A little forethought and planning when packing electronics goes a long way.
Before you start packing away your flat screen TV or computer, spend some time getting everything in order.
Gather together all your user manuals: If you don’t have them, download them from the manufacturer’s website.
Insure your electronics: Check to see if your home owners policy covers loss or damage during a move. If not, purchase temporary
insurance to cover your move, packing, and unpacking.
Time to pack up your electronics.
It can be relatively easy to move all electronic items without damage or problems, including moving everything overseas. It’s all about the preparing and packing your devices properly, and removing unnecessary items from your devices.
- Take batteries out of all electronics and remotes so they don’t overheat and leak. Check to see if they can be moved. Wrap them separately.
- Charge up all your rechargeable batteries a couple of days before you move.
- Eject CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays from your various devices and tape the drives shut.
- Remove toner cartridges from laser printers and secure them in a plastic, dust-proof bag.
- Eject other printer cartridges from non-laser printers and secure the printhead in place.
Be Sure to Label your items and cables in advance.
One of the best ways to prepare for moving is to make sure you label everything. Unplugging all of your electronics and labeling them can be time-consuming, but it makes it much easier to set everything up quickly in your new home after the move.
Here is a recommended labeling process that has proven to be most effective, And it can be used on computers, stereo systems, TV, streaming devices, Blu-rays, and more.
- Get some small colored stickers (about 8 different colors should be fine), slightly larger white stickers, and fine-tipped pens.
- Before you pull out any cables (e.g., power, video, audio, etc.), put a colored sticker on each end of the cable that goes into your devices.
- Put the same colored sticker next to the cable sockets on each device.
- Wrap a white sticker around the cable and write the two devices it connects on it (e.g. Blu-ray player/cable box).
- If it’s a power supply or power cord, write the item it powers on a sticker on the power supply.
- Remove the cable, coil it, put an elastic band around it, and put it in a sandwich bag with a label.
- After you’ve put several cables in each bag, secure them to one of the items they belong with.
- You might want to take photos of the cables before you unplug everything, for reference. You can even take photos throughout unplugging so you can refer to the photos when you’re reconnecting everything.
Take extra time to prepare your computer for moving- you won’t regret it.
These days, most people store incredible amounts of important information on their PCs or laptops. You don’t want to lose any valuable memories or vital documents, so here’s a few steps to minimize problems.
- Back up all important information and data: Before you pack your computer, back up all of your important information onto an external drive or, even better, into the cloud.
- Make sure your computer passwords are hard to guess: In the (very) unlikely event your tablet or laptop gets damaged when you move, it’s vital to protect your personal data. You can use password managers like LastPass to create random passwords for every website and account.
- Pack your computer: Use the same method for packing your computer as your other electronic items, but don’t use packing chips (use packing paper instead). Packing chips can cause static electricity to build up, which is very bad for sensitive computer hardware and could stop your computer from working altogether. Remove any dongles, cables, and other items from your computer before you pack it.
General tips for making sure your electronic devices stay safe.
Start by reading through your user manual to see if the manufacturer has any guidance on how to pack and move your items.
The very best way to move fragile electronics is in the manufacturer’s original packaging. If those boxes became kids’ forts, a play area for your cat, or simply got consigned to the recycling bin, don’t worry—you can contact a manufacturer to see if they’ll send you an original box. If that doesn’t work, you’ll just need to be extra careful with packing your electronics. If you need to use your own packing, follow these tips:
- Never use newspaper to pack screens. Newsprint can get onto the screen and newspaper can easily scratch screens.
- Make a list of the items in each box, using our inventory packing sheet system, then mark any boxes as “fragile” and carefully supervise them when they’re being moved.
If you are concerned about packing electronics safely, consider getting your packing done for you by the experts at Pack N Send. Not only will you save a huge amount of time, but we can be sure that all of devices will be packed appropriately and will arrive intact and functional. When you are planning your next move, whether you are moving across the country or across the state, consider using a professional residential moving company. In the end, we are sure you will be glad you did.
If you are in the getting ready for a residential move and would like a free estimate or help packing electronics, contact Pack N Send today for all of your home moving needs at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us directly at 713-266-1450, and we will reply promptly to assist you in getting moved, and settled into your new home quickly and safely.