Whether you’re a streamer, an audio enthusiast, or a work-from-home productivity machine, it’s vital to know how to pack your electronic devices as safely and securely as possible for Moving Day. After all, even if you’re not making a living using your electronic devices, they’re probably the most valuable (and costly to replace) items you own.
So what do you need to watch out for if you’re packing up your home office, battlestation, or home entertainment system? Our professional movers have 7 tips to secure your TVs, computers, consoles, and cables!
#1: Use the Box It Came In
The original packaging for an electric device is already designed to keep the device safe and undamaged through the storage and transportation process, so what better way to keep your device safe during a move?
Here’s another benefit of using original packaging: it helps your most fragile items stick out from the rest of your boxes. Consider that an extra layer of protection from accidentally crushing or burying your devices.
#2: Put Your System on a USB Drive
No matter how safe you try to be, there’s always a chance that your computer or laptop will get damaged en route. If that happens, it’ll be vital to have a backup of your entire system (or, at the very least, your files). You can get a sturdy, waterproof external hard drive at pretty much any online store or electronics retail shop.
If you own a machine running MacOS, you’ll be able to use the Time Machine feature to back up your entire system pretty easily. If you’re using Windows, use the Start menu to access Control Panel > System & Maintenance > Set Up Backup.
#3: Buy Anti-Static Packing Materials
Computer parts are sensitive to electrostatic discharge (ESD), which can be generated from static in the air. To prevent damage due to ESD, you’ll need to visit a big box store or online seller to buy anti-static packaging materials. You’ll likely need anti-static bags, foam, and bubble wrap for your whole setup.
#4: Label Your Cords Before Unplugging
If you spend the night of your move trying to figure out what you were thinking when you set up your entertainment system for the first time two years ago, then this tip is going to save you so much time.
Because your home office, gaming system, or entertainment center has so many accessories, the backbone of your system is made from a bunch of cables you’ve probably forgotten about. Unplugging all of it and having to plug it back in later takes unnecessary time if you don’t know exactly where to put it all.
Here’s the easy fix: buy some paper tape or price tag labels, and label each end of your cables as you unplug them. That way, you can just unpack and plug them back in with no time spent figuring out what goes where.
#5: Keep Devices Away from Walls & Windows
Electronics are sensitive to extremely high and extremely low temperatures. If you’re moving in the summer or moving toward a cold climate, then your devices are at risk of damage if they’re subjected to those temperatures. Good packing technique helps insulate your devices, but another way to help keep them safe is to put your devices at the very center of the moving truck. The other boxes around them can help keep the cold or heat from causing damage.
However, if you have small devices that could fit in a backpack, we recommend just keeping those with you in the car or truck cabin—that’s the safest place for them.
#6: Buy Insurance Policies for Big-Ticket Items
If you make a living using some of your devices—for instance, camera equipment, laptops, or computers—then consider buying device-based insurance policies for those items. Major insurers offer policies for valuable items that cost less than a monthly streaming subscription. It’s not too costly, but it offers an extra layer of peace of mind.
If you hire professional LA movers like Affordable Quality Moving and Storage, we (and companies like us) offer short-term insurance policies customized to the exact value of your devices. Call us at (661) 622-2636 to have your electronics packed, shipped, and protected by licensed industry professionals.
#7: Inventory All Accessories
Cable hubs, monitors, remotes and controllers, lights, and sound systems are just a few of the accessories attached to the average TV or computer setup. Keep track of those accessories with a checklist or note in your phone; that way, when you’re unpacking, you can have a complete list of everything you had set up at home.
And there we are! If you follow this advice, all of your electronic devices should be completely safe and undamaged for the entire move. But if you want absolutepeace of mind, call AQMS at (661) 622-2636! Our licensed movers in Los Angeles are bonded, insured, and experienced with moving high-value and fragile items of all kinds.
For a quote on your move, call (661) 622-2636 for a free in-home estimate. We abide by all COVID-19 safety precautions for our clients’ health and safety!