When moving house or offices, one of our biggest concerns is items breaking during the transition – whether it’s through clumsy hands, rough loading and unloading or some tumbles in the truck as it drives across town. No matter how well you pack, there’s bound to be more casualties than you would like! However, it’s not all doom and gloom – taking precautions yourself before the move can help minimise any breakages for your precious office furniture, especially the fragile stuff like cups and glasses. Here are some simple steps you can take to help minimise the damage when moving offices. After all, there’s no point moving if you just have to buy new furniture all over again!
Hire A Reputable Removalist
This goes without saying – a careful, reputable removalist is one of the best precautions you can take to minimise damage to your furniture. Be very wary of any independent operators you find in the online classifieds… they may be cheaper, but they probably don’t have insurance or the proper skills to safely move your furniture around. To minimise breakages, call a reputable mover like Your Local Movers to organise your office relocation. How do you know if they’re reputable? Ask for references! That way you can hear from past clients how careful the movers were and if there were any furniture casualties!
Cushion All Fragile Items
Crushed up paper and bubble wrap is your best friend! Pack all of your fragile items in boxes stuffed with crushed paper. Each individual item should first be wrapped in some bubble wrap before you put it in the box. And, don’t forget to label each box as ‘fragile’ – it might be the difference between someone placing it and someone throwing it!
Remember To Remove The Glass From Your Lamps
Something many people forget when moving their lampshades or lights is that the bulb is made of glass. You can’t put a lamp in a box with bubble wrap, so these items are usually put straight on the truck without any wrapping. Remove the bulbs first. They’re fragile and can break during transit, which will lead to shards of glass scattered around the removal truck! Wrap all of your removed bulbs in bubble wrap and put them in a box labelled fragile. Then, you can just pop them back in when you’re unpacking, without having to buy 50 new bulbs at the supermarket.
Don’t Over Pack Your Boxes
It can be tempting to cram as much as you can into one box, but putting too many items in is a recipe for breakage. When packing, make sure the box is full, but the top of the box remains flat. That way, none of the items sit awkwardly or push down on each other when another box is placed on top. Also, for the really fragile stuff, always put those boxes on top when packing the truck. It’s just not worth the risk of having anything fall on top of them!
These precautions can really reduce damages and breakages during office relocations. Follow them so you don’t hold your breath when the door of the removal truck opens at the new location! It may take a little more time, but it will certainly save you money on buying new items!