How to pack and move electronics
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Packing electronics for your relocation can be quite a chore. Part of the reason is that proper packing of electronic items means that they need to be packed individually. The best way to pack and move electronics is in their original packaging. When that is not possible, you will need to have quality packing stuff in order to protect your valuable electronics. You will also need to take extra care in preparing the moving boxes for the transport of electronics. Unfortunately, while there are specialized moving services, such as ones that piano movers NJ offer, for various things, there are none for electronics. You will need to do this on your own.
And that is what this article aims to help you with. We have gathered an array of handy tips to help you in this endeavor. So, let’s get started with:
How to prepare, pack and move electronics? – Useful tips
Here are the essential tips that may help you in this task:
- Find original boxes to pack and move electronics
- Gather high-quality packing materials
- Pack and move electronic individually
- Prepare moving boxes and place electronics inside
- Pack and move electronics – Label every box after sealing
- Load everything in the moving truck securely and safely
Find original boxes to pack and move electronics
The first thing that you need to do is gather every original packaging that you can. You are most likely using these boxes for cables or other miscellaneous items. The original packaging is custom made for that specific item and it will provide the maximum amount of protection. It is well worth your time to gather as much of the original packaging as you can. It will make your relocation much easier. Also, if you are planning on renting climate controlled storage NJ then you will not need to worry about humidity. If not, you will need to account for it, as well. Even if you do have original packaging, you most likely will not have the packing materials that go alongside it.
This is the next step, you will need to:
Gather high-quality packing materials
Depending on the type of electronic items, you will need to acquire different packing materials and moving supplies. These materials all need to be of high quality. The reason for this is that electronics are much more sensitive than, let’s say, chairs and sofas. You can’t afford not to protect these delicate items properly. And, unfortunately, regular packing materials will not be the best protection. While you can definitely risk it and go with standard stuff, the better option is to simply acquire higher grade items.
If you are unsure about which materials you actually need to get, the best option is to simply call your moving company and ask them for advice. Even if you are not hiring their packing services, they will be happy to provide packing advice. Their knowledge might be invaluable. Keep that in mind.
Pack and move electronic individually
Electronic items do not work well together, most of the time. The same is true when transporting them. Admittedly, the chance for damage is small even if you do end up packing them together, for most electronic devices, the fact of the matter is that it is higher than if you packed everything individually. You will also have a much better overview of what is where if you pack it one by one. If you cram a lot of electronic items together you are both running a risk of additional damage and creating confusion that you do not need. Simply avoid all of this and pack everything individually. That is the best and safest option.
Also, here’s a tip on actually packing these items. Any items that have wires or cables attached to them (which is a lot of them, to be frank) will need all those reattached after the relocation. The best thing to do is simply to take a picture of those cables inside the device before you unplug them. For added security, make several shots from different angles. Sometimes angles on the shot can really make it hard to figure out what goes where and you don’t really want that. All in all, make sure that you are absolutely certain that you will be able to put everything back together once you move. Simple as that.
Prepare moving boxes and place electronics inside
While the best idea is to pack electronics one by one, you can still place the individual packaging inside moving boxes. The best thing to do, before you place the electronics in, is to prepare the box. You may want to line it with some humidity-proof padding and additional shock-proof padding as well. This will ensure that your items will have maximum protection while inside the box. You never know what that box will have to endure so prepare it accordingly. If you think that you can toss the box from a 3rd story window without damaging the contents, you did a good job! Jokes aside, see that the box itself is also protected as much as possible.
Pack and move electronics – Label every box after sealing
After you seal the box with the electronic items, the next thing is to properly label it. Labeling a box properly has many benefits. First, it will make it really easy for you to figure out what is inside and where it is supposed to go. For this, you will need to both name the contents and the room they are from. Obviously, if you are moving all those items by yourself, you don’t need to be as specific. Unless you really have a lot of boxes of electronics, that is. If you do have a lot of boxes that you need to relocate, here are tips for labeling moving boxes. It will also make it a lot easier and faster for your movers to handle the boxes if they know what is inside and how to handle it. Don’t forget to label as fragile, too!
Load everything in the moving truck securely and safely
Finally, if you are doing the loading, make sure that there is the least amount of “wiggle room” in the truck. Ideally, no matter the way the truck twists and turns, the items within will not move. You may need to utilize some straps for this but for the most part, clever placement of boxes will do most of the work. Fill the empty spaces with paddings such as cloth and similar items.