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It would seem, in this day and age, that the machines have taken over without us even noticing. Where would we be without our computers, our TVs and how would we cope without our phones, tablets, Netflix... Can you imagine?!
Preparing for a home 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 so that you can carry on with your life blissfully unaware that you now depend on electronics to get through the day.
From the printer to the computer, there are several ways to minimise the risk of damage to your electronics and reduce the risk of wrapping yourself in cables and slowly losing your mind. As long as you prepare in advance, you should be fine.
You will find some great packing tips on packing electronics on our Moving House Tips page but here are a few simple pointers for you:
A Removal Company found through Compare My Move will usually use a TV Packing Box which is specifically designed for packing and moving a television. The inside of the box is padded to keep your beloved television safe.
When you are unplugging all of your computers and other smart devices, there is a worry that you will lose the data, important information or family photographs on them, especially if there is an unforeseen accident and your electronics are damaged. Try to remember to back everything up before you move, just to be on the safe side.
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.
Cables and wires are items that are easily misplaced during a house move. It’s a good idea to tape the wires onto the inside flap of the box that the item has been packed into.
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.
For a fully stress-free move of your electronics, contact Comparemymove.com to find a reputable company to pack and reassemble all of your devices, and save up to 70% on your moving costs.
And finally, just to be on the safe side, make sure your more expensive electronics are suitably insured so that, in the unlikely event of damage or loss during the move, you are covered.