Moving electronics. the only word that comes to mind is, yikes. From damage to set up and tear down confusion, there should almost be a manual just to move them. Check out some helpful tips and hints.
Snap the Confusion: Take your camera to snap pictures of complicated wiring (computer cords, speaker wires). Be sure to use plenty of light and careful focus so the pictures will be clear. This will make hooking up the items in your new place much easier.
Double boxing: For especially fragile electronics, pack them first in a box with an excessive amount of biodegradable packing peanuts. Then pack that box in a larger box filled with biodegradable packing peanuts. This two-box system seems like a pain but seems to do a better job isolating items from jarring impacts.
Two Inches at least: Use at least 2″ of biodegradable packing peanuts around each side of fragile items.
No loose ends: Wrap each cord carefully with cable organizers, heavy twist ties or heavy rubber bands. Never throw unwrapped cords into boxes- they get tangled and caught on other items.
Label your cords: Then you’ll know exactly which cord you’re seeing and where each end connects when you put things back together.
Package it au natural: Use the original packaging when available.
Moving may not always be emotionally painful, but may cause unforeseen physical damage unexpectedly. There are simple ways to avoid causing injury to yourself and if you are smart to others…as you will pass this on as an act of good faith towards humankind 🙂
The first and most important factor of your move is your rented equipment. Renting proper equipment not only insures simpler more for heavier, larger items but more importantly saves your from back strain and further injury. Straps are also essential in securing boxes and items that are larger and hard to move on your own.
On that same note packing your boxes should be strategic as well. When packing for your move make sure that your boxes are no heavier than 50 pounds. This will not only help boxes from not squishing one another but again will prevent back strain in your move.
Also, check out the safety of the area that you are moving into. Inspecting your new area is a vital part of your move. It prevents you from finding things out like “oh, that walkway has a bunch of loose floorboards” or “oh, I just hang-lined myself on that tree branch on my way in”. Inspecting these things before you move your things physically in is key. Areas to inspect include: walkways, sidewalks, steps, trees, doors and any obstacle that you may encounter with a load of boxes in your hands.
Checking the place that you are moving into assures that you will arrive in one piece.