Many electronics such as TVs, gaming consoles, home theaters, computers are common in most homes. However, many homeowners experience challenges on how to handle them safely when moving. Although some of these electronics come with plastic cases for moving them, you might have misplaced them, and one careless twist of the moving box may damage the entire device.
The good thing is, a moving company can help you pack and move your electronics if that is not your favorite task. Alternatively, if you are doing all the packing by yourself, check out these tips on how to pack electronics for a move.
Gather all the packing supplies
Electronics are delicate, so you need all the proper packing and moving containers for them. You will want plenty of protective packing supplies, including:
- Moving boxes in different sizes.
- Bubble wrap,
- Twist ties.
- Strong packing tape.
- Markers of different colors.
- Protective plastic.
Use the original boxes.
Whenever you are moving your electronics, it’s always good to pack them in their original boxes, most of which have a preshaped protective material to protect the delicate parts. However, if you do not have the original boxes, place extra attention in protecting the corners, bottom, screens, and internal parts before placing the device in the box.
Cushion the bottom and top
When packing your electronics in boxes, cushion the top and bottom with bubble wraps or towels and ensure it doesn’t move inside the box. Fill any other empty spaces with packing materials.
Consult the user manual
It is wise to consult the user manual of your device before you start packing it. Most of them are found online and will contain any special requirements needed when moving the device. It may be prone to some internal danger during the move, and if you are aware of that, you can make the necessary plans to protect it.
Do not move your electronics with batteries on. By removing the batteries, you avoid any corrosion or internal damages. No matter how small the accessory is, it is crucial to remove the batteries, especially if you will be unpacking a day at a time.
Take pictures before disassembling your devices.
If a particular device has a complex setup, it is a wise idea to take pictures before you disassemble them. That saves you from guesswork or having to call a technician to assemble it back in your new home. Before you pull out the cables, put on some colored stickers on each end and use the same sticker on the cable socket of the device for easy assembling.
Unplug the electronics 24hours before packing
It is vital to ensure that your electronics are cool enough for moving them. for safety. Unplug them 24hours before transportation. That helps you avoid any cases of static electricity that can cause internal damage or unnecessary shock.
Organize the cords
Take your time to organize the cords accordingly and tie them with twist ties. Packing them with their corresponding devices makes the organization less stressful when you get to your new home.
Insure your electronics, if need be
When moving expensive electronic equipment such as refrigerators and TVs, consider having temporary insurance to have them covered in case of any damage during the move.
Take extra care when unpacking, and do not throw the boxes away until you have everything up and running to avoid accidentally throwing small accessories.