Tips for Safely Moving Your Electronics

Practically everyone has at least one piece of electronic equipment they’ve spent a considerable amount on. Whether it be computers, TV’s, or a full home entertainments system, these things have become an important part of our lives, and making sure they’re safe during a big move is something you want to ensure. The following are several tips that can help you keep your precious equipment well protected during the move itself and reduce the chances of any unwanted damage.

The first things on the list of important electronic equipment are computers. Many people depend on them for work and communication so they’re usually one of the last things you pack, but they’re also one of the most sensitive pieces of equipment you have. A majority of its parts are susceptible to static damage, and it doesn’t respond well to being bounced around, so making sure it is packed carefully is rather important. The ideal way to transport a computer is to have it in its original casing, but if it isn’t available a large strong box lined with packing material should do the job well. Make sure though that the packing material you use doesn’t carry a static charge (packing peanuts are not advisable because of this reason) and remember to back up any important data you have just in case. If you’re also transporting a printer, make sure that you remove any ink cartridges or toners and pack them separately to prevent the ink from leaking.

The next item on this list are large screen TV’s, and LCD or Plasma TV’s. The screen of a TV can easily become damaged if not handled correctly, so it is recommended that you ask your mover if they have the experience in dealing with them. An honest and professional moving company may suggest hiring a third party familiar with the electronics to properly disassemble and crate them for transport. Most manufacturers do have relevant information in their manuals about transporting large televisions, but it is always better to let experienced servicemen do the job properly. You don’t really want to take a chance especially when it concerns expensive electronics.

For your other electronic items, it’s also recommended that you either pack them in their original boxes or in ones that are well lined with non static packing material. Refer to their user’s manual for specific information about how they should be properly transported, and pack them early to avoid rushing which can lead to sloppy storage. Label each of their boxes clearly with the word “fragile” and “this side up” to prevent improper handling.

Your electronic equipment can be rather large investments and need to be handled with as much care as possible. Some of them you rely on for either work or personal use, and sometimes even both. The last thing you want is to damage a piece of equipment that has become a rather important part of your daily life, so a fair amount of diligence is always a good idea.

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