In this digital age, we invest a lot in our home computers. It has become a necessary part of life, so it’s no wonder when we get a little apprehensive when it comes to moving them! So what is the best way to pack our home computer? How do we protect our monitors? What materials should be avoided while packing electronics? Here are some tips for packing a computer for your big move.
Packing the Central Processor
The home computer has become a central part of our lives. From storing family photos to working on financial planning, our home computer stores critical information about our daily lives. You want to spend a little extra time packing away your PC (or Mac).
Before you disconnect everything, be sure to label your connections. It may also be helpful to take a photo of the connections prior to taking apart your home computer. When packing cords, it is recommended that you twist-tie each cord individually so you do not have to waste time untangling them once you arrive at your new home. If you have cardboard tubes, these can be useful as well.
A CPU (Central Processing Unit) is very sensitive to Jarring. If possible, pack it into the original container. If that is not possible, look for a box that is sturdy and has enough room to accommodate plenty of packing material. Avoid using packing peanuts as they tend to carry a static electric charge. Be sure to clearly label the exterior so movers can take special consideration while packing. Labels such as “COMPUTER” or “FRAGILE ELECTRONICS” will always be given special consideration by the Blue Ox moving team.
When packing a monitor, be sure to clean the screen first. Any dust that has accumulated there may scratch the screen during shipping. Before disconnecting the cords, be sure to once again document the connections for later reference.
Wrap the screen in a bubble wrap and tape it into place. Be sure not to tape onto the finished surface of the screen or the body. At this point, you will want to measure and cut some scrap cardboard to match the same size as your monitor’s screen. Tape the cardboard onto the bubble wrap, covering the screen. This will help protect the screen from any pressure point impacts during the moving process. Wrap the entire monitor in packing paper or an old towel to further protect the monitor before storing it.
Packing A Printer
If you’re moving a laser or inkjet printer, be sure to remove the toner and any ink cartridges and carry them with you if your move occurs during hot weather. For other types of printers, the printer head should be secured to prevent shifting. Check the owner’s manual for preparations specific to your printer model.