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How to Pack Electronics for Moving

How to Pack ElectronicsSome of our most treasured items are our electronics – televisions, computers, DVD players, gaming stations, etc. Because we invested a lot of money in them, it’s crucial that we keep them protected during a move. We want them arriving at the next destination in the same condition in which they left, otherwise, the result could be costly in more ways than one.

To protect electronics during a move and save yourself a lot of headache down the road, follow these easy packing tips.

How to Pack Electronics and Moving Tips

Backup everything

Before doing anything else, back-up the data on all your electronics, especially computers. Should anything happen during the move, whether it’s something getting damaged or lost entirely, the situation will be made even worse if you also lose important data in the process. Backup the data on a thumb drive or external hard drive that you keep with you in your personal vehicle or upload it to an online service such as Dropbox.

Check the manufacturer’s guide

Most manufacturer’s guides come with packing instructions that will show you the best way to transport it for a move. They know the product better than anyone, so refer to that resource before any others before you start packing up expensive equipment.

Use the right packing materials

Most of what makes great packing comes down to using the right supplies. The best option for electronics is the original packaging if you’ve kept it. If not, opt for sturdy boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, and blankets to protect the equipment.

Also, tape the boxes with packing tape (it’s stronger than duct tape) and double or triple the layers for particularly heavy equipment. If you are going to store the boxes for an extended period, such as in a storage unit, make sure the tape fully seals the box so no dust can get in.

Label chords and take photos

One of the biggest issues people often have when moving electronics is figuring out which chord goes with what. To save yourself a lot of time and headache, take photos of how you have all your electronics set up. Then, carefully wrap up the chords and label each one with a different colored tape. Place a piece of the tape on the corresponding equipment. That way, setting everything up again will be a breeze.

Consider climate conditions

Most electronics need to be stored in a temperature-controlled environment. If the moving truck will be traveling for a long period of extreme temperatures, store them in your air-conditioned car instead or in a climate-controlled box. If you are going to store them in a storage unit, make sure it’s an air-conditioned unit.

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