Packing for Business and Commercial Relocation
Any successful relocation is begins with being prepared and choosing expert movers! Packing is a large part of the preparation. We at Moishe’s Moving are available to perform all or part of your packing.
We can pack both typical office supplies and sensitive equipment, such as computers, printers, and copiers. 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 with a detailed moving instruction sheet. In the meantime, here are some general guidelines to help with an office relocation:
- Remove all personal valuables prior to the move.
- Remove all fragile items from desks.
- Place all pens, pencils, paperclips, and other items stored in your desk drawers in sealed envelopes or small, closable trays. Place inside the desk drawers.
- Pack other contents of desks in containers supplied by the moving company.
Lateral File Cabinets
- You can leave two and three-drawer lateral file cabinets as they are; 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 file 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 a drawer for safekeeping.
Credenzas, Bookcases, and Stationary Cabinets
- Empty all contents of credenza, bookcases, and stationery cabinets.
- Pack the contents in boxes provided by your mover.
Computers, Monitors, and Printers/Fax Machines
- Check with your IT department or specialist to ensure computers and other equipment are properly disconnected.
- Ask your IT department and moving company to guide you on how to pack such items.
- Ask the manufacturer, or their representative, about your copy machines and how to prep your equipment for the move. They may wish to prepare it for you.
Maps or Plan files
- All drawings, plans, and maps should be secured inside drawers or placed in crush-proof tubes.
- The customer should transport smalle 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 every 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 good care 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 durability. They are available in several sizes to safely pack different items. Call your relocation consultant to decide which boxes suit your commercial move. You may also schedule free delivery of 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 roughly one roll of tape for every 15 to 20 boxes. Packaging tape may be purchased online, at hardware stores, or directly from the Moishe’s Store.
- Packing paper: For items that you wish to keep clean, you’ll find packing paper at Moishe’s store. Remember, when you buy moving boxes from our us, there is no additional charge for packing paper.
- Blankets: Protect all furniture and large pieces (or similar items), wrap them 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 particularly applies to 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. Using the right materials, make sure everything feels secure after placing in a box. To help this part of the move goes smoothly, Moishe’s will send an employee for one hour to show you how to pack and secure boxes. There is 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 similar. And never ask movers to pack flammable items like aerosol cans, paints, gasoline, or similar items.
Can you provide any general commercial 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.
- Cushion your items, stuff the top, bottom, and sides of each box with packing paper.
- Prevent boxes from being crushed by stuffing them to the top.
- Label the contents of every box. All labels should include what’s inside the box, where it’s going, and how fragile the contents.
- Make, and keep with you, an inventory of your items prior to the move.