Relocating to a new apartment or a new office can be very stressful and it can be even more daunting and stressful if you are doing it for the first time. However, if you know some of the dos and don't s of moving, you could use them to make your first office or home relocation less stressful, easier, and enjoyable.
a) Do hire a moving company. Moving companies are professionals who know the best ways to handle and move your belongings. They will make your move extremely easy.
b) Do your homework before you hire any moving company. You can do this by reading about their professional services online, by asking people you know, and by visiting the moving companies to get first-hand information.
c) Do your planning and create a checklist. Having a plan and checklist will help you ensure you move everything you need to move in the right way and in the right order. Also, a checklist will help you ensure nothing is left behind.
d) Do have a back-up plan ready. This will help you continue your office or home relocation when something unexpected happens.
e) Do park early. Apart from making your move a lot more easier, packing early helps you know the belongings you will like to move to your new home and those you can sell, donate, or trash.
f) Do communicate with your employees or everyone that will be involved directly or indirectly. Tell them the date and time the relocation will take place and how it’s going to happen.
g) Do communicate with the movers in a warm and friendly manner.
h) Do make yourself available at the beginning of the relocation and during the relocation.
i) Do have IT professionals handle and supervise the packing and moving of electric and sensitive equipment.
j) Do make sure you tag items, especially the fragile ones, in places where they can be easily spotted.
k) Do make snack and water available throughout the move.
a) Don’t wait until the last minute to start packing.
b) Don’t hire a mover that is not insured.
c) Don’t pack perishable items or flammable items in your moving van.
d) Don’t forget to inform your landlord about your intention to move.
e) Don’t wait until the last minute to inform your landlord about your move.
f) Don’t wait until the last minute to inform your employees about your move. Inform them days or weeks before the day of relocation so that everyone can make the adequate preparation.
g) Don’t leave valuables lying around.
h) Don’t forget to suggest or prepare a nice place where your employees can wait while the relocation is going on.
i) Don’t let new or inexperienced employees handle expensive and sensitive office equipment.
j) Don’t let anyone who is not a professional mover move your fragile and valuable items.
k) Don’t try move heavy items yourself.