Smart Steps for Protecting Electronics During Your Move

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    If you plan to move and have valuable electronics, follow these steps to keep them safe when packing and moving.

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    Remove Your Batteries

    Take all the batteries out of each electronic device before wrapping and packing it. That helps prevent leakage and stops the item from being accidentally turned on. Removing batteries is important even if you will only have your electronics packed for the few hours it may take to move across town. Also, be sure to pack the batteries with care, and keep them at room temperature.

    Follow the Manufacturer’s Advice

    Keep the product manuals for all your electronics. They were created and included with your electronics for good reason, and they often will give you specific instructions for the best way to pack the items. If the manufacturer recommends that a product be kept in a temperature-controlled environment, you may want to keep it with you during a move.

    Not all product manuals come with storage instructions, but you can also contact the manufacturer with any questions you have about keeping your electronic item safe during packing. If you plan to store electronics for any certain amount of time before moving it to your new home, find out about whether they need to be in a climate-controlled environment.

    Use Bubble Wrap and Packing Peanuts

    Use both bubble wrap and packing peanuts to keep electronics safe. Wrap each item in a layer of bubble wrap for an added layer of protection. Then, also use packing peanuts in the box where you place your electronics. Packing peanuts will take up space in the gaps, provide padding, and also help absorb humidity. Then, when you are done with the move, try to reuse and recycle them.

    Snap a Photo of Your Wired Connections

    Before you start to pack larger electronics such as televisions and desktop computers, place colored stickers on cords connected to televisions, stereos, computers, and other electronic devices. Choose vividly colored stickers, and do not reuse the same color within the connections of a device.

    Next, take the time to snap a photo of the back and sides of them where you have wired connections. For example, take a photo of the panel on the back of your television where the different cables to your DVD player and other devices connect.

    When you go to unpack your large electronics in your new home, simply refer to the photo you took of the connections. That way, you can easily see which cable goes into which slot. Otherwise, you may end up with a lot of time-consuming trial-and-error experimentation to get the connections right again.

    Mark Electronics Boxes as Fragile

    Your electronics are inevitably fragile. Although you may pack them well and do your best to protect them within the boxes they are in, electronics can still have damage if they are not handled with care. Be sure to mark each box that contains electronics as fragile. Also, alert movers to the fact that you have electronics within the boxes.

    Use Packing Tape to Seal Boxes

    Make sure that all boxes are sealed fully with packing tape at the openings. Do this at both the top and bottom of your boxes. That will help keep our moisture to best protect your electronics. It also ensures that the boxes do not come open, which would risk valuable items becoming damaged or destroyed in a fall.

    Finally, contact Fairfax Transfer & Storage for a guaranteed quote. We help you keep your electronics and all your belongings safe through every step of the moving process. Our experienced movers are happy to answer any questions you may have.

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