How to Pack Your Electronic Devices & Appliances
Tips for Packing - House Removals Melbourne
When moving house, most people fret about moving the larger items, but forget to plan how they will move their electronics and appliances. These can often be more of logistical nightmare than expected. From desktop computers to televisions and washing machines, these items come with big price tags, so you want to ensure that they make it to your new home unscathed. Here’s how to prepare your electronics and appliances for relocation.
How to Pack and Move Electronics
Before you attempt to move anything, consult your user manuals for any specific instructions. Be sure to back up important files, photos and documents on your computer, and before removing any cables, take a photo or draw a diagram so you exactly where everything goes when reconnecting.
Also reuse any packaging that the items came in, as this will usually be your best bet at protecting your electronics. If you don’t have original packaging, choose a carton that fits well and use bubble wrap, foam or other padding to secure the item inside the carton.
When disconnecting cords and cables, put them each in their own plastic bag to prevent them getting tangled, label the bag and pack them in the same carton as the device they belong to. Pack remotes with their corresponding appliance, this prevents items being misplaced when it comes to unpacking.
Be aware of the temperature your electronics are being stored in. Some items are particularly sensitive to very low and very high temperatures (your user guides can help you with the specific needs of each item).
Finally, create an inventory of all your items, including serial numbers. This is helpful for insurance purposes should anything be damaged or stolen.
How to Pack and Move Appliances
Remove the shelves and other loose items, wrap them in bubble wrap and pack together in a carton. Also remove any food items still remaining. Turn off the fridge/freezer and allow the fridge to defrost (keep in mind this can take a few hours). Once it has defrosted, give it a good clean and ensure you dry it too, to prevent any mould or mildew.
Secure the doors closed, but be careful not to use any tape that may damage the finish of the fridge/freezer. Keep the fridge in an upright position to prevent damage.
Again, check your user manual for specific instructions relating to your machine. Disconnect your machine from the power and the hose from the water source, and have a bucket handy so you can empty any remaining water in the hose. Secure the hose in an upright position. If you are unable to find a carton to fit your machine, wrap it in thick blankets to protect it while in transit.
So now that you’ve prepared and protected your appliances, how do you move them? Your appliances are likely some of the most expensive items in your household, so it pays to move your appliances correctly. They’re also probably the heaviest items in your household, and require manpower, experience and skill to move without damage. Using a professional removalist company is your best bet.
John Ryan Removals is the leading removals company in Melbourne, and can assist in any relocation big or small. Give our friendly customer service team a call and find out how we can help you prepare and pack your electronics and appliances.