For some people moving house can be an exciting experience, a fresh start, if you will, while for others… Let’s just say that they might not find the idea very appealing. And do you know why? One word: Packing.

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Preparing your possessions for a move is a long and tedious process that requires a lot of patience. And one of the most stressful parts of this process is packing your electronics. They are one of the most fragile objects that we have and a damaged box or not enough bubble wrap can easily result in a broken 50” TV.

With that being said, we’ve prepared this nifty guide containing all of the information you’ll ever need to successfully pack your electronics for a move. From packing materials to making screen shields for your monitor, we got it all covered.

Packing materials you’re going to need

Before we start with the tips, you’ll need to gather a few packing materials that will facilitate the process.

For your convenience, we have listed all of them below:

  • The original packaging of your electronics;
  • Some bubble wrap;
  • A roll of strong packing tape;
  • A couple of permanent markers;
  • Some sealable bags;
  • A PVC roll tape;
  • A few twist ties.

If you’ve thrown away the original boxes of the electronics or they aren’t in a usable state, you can always buy a few cardboard ones. Go for the thick-walled kind for extra protection.

How to pack a desktop computer

Packing your desktop computer may sound like an easy task to complete, but in reality, there are a lot of things that you need to take into account.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to pack your desktop computer correctly, so it doesn’t get damaged during the move:

Step:1 Back up all your files

The first thing you need to do is to back up your important information. In the rare possibility that you might damage the computer in the relocation, it’s best to make sure that at least your files are safe. Get yourself an external hard drive, a couple of USB flash drives, or use an online cloud to store all of your information there. When it comes to important data, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Step:2 Prepare the computer cables

Of course, you’ll have to start by disconnecting your computer’s power cable. Make sure to turn off the electronic before you plug it out.

Plug out each cable from the monitor and computer tower. A good idea is to label the cords prior to removing them, so you know what goes where after the moving. When you are done with the labelling process, gather the cables, fold them neatly, and secure them with a cable tie or rubber band. Finally, place the cords in a medium-sized box, tape it shut, and name the container.

Step:3 The proper way to pack a computer tower

The first thing that should be on your to-do list is to secure the entire computer tower with bubble wrap. This step is necessary in order to avoid any potential damage from slight hits and vibrations during the transit. After you are done with the bubble wrap, get a big furniture blanket, cover the electronics with it, and place bits of packing tape for extra security.

The last part of the packing process is to position the tower inside a cardboard box. If the container is on the bigger side, ball-up a few pieces of paper and arranges them around the electronic. Tape the top of the box with a bit more tape, label it and you are done.

How to secure your monitor

For starters, if your monitor is on a stand that can be disassembled, remove it and prepare it for the moving separately. Once you are done with that, grab some soft packing paper and wrap it around the monitor. The most damage prone part of your monitor is the screen, so take your time to make sure it’s safe. Find a piece of cardboard, preferably a thicker one, and cut it accordingly to the screen’s measurements. After that, position the piece right on top of the screen and secure it with tape.

Now, remember the furniture blankets we talked about earlier? Grab one of those and just like with the computer tower, wrap it around the monitor and fix it in place with more packing tape.

The last step is to place this important part inside a cardboard box. Make sure that the container is the right dimensions, especially if you can’t find its original one. Again, if you spot any empty spaces, place bits of balled-up paper there. When labelling the box, it’s important to write “FRAGILE” on it, so you or the moving team know to be extra careful when handling the container.

Related: How to Pack Books when Moving House

A step-by-step on how to pack peripheral devices

Now that you’ve taken care of the computer tower and monitor, it’s time to pack the pieces that go along with them: the mouse, keyboard, speakers, and printer:

  • Step 1. Find the original packaging of all your peripheral devices. If you can’t locate them or you’ve just thrown them away in your last spring cleaning, no worries, like with the other computer parts, you can use ordinary moving boxes.
  • Step 2. Secure each device with packing paper and bubble wrap. When it comes to their cables, be gentle. Avoid pressing them too hard and DON’T twist them around. This way you will spare yourself the sight of a tailless mousse or faulty keyboard after the moving. Place the items inside their original packaging or arrange them inside a cardboard box. Again, label the cables so you can assemble them easier for when you decide to set up your computer.
  • Step 3. This step is for those of you who own a printer. In order to secure the device, you must wrap in bubble wrap, cover it with a furniture blanket, and tape it inside a moving box. The process is pretty much the same as with the computer tower and monitor.

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How to pack a TV for moving

Preparing your shiny, flat screen TV for moving is some serious business and you need to handle the task with care. If you want to make sure that you DON’T sacrifice your TV to the Gods of broken electronics, follow these packing tips:

  1. Disconnects all the cords. Unplug every single cable you see, starting, of course, with the power one. With the help of a bit of tape and a few pieces of paper, label each one. After you’ve named them, place the cords inside a ziplock bag.
  2. Protect the TV screen. Like we said earlier, the most fragile and priciest to repair part of an electronic is the screen. That’s why you need to make sure it’s REALLY safe. You have a few options here: you can either use the original protective sleeve that came with the TV, wrap it in some plastic wrap, secure the electronic with a furniture blanket and some rope, or protect it with packing paper. It’s all up to you.
  3. Place the device inside its original box. When it comes to packing a TV, it’s best to use the original packaging that it came in. You see, these type of boxes are a lot sturdier than regular moving ones and provide more protection. If you’ve thrown out yours, don’t panic, just find a box close in size to the original, place the TV inside and take a bit more time securing the screen.

How to pack a sound system for moving

Sound systems are a bit pretentious when it comes to packing, because of the many components. Still, pretentious doesn’t mean impossible.

Here is how to pack a sound system for a move the right way:

  • Unplug the system from the power supply and disconnect the speakers from the main device.
  • Get a piece of cloth, dampen it in some water and wipe any dust from speakers. The cloth needs to be just a little moist, not drenching in water – you don’t want to drown the electronic in water. Dry the device with a paper towel.
  • Cut a big piece of bubble wrap and spread it on the floor. Position the first speaker in the middle, cover it with the side parts of the packing material and tape in place. Repeat the process for the other speakers and the main unit, as well.
  • Prepare your moving box. Create an extra layer of protection by covering the container’s walls with more bubble wrap.
  • Place the main device inside the box and then the speakers.
  • Stuff any empty spaces with balled-up paper, tape the container shut, and label it.

Congratulations! You’ve just successfully prepared your sound system for a moving.

Hire a professional to help you

As you can see for yourself, packing electronics for a move is definitely something that you want to take seriously. If the task is completed haphazardly, you risk finding all of your devices damaged and your wallet won’t be happy about it.

So, how can ensure that all of your electronics are packed correctly? Well, why not just hire a professional to prepare your items for you? We at Fantastic Services offer expert packing services for a safe and sound move. The service is done by skilled packers and is also fully insured. If you don’t have the necessary materials to prepare your possessions, don’t worry, we also provide a box delivery service that you can combine with your packing one. Schedule your appointment with Fantastic Services here.

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Takeaways

  • When it comes to preparing your electronics for transit, it’s best to pack them in their original boxes.
  • Restrain yourself from bending and twisting any of the device’s cords in order to avoid potential damage.
  • If you aren’t sure in your packing abilities, you can always hire a professional to complete the chore for you.

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  • Last update: May 31, 2019

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