With the assortment of TVs, DVRs, DVD players, stereos, surround sound systems and any number of gadgets, packing electronics for an upcoming move is often a big job. These tips and tricks keep all of your electronic gadgets safe and organized before, during and after the move.
Before you take everything apart for packing, take time to mark and document all of the components so you can easily set it up when you get to your new home. Snap a few photos of the cords and connections. Use colored tape to mark different cords and connections. Written notes can also help you keep track of how it all went together.
Protecting the equipment during packing is key when you prepare your electronics for a move. Twist tie the cords so they don’t dangle or get pulled during the move. If you’re a pack rat and saved the original packaging of your devices, pull those out now. The same Styrofoam and packing materials that protected it before you brought it home can keep your electronics safe during the move.
If you didn’t keep the packaging, you’ll want a box of plastic tub large enough to hold the electronics. Use anti-static packing materials to avoid damage to the equipment.
If you don’t plan to put large electronics, like TVs, in a box, use caution when loading them. Wrap the electronics with packing blankets. Position them so they are secure and won’t tip when you turn corners or stop the moving truck.
Put It Back Together
Your electronics equipment made it through the move. Now it’s time to set it back up in your new place. You’ll be unpacking for a while, so having the TV or stereo set up right away at least gives you some background noise during all the work.
Unpack all of the equipment carefully. You may need to do a little dusting of the equipment after the move. Get out one piece of equipment at a time. Refer to your photos and notes that you took before moving to get everything hooked up again. Give yourself a pat on the back and watch a favorite TV show when you need a break from all the unpacking.