Of all the things you have to worry about packing when moving house, electronic gadgets are one of the most fragile. Moving day can be stressful, and there is the risk of damaging delicate items like these. You can be sure that with a good removal company, your delicate belongings will be handled with care. Packing them yourself, however, means that you need to be extremely careful.
With the following tips, you do not need to worry about your appliances arriving in good condition.
Gather All Information
The first thing you should do when packing your electronics is to locate all your user manuals. You will need them, especially to reassemble the devices and plug numerous cords correctly. If the manuals are nowhere to be seen, you do not need to worry. Search the internet if you can, to find downloadable versions of manuals. Otherwise, take pictures of the connection before dismantling and packing. You can easily refer to the photos when reconnecting your devices.
It is also important to back up information on your computer before packing it. This is a safety precaution just in case there are any mishaps.
Get the Right Packing Materials
Ideally, you should move electronics according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. It is usually recommended to use the original packaging of your device at times like these. If the boxes happen to be lost or are somewhere between a DIY project and the recycle bin, it is still not a problem if you can lay hands on as many sturdy boxes as you will need.
When using your own packaging, wrap and cushion properly. Make use of towels or bubble wraps to secure the devices in the box. Bubble wraps are anti-static, and ideal for moving electronics. Screens should especially be covered with towels and bubble wraps. Do not use newspapers, as they could cause scratches.
Strong packaging tape and packing blankets or plastic wraps are also needed to secure your devices and avoid damages.
Before packing, you should take out batteries from all devices, including remote controls. Eject any CDs or DVDs as well. If you are moving printers, remember to remove the toner cartridges and store appropriately.
Take time to label carefully when unplugging your devices in preparation for packing. Even though it might be a tiring task, resist the temptation to pack all the numerous cords together without any form of differentiation either by labelling or colour coding. This makes the process of setting up in your new home easier (especially when you can’t find the manual).
When you have removed what you need to take out from your device and unplugged all the cords and cables, use the right packing materials and label properly, indicating fragile items, and how they should be handled.
Take Care When Unpacking
The job is only complete when you have succeeded in unpacking. Unpack your devices one at a time, and set up before moving on to the next. It is important to test as you go along to be sure that everything is in order.
By following these guidelines, you can be sure that your devices will arrive in good condition.