If you are like most Americans, you probably have a fair amount of electronics to pack up before you move to your new home, ranging from televisions and gaming systems to computers. Here are a few tips that will help you protect your electronics during the packing and moving process.
#1 Back Everything Up
The first thing you want to do is back up all files that you have stored on electronic devices such as computers and tablets that you plan on packing up for your move.
There are multiple ways that you can back-up these devices. You can upload all of the documents, movies and pictures that are stored on your computer or table and store it on a cloud back-up system. Both Microsoft and Apple run their own cloud back-up systems, and there are many third-party systems out there that you can use as well. You may have to pay for this storage; however it is worth it to know that all of your documents are backed up.
You can also back-up your computer on an external hard drive or with a thumb drive. This option allows you to back up your entire system, including your settings on your web browsers and other applications.
#2 Organize Your Cords
As you detach all of your electronic items, you are going to find that you have a lot of cords to deal with. As you disconnect each cord, place a piece of tape the location where the cord goes and mark it. For example, if you unplug your sound bar, put a sticker labels "sound bar" on the outlet where it should be plugged back into.
Then, take each electrical cord and wrap them up, tying the cord together. Label each cord as well, such as "sound bar" or "xbox one hdmi cord". Try to keep the cords in the same box as the electronic item that the cords go with.
Finally, it is a good idea to take a picture of how all the cords hook up to make it easier to set up your electronics when you move.
#3 Packing Supplies
Whenever possible, if you still have the original box that your electronics came in, try to use these boxes as they are best suited to keep your electronics safe.
If you don't have the original boxes, purchase cardboard boxes that are just slightly larger than the item that you have to store. Try to keep it down to one electronic item per box.
When packing up your electronic items, wrap all of the screens with blankets or plastic wraps. This is the best way to ensure that the screens don't get scratched in the moving process.
Fill in the area around the electronics with packing material such as bubble-wrap. You want to use packing materials that have anti-static properties like bubble wrap as static can ruin your electronics. Add enough packing material so that your electronics are secure and can't move around at all.
Finally, make sure that you clearly label all electronics as such. You are going to want to keep your electronics upright, so when you package your television, computers, etc, make sure that you mark which side is up and which side should be the bottom as well. Additionally, mark all of your electronic boxes as fragile to ensure that whomever is assisting you with moving takes extra precautions with your electronics.