College moving consists of various different tasks and responsibilities. Some are harder than the others and not all of them are so important. Because of its complexity, you will probably receive a lot of advice. Some are more of like suggestions and there are some that are mandatory if you want your relocation to be successful. If you are a college student in the 21st century there is something you will not be able to avoid – packing electronics.
Although it seems like an easy task, not doing it properly can cause you a lot of problems in the future. If you damage your electronics you will cause yourself additional costs that could be avoided. Many things will require special attention while packing and you can prevent damage if you treat it properly. Electronics is sensitive towards various elements, but there are many ways to prevent any damage.
In order to prevent your investment, follow carefully these tips and you will have nothing to worry about.
The first tip about packing electronics is – find the manual!
This will probably be a very difficult task to perform considering that people usually have no idea where they have left them. If you are one of those responsible people that keep all of the manuals you can skip this step. For everyone else – you can usual find manuals online or ask the nearest shop if they have a spare. When you do find it skip to the pages explaining the way the product should be packed. Every manufacturer knows the best way to protect their product. That is why this should be your first step. Revise the guidelines provided and try to see if you can follow them to the letter.
Protect electronics by placing them in the original boxes
One thing manual will probably tell you is that you should have saved your original box. Not a big surprise. Again, if you are the responsible type, just scroll down. For the rest of you, have in mind that this is most likely the safest way for packing electronics. You should save not just the box, but all the packing materials you can find inside, such as foam and additional boxes. This is especially important for devices with screens and glass parts. In case there is no way to find the exact boss look for something that has similar shape and size.
Gather quality packing materials for packing electronics
When it comes to buying cheap materials, you want to avoid that in this case. When it comes to packing electronics you should choose only reliable materials and tools. This is the best way to make sure that it will not get damaged in the process. If you are planning a long move, or if the weather is tricky, you are going to be glad you choose the best option given to you. This is also the best substitute to original boxes, in case that you do not have them anymore.
Protect electronics by color coding the cords
There are some people that are naturally good with electronic devices and have no problem figuring out where each cord goes after they have been mixed. The rest of the population is not that lucky. That is why you should use cheap tricks that will help you to deal with the chaos. The best way is to color code the cord with the place where it should be attached to the device. Usually, this is done already, but that is not the case all the time. Also, you can use various tricks to separate the cords of different devices, because they can get mixed in the process of transportation as well.
Protect electronics by informing your moving company
Although you will make sure that the packing is done right, transporting is just as important. That is why you should inform your movers about the content of the boxes and the special care it requires. It would best to note on the box as well, so you will make sure that the information is available to them at all times. Just to explain further, don´t write what is in it, just the care it needs. You do not want to tempt anyone into stealing and make it easier for them. If, perhaps, your belongings will be stored somewhere before you receive them you need to check the temperature and the conditions in general.
In order to protect your belongings make an inventory list
Moving electronics isn´t risky just because of the damage, but because of the increased chances of theft. In order to avoid this, you should make an inventory and have someone from the company sign it. You need to be on the same page not only when it comes to the list, but when it comes to value as well. If something gets lost, there is a fee to be paid and that has to be agreed. Although all of this takes a lot of time it will save you a lot of trouble down the road.
You should pick a moving company to transport your electronics because that is the best way to prevent theft and damage. But you need to make sure that you have chosen a reputable company you can trust with your belongings. That is why, when it comes to moving, preparation is more important the move itself.
If you feel overwhelmed with the various information you are receiving regarding your move, just take a deep breath and relax. Everyone faces the same stress and problems, even if they are significantly older and more experienced. It is true that a lot of things can go wrong when it comes to moving. But there is a way to prevent this. Packing electronics is time consuming, but it is not a difficult task and it will not take so much of your time. Don’t be scared of the responsible decision, embrace your independency and take care of your belongings and your stress. If you do feel overwhelmed go back to this blog and ask for help. Good luck with your move!