It can be difficult to pack electronics. But with some planning, you can manage the chaos. You don’t have to hire professional movers to move your TV, cables, and computers. No matter which moving company you choose, these steps will ensure that your electronics are organized and ready for installation in your new home.

Get your electronic items ready for the move

Planning and a little planning can go a long way. Spend some time organizing everything before you pack away your flat-screen TV or computer.

  • Get all the user manuals you need.
  • You can ensure your electronics by getting transit insurance (or moving insurance). This will cover you and your items while you move.
  • Tracking for your cell phones and electronics is possible: You can add tracker apps like Tile or TrackR to your electronics to make it easier to locate your phone or laptop if it gets lost.

Packing your electronics

Even if you are moving internationally, all your electronic items can be moved without any problems or damage. It all comes down to packing and preparing your devices correctly, including removing any unnecessary items.

  • To ensure that they don’t heat up and leak, take all batteries out of electronics and remotes. All your batteries should be kept in the same place.
  • A few days before you leave, charge all your rechargeable batteries.
  • Discard all CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays and tape them shut.
  • Take out the toner cartridges of laser printers and place them in a bag that is dustproof.
  • Secure the printhead by removing any other cartridges from nonlaser printers.

Labeling your cables and items

Labeling everything is a great way to prepare for moving. It can take some time to unplug all your electronics and label the cables. However, it will make it easier to quickly set up everything in your new home. This process can be used for computers, stereos, TVs, streaming devices, Blurays, and other electronics.

  1. You will need small colored stickers (approximately eight colors should suffice), larger white stickers, and a fine-tipped pen.
  2. You should remove any cables, such as power, video, and audio before you do this. Attach a sticker of color to each end of your cables.
  3. Place the same colored sticker on each device, next to the sockets.
  4. Wrap a white sticker around your cable and label the devices that it connects to (e.g. Blu-ray player/cable box).
  5. Write the name of the power supply on the sticker.
  6. Take the cable out, coil it and wrap it with an elastic band. Finally, place it in a sandwich bag marked with your label.
  7. Once you have placed several cables into each bag, attach them to the item they belong to.

It might be a good idea to take pictures of the cables before unplugging everything. You can also take photos during unplugging to be able to refer back to them when you reconnect everything.

 

 

Getting your computer ready

  • It is important not to lose any of your valuable documents or memories on your computer. Here are some ways to reduce the risk.
  • Backup your data and important information: Back up everything before you pack your computer.
  • It’s important to ensure that your computer passwords are difficult to guess. In the very unlikely event that your tablet or laptop is stolen, it’s essential to protect your personal information. LastPass password managers can be used to generate random passwords for each website and account. This will ensure that no one else is able to gain access to any other websites or accounts.
  • Vacuum the computer’s interior and pack it: You probably know how dusty desktop computers can get. Use a vacuum cleaner extension before you pack. This will prevent dust from moving around and becoming trapped during transit. It is possible to also remove any cards from your motherboard, provided you are familiar with the process. You should tighten all screws to ensure that everything is secured inside the computer case.
  • Your computer should be packed the same way as other electronic items. However, packing chips are not recommended. Instead, use packing paper. Static electricity can build up in packing chips, which could cause your computer to stop working. Before packing your computer, remove any cables or dongles.
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Tips for packing electronic devices

To find out how to pack and transport your items, read your manual.

It is best to transport fragile electronics in their original packaging. You can still contact the manufacturer to request an original box if those boxes become a cat play area, kids’ fort, or a place for your cat to play, but you should not throw them out. You’ll need to pack your electronics extra carefully if that fails. These are some tips if you have to pack your own stuff.

Bubble wrap or towels can be used to cushion the box’s top and bottom. Pack everything securely inside so it doesn’t move. Fill any empty spaces with bubble wrap.

Bubble wrap large items

Wrap large items in bubble wrap if it has a screen. Protect it with a towel or another layer of bubble wrapping. Wrap cardboard around the item. Use plastic wrap or plastic sheeting to cover everything.

Screens should not be packed with newspapers. Newspapers can scratch screens and newsprint can get on the screen.

To ensure you have everything, make a list of all the items that are in each box. Mark any boxes that are “fragile” and supervise their movement.

 

Reinstall your electronics in your new house

Protect and extend your reach

This is the best time to purchase new power strips or extension cords. A surge-protected power strip is a good choice if you are plugging in sensitive electronic equipment or a computer. It will protect your electronics from power surges and prolong their life.

Be careful unpacking

You should unpack all boxes in the areas where you will be installing electronic devices. Make sure to go through your packing materials and locate any small items, such as screws or cables, after you have unpacked. Make sure you have an inventory of all your boxes.

You shouldn’t throw out any packing material until you have everything working properly. I have accidentally thrown away a computer mouse twice.

Unpacking and reinstalling electronics can be difficult. It is important to make sure that everything works properly. These are my suggestions to make it as simple as possible.

  • Start by unpacking one electronic item at once, beginning with the one with the most cable connections (likely your computer or TV).
  • Take out the cables that are associated with this device. Do not unpack any additional cables.
  • Plug the cables into the adapter and set the item up. You can use the labels and colored dots as well as any photos to help you.
  • After the item is set up, verify that it works.
  • Once that’s done, you can unpack the next item, plug in any cables, and test it to make sure that they work together.
  • This is the best way to test your system as you go. This makes it easier to troubleshoot if you experience any issues.

Set up electronic items

Plug the cables into the adapter and set the item up. You can use the labeling and colored dots as well as any photos to help you.

  • After the item is set up, verify that it works.
  • Once that’s done, you can unpack the next item, plug in any cables, and test it to make sure that they work together.
  • This is the best way to test your system as you go. This makes it easier to troubleshoot if you experience any issues.
  • After everything is tested, attach the cables using zip ties. This will prevent cables from looking messy and tidy up your space.

It’s now time to relax, unwind, and watch your favorite shows.

 

                                                                       

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