Packing and moving electronic devices like computers, tablets, audio equipment, video consoles, televisions, printers and digital cameras requires special care. In order to keep your electronics safe when moving you have to prepare and pack them properly. Here are 10 useful tips you should know about packing and moving your electronics.
Use original boxes
The best packing material to use for electronics is their original box. These boxes are usually tailor-made which means the electronic device fits inside perfectly. So if you’ve saved the original boxes and packing materials from your electronics, now is the time to bring them out and use them for repacking.
Consult product manuals
Find all the information you need about keeping your electronics safe inside the product manual. Here you will find advice on how you should pack, move and store electronic devices safely.
Use anti-static packing materials
Electronics are sensitive to static electricity so you want to protect your devices when moving by using anti-static packing materials, such as anti-static bubble wrap, foam and bags.
Back up all your files
Make sure you back up all the important files stored on your computer. This is a smart precaution in case damage does occur during the move. You can either use an external hard drive or a USB flash drive.
Organize your cords
Disconnecting all your electronics is easy but untangling and rewiring everything is the difficult part. To avoid frustration, organize all your cords by wrapping them up, labeling them and placing them together in the same box. You can also take a photo of the cords plugged into the device so you know precisely how to reconnect it.
Ensure climate-controlled transportation
Some electronics are sensitive to temperature so it’s important to ensure they are transported in climate-controlled conditions. For smaller electronics, such as laptops, digital cameras and tablets, it’s a good idea to take them with you.
Hire professional movers
Many moving companies offer packing as one of their services. Invoke Moving, for one, has a team of professional movers who can help you pack, organize and keep your electronics undamaged throughout the move. It’s a small investment that takes out all the stress and confusion from moving.
Insure your electronics
If you’re an owner of expensive gadgets you might want to consider insuring your valuables. Think of it as a safety net in case of damage during the packing, moving or unpacking process.
Remove items from electronics
Before you pack your electronics don’t forget to check and remove any unnecessary items from drivers, such as CDs, Blu-rays and USB sticks. Also, take out batteries from electronics and charge them so they’re ready to use. When moving printers, remember to remove cartridges and place them in separate bags.
Don’t use newspapers to pack screens
Never use newspapers as wrapping material for screens. The newsprint can transfer onto the screen and the sharpness of the paper can easily scratch the surface. Instead, use bubble wrap or towels to cushion the top and bottom of the box and avoid any harm. Additionally, fill in any empty spaces with extra padding to prevent devices from damaging each other during the move