The average American will move residences about 11 times in a lifetime, which means they will be doing a lot of packing and unpacking. One of the most important things to do when packing up your home is to protect expensive and delicate appliances with the proper materials. This will help them survive transit from one home to the next. When you pack your computer, the same rule applies. If you don’t use the right padding or sturdy containers, your machine could get knocked around and end up damaged. The harm caused may require repairs, or even a full replacement, and this can be very expensive and inconvenient. Here are a few tips to preparing your computer for your next move.
Insurance and File Backups
If you are working with a moving company, you should make sure that they will offer insurance for you to purchase insurance on your belongings. Every company works out insurance rates differently, so be sure to go over it with them so you know it will be adequate to cover any damage to your computer. Once you have that detail worked out, the next step is to back up your files. Backing up the files on your computer is a great way to protect yourself against the loss of anything you have stored there in case your machine is damaged beyond repair. Some great ways to store backups are:
- CD’s and DVD’s
- External Hard Drive
- Flash Drives
- Cloud Back Up Service
The more backups you have, the less likely you are to suffer any permanent loss of your information. After you have done this, you can pack your computer for the move.
How to Pack Your Computer
There are many different methods for packing a computer, and you can choose anything you like so long as it properly protects your machinery from jostling and bumping in the move. One of the easiest things to do is save the original packaging in which you bought it. The company which produced your computer probably had to ship it to a store or directly to you, which means they had to add padding and protection for safety. If you don’t mind storing the manufacturer packaging, it can come in very handy later. Stores that have packaging supplies may also carry boxes and Styrofoam specifically for computers, when you don’t have the original boxes. Some of the materials you may need include:
- Cardboard boxes or plastic totes
- Duct tape and packing tape
- Permanent Marker
- Bubble Wrap
Once you have protective packaging:
- Power your computer down and unplug it from the wall.
- Remove all disks and disconnect all wires.
- Roll up the cords and label them so you know what’s what later.
- If it is a desktop computer, disconnect the monitor and be sure to protect the screen from scratching.
- Place the hardware into the designated packaging, and store cords in plastic bags or containers.
When everything is sealed up, you can place the boxes in the vehicle which will be moving them. If there is room for your car, this is the best place to pack your computer, as it will have extra room and protection. If not, make sure it is secure in the moving truck, so that it won’t slide around and get banged up. Even when you take all the necessary precautions, damage may still occur during a move. If so, we have expert computer repair specialists who can help you.