DIY Office Moving – Tips & Tricks
Are you planning for an office relocation, or any other commercial moves in Singapore? Wondering how and what to do with your various machines and equipment? This article will teach you the basics of moving your equipment.
Commercial moving is, undoubtedly, a challenging task. Aside from having to manage your employees, you will also need to evaluate the options available to move your load. Chances are, you’ll probably be moving a lot of small furniture and equipment, which will require you to get additional help.
Hiring Professional Movers VS DIY
Hiring a professional moving company takes the utmost care to protect your equipment from damage and ensuring that they are reassembled in your new office in a manner that looks as good as the old one. However, hiring professional movers is relatively more costly.
Alternatively, you can consider DIY; that means, being in charge of the entire moving process yourself. While this may be seemingly daunting and overwhelming, the truth is that the DIY option can help you cut costs. Furthermore, it offers you flexibility and autonomy in getting your equipment moved in a schedule that best suits you.
Moving equipment the DIY route
The trick for a successful commercial move starts with early, meticulous planning and packing. Plan how, and when you want to start packing, in order to be able to start work in your new office, on schedule.
When it comes to packing, go step by step. First, get your employees to get rid of the unnecessary stuff like files, paperwork and other documents that have been lying around for way too long. Do ensure that confidential items are kept securely.
To pack all the inventory and office equipments, you will be needing a lot of packing supplies, namely:
- Cardboard boxes
- Bubble bags
- Duct tape
- Proper tools to disassemble furniture
- Moving sheets or blankets to pack and move equipment
The next step is to ensure that you pack along the most valuable office equipment. These refer to computers, printers, office phones, wireless routers, printers, and fax machines. Make sure you separate all wires and cables in order to prevent massive entangling. You will also need plenty of cardboard boxes to pack these equipment.
Then comes your furniture. It is important for you to ensure that your furniture is properly disassembled. For example, if you’re packing an office desk, make sure you unscrew and remove all the drawers, racks and other parts. Keep all the screws and bolts in a Ziploc bag to prevent yourself from losing them. Ensure all your other furniture is protected with appropriate bubble wrapping.
Following that, chances are, you will have an enormous number of moving boxes to sort through. As such, do remember to label all your boxes. Consider sorting them by department, employee, floor, or even by the contents in the box.