Removals 101: How to Pack Electronics
Moving is an extremely stressful experience – and specialists confirm it. Aside from the fact that you will have to go through the hassle of finding a suitable place to live in (which, given the economy these days can be quite difficult), you will also have to handle the actual moving house part too. Packing the electronics can be one of the most difficult jobs when it comes to moving. Most likely, these are items you have paid lots of money on and you will not want them to be damaged in any way during the removals. Making sure that they are properly packed can account for a large part of their safety. To make your life a bit easier, we have gathered some of the best tips on how to pack electronics. Continue reading and find out more about this. 1. Ideally, you should still have the manufacturers’ instructions for each of the electronics you have to pack. Most likely, you will find there detailed instructions on how to pack the items according to their characteristics. 2. Also ideally, you should have the original boxes with you as we. This will ensure you that you pack your electronics in properly fitting boxes and that they don’t “wiggle” around in the box during the removals. 3. If you don’t have the original boxes, you should definitely talk to your moving company and ask them if they can sell boxes for your electronics. Remember that finding boxes that are only a bit larger than the items you are packing is absolutely crucial for their safety, so do pay attention to how you pick the sizes. 4. If any of the items you are packing has an ink cartridge or toner, remove it and pack it separately, in a sealable bag. CDs, DVDs and other similar items should also be removed and packed separately – not just for their safety, but for the safety of the equipment as well. 5. Remember to “seal” the connecting ports of each of the items you are packing as well. Generally speaking, it is recommended that you use round coloured labels because this will help you “detangle” everything later on when unpacking too. 6. If you do use coloured labels for the connecting ports, make sure you use the same coloured label for the wires and cables too. If you notice that you have ran out of colours to use, number the ports and the cables affiliated with them as well. This will feel like extra-work, but it will make unpacking much easier!7. Also, remember to use twist ties to secure all the cables as well. Pack them in sealable bags, the same as you did with the toner/ink cartridge and CDs too. 8. It is very important that you pack everything by using antistatic cushioning such as bubble wrap or packing popcorn. Don’t use anything else because although it may provide your electronics with plenty of cushioning, it can damage them if it’s not antistatic. Also, remember to use cushioning especially on the bottom of the boxes because that’s the area that gets “hit” very frequently during the removals. 9. To avoid accidents, place the larger boxes (the largest pieces of equipment) at the bottom and then the smaller ones on top. If there’s any empty space between the boxes in the van, cushion them with clothes, bed linens and pillows you’ve packed in plastic bags. This way, you will avoid them bumping into each other. 10. Don’t forget to place “fragile” labels on all the boxes containing electronics!