When moving into a new office space or home, packing electronics differs slightly from other items. In today’s day and age, you are likely to have several computers and IT equipment to transport safely along with other items such as office furniture. You must consider hiring professional packers to do this safely using proper packing supplies, especially when you have a ton of bulky equipment.
When you hire professional packers for packing electronic devices, they protect the exteriors from scratches or dents and the component’s insides. So let’s look at some techniques we use at Blake & Sons, a moving company in Frederick – MD, when it comes to packing electronics and office equipment.
When packing electronic devices, you must protect the outside as well as the interior components using smart packing techniques. A moving company will recommend that you provide them with the original boxes and packing materials that came with your electronic devices. By doing this, you ensure they’re of the right size and fit perfectly.
However, if you no longer have the original boxes, there’s nothing to worry about. You need to inform the company before the movers arrive so they can bring extra moving boxes or use a good amount of bubble wrap for added safety.
Back-Up Crucial Information
Hard drives carry all the information regardless of what kind of electronic devices or equipment you use. Be sure to pay extra caution when you pack and transport them to your new office or home. Sensitive devices such as hard drives are considered fragile because of their super-precise. Moreover, take some time to ensure you have backed up all your data before packing up the hard drives.
It’s recommended that you take your hard drives out and carry them separately. Or, at the very least, ensure that you back up your systems before moving to avoid losing important data.
Disconnect All Cables And Subsequent Pieces Of Equipment
When you cut off power and remove parts from your equipment, ensure that you tie down any loose cables so they won’t flail around and scratch components inside.
You might wonder how certain electronic devices can be packed and shipped after being fully assembled. Professional movers use packing supplies to stuff the equipment interiors and exteriors so that nothing inside the packaging shifts or gets damaged.
Label Every Piece Of Equipment And Place It in Its Designated Box
Remember to organize all of your separately packed equipment using labels, stickers, or markings of your choice. It will provide information to movers that will help them improve their organizing efforts.
Moreover, labeling boxes will help you easily identify the items you need to unpack according to your priorities.
Ascertain The Temperature In Storage Locations Before Placing IT Equipment
Computers and hardware need moderate temperatures for optimal performance and reliability. In the IT world, ambient temperature refers to the air temperature where equipment is stored. Generally, computers favor ambient temperatures slightly cooler than humans. 60-75 degrees is ideal. Anything warmer potentially strains the electronic components of certain devices.
Pay Keen Attention To Fragile & Expensive Items
Be sure to organize fragile items that need extra protection with additional packing supplies or original packaging. It is best if you choose to carry these items with you separately. These can include items such as your hard drives, laptops, expensive GPU, or server components that you can not afford to lose or damage.
However, not every such device is equally at risk. You can safely secure lightweight items such as your RAM with zip ties or packing tape. But, heavier components could rip electronic components apart while they shake during transportation. So the safest course of action is to take it out before packing your equipment.
So, that sums up the basic tips on how to pack and move electronic and IT equipment properly while moving to a new office or home. Ensure that you always get the packaging basics right to handle efficiently and unpack your electronic devices in the future.
Finally, consider discarding or recycling outdated devices as they can push up unwanted packing costs that you could re-invest in new equipment. You can also donate working electronics to those who might need them more than you.
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