company to gather tips on how to disassemble properly.
Design your new home office in advance
Get one step closer to achieving an organized new home office by creating design for your new home office ahead of the moving day. You can be as innovative, imaginative and creative as you want. At the same time, keep in mind to eradicate any issue that you are facing in your current home office due to its layout. Make sure to create a pleasant, airy, spacious and highly organized workplace.
Make sure your current office furniture accommodates in the new space. Positioning of the furniture shall be done in a proper manner then. There are various specialized tools and software to successfully create a unique floor plan before moving in.