10 Tips for Packing Your Computer and Other Electronics in Self-Storage
Whatever your reason is for moving your computer and other electronic appliances to a self-storage unit, packing is definitely not the time to take shortcuts. It is always best to create a plan before packing, storing, and moving your electronics. You’ll thank yourself for investing time and effort once you are ready to unpack and reassemble. Keep your investments safe and in mint condition by following these tips.
1. Check the manual for each of your electronics and follow the manufacturers’ advice for packing, storage and moving. They know how best to protect these products while they are in storage or being moved. If the manuals are no longer with you, you can check online and search for the manufacturers and their instructions for each electronic gadget.
2. Whenever possible, save the original boxes and packing materials so you may use them for re-packing.
3. If the original packaging is no longer available, purchase the following essentials: sturdy boxes, newsprint, packing tape, scissors, and felt tip markers.
4. When packing a large screen television, computer monitor, or other electronics, if you no longer have their original boxes and packing materials, carefully pack the items in a sturdy box. Line the boxes with newsprint or styrofoam “peanuts”. Use a sheet of bubble-wrap to cover the screen. Tape electrical cords to the back of the appliances to prevent plug damage, then wrap each piece with bubble wrap. Fill the boxes with towels and bedding so that the items are not loose. Most printers can fit into a small 1.5 cubic foot box. DVD players can be kept in a medium 3.0 cubic foot box or a large 4.5 cubic foot box. If you have more than one of these items, place some form of cushion between each of the items.
5. When you disassemble electronics that have numerous cords, such as computers, stereos, and other devices, put small colored stickers on each cord and match these with the same color sticker where the cord connects to the device. This will help you avoid the hassle of trying to figure out what goes where when it the time comes to reassemble your electronics. Detach paper holders or feeders from the printers and remove the toner and ink cartridges. Wrap monitors and additional hardware as you would wrap your other home electronics. Don’t forget to back up all of your computer files.
6. Wrap electronics in linens or clean paper to minimize the chances of dust getting inside these items.
7. Seal all the boxes completely with packing tape to keep out the dust. Label all the sides “Extremely Fragile”.
8. For additional protection, cover your electronic items with moving pads, sheets, or blankets.
9. Make a list of all the items kept in each box. This will help you locate the things you need when you start reassembling your gadgets.
10. Do not keep CDs and software inside the steel storage units as they will not survive high temperatures.
Taking a few extra measures before placing your electronics in our self-storage facility will ensure that they are kept in good condition so you can enjoy the same level of performance the next time you use them. If you have any questions, give us a call at (330) 875-4237 or (330) 875-8030 or email us today.