Packing for Business and Commercial Relocation
The key to a successful relocation is choosing expert movers and being well prepared. A key aspect of that preparation is packing. Moishe’s moving is available to perform all or part of your packing. We are one of the most respected and efficient NYC moving service!
We can pack both typical office supplies and sensitive equipment, such as computer hardware and copy machines. In addition, Moishe’s packers are available to dismantle and reassemble workstations, including partitions, shelving, and some furniture.
If you prefer to take on the task yourself, we provide you a detailed moving instructions sheet. In the meantime, we’ve prepared some general guidelines to aid with an office relocation:
- Remove all fragile items from desks.
- Place all pens, pencils, paperclips, and other items stored in your desk drawers in envelopes. Seal the envelopes and place inside desk drawers.
- Remove all personal valuables prior to the move.
- Pack contents of desks in containers supplied by the moving company.
Lateral File Cabinets
- You can leave two and three-drawer lateral file cabinets as is, as they can be moved with contents intact.
- Empty the top drawer of four-drawer lateral file cabinets.
- Empty the top two drawers of five-drawer lateral cabinets.
Vertical File Cabinets
- You can leave vertical file cabinets as they are; they can moved with contents intact.
- If you wish to lock the drawers, label and keep the keys with you. Otherwise tape them inside the drawer for safekeeping.
Credenzas, Bookcases, and Stationary Cabinets
- Empty all contents of credenza, bookcases, and stationary cabinets.
- Pack the contents in boxes provided by your mover.
Word Processing Equipment and Computers
- Check with your IT department or specialist to ensure computers and word processing equipment are properly disconnected.
- Ask your IT department and moving company to guide you on how to pack computers and related items.
- Ask the manufacturer, or their representative, about your copy machines and how to prep your equipment for the move.
- All typewriters should be unbolted and left on desks.
Map or Plan files
- All drawings, plans, and maps should be secured inside the drawers.
- The customer should transport desk and smaller plants.
- The mover will handle large plants.
- Wrap small art pieces and framed photos and place in boxes labeled “fragile.”
- The moving company will handle large art pieces, maps, and wallboards.
- Approximately, one week prior to the move, your mover applies pressure-sensitive tags, bearing the exact location of each piece to each article of furniture and equipment. All furniture to be left behind is marked with special “Do not move” tags. Similarly, placards are placed in front of each office, indicating its appropriate code number, letter, and color. Please remind your staff to take care and do not remove or change labels.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Below, you can find answers to some frequently asked questions. As the area’s most respected NYC moving service, you can easily contact our moving specialists if you have further questions or if anything is not clear.
Where do I get boxes?
You can purchase clean, new boxes from Moishe’s Store. Our boxes are double corrugated for extra strength and available in multiple sizes to safely pack different items. Call your relocation consultant to decide which boxes suit your move and to schedule free delivery of your boxes and other packing materials.
What other packing materials do I need for a move?
It takes more than boxes to guarantee the successful relocation of your belongings. Below are some items that make your packing process easier.
- Tape: Every box needs to be secured with 2 to 2.5 inch gummed or masking tape. You will need approximately one roll of tape for every 15 to 20 boxes. This type of tape may be purchased online, at local hardware stores, or directly from Moishe’s Store.
- Packing paper: For items that you wish to keep clean, you can purchase packing paper from Moishe’s store. Please note that when you purchase moving boxes from our store, there is no additional charge for packing paper.
- Blankets: To protect large pieces during a move, all furniture and similar items, should be wrapped in blankets. Our movers will provide heavy-duty blankets, specifically made for moving, free of charge.
- Original packaging: If available, it’s advisable to re-pack some items in their original boxes and packing materials. This is especially useful for electronic items, like televisions and computers.
What’s the best way to pack?
You don’t need to be a professional to pack your items properly. All you need is the right materials and make sure everything feels secure once in a box. But worry not; we all need a little help sometimes. To help make the packing portion of your move goes without a hitch, we’ll send an employee for one hour to assist you on how to pack and secure boxes at no additional charge.
If movers are doing the packing for me, are there items they shouldn’t pack?
Absolutely. Never ask movers to handle particularly valuable items, such as money, securities, important documents or jewelry. Neither do we recommend you ask movers to pack flammable items like aerosol cans, paints, gasoline, or the like.
Can you provide any general packing tips?
- Tape the bottom of every box by running two strips of tape along the side and one strip down the center. Once full, tape the top as well.
- Use small boxes for heavier items and larger boxes for lighter, bulkier items.
- To prevent damage, wrap fragile items individually.
- To cushion your items, stuff the top, bottom, and sides of each box with packing paper.
- In order to prevent boxes from being crushed, stuff them to the top.
- Label the contents of all boxes. All labels should include what’s inside the box, the location where it’s going and how fragile the contents.
- Make an inventory of your items prior to the move.