Few frustrations trump the feeling of opening up your moving boxes in the new place only to find your computer, television or other electronics are smashed or otherwise damaged. To avoid this situation, it’s important to make sure you pack your electronics properly in the first place.
There are two keys to this: planning ahead and hiring a trusted mover in Texas or Oregon. Check out these tips on how to protect your electronics when moving.
First, you’ll need to gather the right materials in order to pack your electronics safely. Those supplies include:
- Thick cardboard boxes made for storing electronics
- Bubble wrap and paper
- Twist ties or elastics to secure cables and cords
- Sealable plastic bags
- Packing tape
Before disassembling anything, take pictures of your electronics – specifically of the wiring configurations. This way, you’ll know how to configure the wires and set up the devices in the new place. Also, don’t pack your electronic items next to one other. The could generate static electricity if they rub together.
Be aware of the temperature in the moving truck, as many electronics are sensitive to extreme cold or heat. You may have to transport them in a climate-controlled container.
If you still have the original boxes your devices came in, pack the devices in those boxes, advises Moving Tips. These are the best packages for your devices because they were designed that way!
Prior to the Move
Keep track of important documents about your electronics, such as instructions and warranties. Here’s what to look for:
- Owners’ Manuals: If you don’t have the paper versions, download or bookmark them on the manufacturer’s website.
- Tracking Apps: Apps and chips can help you locate your electronics if they get lost during the move.
- Insure Your Electronics: Invest in temporary insurance to cover your electronics during the move. It’s pretty affordable and it gives you peace of mind.
Packing Up Your Items
Got devices that play disks? Be sure to eject all CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs from your devices before packing them. Remove cartridges and batteries as well. Tape the drives shut so no damage occurs.
Likewise, take out the toner cartridges out of your laser printers and put them in a labeled plastic bag. Take batteries out of your remote controls, and take this time to charge up any rechargeable batteries you may have.
It’s important to label all your cables. Here’s a good labeling system to try so you don’t forget where all those cables go:
- Use colored stickers and large white stickers.
- Place a colored sticker on each end of all power, video, and audio cables while you’re disconnecting them.
- Place the same colored sticker against the sockets at the point the cables connect.
- Write the device names that each cable goes with on the large white stickers, such as cable box and DVR. Wrap that sticker around the cable.
- If you have power supply cords, write the name of the device it powers on both the supply and the cord.
- Wrap removed cables in an elastic band and place in a resealable plastic bag that is clearly labeled.
- Tape or otherwise secure the sealed bags to their corresponding item if you can.
This is the best method of ensuring you don’t have any loose cables or wires hanging around throughout your move.
Your computers are some of the most expensive electronics you have invested in. As such, you need to properly protect them so they experience no damage in transit. You can do your best to protect your computers by:
- Backing up important information to cloud storage or an external hard drive.
- Cleaning it with a vacuum cleaner brush attachment or compressed air so as to remove any accumulated dust and debris.
- Removing the cards from the motherboard.
- Using packing paper rather than packing chips or peanuts. These can generate static electricity that may damage computer components.
In the end, being prepared for the move by properly packing your electronic devices is the single best way you can avoid damage when unpacking. Remember to take these easy steps to simplify the unpacking process while reducing the risk of damage:
- Use appropriate packing materials
- Plan ahead and make sure you label everything carefully
- Remove batteries and discs from devices
- Back up your computer files
Contact Redefyne Moving
Get a free estimate on your move when you call 888-883-6686 or fill out the form online. And if you need help packing up your electronics safely for the trip, we can do that too!