April 8, 2004

Office Move

Recently my company relocated from Chelmsford, Mass to Waltham, Mass. While the move was fairly smooth there are some lessons that some companies can learn from it.
  • Mark all items before moving them. This way you know who's chair belongs to whom.
  • Tape down loose parts, like the cover for the fax machine or the laser printer. (Our fax machine cover came loose in the move and several pieces fell out. We ended up buying a new fax machine.)
  • Mark the outside of all boxes. This will help movers identify where the boxes should go in the new location.
  • Throw things away. Too many companies move unused furniture and end up throwing them away with a couple of weeks after the move. Keep what you need, and throw out the rest.
These seem simple tips, but I have seen several moves become more challenging because they didn't pay attention to the fundamentals.

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