Relocating a workshop 101

Moving Preparation - May 4, 2020

No matter what type of business you run, moving a workshop will be a complex process. Some of the machines and tools you use will need special attention during the move. Some items from your workshop might not even be allowed on the moving truck. In order to find out what you can and can’t load, get in touch with any of the moving companies Fort Worth is offering, and ask relevant questions. If you are only relocating a workshop and not the rest of your home, then one headache less. In case you are moving both the house and workshop, start on time. Otherwise, you will be under an enormous amount of stress.

Planning as an important factor in relocating a workshop

One of the first steps would be to make an inventory of all the things you own in your workshop. You can make some divisions based on the size of the items you are moving, or their purpose. Since you are relocating a workshop, you have the advantage of improving it before it reaches its new destination. One piece of advice that can be applied to all types of relocations is decluttering. You never need as many things as you own, even when you own a workshop. Go through all your materials and equipment and check what you can leave behind. In case you own machines that are not too expensive but moving them would cost a lot, it might be worth leaving them and then buying new ones. Before any decision, check the price of moving services Fort Worth movers will provide.

Person writing a checklist
Make an inventory or checklist to keep track of your workshop items

Obtaining packing materials and packing a workshop for relocation

The majority of packing materials will be the same for your workshop items, but take special care about each one. You will, of course, need different packing supplies, depending on the type of workshop you have. It goes without saying that you cannot treat an art and automobile workshop the same. What remains the same is the principle of the relocation of the workshop itself. No matter what sort of studio you will require the below supplies:

  • plastic containers
  • plastic jars
  • zip lock bags
  • garbage bags
  • moving boxes
  • tape
  • packing paper
  • sticky labels or different colors of markers
Pile of sticky notes of different colors
Throw in some sticky notes in your packing supplies so you can more easily label your items

Clean your equipment before relocating a workshop

It is always easier to clean everything you are moving before the move, than after. Especially when it comes to large machines or tools. Check for oil stains, dust, mold, sawdust. What is more important check for pest, spiders, or any vermin. Wearing gloves during the cleaning process would be preferable as you might encounter some spiders or bugs. Avoid any bites or having to deal with mice droppings by wearing protective equipment such as gloves. For cleaning use damp cloth, towels, or even some old ripped clothes.

Learn what things can and cannot go into a moving truck

You possibly never thought about this, but there are actually some things that moving companies will not allow in their truck. Before making any workshop relocation plans, find out what those are. You sure don’t want to be unpleasantly surprised to find this out at the very last minute. The list of forbidden items is quite long and mostly consists of hazardous liquids. We will here mention only some, so you can have an idea: oil, kerosene, acetone, bleach, and such. For the things that you can actually move via truck, make sure to understand moving costs and insurance policies.

Remove all the liquid from the equipment before relocating a workshop

As mentioned above you cannot load any flammable liquids into a moving truck. So before packing the equipment, you need to remove all the liquids from it. In order to remove the fluids, you need to either drain or dispense oil and liquids from the tools. The reason for disposing of it is that the fluids are flammable and also as they would stain the packing boxes and could damage your equipment. Do not dispose of anything in your back yard, but use the proper channels for doing so. Either go to a disposal site or an auto-shop garage.

How to pack and move large tools and items

Moving large machines will require having a clean and debris-free floor. Also, if you do not hire professionals, you need to ask a few friends or family members to help move the heavy objects. Try moving the oversized items without breaking your back and injuring yourself. In order to move these, you will need to use dollies, straps, forklifts, crowbars, and similar equipment. Before you move them, make sure to unplug all the cabling. Bind all heavy tools together and put them in a large trash bin. That way they will be safe and all in one place. Some tools can be taken apart so don’t forget to remove all the mobile parts. Wrap all sharp ones into an old piece of clothing, for protection. Smaller tools you can just pack into a separate plastic container.

Injury made after relocating a workshop
Take precautions when moving large objects, in order not to hurt yourself

Rent PODS container when moving a workshop

For moving forbidden items you need to use other options, as moving truck is out of the question. You will need to use PODS containers for such purposes. They are not expensive, so this service will not affect your budget too much. These containers are easy to load, you can do it yourself, with the help of friends or family, or by hiring movers. You can relocate a workshop in a 16-foot container, with ease. All your heavy machinery will fit in it, with no problems. Moving a workshop can be done on your own mostly, but the best advice is to actually hire movers if your budget allows. They will pack and move this in a much shorter period of time, leaving you to deal with other important stuff related to this relocation.

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