7 Tips for Packing Electronics Devices During a Relocation

Packing your electronics for a residential move requires the same care as packing your fine china. Unfortunately, homeowners don’t always take the necessary precautions when moving independently, such as using the best packing techniques and appropriate supplies or marking boxes as “fragile.” 

Take these steps to pack and move electronics safely, so you don’t have to pay to replace desktops, laptops, game consoles, and other devices.

1. Backup Your Files, Data, and Photos

Even though replacing a broken electronic device can cost a lot, the things stored on it can be worth much more. For example, if something goes wrong, you might lose precious journaling you’ve done or personal photos you love. So, it’s imperative to back up everything to an external drive or the cloud before moving.

2. Photograph Everything

Numerous electronic devices have wire setups that can be complicated. To ensure these devices are put back together correctly at your new home, take a picture of how they are set up and use different colored tape to mark the wires and connections.

3. Remove Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries can explode or catch fire when they become too hot. Therefore, removing the batteries from your electronics is vital. Other types of batteries can cause electronic parts to corrode and break. So, separate the batteries and find out how to safely transport them yourself.

4. Collect Suitable Packing Supplies

Make a list of all the electronic items you want to bring. If you still have the original box and packaging, it’s a good idea to use it again. If not, carefully measure each item and find a box slightly bigger than the device. Get appropriate packing tape, bubble wrap, and large zip-lock bags. Consider putting blankets or towels around the machines to give them more padding and protect them from bumps and scratches.

5. Take Apart and Organize

Remove the equipment’s discs, critical drives, toner, and paper. Unplug them from the wall and then from the back of each device. Next, wrap the wires for each device individually. Use an elastic band to keep them together while you move them. You should also label each one to avoid confusion when reconnecting.

6. Carefully Pack Your Electronics

Wrap the device in bubble wrap all the way around, and then tape it tightly in each direction. Place the wires in a zip-lock bag and seal them shut. Place a moving blanket on the open end of the box, then place the device on top of the blanket and lower it into place. Place the plastic bag inside and wrap the fabric over the top. Use packing tape to seal the box securely. Use a permanent marker to write “Fragile Electronics” in large letters on the box.

7. Separate Your Electronic Devices

Separating fragile items for professional movers is generally a good idea. This allows them to work more efficiently, as they will not need to re-evaluate boxes once loaded onto the moving truck. Put fragile objects and delicate electronics aside to prevent heavy objects from being placed on top of them.

Prepping Electronics for Your Move

With these and other electronic device-specific strategies, you can move successfully and avoid replacing your valuable devices.

Professional movers can assist you in completing the task successfully. Contact us now for a free quote.

How to Prepare for Your Household Move

Preparing for your household move will help it progress more smoothly. The preparation will also help relieve much of your stress and anxiety.

Here are some tips on preparing for moving day.

Start a File or Binder

The first step is to buy a binder or start a “relocation file” on your computer. You’ll use the file or binder to keep all your planning materials and documents associated with the move and your new home.

Create a Plan

Moving is a project; like all projects, it will happen more smoothly if you develop a plan. So, start with a preliminary plan and fill in the details as you go through the process.

The first part of the plan will detail what you must do to your current home to prepare for the move. For example, include decluttering or making minor repairs in your plan. 

The next part of your plan should consider the logistics of the move. The final part lists what you must do to prepare your new home for move-in. An overall budget is also part of your plan.

Prepare a Checklist

Turn your plan into a checklist with due dates to hold you accountable. If you need ideas, you can consult checklists on the Internet.

Make Important Decisions

You’ll need to make some decisions as you develop your plan and checklist. For example, you’ll want to decide whether to pack yourself or leave the packing to the professionals. Having your mover pack will save you time and stress.

If you are moving a long distance, another decision is whether you will drive your car or have it shipped. Again, you’ll want to decide this before you choose a mover. Some movers offer this service either themselves or through a partnership with a vehicle shipping broker.

Acquire the Right Supplies

If you decide to pack yourself, you must find a supply of good quality moving boxes, packing tape and materials, and permanent markers. Avoid using containers unsuitable for moving, such as trash bags or weak boxes. 


Moving is a great time to eliminate all those items you haven’t used in years. Indeed, you will save money because movers charge more if you have more stuff. As far ahead of the move as possible, sort and discard, sell, or give away unwanted items.

Transfer Utilities

Be sure to have the utilities cut off in your old home and started in your new home. You want to avoid moving into a home with no heat or lights.

Choose a Mover

Research and interview professional movers. Be sure you understand the quote they provide, especially whether it is a binding or nonbinding estimate. Then, choose the mover, reserve your dates, and pay the deposit.

Read the documents carefully to know what to expect on your moving day. Also, be sure you understand the items the mover will not move for safety reasons. A professional mover can help you with all the preparations for your move. Contact us today.