Amid all the packing and planning that goes into moving, it’s easy to lose sight of the importance of carefully protecting your computers and electronics. It’s a hectic time no matter how you slice it and taking the proper care when packing electronics is a step that should not be taken lightly. Between loading, a trip in a moving truck, and unloading, a lot can happen that could potentially damage these items. If a computer monitor or television is not packed properly, it doesn’t take much to damage the screen. The same could be said of video game systems and anything else that has an electronic component: even being jostled in a loosely packed moving box can cause permanent damage. Here are some steps you can take to make sure that everything makes it to your new home in good shape.
Back Up Everything
The last thing you want to happen when moving is to lose the contents of your computer. You likely have photos, documents, and other files on your computer that you don’t want to lose, which is why it’s very important to back everything up before moving. Thumb drives can be great for this since they are small and can be kept with you while travelling. Alternately, an external drive that can be kept with you while moving may be more appropriate if you have a large amount of data that needs to be backed up.
Detach Cords & Peripherals
This tip probably doesn’t need stating since it’s common sense, but you should detach any cords peripheral components before packing. Having loose or even tied up cables can cause just as many problems as damaging the devices themselves. Power cords especially can be damaged during moving if they’re left loose during packing. The connections for electronics are delicate and it doesn’t take much to render a charger or power cord useless if they are bent due to other items sitting on top of them.
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Use Appropriately Sized Boxes
In an ideal scenario, you would have the original boxes that computers, TVs, and other electronics came in. These boxes typically have some form of protection like Styrofoam inside them and fit snug to your devices so that there is no room for jostling during the moving process. Having said that, the reality is that most of us don’t keep the original boxes for items we’ve purchased. If you find yourself in this boat, do your best to find boxes that fit snugly around your electronics. In a pinch, you can fill slightly larger boxes with additional packing materials like bubble wrap to make sure that all items are securely packed to protect against drops and damages.
Temperature Controlled Environment Is Best
If it is an option for you (and many moving companies offer it), you should opt for a climate controlled truck when moving computer equipment. Extreme temperatures in either direction can cause damage to the small, delicate internal components of a computer or other types of electronics. Likewise, high and low temperatures can warp the external components of electronics.
Keep Like Cords Together
Keeping cords that go to the same item together can save you a lot of trouble on the back end of your move. There are many different ways this can be done and whatever system you choose is fine, so long as it works and helps keep you organized. One of the more popular methods are to use sealable plastic bags to keep electronics and peripheral components together, along with clear labeling as to what they go with. Another option is to use color coded stickers or even zip ties to keep everything together so you can easily reconnect everything once your move is complete.