Electronic devices play an essential role in our modern tech-centric lifestyles. Whether it’s working remotely, watching TV, listening to music, or just surfing the web, most people heavily rely on their devices being ready on-demand. Likewise, most people want to ensure they are accessible shortly after arriving in their new home when getting ready for a household move.
Moving electronics can be tricky. Aside from keeping devices safe from harm during the physical move, you want to be able to ensure they’re reconnected correctly upon arrival at your new home. So here are some expert tips for packing up electronics for your move.
Take Photos of Everything
Let’s be honest. The wires associated with many electronic devices can get downright confusing. For example, most homes have a desktop, printer, and other peripherals that you must connect adequately. In addition, televisions and other video and audio components must be configured correctly and the cables connected in the proper places. To ensure these devices are reinstalled correctly at your new home, take a photo of how they are arranged and then mark wires and connections with different tape colors.
Prep Devices Properly
Before disconnecting a desktop, printer, scanner, CD, DVD, or Blu-ray player, be sure to prep them for moving. For computers, CDs, DVD/Blu-rays, ensure all disks are taken out and ensure trays are securely closed. While prepping the computer, take it a step further and make sure to perform a backup of any important documents, photos, or programs – this way, in the event the equipment is damaged, you don’t lose valuable digital resources.
When moving printers and scanners, remove all ink cartridges and pack them separately so you avoid any potential spills of ink/toner, which can lead to damage to your devices or other items they’re packed with. If you’re sure a box won’t tip, you can leave ink cartridges in (but why risk it?), but you should always remove cartridges for laser printers.
Pack Deliberately and Carefully
Ideally, you want to pack your electronics in their original boxes and padding if you still have them. If these boxes aren’t available, be sure to pack TVs, computers, and other items in boxes that are large enough to accommodate packing materials to keep devices snug and immobile. Use packing supplies that offer a little more cushion than paper, such as bubble wrap or other thick materials. For devices that have remotes, try to keep them with their devices. If not, be sure to label them with masking tape indicating which device remotes belong to.
Additionally, be sure to mark any box containing electronics as “fragile.” This way, your movers or anyone else handling these boxes will know to treat them with extra care and to ensure they are well-secured during transport to your new home.
Let Devices ‘Settle’ In
Once you arrive in your new home, try to avoid plugging in major electronics immediately. Instead, wait roughly 24 hours to allow them time to “settle” and get used to the temperature and humidity in the new location.
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