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Tips for Packing Electronics

When moving, it’s important to take extra measures in keeping your belongings safe. This is especially true for your pricier investments that are expensive to replace. This includes electronics like computers, tablets, video game systems, and televisions. We’ve compiled a list of tips for packing electronics safely.

Save Boxes for Repacking

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The best boxes to use when packing up your electronics are the boxes they came in. Otherwise, it can be hard to find the perfect size box for them. If you no longer have the original boxes, make sure to use boxes that are large enough to fit in at least two inches of packing on all sides of the electronic.

Take Pictures Before Disassembling

Before disassembling your electronic setups, it’s helpful to take pictures first. This will make it a lot easier to set them up again. It eliminates the guesswork on the placement of devices and cords.

Unplug Electronics Before Packing

Make sure to unplug electronics 24 hours before packing or moving. This will ensure the electronics are cool enough to move, preventing internal damage. Unplugging electronics 24 hours in advance also reduces the risk of shocks caused by static electricity.

Remove Batteries

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Before packing your electronics, remember to remove all the batteries. If you leave your batteries in the electronics, they could corrode and end up destroying your devices. Batteries are much easier to replace than a whole device.

Back up Your Data and Files

For computers and tablets, it’s important to back up important data and files before putting them away in storage. As long as you keep these devices properly protected, you won’t have to worry about any damages, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Keep Cords Organized

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Use Color-coding

Because electronics involve a lot of cords, it’s easiest to keep them organized by color. You can do this by using colored tape or stickers. Place a color on a cord and then use the same color to place on the device where the cord connects. This will save time trying to figure out where each cord goes when re-assembling your electronics.

Use Twist-ties

To keep your cords from getting tangled up, you can keep them together using twist-ties. Pack cords together with corresponding items. This will allow you to set everything up quickly.

For more tips on an organized move, check out this post.

Protect Your Electronics From Dust

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You’ll want to keep your electronics safe from dust since it can cause damage. Make sure your electronics are wrapped well to avoid dust. In addition, keep the dust out by sealing the boxes your electronics are in with packing tape.

Clearly Label Boxes

A couple labeling boxes.

Clearly labeling boxes will help keep your move efficient, especially when you have multiples of the same item. For instance, if you have multiple televisions, you’ll want to label which room they go to on the box. Labeling your boxes will make it easier to find your devices. 

Only Use Climate-controlled Storage

If you need to temporarily place your sensitive electronics in storage, make sure to use climate-controlled storage units. Otherwise, your electronics could become damaged under certain temperatures. Cold temperatures will cause metals to contract which could warp its internal components. Hot temperatures could cause internal components to expand and break. High humidity can expose electronics to moisture which could make your devices unusable.

Hire a White Glove Moving Company

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We hope you found these tips for packing electronics helpful. If you’d rather not deal with the hassle of packing up your electronics, consider hiring a white-glove moving service like Megan’s Moving. Our full-service moving company can handle everything from packing to setting up all your electronics in your home. Request a quote for your full-service move today!

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