It can really trip the lights on the excitement of moving into a new home if your computer or electronics get damaged in transit. There are usually a number of costs involved anyway when making the change – adding repair costs and recovering data can be the final straw that breaks your budget’s back. Fortunately, Baxton Property Management in Hobart has some good ideas on how to cut down on the damage.
The general approach
If you still have the original packing for any of your computer or electronic devices, it’s a no-brainer. This packaging was designed to make it safe in transit. If not, look for solid packaging, as near in size as possible to the device you want to pack, so that it is unlikely to move around inside it. Make sure of a tight fit by filling any extra space with bubble wrap or newspaper.
Getting ready to go
- Check the owner manuals for your various devices for any information the manufacturers have regarding preparing them for transportation. If you know longer have them, try locating them on the internet.
- Avoid climate change: Electronic, photographic and computer equipment is very vulnerable to temperature changes and exposure to moisture. Unfortunately, most moving trucks are not climate-controlled, and temperatures can get pretty extreme in the confines of the packing area. Be sure to check your equipment for any signs of moisture such as condensation on the screen, before plugging it in at your new home. Try to wait at least 24 hours before setting up your equipment. This gives the electronics time to adjust to the climate at your new home. While you might feel cheated if you have to miss an episode of your favourite series, just imagine how much worse you would feel if your TV died, or your computer failed you permanently.
- Don’t take any static: Avoid wrapping electronics in anything that can generate static electricity, which might damage your equipment.
- Back-up your computer: It’s not just the computer you need to protect, it’s also the data you have on it. It’s always wise to have a back-up of everything on your computer at all times and particularly when you are on the move. Use an external drive or upload it to the cloud to store it safely while you are on the move. Keep the external drive with you – losing data, photographs and music you have gathered over years is a sure way to cool down your housewarming party.
- Printers: Be sure to remove any ink or toner cartridges before you pack the printer. Keep these separately and if you can, take them with you in the car. This helps avoid these sensitive items getting damaged as a result of the high temperatures which can build up in the close confines of the removal truck.
- Video and audio equipment: Pay special attention to cameras, speakers and other devices. These all contain electronics that have to be protected from exposure and shock. As they usually involve a variety of shapes and sizes, packing them securely will take a bit of ingenuity. One option is to pack the different items in individual boxes, then put a collection of these smaller units together in a bigger box. You could strap a couple of these boxes together with wide cling wrap to cut down on the number of items you are moving.
- Remember what goes where: You will probably have to disconnect cords from your electronic devices in order to pack them. Be careful you don’t land up forgetting how to put them together. Try using bits of coloured electrical tape or paper stickers and place matching colours on the relevant cord and the place where it needs to be connected.
- Don’t advertise values: Baxton Property Management Company in Hobart advises you not to draw attention to valuable items like cameras and camcorders by labelling the boxes with the contents. Instead give different descriptions like “dinner plates”, leave the boxes blank, or use a colour coding system. If you are using the manufacturer’s packaging, it might be wise to cover it with a wrap of sorts to disguise the contents.
Baxton property management company makes moving easier
Baxton aims to ease the strains and stresses of moving by providing hints and tips in a series of articles on savvy packing. The owners whose properties they represent, and their tenants, are the cornerstones of Baxton’s business, and their well-being is its focus. Visit the Baxton website for further articles aimed at making your life easier as a tenant. And if you are looking for a rental to live in, or a company in Hobart to manage your property.
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