28 Apr How to Pack Electronics for Moving
We live in an information age where technology surrounds us. Electronics like computers, TVs, stereo systems, laptops and their peripherals (scanners, printers, digital projectors etc.), satellite receivers and gaming consoles are an integral part of today’s households. When these devices are correctly set up and configured, they will give you years of happy usage until the moment you have to move them to another home. It is common to find homeowners planning to move packing several electronic devices. All these devices are typically fragile and need special care when handling them. You have to ensure that your hi-tech gadgets are not damaged when moving.
If you happen to be facing a house move and you have no clue on how electronics should be packed when moving, this article is for you. We have come up with a list of 8 tips to consider when packing electronics.
Tip 1: Back Up All of Your Files Safely
Before you even start packing, ensure that you have saved all your important files on your laptop and back up the info on online storage, external hard drives and flash memory. Files may consist of family photos, documents, videos, music and movies. A residential move is very unpredictable. In case of a mishap or damage, your backup will save the day.
Tip 2: Adhere To the Product Manual
The manufacturer’s advice for packing electronics is vital. The manual provides instructions on how to protect your electronic when moving. If you ignore such instructions, you may end up damaging your favorite gadgets. Keep the manuals inside their respective boxes for stress-free re installation after the relocation. If you lost the physical manual, look up a downloadable version online on the manufacturer’s website.
Tip 3: Save Original Boxes for Repackaging
Original boxes are the best packing materials for electronics. If you keep the original packages that your gadgets came in, then you have little to worry about. Once you remove your electronic from the box, keep the box somewhere safe. The boxes are designed to fit and protect the electronics well. This means that they will do an exceptional job protecting your electronic equipment while in transit to your new home.
Tip 4: Disconnect the Electronics
Turn off the devices first before unplugging from the wall. When disassembling, label the cords with stickers to avoid confusing them. Devices like Personal Computers and home theater systems have several cords. Tie the accessories together and store them in a sealable bag. Use the manufacturer’s manual to check whether there any special instructions for dismantling or disconnecting. You can take a picture with your phone to save you the hassle of figuring out what goes where when you reassemble the devices in your new home. Making a list of the devices in each box will ensure you have all the parts when you start assembling.
Tip 5: Get Essential Packing Materials
Shop for packing materials. You will need to pack your devices properly if the original boxes are not available. Remember to include the following items: strong packing tape, thick-walled cardboard boxes, scissors, PVC tape, anti-static bubble wrap (electronics are sensitive to static electricity), felt-tip markers, sealable bags and twist ties. Computers and TVs are sensitive in nature and may require being stored in climate controlled units. Take ink or toner cartridges out if you are packing printers.
Tip 6: Label Your Boxes the Right Way
Write the contents of each box and handling instructions with a permanent marker. Write “THIS SIDE UP” and “FRAGILE” in big bold letters.
Tip 7: Wrap Your Electronics in a Clean Paper to Minimize Damage
After putting your electronics in a box, fill the gaps with bubble wrap and ensure there is no space left. Wrap the boxes with a nylon paper to avert any damage that may be caused by rainy weather or dust. Seal them completely with a tape to keep them safe. Remember to stack the heavier devices on the bottom and the lighter pieces on top of them. Moving pads or light blankets will also help to offer further protection by creating a protective cushioning layer on the bottom of each box. Drive slowly when moving boxes with electronic equipment.
Tip 8: Give Your Electronic Devices Time to Acclimate Their New Home
Once you arrive at your destination, not rush to assemble and plug in your gadgets. Give them ample time to get used to their new surroundings. If you moved far from your town, chances are high that your new home has different humidity and temperature that may harm your devices. Wait for at least 24 hours before plugging in and turning on your devices.
By following the above tips, you increase the chances of your electronics arriving at your new home in one piece and in perfect working order. If you still have doubts about packing your electronics on your own, there are professional packers who will help keep your devices safe and sound throughout the house move.
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