Household Moving Tips: Packing and Shipping Electronics
There’s a lot of things that you have to do when you’re moving such a distance that you need to hire an interstate moving company. A lot of planning, preparation and packing go into an interstate move, and if you’ve ever moved even locally you understand that packing your items and safely transporting them are two entirely separate things. While things such as clothes and blankets and books can more or less be haphazardly thrown into a box and taped up (though books you’d probably want to organize, to maximize your space), other things, like TV’s or computer monitors or laptops, need to be more carefully packed to ensure that they do not get broken or damaged during transport.
When you’re shipping your items over a distance of thousands of miles, there are a lot of things that can go wrong – not that they will, but the risk is there. When you’re packing your items, you want to ensure that you put like-items together to minimize the risk of damage. Throwing books and porcelain figurines into the same box is a bad idea for the figurines, so don’t throw expensive things like laptops or computer monitors in with things that could break them.
In reality you really should keep any original boxes and packaging for electronics that you buy, in case you have to move them. Putting them in their original packaging and taping them securely not only will better protect your items, you know exactly what’s in that box, and it’s even got a picture on the box of what’s inside! Joking aside, the original packaging is going to be what the manufacturer uses to ensure that their newly-minted goods don’t get damaged when they’re shipped from the factory, and if it’s good enough for a company like Acer or Samsung, it’s going to be more than good enough to move it with a household moving company.
Of course, not everyone keeps the original boxes that their cool, expensive new toys come in, and for some people that’s just fine. Not everyone is going to be moving across the country, and a computer monitor is just as safe in the back of a car surrounded by blankets as it is in its original packaging if you’re only driving a few miles or across a metropolitan area. Sure, if you get into an accident it could get damaged, but assuming a safe transport from A to B your goods will be just fine. Not so when going to another state, and that’s why it’s important to properly packing your electronics. If you don’t have the original packaging, make sure that whatever box you do end up packing it in is proportioned correctly and that there is plenty of padding and protection surrounding it. You can also ask your household moving company if they have boxes specially designed to move televisions, monitors, laptops, desktops and more.
These may seem like no-brainer tips, but you’d be surprised at how many times things get damaged because they are not packed correctly. You can minimize this by getting full-service household moving quote and services as opposed to self-service; this makes the moving company pack your items, or most anyway, and they know how to do it properly so as not to damage anything. To get a free quote from top-rated household moving company, fill out our household moving quote request form on our Household Moving Articles page to get independent household moving quotes from one of the best shippers in the industry. You can also get a household moving quote in addition to a multiple vehicle shipping quote by filling out our free quote form on our homepage; on the second part of the form, the contact information portion, just mark “yes” under the option that asks you whether you want a quote to ship household items or not. You can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents at any time.