Moving house can be a daunting task, especially when you consider how fragile your electronics are and how expensive they are to replace. Below, we give you five simple tips to moving your electronics safely.
1. Back up your files
Ensure you’ve saved all your important files and documents to an external storage device. This will help you to be prepared in case of any damage or loss during the course of your move.
2. Note how all the cords were connected
Before disassembling and packing your electronics, note where and how they are connected. The simplest way to do that is to take a photo and try to replicate the same set-up in your new home.
3. Get the right packing materials
The best materials to use during a move is the original packaging that the electronic item came in. Unfortunately, most people simply don’t have enough space to keep packaging so you can replace that with sturdy cardboard boxes. The best option for wrapping the actual item, such as a flat-screen TV, is a packing blanket.
Avoid using newspaper against a computer or TV screen as the ink can stain. If you use a packing blanket or cloth, make sure it’s really soft. Then, wrap the item in anti-static bubble wrap or packing peanuts. The box has to be full in order to minimise the risk of it moving around and possibly being damaged. You can even use towels or sheets to fill in any small gaps in the box.
4. Organise your cords and remotes
Organising tangled cords can be frustrating and time-consuming. Keep cords in the same box as the device they’re used for. For remotes and more general cords like extension cords, use cable organisers.
5. Label everything clearly
Remember to label all the boxes as “fragile”, “handle with care” or “this way up”, especially if you’re using a moving company. Also, remember to label which room that device belongs to so the moving team can take each item to the relevant place.