How to Safely Pack Your Electronic Devices and Big Appliances
Are you moving home soon? You might be looking for removalists on Sydney’s North Shore or Eastern Suburbs. Are you scratching your head over the safest way to pack your electronic devices and larger appliances?
Tape the Plug and Cable to the side of the appliance
This is a massive life hack when moving. Many accidents come from loose cable. Get some of your packaging tape from your boxes and tape the cable to the side of your fridge or washing machine. This also goes for smaller electronic devices that have cables or headphones. Even if the cable is removable, wrap it around itself (not too tightly) and use some tape to keep it all together.
Drain any water from your washing machine
You definitely don’t want any dirty or smelly water splashing out in the back of your car/ van or all over you while moving! It’s also a risk of festering bacteria that can be harmful.
If Your Device has Disc Drive, Remove Any Discs
This goes for anything that can plug in too, such as USB external hard drives. These often get damaged during moves so make it easy and remove them from the start.
If You Still Have the Original Box, Put Your Device or Appliance Back in There
These boxes had already been specially designed to fit the device in there snugly, and to prevent damage during transit (either to the store, or to your door), so it makes sense then that these boxes will help you to move them more safely between homes.
If You Don’t Have the Box, Make Sure to Cushion the Sides of The Box You Will Use
If the box is long gone, however, the chances are that the one you will need to use has not been made to fit your device specifically. Make sure you have plenty of padding to absorb the shock of sudden stopping or a drop. I find bubble wrap to be a great cushion for this task. Think about space saving tips when moving, as there may be other things that can help to cushion your device.
Make Sure All Devices and Appliances Have been Shut Down Fully and Unplugged in Advance
Especially for your white goods this is important, but also for your entertainment devices like televisions and games consoles. Anything that has a motherboard or a hard drive or both, this is also applicable for. You can run the risk of a corrupted hard drive if you don’t shut down your device properly. If you’re skeptical, here’s an interesting read: Shutting Your Computer Down Properly, all the points can also apply to games consoles, smart TVs and other devices with a hard drive.
Take a Photo of Your Setup Before you Dismantle It
This is a must do step for a smooth re-setup in the new place. If you’re like me, with 2 games consoles, an apple TV, stereo speaker system, antenna and external hard drive setup to your smart TV, then there’s a complex arrangement of cables in a spaghetti formation. Get a photo and remember where to put everything back up again.
Keep Your Accessories With Your Main Items
This will set you up for a smooth and quick unpack at the other end. I think you’ll thank me later!
Careful following of these tips will help you move your electronic devices and big appliances with minimal to no damage and keep your move as stress free as possible. Happy moving!