Guest Blogger, By Susan M. Howard, Digital Marketing Manager, Lightspan Digital
Do you need to move and store your electronics but have no idea how to do it safely? Follow these four steps and you’ll continue enjoying your electronics for years to come.
Step 1: Preparing Your Electronics for Moving and Storage
Preparation helps prevent any headaches once your electronics reach their destination.
- Create a list of all your electronics, including all related components such as power cords, remote controls, cables, etc.
- Back up all your data; you don’t want to imagine life without your data
- Remove any media such as cds and dvds; remove ink cartridges from printers; also remove all batteries
- Label the items that go together and note where they connect. This will make reassembly a breeze. For ease and simplicity, we recommend using color coded dot stickers
- Tape paper over fans and vents to keep dust out
Step 2: Packing Your Electronics for Moving and Storage
Proper packing helps ensure maximum protection in transit.
- If you still have the original boxes and packing materials, use them
- If you do not have the original boxes, use sturdy boxes that are similar in size to the electronics items you are packing. Fill all empty spaces generously with packing materials
- Wrap especially fragile items like monitors and TVs in bubble wrap
- Seal boxes completely with packing tape and label everything: fragile, this end up, your name, and which room the item will go to
Step 3: Handling and Moving Your Electronics
Handling and moving with care helps ensure safe passage.
- If you are moving yourself, make sure that you and whoever is helping you move is strong enough and physically skilled enough to lift and transport items that may be fragile, heavy, and with uneven weight distributions
- Use plenty of packing blankets
- Keep electronics in their upright positions; do not stack or place near heavy objects
- Avoid collisions with other boxes that you are moving; avoid extreme temperatures
- No matter what time of year you move, wait until your electronics reach room temperature before plugging them in
- If you’re unsure if you can safely move electronics on your own, consider choosing a professional moving company to help you move
Step 4: Storing Your Electronics
Proper storage helps ensure safety and protection for future use.
- Avoid subterranean and ground level storage areas
- Make sure your storage area is climate controlled to avoid extreme heat, extreme cold, and moisture
- Store electronics upright on a pallet; never directly on the floor or ground
- Cover items with a cotton sheet or canvas [never plastic] to keep dust out but allow air to circulate
- If you are using self storage, consult your storage facility manager for more advice
Have you had either great success or great regrets with moving and storing electronics? Tell us in the comments section below.
Susan M. Howard is a brand strategist and digital content developer with Lightspan Digital in Chicago. Find Susan on Twitter @SMHowardChicago
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