How to Move Your Home Office
Packing a home office can be tricky since there are sensitive documents, electronics and small items involved. There are things you should do to accompany packing your office like sending out change of address notices to anyone who might need to reach you at your home office.
Once you’ve taken care of the essentials, sort items by box, separating chargers, camera cords or headphone accessories in plastic bags. Label each box accordingly to easily unpack in your new home office.
1. Take a picture of the items in each box before sealing it up and tape it to the outside or keep it in your smartphone with a corresponding number. That way you will know what’s in each box without having to open them.
2. Map out the cable and electrical outfits in your new office so that you can set furniture in the right place the first time.
3. Pack books or other heavy items in suitcases with wheels for easy mobility.
4. Backup the files on your computer in case anything happens to it during the move.
5. Remove toner and ink cartridges from your printer before moving so that it doesn’t spill or burst.
6. Pack your computer upright with the motherboard side down. Make sure the box is padded enough so that the computer cannot move around in the box.
7. Put all of your important documents in plastic bags to protect them, then separate them in file folders or boxes so you know where they are at all times.
8. Number the boxes and write down what is in each box next to its corresponding number. That way you can keep your office boxes organized without advertising what’s inside them. This is best for boxes with high priced items or especially sensitive contents.
9. Dismantle any modular office furniture prior to move day. Use tape to mark where the pieces should go together for easy reassembly.
10. Pack smaller things around heavier items to fill the empty space in boxes.
After move out, don’t forget to clean your house thoroughly and double check for forgotten items. If you’re renting, you will want to take pictures of your clean, empty spaces to use as insurance to get your deposit back. With the proper planning and preparation, you can avoid some of the pains associated with moving day and ensure a smooth transition into your new home.