How to Pack Electronics for Moving
With the advancement of technology, electronics have become an inevitable part of our lives. Whether we enjoy ourselves playing video games on the latest console, or we work from home on our laptop, PC, or tablet, we cannot live without electronics. Not to mention flat-screen TVs without which our favorite series would never be the same. It is important to learn how to pack electronics properly before you move. These items are indeed useful, but they can be quite expensive as well. So, packing them correctly is your number one priority, and we will help you with this endeavor, do not worry.
Get the right packing equipment
Having the right packing equipment is half the job already. Go into the nearest DIY store or improvement store to get the high-quality packing material for your electronic devices. Here is what you will need:
– Moving boxes
Only in case you do not have the original boxes in which your devices came in, get high-quality moving boxes. Make sure to measure the items first and get moving boxes that are just slightly larger than the dimensions of the items.
– Anti-static bubble wrap
This type of bubble wrap will prevent damage to your electronic devices, so you want to buy a whole roll of it.
– Packing paper
Packing paper is vital here, as we do not recommend using old newspapers in this situation. Newspaper print can leave marks on your devices and also cause unnecessary scratches. So, it is better to stick to the packing paper.
– Moving blankets
If you cannot find a moving box that would fit some of your items, you can use moving blankets. Regular blankets will help, too.
– Permanent markers
Labeling the boxes that contain electronic devices is simply a must.
Before you start packing electronics for moving
There are a few things that you need to do before you start packing your beloved electronics.
– Back up all the important documents
In case of any accidents it is possible that you can lose every important document that you have on your laptop or tablet, or even a PC. So, before moving your items, do a backup, and save all the important things on an external hard disk or a cloud. In this way, even if something does happen to your items, the damage will be considerably smaller if you still have your files.
– Change your passwords
Whether you are doing a DIY move or hiring a moving company to relocate your items, consider changing your passwords. Just to be safe, you should have a password on your electronic devices that is really hard to guess.
– Take photos
You will have to disconnect everything before the move, so you want to take photos of your devices. This is particularly good as evidence in case some of the items get damaged. However, your primary concern is to have the photos of which cable goes where, which will make it easier for you to unpack.
– Disconnect all cords and cables and keep them together
Take a sealable plastic bag and remove all the cords and cables from your electronic devices. Take a separate bag for each electronic device. Saving all items in this way will help you unpack electronics with ease. Plus, it would not be great if you lost remote control or your mouse, and if you have to buy them again.
Protect the devices before packing them in a moving box
Take each electronic device that you have and roll it up in a packing paper or plastic stretch wrap. Apply the bubble wrap after the packing paper. It is not recommended that you apply the bubble wrap directly on the screen of your computer for example, so always have a protective material go first. Bubble wrap will help you tremendously to protect electronics, just not when applied directly. Also, you can use moving blankets to cover your items, especially if you are not placing them inside the moving boxes (If you were not able to find the moving boxes of the right dimensions, for example).
Place the items inside the moving boxes and tape the boxes
This part is somewhat tricky. Place the protected items inside the moving boxes carefully. We highly recommend that you always call somebody to help you, be it your friends, or Brooklyn movers. The important thing is that you do not accidentally drop your items, or damage them when placing them in a moving box. Tape the moving boxes on the bottom and on the top to ensure that they will not open during the relocation.
Label the moving boxes and the plastic bags
In other words, label everything. As soon as you pack a moving box with a certain item, write what is in it immediately. Otherwise, you will forget, and you will have to open the box once again. Put a big “fragile” label on at least 3 sides of the moving boxes. Furthermore, put a label for “This side up” and “This side down”. Label the plastic bags so that you know which pieces belong to which electronic device. Make your life easier by labeling the moving boxes before the move.
Place your items safely inside the moving truck
This is also a vital part of the packing process. Place all the boxes upright and do not lay them down. If possible, put them between soft items such as mattresses and rugs. Also, make sure that no other item can fall on your electronic devices.
Hire professionals to pack electronics for you
Remember, you can always hire professional moving companies Brooklyn to assist you with packing your electronics for moving. If you do not have the time or your electronic devices are just too expensive, hire the pros. They have the right skills and know how to prepare the items for relocation. Plus, you will always have moving insurance. What matters most is that you do not stress about the relocation too much, your health should be your primary concern. Good luck!