Packing Electronics Carefully and Safely

Today’s homes are full of electronic items that can easily be broken in many different ways when they are moving from one place to another. Because of how fragile, both inside and out, most electronic items are, they have become one of the most difficult things to move. Thankfully, more and more people successfully relocate such items every day in the modern world, which means that tried and true methods of packing these things do exist. It is these packing methods that you’ll find outlined below, all of which can be adjusted to account for various similar items or items that range in size from smaller versions to much larger ones.

Computers

Nearly every house has a computer these days, so knowing how to pack one will come in handy as you begin the process that will relocate your goods to your new home. Follow these steps and you’ll find just how simple packing your computer can be.

  • Backing Up – Before you do anything, make sure that you take time to back up any data on the computer. If something does go wrong while it is in transit, you won’t have to face the loss of your important data.
  • Disconnect – Next, carefully disconnect wires and connections, including any USB wireless transmitters that may be plugged in. It’s a good idea to keep the smaller items in a small ziploc, while wrapping all other wires into a larger one. Put the smaller bag in the larger one when everything is inside and seal it closed. Label the bag.
  • Static Protection – Static electricity can be the enemy to computer equipment. To prevent damage from static electricity, consider purchasing an anti-static bag large enough to enclose the entire computer in.
  • Boxing It – The best protection for your computer during a move is the original box that it came in. If that is not available, purchase a sturdy moving box that is larger than the computer itself. Line the box with Styrofoam packing and then place the computer inside. Cover it with more Styrofoam packing materials until you are certain that nothing inside the box will move around. Seal the box closed.
  • Important Notes – Towers should be packed so that they stand upright as internal components can become loose during shipment, causing damage or other problems.

Monitors and Televisions

If you have a computer, you probably have one of the newer, flat panel monitors as well. You might have a large television of similar stature as well. These items are very fragile and require special attention during the packing process.

  • Original Boxes – If you have the original packaging for your television or monitor, it is always a good idea to use it. Manufacturers have developed these containers to protect their goods the best way they can, and when you’re moving, they will do the same.
  • Choosing a Substitute – If you have to use a substitute box, consider purchasing one that is of similar size and shape to the one that was the original. This will allow you to pack the item in the manner the manufacturer once did.
    Disconnect – Don’t ever pack wires and other items with your television or monitor. These things can shift around in the box and cause damage during the move. Instead, disconnect everything and place it all in a ziplock with a label that will tell you what the cords go to. Remove the base and do the same.
  • Protect the Screen – Protecting the screen of your monitor or television is fairly simple. Cover the screen with a large sheet of thin, hard plastic secured with moving saran wrap. Consider purchasing special pads or use a soft blanket to wrap the entire screen and use the plastic wrap to secure it all.
  • Packing – Again, line the box with shock proof materials like Styrofoam and place the screen into the box. Fill all open areas with the packing material and seal the box closed. Be sure to label the box with the side that needs to be kept up.

Printers, Stereo Equipment, and More!

Chances are, there are probably other electronic devices in your home as well. Regardless of what you own, keep the following things in mind so that you can protect them by packing them correctly.

  • Always Consider Original Packaging – Again, the original boxes are always the best route to take, no matter what kind of delicate items you are moving. If you have access to these containers, make use of them first.
  • Room for Padding – Boxes purchased as substitutes for original containers should always have plenty of room for shock proof packing materials like Styrofoam peanuts.
  • No Empty Space – Don’t leave any empty space in the box when you are packing things. Empty space will allow the items inside to shift and move while they are in transit, which can ultimately damage what you are moving.
  • Purchase Insurance – Of course, you want to ensure your items arrive at your new home without trouble, but sometimes accidents do occur. Protect your electronics not only by packing them safely, but by having an insurance policy to cover any damage or loss that might occur.

Sure, moving is difficult, especially if you are trying to relocate with a lot of electronic items that can easily be damaged. Thankfully, our experts know just how to approach the situation and have offered tips that will help you ensure your goods make it to your new home without any trouble.