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Preparing for a house move and packing your electronics involves a lot of careful preparation to ensure your devices arrive at your new home safely and in perfect condition.
From your printer to your computer, there are several ways to minimise the risk of damage to your electronics, but as long as you prepare in advance, you should be fine.
This week we have created a guide to help ensure you devices arrive safely.
When you are moving expensive electronics, always expect the worst to happen. Make sure you have your receipts or guarantees to hand, so that in the unlikely event of damage to your items, you will have the exact replacement costs. If you are using your own boxes, make sure they are large and sturdy – some electronics like printers can be heavier than you expect. Otherwise, look into getting the appropriate insurance cover.
Many removal companies offer top-of-the-line moving equipment from boxes to moving blankets and bubble wrap for a small fee, minimising any risk to your items.
Before you start packing, make sure all of your files are backed up on an external device that you keep separate and with all of your other valuables during your move.
This way, in the event of damage or loss of your items, you can still access your photos, work files, research and personal documents.
Keep in mind that most electronic devices are temperature sensitive. Moving vans are not climate controlled, so if you’re moving on an extremely hot day the inside of your van can amplify the temperature and cause damage to your electronics.
Make sure you remove your ink and toner cartridges from the printer and keep them with you when you move, to prevent them being damaged in the removal van. The best way to pack your printer would be in its original packaging. Of course, not everyone keeps the packaging so you can try following the manufacturer’s instructions (available online).
General advice would be to pack the printer into a large, sturdy packing box and pad every side of it with crumpled newspaper and bubble wrap. Secure the printer head with cardboard or plastic to prevent it moving while in the removal van.
Computers can be heavy and complicated to pack, which is why many removal companies offer specialist services to help you and prevent damage. If you choose not to hire a removal company, it’s recommended that you use the original packaging the computer arrived in to repack it. You may not have the original packaging, so in this case you should use a large box and once again pad it with newspaper and bubble wrap.
As with other electronic devices, wide screen TVs should be packed in their original boxes, and if these are not available, a large, sturdy box with a lot of newspaper and bubble wrap. Any antennas should be disconnected and packed separately.
When you pack your devices, make sure you keep any wires or other parts separate, but tape them to the box so you know which device they belong to.
If you are concerned about how you are going to reassemble your electronics yourself, take photos of where all the wires go before you pack them away. This will give you a visual guide of how to put everything back together when you unpack.
A professional moving company can make this even easier for you, as they often offer reassembling as part of their service.
Check your devices as soon as they are delivered to your new home, to make sure they are in good condition and they haven’t been damaged while in transit.
Moving electronics will take some time and preparation, but if you have the right boxes, keep wires separate and take photos to remember how to reassemble them, your devices will be up and running in no time. However, it’s a good idea to be prepared for the worst case scenario by backing up all your files beforehand, and keeping any receipts or guarantees on the devices.
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