5 Simple Steps to Protect Your Electronics During a Move
The average household contains many electronic devices, from expensive game systems to costly laptops and computers. Therefore, electronics are some of the most valuable assets to pack and safely get to the next home during a move. Look at these crucial steps to protect your valuable electronics during a residential move.
1. Prepare Your Electronics for Shutdown and Transition
Before disassembling your electronics, always make sure you first shut them down properly. Only unplug items like game systems or computers after first letting the system power down to avoid causing damage or risking losing files or data.
Also, depending on the type of system, ensure you have backed up the files. Ensure the files on your computer are backed up or stored in a cloud just in case anything goes wrong during the transition.
2. Disconnect All External Cords and Components
Use your phone to take a picture of how you have your electronics connected before unplugging everything. Later, when you have to set everything back up, you will have a picture to look at to help you put every cord where it should go. Once you have taken a picture, disconnect the cables and other external components. Roll them up gently as you disconnect these cords and place them in a zipper bag. Also, label the bag so you know what the cord goes to.
3. Pack Electronics in Original Boxes If Possible
If you have the original boxes that your electronics came in, package your items back in those boxes. The manufacturer designs these packages to protect the unit during shipment. Therefore, they can be beneficial for the same reason during your move.
If you no longer have the original boxes, look for small packing boxes that can keep the unit from shifting and moving but can house the system and connecting cords. Use bubble wrap or packing paper to fill any dead space within the box once all components are in place.
Make sure you label your boxes filled with electronics accordingly. Indicate “fragile” and “this end up” on all items that need extra care.
4. Protect Your Electronics During the Move
Electronics are more vulnerable to temperature fluctuations and moisture than many other household belongings. Therefore, these pieces may need extra care while you are moving. For example, if it will rain on moving day, wrap cardboard boxes in a plastic bag or place them in a plastic tote with a lid before moving the items from the home.
Some electronics should not be exposed to excess heat. You should keep computers in a climate-controlled area below 81 degrees Fahrenheit. Likewise, you should keep game systems in cooler temperatures to protect vulnerable components. Moving these systems in your air-conditioned vehicle may be best if the temperature outdoors is higher than what is said to be safe.
5. Trust Your Electronics and Valuables to Professional Movers
With a little guidance and enough support, you and your valuables can transition to your new home with no losses. Contact us for a free moving quote if you are preparing for an upcoming move.