If you're moving a home office, small business, or a department that relies heavily on computers and cabling, do you have a moving plan? Unlike moving to a new home, offices that rely on technical configuration can fail expensively even if nothing breaks on the way. You need to get the cables in the right place, mount displays, arrange desks, and avoid breaking sensitive electronics before and after moving. Before throwing everything in marked boxes with bubble wrap, here are a few tech office moving points to consider.
The Problem With Messy Tech Packing
When preparing an office move, some companies pack everything into boxes that match specific offices, desk positions, or employees. Sometimes the new workplace seating format is the same, while many businesses carve out new combinations of territory desires and logistics for the new seats.
Businesses that lack an experienced tech installation team may have problems when trying to pack. The most efficient ways to pack and unpack new devices or arrange devices for installation is not a part of the standard Information Technology (IT) experience, as specific companies are usually in charge of tech moves and installations.
When non-tech people move computers, they may not understand the sensitive connections involved. Many cables have safety clips designed to keep a cable in place until pressed in a specific place This prevent cables from unplugging when the errant foot or wild chair skids across a cable, but it also leads to ripping cables out or damaging motherboards when trying to take things apart.
Then there's the actual packing. Do you put a computer's tower, monitor, and cables all in the same box? Do you designate a specific box for Ethernet cables, another box for mice, and another box for keyboards? There are many ways to divide the parts, but you need to be consistent. Don't allow workers to bring in their own great ideas for their boxes.
Proper Labeling, Arrangement, And Setup
The easiest way to pack would be a large box for the computer tower, then bubble wrap or other insulation for the other components. You can even throw everything for a specific computer into a single box without much arrangement, but make sure to pack the monitor separately.
Monitors will need insulation for the screens, as scratching is too easy with small components and the straight edges and corners of a computer tower in the general area. The cables should be wrapped loosely for the easiest storage, as wrapping too tightly can damage the wires. Optical fiber cable specifically should not be wrapped, as the material that moves light around as data is made of glass that will crack at casual wrapping angles.
There's a lot to consider, but many of the packing concerns can be taken care of for you. Contact a moving services professional, such as from SMITTY MOVERS, and discuss the devices that you need to move.