Electronic equipment can be challenging to work with on moving day. Your computers, monitors, printers, stereos, and TVs are valuable, expensive items that need to be protected when moving to a new home. This handy checklist will provide some helpful pointers and tips on how to pack electronics so that they are safe and secure for transport to a new location.
Back Up Computer Documents and Store Copies on CDs or DVDs
As you prepare for moving to a new home, make sure you safely back up all of your documents on your computer. It is always a good idea to back up your system’s files so that you have access to copies in the event of loss or damage. Options include using individual CDs, DVDs, or online cloud-based services for easy access. You can also purchase external hard drives if you need a device that can safely handle larger storage capacities. Office supply retail stores such as Staples and Office Depot offer a wide variety of storage devices including portable USB flash drives that can be easily carried in your handbag or shirt pocket.
Helpful Tips for Satellite and Cable Service Provider Customers
Check with your service provider before moving to see if you can keep the equipment and bring it with you to your new home. If the company provides satellite or cable services within the area you will be moving to, there should be no problems relocating the equipment to a new location. If you need to cancel your services, you can either return the equipment yourself or make arrangements for a company technician to pick up the items. Most service providers will provide you with additional tips on how to pack electronics including cable boxes, modems, remotes, and satellite dishes to prepare them for transport to a new home.
Mark Location of Equipment Wiring and Cables before Removal
As you disassemble your electronics and get them ready to be packed, you will need to have a guide to refer to when you reattach the wiring, cables, and cords after moving into your new home. The original product owner’s manual will come in quite handy as it provides visuals to help you get reconnected. If you no longer have the owner’s guide, you can browse online to see if the manufacturer offers product manual downloads. Other options include taking a photo with your mobile phone that clearly shows where all the wiring is attached to each device.
Remove Batteries and Ink Cartridges
It is important to remove the batteries within all of your electronics before you transport them. Batteries will corrode and can eventually leak over a period of time. You will also need to remove ink cartridges before packing your printer. Place the batteries and ink cartridges within separate plastic baggies, securely seal the bags or tie them shut with ties, and place labels or masking tape on each bag with a description of the contents. By keeping the batteries and ink cartridges separate from your electronics, you will protect them by decreasing the chance that their contents may leak during transit.
Securely Pack and Pad Your Electronics
You need to securely pack your electronics and pad them with materials such as bubble wrap. Use more than one layer of the protective bubble wrap on your devices. You can further protect your electronics by wrapping them with old towels and blankets and using packing foam to cushion them from possible damage during transport. This handy checklist of supplies and materials offers additional tips and suggestions on how to pack electronics so that they are safe and secure on moving day.
- Pack your electronics in the original manufacturer’s box it came in when purchased.
- Double-walled moving boxes are the next best choice to protect electronics.
- Heavy cardboard moving boxes can be substituted if needed when packing items.
- Plastic baggies are a good choice for storing batteries, cables, cords, and ink cartridges.
- Use permanent water resistant markers—they will come in handy if it rains on moving day.
- Cushion and pad items with multiple layers of bubble wrap, packing foam, towels, and blankets.
- Avoid packing peanuts as they produce static that can damage your electronics.
- Use masking tape or labels to mark the contents of each moving box.
- Create an inventory list of each item to have handy as you unpack after moving.