Electronics are an essential part of daily life. While using them offers convenience and fun, disassembling and reassembling them for a move can be challenging. When planning a household move, you can simplify this process by taking a few proactive steps.
Moving electronics can be tricky since you don’t want to lose any pieces, cause breakage, or forget how to reassemble. Here are some tips to help you pack your electronics correctly, empowering you to get back online and up and running quickly.
Take Lots of Photos (or Videos)
The wires that connect our electronic gadgets can be confusing and tricky. Between TVs, DVD players, Blu-rays, game consoles, computers, printers, and other peripherals, you’ve probably got a lot of connections in each room.
To ensure you correctly reinstall all your electronics in your new home, take photos of how the installation for each device looks before you begin to take things apart. Know which plugs, cables, and jacks go where. If you think it might be easier to follow a video instead of photos, do that.
Pro tip: Mark/label wires, plugs, and connectors with different colors of tape or use another way to differentiate.
Carefully Prepare Your Devices
Before disconnecting your electronics, prep them for transport. Remove any disks or cartridges if you’re moving computers, laptops, DVDs, Blu-rays, and game consoles.
To be safe, run a backup on any computers/devices that store essential documents, photos, or other items. This way, you ensure you proactively safeguard crucial data and other digital resources if a device suffers damage in the move.
If you have printers and scanners you’ll be moving, carefully remove ink cartridges and store them separately to avoid any accidental messy spillages. Also, remove associated batteries from all devices.
Pack Your Electronics Carefully
If you still have the original boxes for your electronics, these are the best to use during a move. Most people don’t save all their boxes, so chances are you’ll have to find other packing solutions.
When packing delicate items, such as TVs, computers, and game consoles, be sure the boxes or containers you use are large enough to accommodate additional packing materials. The extra padding will eliminate any shifting during the move and protect your electronics from damage.
Label each box to indicate what it contains. Remember to note which remotes and other accessories go with each device so you don’t have confusion at the other end of your move.
Wait a Day to Use Your Electronics
For devices you don’t need right away, avoid using them for about 24 hours before plugging them in. This way, your electronics have time to get used to the new climate/temperature/humidity levels before you use them (especially if they’ve been in brief or long-term storage).
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