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When it’s time to start packing for your move, it’s worth taking a few extra minutes to plan accordingly. If you just throw things into boxes, you’re sure to find a number of belongings damaged upon arrival at your new place. And, some of the most common items that end up sustaining damage during a move are electronics.
Considering these are often our favourite toys, it’s worth taking the time to learn how to pack these items away securely. If you’re not sure how to pack electronics properly, follow this quick guide to ensure they reach your new home safely and in perfect working condition.
Back Up Your Files
If you pack your belongings correctly, you shouldn’t have to worry about any damage during transit, but you should always be prepared nonetheless. By backing up your computers onto an external hard drive or to a cloud, you can quickly obtain your files in case your device doesn’t start properly.
Dismantle Your Devices
If you’re not sure how to properly dismantle your electronic device, check the manufacturer’s guide that came with the product, or check online. You should also take some pictures of how the cords were connected correctly to help you easily set it back up after you move.
Secure Small Parts
Nothing is worse than losing the screws, wires or other items that belong to your devices. So make sure that any small cords, screws, nuts or pieces are placed in a small bag and securely taped and labelled. If you’re dealing with a printer, make sure that the ink cartridges are removed and stored adequately before packing the materials.
Wrap the Screen
The screen is the most delicate part of any electronic. To ensure it’s protected during transport, tape a cloth layer to the screen and wrap it with bubble wrap. As a word of caution, never use a rough surface like cardboard directly on the screen as it can scratch the surface.
Gently Pack Materials
Packing in the original boxes and Styrofoam is best, but if you don’t have these around, then you can use a thick cardboard box and bubble wrap or packing paper instead. Just remember to avoid using any packing materials that could conduct electricity, and only use “anti-static” materials. And if you have any moving blankets, be sure to use these to add an extra layer of protection.
Label All Boxes
Once you’ve sealed the box, make sure to label the outside. Also add the name of the room where the box should go — once it has been moved into your new home, this will help save you time and effort.
When you’re not sure how to pack electronics properly, call us at First Rate Movers. We’ll make sure that all your personal belongings and favourite items are carefully packed, stored, and moved in one piece.