Tips for Packing Electronic Devices
Computers and electronic devices are major investments in the modern household. Whether they are used for education, work or fun, electronic devices have become an inseparable part of our existence. They help us shape our opinions, develop our talents, and provide opportunity for entertainment and relaxation. Moving electronic devices requires the attention deserving of valuable possessions. Here are some ideas that will help you move your electronic gear safely.
Those of you with adequate storage space and a little advance planning will have kept the original packing for your electronic equipment. If, like most people you no longer have the original packing you may like to consider specialised removal cartons. They can be pricey, but they do provide the protection required for your expensive gear.
You may have thrown out the box but have hopefully held on to the manual. Check for any advice contained in the manual regarding packing and handling during transportation. You may also be able to locate an online manual for your product make and model.
If using your own boxes, it’s a good idea to first protect the appliance in bubble wrap before securing the item with plenty of padding; this could include old pillows, cushions, blankets and soft clothing. You can even use crushed paper. The idea is to restrict movement of your appliance as well as cushion it from any impact during the move. Place lots of padding on every side, including the top and bottom. Some electronic devices are very sensitive to vibration and any reduction in shaking and bumping will go a long way toward ensuring your equipment arrives in good working order.
Make sure not to overload the boxes by squeezing too much in. Keep lots of room for padding and allow the boxes to retain uniform shape for ease of loading and secure transportation. Secure the flaps of your boxes with tape on the top and bottom, plus enough tape to surround the box in an X shape from corner to corner. Don’t use any materials or packing that will encourage static build-up as this can adversely affect your electronic devices.
Your boxes should be clearly labelled so the removalists can easily identify the contents and place the box securely at the top of the load. It’s also a good idea to label all your cables and remote controls so you can remember how all your equipment gets put back together.
Computer files can be backed up on a USB stick or hard drive, and printer ink cartridges removed and kept in a separate plastic bag before boxing. Remember to remove any CD’s and disks from player devices. If your goods will be spending time in storage as part of your move, take out any batteries from electronic gear to avoid deterioration.
It’s helpful to take photos of electronic device wiring configurations for easy identification later on. You may also like to keep a separate box for packing all your remote controls and operating devices. Paperwork such as manuals and warranties can be organised in a designated folder for easy reference.
Large appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, fridges and air-conditioners should be completely emptied and dried prior to moving. You should also disconnect major appliances the day before moving to allow everything to adequately cool down.
Its hard to imagine most people retaining their sanity without access to their electronic devices for more than a day or two. Professionals will ensure your equipment is handled with care and you can plug yourself back in to your world as soon as the move is over.