Being passionate about electronics, you are likely to have more than one piece or set of electronic items in your household. It is a good thing since you are keeping up with the tendencies of modern technology. Electronics make our lives more interesting and communication much easier. But, when it comes to moving house, your main goal is to learn how to keep your treasured and expensive gadgets safe throughout the move. If you don’t take necessary precautions while packing and moving electronics, it may lead to some serious damage to your precious gadgets. Handheld devices like video cameras, phones, and tablets should be kept in their original cases and transported with you. Read on to learn how to pack and move electronics.
Tips for packing and moving electronics
Plan and measure
If you’re moving locally, you can visit your new place and figure out the desired layout and plan where your electronics will be placed in the new house. On the other hand, if you’re moving long-distance, this will be a bit more difficult, but you can still see a place via video chat or ask your agent or a landlord to help you out and give some basic info. If possible, take measurements of large electronics and check whether your new home can accommodate them. It’ll be much easier to make a different layout or replace some electronic equipment before moving in and finding out you can’t make it work in your new home.
Gather packing materials
Get proper packing material and moving supplies. Original packaging is usually the safest packing material for your electronics. If you have saved the original packaging you won’t have to spend extra money on packing supplies and special moving boxes and you can rest assured that your items are fully protected. In case you don’t have the original packaging, make sure to protect electronics properly, by using packing paper, several layers of bubble wrap, or packing peanuts, and pack them in sturdy boxes marked “fragile”.
Check the manual
If you are not sure about how to pack your electronics consult the manufacturer’s manual that will lead you through the packing process step by step. Some electronic equipment may require special handling or a specific disassembling process, so if you don’t have the manual, try to find instructions online or in a local electronics store.
As mentioned earlier, electronics are usually very fragile and sensitive. Make sure you use enough bubble wrap, cushioning material, packing paper, etc. Also, avoid using newspaper to pack your delicate electronics. The ink can damage it, so, it’s better to use packing paper or paper that’s designed specifically for the purpose. For additional protection, you can use moving pads, blankets and old linens, or any other soft material that you already have at home. Make sure to fill empty spaces in the box after you pack your electronics inside. You can get specialty moving boxes from your NYC movers.
Everything seems easy while you’re disconnecting it, but you may easily forget how to repeat the process once you reach your new place and have to make everything work again. That’s why you should always take photos of the electronics before you unplug or disassemble them so that you can easily install them at your new place – just look at the picture you took and you’re good to go. You can also mark each cord with a different color so that you won’t waste your precious time trying to find where each of them belongs. Just use the same color for the device and its cord, and another color for another device, and the cord that belongs to it. It doesn’t take much time and you won’t mix up the cables.
When you finish packing, make sure each box is properly sealed with the packing tape. Label each moving box according to the content and make an inventory of each of them. An efficient floor plan and good labeling system will help your movers and helpers figure out where each of the moving boxes belongs.
Consider professional movers
Professional movers and packers have more experience when it comes to handling delicate electronics. Not only will they transport your belongings, but also they will disassemble and install all electronics at your new place. Hiring movers is always the most efficient and convenient. If your budget allows, we definitely recommend this option. Make sure to hire a licensed and reliable moving company that you can trust will handle your precious items with the utmost care.
Rent a storage unit
If your new home cannot accommodate some of the electronics you are not willing to sell or give away, consider putting them in storage Brooklyn. When it comes to storing electronics, always opt for well-maintained and climate-controlled storage units. Those storages will provide maximum security and protection against external factors, theft, damage, etc. While traditional storage units are fine for some types of items, your electronics will greatly benefit from a climate-controlled one.
Regardless of whether your electronics are going to be moved or stored make sure they are properly insured. Before you decide to buy additional insurance, check if your homeowner’s insurance covers your valuable electronics. Check your options before purchasing insurance because basic one may not be enough when it comes to valuable electronic items.
Save important data
Before you pack your computer, always make sure all important information is safeguarded. Back up all important data on an external drive just in case. You don’t want to leave to chance the outcome of your household move.
Handle with care
Be careful while unpacking moving boxes. Unpack electronics in the rooms they are supposed to be installed. Find all components associated with the device, small pieces, cables, and screws before you reinstall and connect them. Unpack one device at a time and then make sure everything works properly.
The best way to pack and move electronics is to hire professional movers. If you need a reliable and efficient company, Dumbo Moving and Storage is at your service. Contact us today to receive moving quotes.