If you’re moving home soon, then you are going to love this guide on packing electronics.
We have helped more than 200 commercial office buildings and domestic properties relocate their electrical items.
There are 4 key areas that you cannot forget when you relocate electronics:
- Shutting Down/Power Removal
Check out our comprehensive guide to packing electronics for more great advice.
Are You Ready to Start Packing Electronics?
It can be tempting to get stuck in and start to load up all of your electrical items straight away – but don’t.
Planning and organising your electrical items before you start to load your removals van will help you in the long run, not to mention keep you more organised when you get to your new home.
There are a few things that you can do before you move and start packing to put you in the best position possible:
- Organise your electrical items user manuals and guides.
- Make sure that your insurance is up to date. Contact your house insurance provider to make sure that all of your items; old home and new home are covered during the move.
- Make use of modern tracking applications and products. A small expense, but when worth investing in. Products such as Tile allow you to track your items location via a mobile app.
If you’ve covered everything that we have mentioned above, then you’re ready to start your move!
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#1 Packing Up Your Electrical Items
Over the years, we have moved hundreds of electrical items without damages or any other problems.
All you need to do is make sure that you follow this guide to packing electronics and you will be set for a smooth and easy transition with your removals in London.
We have found that the holy-grail to moving electrical items is being prepared and getting your preparation done well.
Make sure that you:
Charge Your Devices in Advance – Anything that has a rechargeable battery should be fully charged before you start packing. You don’t necessarily have to keep it switched on – it simply helps to have a device that can be used immediately once it has been unpacked.
Remove Any Replaceable Batteries – Remember to check all of the items that you use everyday such as television remotes, games console controllers and anything else that you can think of. If you leave the batteries in the devices during your move, then they could overheat, leak and become quite a danger.
Prepare Your DVD/Blu-Ray Players – It happens to the best of us unfortunately. You have been looking for a certain DVD for hours only to find that it is still in the DVD player from the last use!
Make sure that you remove any discs from DVD players, games consoles to built in CD players and tape the drives closed to prevent them from opening during the transit.
Organise Your Printers – We have found this to be extremely useful. Make sure that you remove any toner cartridges from your printers, placing them in a safe, dust proof bag.
If you have any other forms of printer cartridges, please make sure that they have also been removed.
#2 Become the King or Queen of Labelling Items
If you want to make sure that your packing and unpacking is easy; make sure that you label absolutely everything.
Packing electronics is so much easier when you know what is what and where it is going.
To make things easier, there are a few things that you can do:
- Colour coding your electrical cords makes identifying them a lot easier
- Use white labels to identify which cord belongs to each device
- Use a large clear bag to place all of your electrical wires in
- Elastic bands are great to keep all of the cords together
Alternatively, if you don’t fancy doing it this way, you’re more than welcome to come up with your own routine for packing electronics.
In all honesty, whatever works best for you is usually the best course of action.
#3 Remember to Back-Up Storage Devices
In 2017, very few people have a desktop computer unless you are a business.
These days, most homes tend to operate using a laptop instead.
Either way, whatever your preference you need to make sure that it is correctly backed-up, packed and transported using a man and van London.
These are how we back-up our computers or laptops, and we advise you to do the same:
- Use an external hard drive such as a WD MyPassport to store your documents
- Alternatively, you can back-up your items to the cloud using Google Drive, Dropbox or iCloud
If you’re like 90% of the UK – your passwords are going to be pretty generic and related to a personal memory of some kind.
Make sure that you create unique, difficult passwords so that any potential hackers have great difficulty accessing your information. The best way is to use a password generator such as LastPass.
How you go about packing your computer/laptop is very important.
Use these steps to pack your PC’s perfectly:
- Remove any USB’s, wireless connectors, cables or dongles
- Use packing paper to protect your computers from damages
- Remember to label everything
#4 Keep Your Items Safe When Moving
It’s important to keep your electrical good safe when you are moving home.
The best way to ensure that you keep your items secure is by reading through the manufacturers instruction manuals. If you don’t have them available, you will be able to download them from the manufacturers website.
If you are moving your items yourself without the use of a man and van in London, you will need to find a way to load items without damaging them.
Use soft items such as towels or bubble wrap to fill the gaps that remain in the boxes once you have finished packing them. This helps to secure them and avoid damages when in transit.
If you are moving large electrical items such as flat screen televisions, computers or even white goods – wrap them in bubble wrap to prevent surface scratches, dents and other forms of avoidable damage.
#5 Take The Opportunity to Restock
As you arrive at your new home, you will start to think of the best way to unpack your items.
Your preparation for packing electronics will help you massively here.
Something worth doing when you arrive, or even before you arrive at your new home is:
- Purchase new electrical extension cables and leads
- Consider buying cable tidies to help organise your wiring
Now that you have unpacked your belongings, make sure that they are all installed correctly. Remember to test each item and if you do notice an issue, browse the manufacturers guide or even contact them for further assistance.