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Do We Have to Empty Desks and Filing Cabinets for an Office Relocation?

Emptying File Cabinets Into Boxes

Commercial moves/business relocations mean you’ll have to move those impossibly heavy filing cabinets and giant desks. If the thought of moving a single filing cabinet about five feet is already tiring you out, imagine dozens!

You might be asking yourself, “Do I need to empty out all the desks and filing cabinets before the move?”

Commercial moves/business relocations generally need to have all desks and filing cabinets emptied for a couple of reasons:

1. Sheer Weight

The weight of a fully stocked filing cabinet brings to mind heavy things like cars, elephants, and other items you can’t lift with a single hand. The weight of the files can make just moving a cabinet into a 3- or 4-man job. Although moving it can be done, it becomes a safety issue for anyone moving it.

Lateral filing cabinets definitely need to be empty because the weight is distributed over a wider area, making it harder to lift. On the other hand, vertical cabinets may retain some of their contents if it’s not too heavy. If in doubt, empty the cabinet to avoid having to empty it on moving day when things can get misplaced.

2. Small Loose Items

Desks like to collect things. Little things such as paper clips, white out bottles, and pens. Although the doors of your desks should be taped, it’s easy for the tape to come undone and for little items to shower the ground, creating serious risks during the move. It’s best to empty out desks of everything to make it lighter and less risky for things to fall out.

With a little organization and preparation, your large items will be lighter on the day of your move.

Nilson Van offers professional services for commercial moves/business relocations. Contact us today to find out how we can help during your next commercial move.

- Splash Omnimedia

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