When people think of moving, they think of some big burly guys manhandling couches and dressers, hauling a bunch of big furniture from point A to point B. And that’s not far off the mark. There’s a lot of heavy stuff that gets moved, and a lot of accompanying huffing and puffing. However, it’s 2015. There are a lot of other things that need to get moved. Computers, monitors, televisions, speaker systems— electronics. Electronics vary drastically in size, but they get used a lot, and they’re relatively delicate when compared to a lot of other items. You don’t want missing pixels in your TV, or missing files on your computer. What’s the best way to keep everything safe?
Before you start packing everything up, you’ll want to make sure your files are backed up. Thankfully, along with the glut of hardware, 2015 brings accompanying software to the table. Even if you don’t have an external hard drive to use, you can use Google Drive or another form of cloud storage to back up your valuable data. Backing up your data before you unplug and pack up your computer is always a good decision— for most people, the main value of a computer is the information you put into it.
This is the big, computery part of the computer. The tall plastic case that holds all the important working bits, from the RAM to the power supply. Most of the components within are quite fragile, and you’ll want to be very careful when moving the tower. Ideally, you still have the box it came in. Most people don’t, though, so here’s what you’ll need.
Use a box that’s a bit larger than your computer tower, whether it’s a plastic tote-bin or cardboard. Then you’ll want to pack it in that box using some sort of padding. Bubble wrap, peanuts, old clothes— the most important thing is that you want everything to be snug. You don’t want your computer to be subjected to the evil powers of inertia and get plunked around in transit.
The Monitor (or TV)
Monitors and televisions are very similar, and you can pack the two identically. Again, ideally, you have the box that your screen came in, along with the formed styrofoam. If so, pack it back the way it was when you first got it, and breathe easy.
If not, don’t worry. The easiest option is to wrap your monitor or TV in a smooth blanket. Be careful of quilts or blankets with buttons or zippers— you don’t want to scratch anything. After you’ve wrapped it all up, you can consider some extra protection: extra blankets, or bubble wrap, if you have it.
Most of all, be careful with where it ends up while it’s in transit. You want to make sure nothing can fall on your fragile electronics, or jab them with anything pointy. Even if you’ve hired a moving company, you might prefer to move your fragile electronics yourself. Not that they won’t be safe, but sometimes it’s more efficient and less stressful to pack your valuable electronics yourself.