When we’re moving, we take special care of fragile items, make sure our furniture is secure, and label boxes according to the contents inside. However, what we often forget to do is consider our electronics. Though most household electronics are pretty durable while in use, moving is another story. During the moving process, electronics can easily get scratched or cracked; parts can get lost, or suffer some internal damage.
To protect your electronics, here are some tips to consider while you’re in the process of moving:
1. Be Smart When Packing Up Electronics
As we know, electronics sometimes come with many parts. Some are extra, but some are a pivotal part of the device itself. Once you unplug, be sure to put all the relevant cords in the same bag and label it clearly. In transit, boxes tend to shift. The collection of cables may hit the primary electronic device and cause scuffing. Divide the cords from the item with bubble wrap or paper to avoid damage.
For larger devices, such as TVs or items with screens, package them standing right side up. If you lean them on their side, there is a high probability that scratching on the surface will incur, or parts of the device may break off due to a weight imbalance.
Consider hiring professional packing and moving services with training in handling electronics.
2. Original Packaging is Best
Did you recycle your television box yet? Keeping original packaging on electronics is quite ideal when moving, especially with larger items. They fit your devices perfectly, have the built-in packing materials that withstand shipping trips, have directions on how cords are plugged in and have spaces for the cords/additional hardware. Also, they also don’t need to be labeled, as you know exactly what’s inside the box!
If you don’t have the original packaging with the directions, don’t fret. Before you unplug a spare computer, for instance, take a picture of the cable setup so you can plug everything back in seamlessly. Experts also suggest color coding the cords to reflect the plugs with which they coincide.
3. Empty Out Before Packing Up
If any of your devices require batteries, take them out before packing them up. The same goes for printers or other items with ink cartridges. Due to the fluctuations in temperature during the move and the shifting of boxes, there’s a probability of ink leakage or batteries overheating during transit. Ink leakage could cause permanent damage to a variety of personal items.
With devices such as Blu-Ray players or computers, eject any contents like CD’s ahead of time, so they don’t get lost or damaged.
4. Unpack Sooner Rather Than Later
Your electronics may have made it through the move unscathed, but what about during the unpacking process? Many professional moving companies suggest you unpack your electronics sooner rather than later. Doing this is so you can avoid any damage that may ensue while boxes are being shifted around from room to room. Setting up wifi, the TV, and your computer means your home can be a functional space sooner as well.
5. Climate Controlled Space
If you’re in your new home, bring your electronics in the house with you as soon as possible. Leaving them out in the garage, truck or carport is a surefire way for damage to occur as they face exposure to a variety of elements and regular temperature changes.
If you’re unable to move into your new home immediately, you may be left renting out a space to store your things for a few weeks. If this is the case, find a storage facility that is climate controlled and well-secured. If there are units available, choosing one at least one story up from ground level would decrease risks of water damage or flooding as well.
While packing up electronics in the storage unit, it’s important to keep them covered, and in the back of the unit. Even though most storage places are secure, there is always a chance that thieves are looking to steal electronics. Covering them keeps them out of view, and placing them in the back makes your electronics much harder to reach. Lastly, make sure you put your electronics among well-distributed boxes to avoid crushing them.
When moving, make a conscious effort to secure your electronics along with your other household items. Making this additional effort will ensure safety while transporting your things to your new home, and give you peace of mind.