When you are moving to a new place, there is a lot that needs to get done in order to make moving day go smoothly. One thing you need to think about is how you plan on moving your household items to your new home. Electronics may need extra care when moving to prevent damage or theft. There are some things you can do to make sure your devices make it to your new home in excellent condition.
The way you pack your electronics is very important. Boxes from the manufacturer were designed to keep items safe and secure during a move; so if you have the original packaging, that would be the best way to pack it. However, if you don’t, there are still ways to securely pack your items. Measure items like your TV and computer screen before you go to buy the box. Try and find a box that is big enough to hold the item and have padding. For computers, notebook laptops, and TV screens, you will want shock resistant padding in the box. This can be bubble wrap or foam inserts. If you have an LCD or Plasma screen for your computer monitor or TV, wrap it in either a blanket or moving cloth before packing it in the box with the padding. This will help protect the screen from getting scratched or damaged. When packing printers, remove the ink cartridges and carry them with you so that they don’t leak.
Majority of electronics come with remotes and cords, which can easily get left behind or lost during a move. One way to prevent this is to keep everything together; keep the TV with the corresponding remotes and cords, and the computer with its cords. However, depending on how things are packed, that may not be an option. Instead, you can pack all cords and remotes in one box. If you are going to store them all in one or two boxes, the best thing to do when packing is to take apart one thing at a time then untangle and label them. You can prevent cords from tangling by rolling them up properly and tying them with a twisty tie or a cord strap. By color coding the cords and remotes you will know what belongs to the TV, computer, DVD player, or game console. You could always just use masking tape and label what everything goes to instead. If you worry about being able to put your systems back together correctly, snap a quick picture of the cord connections before disassembling it.
Keeping your electronics safe also means taking the proper measures to prevent your items from being stolen during the move. Household electronics are one of the top 10 things that are stolen during a move, along with medicine and jewelry, so it is important to take the proper precautions. If you have hired someone or a company to help you with your stuff, there are a couple of things you may want to keep in mind. When labeling your boxes and their contents, try and mark them with an inconspicuous name or code, such as “guest room” or “garage.” That way, if you have hired some people to help with the move, they aren’t carrying a box labeled “EXPENSIVE FLAT SCREEN TV.” If you still feel uneasy about letting someone else handle your electronics, you can always insist on moving those items in your own vehicle.
When you are choosing a moving company, be sure to do your homework and get reviews on the company. There have been many scams throughout the nation by fake moving companies. These companies will seem legitimate, have a website, show up on time, and even get things moving quickly, but they never show up at the final location. You can check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints about the company.
There are many people who choose to move by themselves or with a couple of friends. By doing this, you will be able to make sure that the proper care is given to your belongings so that they don’t get damaged. If you are moving far enough away that you will need to make frequent stops, you may want to rent a small moving van or U-Haul so that no one can see what you are moving. Many people who move by themselves may feel that it is safe to leave electronics or their lightweight, powerful notebook out in plain sight. By leaving these things in plain sight, it makes your vehicle a target for theft or a break in. Even though you are moving things by yourself, don’t leave valuable items like notebook laptops, TVs, or cameras out in the open. Make sure that everything is safely packed away, and try not to leave your car unattended.
Moving to a new home can be very exciting, and sometimes stressful. By taking the time to properly pack fragile and expensive items, you can have an easy moving day. If you want to be more organized, you can make a list of how many boxes you have and what is in them. By making a list of everything, you will be able to go down the list and know that you have everything at your new home. If you hired movers and are worried that your items or electronics were damaged during the move, request for them to stay while you open the boxes to make sure nothing was damaged or broken.
Nicky Elkins is a freelance writer from Pensacola, Florida. She attended the University of West Florida and earned her Graduate degree in Creative Writing. Nicky now uses her gift for writing and her love of all things technology to help others enjoy and understand consumer electronics, social media, and the coolest new gadgets.