Packing Your Home Office
Whether you work from home or not, the home office is where some of the most sensitive information and items are kept, so preparing for a move will likely involve some strategic planning.
Computer equipment and bank statements alike must be moved safely and securely, or it could cost you. Following these simple tips from Cento Family Moving & Storage when packing your home office will help keep you in business!
Due to the potentially sensitive nature of your file cabinet’s contents, it is best to keep these items off the truck and in your possession.
Now is a good time to shred old statements you no longer need. You can keep papers in their folders and move them to a file box (typically sold at your local moving supply store) to keep them organized and secure. Don’t risk losing any birth certificates now!
The drawers of your file cabinet should be locked and/or taped shut so that they stay closed during transport.
Before you unplug anything, make sure you back up important computer files on a CD or separate hard drive. That way, you won’t lose anything important if your equipment is accidentally broken. Make sure everything has been properly turned off and all cables and cords are properly labeled. Pack each larger appliance in a well-cushioned box along with their appropriate cords and attachments.
Remove the ink cartridge and toner from your printer, copier, or other similar machines and safely dispose of them (visit your local office supply store for proper recycling). Remove and/or secure the paper and paper tray as well as any other appendages that stick out from the machine to avoid damage. Secure loose flaps with a good-quality masking tape.
Finally, check your user’s manual to see if any other steps need to be taken to prevent damage to the machine. Some larger copiers may have come with shipping pins to secure the internal mechanisms during transit, or certain printer heads may need to be secured by a professional.
If you have a piece of equipment that is larger than desk-size, make sure it is serviced by a professional before you attempt to move it.
Follow our general guidelines when packing your home office: light items go in bigger boxes, heavy items go in small boxes.
Sort your books according to their (general) size, and pack similar items together. Books can be packed flat or vertically, but do not pack books with the spine facing up, as this can weaken the glue and cause damage to your book. Very old and fragile books should be wrapped with plenty of tissue before going in the box.
Before packing your home office, make sure to consult with your Orlando Movers about additional coverage for computer equipment and other valuable items (anything more than $100/pound). Standard coverage required by law will only reimburse for for $0.60/pound for any damaged items—not nearly enough to replace your high-tech Gateway.