Let’s face it, the way we work has changed for the foreseeable future. For many industries and types of jobs, sitting in traffic and driving into the office has either become a thing of the past or it’s not as frequent as it used to be. Going through the pandemic showed us that many of us can work well in a home office and be more productive.
So when you’ve decided to move to a new home, and it also serves as your place of work, you’ll need to take steps to move your home office appropriately.
If you are moving to a new house, and you have an office in your home, our professionals have a few tips to ensure you can continue working during your relocation. And have minimal downtime.
Having a plan when moving your home office
If you’re moving to a new home, you’re going to have to plan it out in some form anyway. If you work from home and have set up an office in your house, you’ll need to detail that plan a little further to minimize your stress and be able to work as soon as possible. It’s important to choose the room you will place your office in ahead of time as well as choose a layout for that office. Instruct the moving company where you would like your desk and any other furniture items for your office. And ask your moving company about reassembling furniture.
Be organized when packing your home office
If you want your transition to your new home office to be as smooth as possible, make sure you pack anything that belongs in your office in separate boxes. Don’t place items that belong in your office in bedroom boxes for example. Keep it organized and make sure those boxes are labeled properly. The last thing you need when trying to get back to work is to be running around your home looking for business-related items.
Take extra care of any technology
First, before you move any computers it’s a wise decision to create a backup of all your files. While your files may be in the cloud, it’s just common practice to make sure you do not lose any data during your move. Second, you could decide to move your computers yourself and not place these on the moving van. You will have peace of mind knowing these important items are in your possession the entire time.
Take a few days off
One of the best ways you can ease the stress of moving your home office is to just take a few days off. If you have planned your move accordingly, you can set the expectations with clients, coworkers, and even your boss that you will be off for a few days and unavailable. And don’t forget to set your out-of-office response and change your voicemail greeting so people understand when they can expect you to get back to them. Juggling work and a move can be stressful so take some time for yourself.