Electronic devices such as TVs, laptops, computers, tablets, video game consoles, and stereo systems, are all vital parts of modern homes. But, they are also usually very fragile and require special care when handling and packing them! Are you wondering how to pack electronic devices when moving home? We’ve got you covered.
While some people tend to worry about transporting their fine china or ornaments, most removalists Sydney to Brisbane understand the importance of moving your electronic items safely.
Besides some being heavy and bulky, it’s not the only thing to worry about. If you don’t pack items correctly, there is a risk mechanical failure may occur, due to a physical shock.
Most people believe that an idea must be dropped to be damaged, but that’s not the only way it can occur. There are other factors like shaking the device too much. Or environmental factors like rain, humidity, and freezing temperatures.
Here is a guide for how to pack electronic devices when moving home the right way.
Buy Packing Materials
The first thing you will need to do is to buy the packing materials so that you can properly pack your device.
It is important not to skimp or try and cut corners on packing materials. Trying to save a few dollars on some bubble wrap, can lead to a device worth thousands of dollars becoming broken or damaged.
You will need to buy:
- Thick cardboard boxes
- Bubble wrap
- Packing peanuts
- Strong Packaging Tape
- Sealable Bags
- Permanent Markers
- Twist Ties
- PVC Tape
Disconnect Your Electronic Devices
Make sure to switch off all of your devices and unplug them from the wall. Electronic devices need to be disconnected and sometimes dismantled before packing them. It’s recommended to go through the manufacturer’s manual first to check if there are any special instructions you need to follow before you disconnect, dismantle, and move your device.
If you’ve thrown out the manual (who hasn’t!), don’t worry, you can easily access most of them online now directly on the manufacturer’s website.
Before you start disconnecting all the cables, use your phone to take pictures of exactly how the cords connected to each device. Once you have, then disconnect all the cables, such as video, data, power, keyboards and any other devices.
When it comes time to set up the devices at your new home, you’ll be glad to have taken a few seconds to take the photos, as it makes it much easier to set everything up again!
Keep All The Accessories Together
Keep all the cables and wires for each device neatly together, Use twist ties to tie them, and then put them in sealable plastic bags. Also, be sure to label each bag, so you know which device the cables belong to. Place all the cables and wires into the same box as the electronic device which they belong with.
Don’t forget to remove any external storage devices or media like CDs, DVDs, and external hard drives from the electronic device. Keep them in their cases.
If you have any printers, remove the toners and ink cartridges and keep them in a sealable bag.
Protect Your Electronic Devices
Wrap each device carefully with bubble wrap or packing peanuts. Make sure you only use anti-static materials, and never use anything which can conduct electricity – this could damage your device.
Wrap each device individually. You should make sure that no two devices rub against each other. If they do, it may also lead to causing damage.
On the bottom of each box, place a thick layer or two of bubble wrap. If you no longer have the original box for the device, then instead you can use thick cardboard boxes. But be sure only to put one device into each box.
Carefully put your electronic device into the box. Use bubble wrap or packing peanuts to secure any gaps in the box. You should ensure that there is no empty space anywhere which would allow the device to move in transit.
This is a crucial step, and it’s often the main reason why electronic items get damaged in transit. It’s better to overfill each box not to have enough bubble wrap or packing peanuts.
Electronic Device Packing Tips:
- Media such as CDs and DVDs are not able to handle hot temperatures. If you are moving during the extreme summer heat, then it’s a good idea to instead transport these items with you in your car
- So you don’t lose remote controls, pack them with the device they belong to. To be super organised, put them in the plastic envelope which the owners manual came in.
Label Your Electronic Items
Next, make sure to seal the box using packaging tape. If the item is heavy, then reinforce the bottom of the box with a few layers of tape, to stop it breaking while being moved.
Label every box with a permanent marker what is inside, and also write FRAGILE and THIS SIDE UP. Do this on all sides of the box, and make sure also to draw a big arrow pointing upwards.
This will make sure that the removalists take extra special care when handling these boxes.
Moving Electronic Devices
It’s always recommended for professionals to take care of moving your electronics. They have been professionally trained to handle fragile and expensive items, as well any which are bulky and heavy.
Also, if it is raining outside,Removalists Sydney to Newcastle can wrap items such as large-screen TVs to give them protection from the elements.
If you are feeling nervous about packing your electronic devices, there are professional packing and unpacking services available. Next Level Removals have professional packing services at affordable prices. We take care of your items as if they were our own, and ensure they arrive safely at your new home. We also offer an unpacking service and can have them set up for you, without you ever having to worry if they will be damaged.
Electronics quickly become obsolete and upgraded. If you have any electronics you don’t wish to bring to your new home, the City of Sydney has tips for responsible rubbish disposal when moving house.