Moving locally or long distance both involves many moving parts that all need to come together to have a successful moving experience. Having a move that’s pulled off with ease and with as little stress as possible requires a lot of planning and preparation to ensure that all of your items are kept safe and to make sure everything is packed correctly and transported safely. Having the right packing preparation and planning becomes even more important when moving electronics – especially when it comes to long-distance moving.
As we all know, electronics can be pretty fragile and are especially susceptible to things like heat, dust build-up, or humidity, even over just short periods.
So how do you make sure that your electronics are kept safe during your moving process? Learn the best packing and moving tips for electronics with this complete guide to moving and storing electronics.
When it comes to looking for the best packing tips for electronics, you’re probably looking for the best ways to pack your items in a way that will keep them protected from any possible damage, while also keeping them shielded from contaminants that can easily hurt their function.
Packing electronics by yourself can be tricky, there’s no doubt about it. If you’re not using professional packing services for your move, you’ve done the right thing in doing your research to make sure your things are packed properly for your move or to be put into storage.
Packing electronics comes with the need for forethought and proper planning. Before you start packing anything, you should gather up all of your items’ user manuals (if you need to have them), and also look into getting more expensive or large items insured before your move.
You should also invest in Apple Tags or some sort of tracking device to put on phones, laptops, or especially essential electronics just in case they get misplaced during your packing process. It can be easier than you think to absentmindedly pack your phone away, so save yourself the trouble of having to pack and unpack to look for items.
The idea of packing electronics can seem intimidating at first, but don’t worry – it’s easier than you think. Preparing your devices properly and removing unnecessary items from them that could cause damage will let them stay safe and be in a good state for moving. The following are some cursory packing tips for electronics:
Remove batteries: Take the batteries out of all of your electronics and remotes to save them from overheating or leaking, which can cause serious damage. Store your batteries in a secure and sealed container for your move.
Charge Rechargeable Batteries: If your items have rechargeable batteries that can’t be removed, charge them before you leave to keep them from going dead during the course of your move.
Remove DVDs or Games from Consoles: Video games and DVDs can easily be forgotten in consoles or DVD players before a move. Remove these discs and tape your drives shut to keep them from being damaged.
Remove Toner & Ink Cartridges: Take toner and ink cartridges from printers and store them in a bag or in a secure, sealed container.
One of the most important things you can do when preparing electronics for a move is to keep all of your cables organized and label everything. It might be time-consuming now, but it’ll save you tons of time when unpacking. You can even coordinate your wrapped-up cable by putting matching stickers on them with the device they go to. Secure your cables in either their own separate bags or one big one (if they’re secured individually).
When packing electronics like computers, always back them up before packing, and store especially important information in a cloud or on an external hard drive so that you won’t lose anything in the event of damage. Vacuum your desktop computer to remove any dust that may have built up, and tighten any screws as well.
When packing your computer, always use packing paper instead of packing chips. Chips might be convenient but can make electricity build up, which can be very bad for your hardware.
For computers and other electronics alike, always cushion them with towels, sheets, or blankets (or bubble wrap) and secure everything so that nothing can move around or get jostled. Wrap larger items with bubble wrap and cover screens with towels and bubble wrap. Try to keep the electronic secure with cardboard to keep it in place.
When moving electronics, you’ll need to make sure that everything is labeled and organized so that they’re not stored improperly or have anything stacked on top of them. For local moves, they’ll be in and out of your moving truck pretty quickly, but if you’re putting them into storage or moving them over long distances, make sure they have enough padding to keep them secure when being transported on the road for long periods.
If you’re moving during the summer, also keep in mind that electronics can be particularly susceptible to extreme temperatures or humidity. Always take extra precautions to keep your electronics safe, especially in moving trucks that aren’t temperature controlled.
If you’re moving over a long time span in excessively hot or cold temperatures, try to do what you can to keep electronics out of these environments for long periods. Keep laptops, phones, and tablets with you, and in extreme cases even try to transport your desktop computer with you during your travels so it can be in a temperature-controlled car.
Prolonged exposure to hot or cold temperatures can compromise your devices or equipment if left unattended for long periods, so always stay apprised of the climate you’re currently in or are moving to.
The same process for moving electronics in hot or cold environments goes for exposing them to humidity for long periods. Humidity is the enemy of internal hardware and electronics in general, so if you’re storing them for a long time or moving them over long distances, try to avoid leaving them in environments where they can experience humidity or moisture buildup. The health of your equipment depends on it!
When packing, moving, or storing your electronic items during a relocation you should always take care to keep your items safe and well cared for during their time in your moving truck or storage. Taking the right precautions will keep your items safe and shielded from damage.
As we have discussed the ins and outs of packing and transporting electronics safely during your moving process, next is finding the right moving company to work with for your relocation. After all, you can go above and beyond to try and pack your electronics responsibly and with their safety in mind, but if you work with movers who don’t have your best interests in mind, or who don’t prioritize the safety of your electronics or fragile items, all of your preparation could end up being for naught.
If you’re looking for a moving company with the most experienced team of moving crews and customer service staff who are truly here to help you through the entire process, look no further than Ray the Mover. Working with the right movers for your relocation will also ensure that your fragile electronics or items are kept safe and handled responsibly.
Over our many decades in business, our company has achieved countless successful moves containing electronics and other items which require just a little extra care. Our experience and attention to detail during every aspect of your move, and when handling your items make all the difference in ensuring that your items are kept safe and in their best condition during a move of all distances.
Learn more about what Ray the Mover can do to keep your items safe and receive a free quote from us today.