There are so many things you need to consider when moving home, including setting the date, finding a professional moving company or enough friends willing to give hand and many other aspects. One of the critical steps in the whole process is packing fragile and sensitive items.
Your glass and china object require the highest level of care and protection, but you also need to provide the same treatment to your electronic equipment. So, what needs to be done to ensure that your valuable possessions make it to their destination in perfect condition and without any damage whatsoever?
Once you turn off your appliances and unplug them, you need to remove the cords and wires if possible. Next, use twist ties to secure them and make sure you label them correctly. This will help you both pack and unpack with as little stress and fuss as possible. It might be a good idea to pack all cords and wires in one or two boxes, since it will help you find the one you need quickly once you start unpacking. Wires do not require special padding once in the box, but if you have some old newspapers or magazine, they can come in handy.
If you’ve lost a manual for a complex piece of equipment, you can take pics of the wire hook-ups from different positions, so that you get a clear picture. You can also sketch or write down the steps you took while dismantling the equipment. Then, simply follow the instructions backwards when reassembling the equipment and you should be OK. It is a good idea to keep all the pics organised in separate folders for each piece of equipment you have, because you may not remember what equipment it was when you see a close-up of various wires protruding from the back cover.
No such thing as too much protection
Ideally, you should use the original packaging and padding. This will not only help your item stay protected during handling, but also prove a point to all those who’ve been mocking you for keeping all the original packages in the garage. In case you’ve thrown away the packaging or can’t find it, you can purchase special boxes from a moving company or use sturdier cardboard boxes. You need to provide sufficient padding with anti-static soft material. For example, old newspapers and magazines are a bad idea because they might scratch screens.
You need to make sure you’ve protected your equipment from all sides and labelled the boxes with “FRAGILE”, “HANDLE WITH CARE” or some other words of caution, so that those carrying the boxes pay extra attention.
Just like cords and wires, they should be packed in the same, clearly labelled box. In case you can’t find the original hardcopy, you may download an electronic version and have it ready on your phone, tablet or laptop. You may want to keep them in the same folder where you keep photos of the wires. That should also save you some time trying to figure out how to assemble your electronic equipment.
What material to use for wrapping?
As we said, paper may actually damage some parts of your equipment, which is why you should get enough bubble wrap, preferably the anti-static one. Wrap individual parts before you put them in the boxes, but try to provide additional padding, which would put your mind at ease. Also, it’s wise to invest in shrink film, which you would use to wrap your most valuable possessions, thus providing protection from possible rain. There’s nothing you can do about the weather on the day you need to move, but there’s a lot you can do about prevention and protection.
What you need to understand and bear in mind is that it’s almost impossible to protect your electronic equipment too much. It’s much greater risk to provide insufficient care and have your equipment exposed to possible damage due to either negligence or a unfortunate event.
Also, the damage that may occur can be so expensive that you might not be able to afford to repair it, especially since your budget will be very tight due to the whole moving process. So, be smart and cautious and protect your most beloved electronic equipment.
If you pack and label everything properly, you can rest assured that the person driving the moving van of your choice will deliver everything in a perfect condition.