What is the first thing you like to unpack as soon as you are done moving? For some it might be furniture and for others, kitchen essentials. But then there are those, who simply cannot proceed with unpacking until the TV is installed or at least the music system is playing music. These are the people who need to be extra careful when they pack electronics.
Moving is more than just stressful. Sometimes, it’s a little saddening. You miss your old, familiar comfortable home and are in a new, empty house, littered with brown boxes. At such a time, a TV or a music system brings in a little bit of that comfort and familiarity into your new surroundings and you feel like this could work. That is why it is so important to pack electronics very carefully, so that you can find and set them up as quickly as possible after moving into your new home, and listen to Ed Sheeran over a bowl of microwavable mac-n-cheese after a long day of unpacking.
Then of course, there’s the matter of electronics being so fragile that they require extreme caution while packing or else, a single slip could cost you thousands of dollars. Either way, some smart packing tips are in order. So here are some steps you can take to make sure your electronic devices survive the move undamaged and are ready for use in minimum possible time.
Basic Steps to Pack Electronics
Before going into item specific instructions, there are a few basic steps that apply to every electronic equipment you need to pack.
- First of all, get lots and lots of bubble wrap. Bubble wrap is singlehandedly the most important accessory you need while packing for a move.
- Pack all your electronics in multiple layers of bubble wrap to make sure they remain completely undamaged. You can buy rolls of bubble wrap from an electronics store or online.
- For heavy and expensive items, it is a good idea to study the user manual for packing and moving instructions for each item. If you don’t have the manual lying around, you can visit the manufacturer’s website for detailed instructions.
- If you need to disconnect wires from any product, be sure to pack and label each wire diligently. This way, all your wires are easy to find and connect instead of showing up as a tangled mess.
- Clearly mark all boxes containing electronics as ‘fragile’ so the movers are careful with them.
- Click pictures before dissembling parts so that it is easier to re-assemble them later.
Packing your TV
A 50 inch flat screen TV may be fun to watch but to pack and move, not so much. The extremely fragile and overly expensive TV set needs to be packed with ultimate caution to prevent damage and preserve its sleek looks as a single scratch can ruin the set. The dozens of minute, interconnected electric components that are prone to damage only make the job harder. Investing in anti-static bubble wrap is a good idea for extra-safety of delicate electronic components.
Having ensured maximum protection with a bubble wrap, it’s time to box it up. Invest in a custom crate if it’s a long haul. Make sure the TV is placed upright in the truck and no other heavy boxes are stacked atop as the slightest pressure can damage the screen. Blankets, pillows or towels can be used for added safety.
Whether it is a modest two speaker unit or an extravagant 7.1 channel surround sound music system, your audio system and all its wires, adapters and accessories must be packed carefully to prevent the slightest damage.
These music systems are often a network of wires, with the speaker connections, power cable, aux cable, Bluetooth adapters and a few others, forming an electronic spaghetti that can be hard to untangle. Disconnect everything that can be disconnected and pack in individual, labelled plastic bags. Then place all the different parts together in one large box adding newspaper, towels or extra bubble wrap to fill the gaps and prevent collisions within the box. A single damaged wire can ruin the entire music system so play close attention to each part.
With a laptop, you shouldn’t have too much problem but a little care can only help. With a desktop however, a lot of care is needed. Detach separable components and pack the monitor just like you would your TV. Individually wrap all other components and finally put them in one big box with sufficient padding between components. The jumble of wires is ample here too, so use twist ties to hold them in place and prevent tangling.
Defrost and air-dry the refrigerator. Pull out the racks, chill tray and everything else that can be pulled out and pack it separately. Use a rope to secure the doors so they don’t open up mid move. Use blankets for extra protection and load upright in the truck to ensure maximum safety.
Washer and Dryer
Drain the washer and the hoses well. Disconnect the water and power supply and set up washer locks. Roll up and twist tie or tape the cord. Once again, add enough padding to prevent scratches and bumps. Disconnect the dryer from the main supply and clean it out thoroughly before packing. While washers and dryers are not overly heavy, they are fairly fragile so make sure your movers are careful with them.
Taking proper care of every single appliance during packing and moving ensures heightened safety so your products arrive at your new home undamaged and last longer. With the above instructions for how to pack electronics, you will add years to the life of your equipment and knock off a great deal of stress and anxiety that comes with moving.
Guest Author Bio: Nicola Reynor is a passionate blogger who loves to blog about fashion, beauty, travel, health, fitness, wedding and lifestyle trends. When in leisure time, she prefers to spend time in traveling with friends and family.