What You Need to Know About Packing Electronic Items

February 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Misc

Proper packing keeps delicate computers and electronic items safe during a move. The key phrase there, of course, is proper packing. Mis-pack your electronics and you run the risk of opening boxes at your destination to discover cracked monitors and unresponsive CPUs.

Pack Items in Original Boxes (Yeah, Right!)

The safest way to pack computers, monitors and large screen televisions is to pack them in their original packaging. The original boxed and Styrofoam inserts are specially designed to keep the electronics secure and safe as they’re shipped out of the factory.

You can probably guess the problem here. Very few people keep the original boxes. Why would you? It’s not like you’re going to move any time soon . . . oh.

If you don’t have the original boxes, you need to improvise. Find boxes slightly larger than your electronics, so you can pack around them with bubble wrap or Styrofoam peanuts. Err on the side of caution. You want that CPU packed so securely a street sweeper from Sweeperland could drive over it without damaging the contents.

Specialty Box Stores

If you own a large-screen television, you’ve probably seen a slight flaw in the “slightly larger box” tactic. Finding a box capable of fitting a large flat-screen is tricky. One option is to contact specialty box stores in advance of the move and order the right sized boxes. Ask if the boxes include packing inserts. (If you do order specially sized boxes, don’t throw them out after the move!)

Preparing Electronics for Packing

Make a backup of computer contents before moving day: Accidents happen. If you damage the hard drive during the move at least you’ve got all your data safely duplicated.

Before unplugging a computer, DVD player or game console, remove any discs or other media. A disc left in the DVD port can shift during transportation, possibly getting stuck in the machine. If you’re moving a printer, remove all printer cartridges before packing.

Pack a computer tower upright if possible. If not, lay it on its side with the motherboard flat on the bottom. If the motherboard’s not lying on the bottom, internal cards can loosen and fall out, resulting in costly technical bills. Your computer manual should indicate how the motherboard is positioned. If not, a quick search online using the computer model should provide you with the information.

Once electronics are packed, be sure to label them fragile and clearly indicate which room the box is destined for.

Do You Need Extra Insurance?

If you hire professional movers, ask if they provide extra insurance for computers and other electronic equipment. Most moving companies insure truck contents by weight. While this works fine for furniture and most items, the cost of electronics exceeds any weight-based insurance.

Michelle is an aspiring writer with a passion for blogging. She enjoys writing about a vast variety of topics and loves that blogging gives her the opportunity to publicly voice her thoughts and share advice with an unlimited audience.