Electronics and gadgets, ranging from computers, laptops, and TVs to video game systems, are some of the most fragile and most essential household possessions today. However, they are some of the most difficult items to handle when it comes to moving. That is why you should read these tips if you plan on packing and moving electronics.
Safely packing your gadgets and electronics
From surfing the internet, watching shows, or playing video games, to listening to music, we all use our trusty electronic devices when we want to be entertained or to feel relaxed whilst doing anything around the house. This is why, when it comes to moving, you need to learn about safely packing and moving all of your devices, especially if you’ve never done it before. You’ll want to make sure that your devices don’t get damaged during the moving process and are ready to be re-installed at your new home. You should consider the following safety tips to keep everything in order.
Organization is key
Before you do anything, sit down and come up with a simple step-by-step checklist of all the devices you plan to pack. If you organize properly, moving and packing usually turns out to be an easier task then you might have thought at first.
Get packing supplies
The first step to getting organized is acquiring the right packing materials that you’ll need. This means sturdy cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, strong tape, sealable bags and, if possible, the best solution, the original boxes and packing materials that your electronics came in.
Follow the manuals
The original product manufacturers know best what it means to pack and store their own equipment. Find the original manuals for all of your devices for advice on safe packing. If you can’t find them you can look for them online on the manufacturer’s website.
Safe disconnecting and unplugging
Before you do any unplugging, you should know how to plug the device back in. So first of all, take a photo of your device and it’s cords and cables in their original state. After that, you’ll want to check if the device has been turned off and is safe for handling. Consult the manufacturers guide for any special dismantling and disconnecting guidelines.
Labeling and packing
One of the most helpful tips is tying all the cords and cables of a device together and putting them in a sealable bag. Then you can pack the bags with the device itself in the same box. This will make unpacking and assembling that much easier for you.
As most electronic devices are quite fragile and can get damaged easily, it’s highly important that you pack everything as best as you can to keep it protected from any possible damage. This means wrapping all of your devices in clean paper, linen, or bubble wrap. You’ll need to make sure that the wrapping material doesn’t scrape fragile surfaces and that it doesn’t conduct electricity. Safely put your devices in their appropriate boxes and, if you can, keep one device per box to prevent them from rubbing and hitting against each other.
Sealing and labeling the boxes
Seal the boxes with industrial tape to prevent any dust from coming in as it can be dangerous for electronics. Mark the boxes appropriately with a marker, as ‘Fragile’ or ‘This side up’, if need be. Also, you should probably consider writing down exactly what’s in the box. This will make unpacking a lot easier.