After 87 years of operating in Toronto, Campbell announced in January that it would be shutting down its soup factory, affecting nearly 400 jobs. Because the building was so old and the company was unable to retrofit and modernize the plant, it shuttered its doors and confirmed that it is relocating to the United States.

But many businesses – large and small – can sympathize with the soup maker. Some offices are too minuscule, others are too old. For a large number of companies, especially in today’s expanding economy, you can really outgrow the commercial space.

Simply put: it’s time to move!

That said, when you’re in the process of transitioning to a different office, outlet, or location, it can be hectic, costly, and overwhelming. Everything from computers to desks to chairs to Earl (the intern from accounting), it can seriously be stress-inducing. One thing you can do to minimize the potential headaches is to have the necessary packaging items.

Here are five packaging supplies you will need now:

1. A Dolly is Your Best Friend

A small business or startup of a few employees likely will not require professional movers. If you have a moving van, some muscle, and, the most important thing, a dolly, then you’re good to go. Remember, you need a dolly!

Boxes, computer equipment, artwork, and files will be heavy. To ensure the move isn’t a complete hassle and a pain in the neck, then a dolly will serve as your best friend.

2. Use the Recycling Paper in Your Office for Packaging

Want to save money on packaging supplies? Well, take a look around and you will notice an endless stream of paper that needs to be recycled, shredded, or tossed in the garbage.

Rather than spending a lot of money on bubble wrap, paper, and other packaging goods in your boxes, you can utilize old paper.

3. Labels Are Essential to Surviving the Transition

How many times have you lost something in a move, either in your professional life or in your personal affairs? The likely answer is a lot, but that’s because you didn’t label anything.

That’s right. If you simply had a label maker and slapped the labels on the totes, boxes, or ziplock bags, then you would have never lost, or misplaced, any of the items.

Before you start your move, you need to label everything that is in a box. This will ensure that nothing will enter into the abyss of “I-Can’t-Find-Any-of-the-Stuff-We-Moved.”

4. Moving Your Computers Requires Many Things

You may be wondering how you effectively and easily move computers from one office to another without damaging the equipment. Well, this is why you should always keep the boxes the computers come in. But that’s in the past!

Here are a few tips to take advantage of:

  • Wrap the computer monitors and towers in thick blankets.
  • Place the cable cords in bags and label them to know what computers they connect to.
  • Remove the parts inside of the complementary devices (take out the printer cartridges, ink toners, and lids from the printer).
  • Back up your computer and bring the hard drives with you.These simple but important measures are important and will shield you from damage.

These simple but important measures are important and will shield you from damage.

5. Clipboard, Checklist, Celebration

When you want to look authoritative and astute, you need a clipboard.

But it is more than just carrying around a clipboard. They should have a list of inventory, a checklist, and other tidbits of information to carry the move smoothly.

Of course, once the clipboard and checklist are no longer necessary, then you can celebrate!

Moving offices is hard for both management and staff, particularly if you don’t have a professional moving company to come to your aid because of budgetary reasons.

That said, it doesn’t need to be complicated or too difficult. With the right packaging supplies, the right game plan, and the right know-how, you can expect the move to be as easy as expecting the New England Patriots to come behind and win a playoff game.