Have you ever moved before? If you have, then you know how many things go into one typical relocation. Besides hiring reputable movers, which is absolutely a must, you need to pack your house from top to bottom, and you need to do it right. Otherwise, your whole relocation process could go south, which is not something that you want. And, when it comes to this task, special attention needs to be given to packing electronics. Unless you opt for packing services, which is always advisable, this is something you will have to do on your own. So, don`t you worry, we`ve got you – here are the best tips for packing electronics to use for your next relocation!
Packing electronics 101 – How to survive damage-free?
Your electronics are pricey items, and they are categorized somewhere between fragile and valuable. Since they can be so easily broken, and they cost a lot to get repaired, you need to be careful. There really is no room for mistake when it comes to this task.
First things first, did you keep the original boxes?
If you have, consider yourself lucky! There is no better box out there for the packing of your items than the one your gadget originally came in! Thus, the first thing you need to do is take a look around your home? Were you lucky enough to keep all of your original packagings? If you have, we congratulate you! At least you won`t have to go shopping for moving boxes. That doesn`t apply to the rest of the packing materials, though!
Gather the necessary packing materials
When it comes to the packing materials, they are essential for any relocation, be it local or long-distance one. When you hire local or long distance movers when moving to Canada, they will come armed with everything it takes to relocate you and pack up your belongings. But, if you decide to pack your electronics by yourself, you have some shopping to do. The materials you need to get include:
- Protective packaging materials, such as foam peanuts and plastic wrap.
- Moving boxes (in case you don`t have the ones previously mentioned).
- Other packing materials, such as tape, markers, etc. which are also necessary for the safe packing of electronics.
Make sure you go into this process ready and don`t forget to buy everything you need. In order not to forget anything, making a packing and moving checklist would not be a bad idea. This way, you will have a clear and concise overview of all of your duties, so you can`t forget to do any of them!
Find the manuals
Your every electronic gadget will come with a product manual. In there, you have guidelines on how to use that product, but also how to properly protect it. Chances are that you will find more than a couple of tips on how to pack that gadget for moving. Apply it, as there is no one who knows your item better than the company that created it.
What to do with the cords
How many times have your headphones intertwined so much that you had to spend 10 minutes just to untangle them? Well, imagine the chaos that will ensue if you let all of the cords of all of your electronics go haywire. To keep that from happening, you can use the color coding system. What you need to do is place a colored sticker to the cord and place another one of the same colors to the place where that cord goes. It may sound complicated to you now, but it really isn`t. It is one of many good ways to remain organized in the days to come.
Back up your data
In these days where all of our important information is stored on our computers, backing up your data is crucial. And, it is not something that should be done just when you are moving. It is advisable that you back up your data on a regular basis, not just in extreme cases. And, when moving, and there is room for some unforeseeable circumstances to happen, this is even more important. Whether you choose Cloud or some other form of data preservation, it is up to you! Just make sure everything is safe and within your reach when you settle in your new residence.
Minimize the damage
Whether you are packing your electronics because you want to put them in a storage unit or to relocate them, it does not matter. There are a lot of bad things that could happen to your items while they are out of your home. While there is no way for you to prevent some of them, you get a say into how much damage your items will suffer. For example, dust is very easy to keep at bay, and it has a detrimental effect on your electronics if present for a longer period of time. To keep the dust away is simple – all you have to do is wrap your electronics in a clean paper/linen before placing them inside a moving box. Yes, it is that simple!
Yes, there are a lot of things to pay attention to when packing electronics for moving. We won`t lie to you and tell you that it will be the easiest thing on the planet. But, if you follow our tips and if you put in some effort, there is no reason why this has to be such a difficult endeavor. Our tips will serve as moving day essentials – there is no surviving that dreaded day without a bit of proper guidance. Trust us when we tell you that with a bit of guidance, no moving task is too difficult or impossible.