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December 31, 2019

Get Moving: How to Pack Up Before Relocating Your Office

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Corporate moves are a big upheaval. They disrupt work, sometimes for a lot longer than you imagine.

Yet it doesn’t have to be that way. When you’re facing a big transition like moving, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Use these packing tips when relocating your office to help you with a smooth changeover and as little disruption as possible.

Get an Early Start

Start early for the best possible project flow. Make sure that you’re planning ahead for each packing stage, because you’ll want to lose the fewest amount of work hours possible. As early as possible, pack up the non-essentials.

Then you can work on other stages as the move gets closer. Employees will feel better and experience less transitional stress this way. You’ll feel more prepared and make your steps more efficient the earlier you start preparing for the move.

Consider Storage

Using a storage facility in the interim keeps your workplace free of clutter. It’s important to keep a professional face for clients and visitors even in the midst of moving chaos, and putting extra things in storage helps.

The dates of leasing your new space and leaving your old one may not always line up, either. While you’ll need them to mostly sync up to continue doing business, there are sometimes a few days discrepancy.

You may also be working out of a temporary office while you wait to move into your new space. A storage facility can help if your temporary space is smaller than you’re used to–all your furniture and office items may not fit.

Put Someone In Charge

Getting a specific person to head up the moving project gives you a point person for all questions. That way if anyone wonders what the status of something is, you can direct them to the project relocation manager. They’ll always be the most up-to-date.

Hiring a project manager also means less disruption during your workday. They’ll worry about the move, and you and your coworkers can keep doing your job.

Use Color Coding While Relocating Your Office

Choose different colors to indicate different areas or departments. Whether you use stickers or colored markers or colored boxes, coding items helps you easily tell where they go.

It also saves you time and money because you’re not paying employees or movers to wade through the mess on the other end. They know where everything goes right away.

Use the Right Supplies

When you try to move using cheap or free supplies you requisitioned from friends and neighbors, the transition isn’t as smooth. When boxes don’t match, you spend more time looking everywhere on the box for a label to decide where it goes. They also don’t stack as easily.

Instead, use matching boxes and a uniform labeling system to help you streamline the process and show your employees you care. The right supplies will make all the difference as you get this project done as swiftly as you can.

A Fresh Start

Planning and executing a big corporate move is a huge challenge. If you’re relocating your office, using these tips for packing up will ease the stress and make it a smoother transition.

For the ultimate worry-free move, hire a professional moving company to execute the details. Leave it to us, and we’ll help you keep it simple and easy.

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Customer Reviews

Kay K. December 2021

Barbara Bush Foundation
"I wanted to thank you for sending a great group of men to move us – they were wonderful!"

George B. December 2021

Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers
"I wanted to compliment the crew that you sent to handle our move. The project manager, supervisor and the entire crew did a great job. They were all a pleasure to work with. The team leads kept us informed during the entire process. Every single member of the crew was very respectful, courteous and polite throughout the move. The group worked extremely well with each other and us to address the few curveballs that the space threw at us as far as getting things to fit in some tight areas. Requests to move certain items after they had already been set in place were happily accommodated without any reluctance. The entire crew should be commended."

Mary H. December 2021

American College Health Association
"I can’t say enough about how wonderful the team from OMX was to work with. Every single person involved in the move was helpful, professional, kind, and patient – even when I didn’t have answers to questions that I should have. There were many times throughout our three days together that frustration could have taken over, but the OMX team was always calm and willing to troubleshoot a solution to an unexpected challenge. This is our second move with OMX and I wouldn’t want to do another move without them. A big thank you to your wonderful crew – they’re the best!"

Michael B. November 2021

Law Offices of Brown & Brown
"Everything went great. My coworkers and I were very impressed with the speed, efficiency, and care that was shown by the OMX moving crew."

Midhat P. September 2021

District Capital Partners
"Our move yesterday was great! I don’t think many people can say that about a move but the guys were efficient, communicative, polite, and all around awesome. I really appreciate you making this a smooth process."

Jonathan A. September 2021

Orrick
"Thank you very much for the great service your team provided. We were changing plans and re-thinking things and your team helped us find solutions. Looking forward to working with you again!"

Tom K. September 2021

Visit Alexandria
"I wanted to let you know what a great job your crew did yesterday. Just really warm, helpful and efficient. The move went smoothly on both ends and they even added an extra stop for us when requested, and helped our CEO rearrange her office to accommodate a piece of furniture that initially seemed not to fit. Just a great experience all around. I will definitely recommend OMX to others. Well done and thanks!"

George H. September 2021

Mission Square Retirement
"I want to send a special thank you to the entire OMX team. I truly value all of your hard work and excellent customer service! You guys are always willing to go above and beyond. I look forward to having your team back onsite very soon."

Jennifer A. September 2021

Hogan Lovells
"I’ve managed countless moves for Hogan Lovells and this was one of the smoothest moves, if not the smoothest move I have ever been involved with. Trust was the most important factor for choosing OMX. There were a lot of moving parts to our move (things to dispose of, other things to be donated) and OMX handled all of this accurately and easily."

David M. August 2021

US Dept. of Homeland Security
"I have to say your OMX team was unbelievable. They were professional, responsive, hard-working, and above all, they were the best. All of my personnel were grateful for your team’s work. I would highly recommend your company to any agency that has to move. Thank you again."
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