Televisions, amps, subwoofers, receivers, speakers are all high-dollar investments, and you want to make sure those investments are not damaged when moving. Here are 10 tips to consider when packing electronics for your big move.

1. Follow the product manual
Follow manufacturers’ advice for packing electronics and storing them as well. They know the most about what it takes to protect the product. Consult the owner’s manual or manufacturer’s Web site for details.

2. Save boxes for repacking
If possible, save the original boxes and packing materials for repacking. Otherwise, you won’t find packing materials that fit as well.

3. Essential packing materials
If the original packing is not available, start with these essentials: sturdy cartons, bubble wrap for wrapping things up, tape, scissors and felt-tip markers to number and label each box.

4. Use color stickers for cables and take pictures
When you disassemble electronics such as computers, stereos and other devices with numerous cables, place small colored stickers on each cable and the same color sticker where the cable connects to the device. You can also take pictures of the existing set up so that you know what goes with what, and how to set it up the same as you had it.

5. Check the temperature in storage
Sensitive electronics such as computers and TVs may need to be stored in climate-controlled units. Seek advice from the manufacturer or your storage facility.

6. Valuable items
To reduce the chance of attracting unwanted attention from potential thieves, place small, expensive items such as stereo equipment, TVs and camcorders in unmarked boxes. At your storage facility, you can place these items out of view toward the back of the storage unit.

7. Wrap your electronics
To minimize damage caused by dust inside electronic devices, wrap electronics in linen or bubble wrap.

8. Use packing tape
Seal boxes completely with packing tape to keep out the dust.

9. Extra protection
For further protection, cover electronics with moving pads, sheets or light blankets.

10. Moving inventory list
Make a list of the components in each box. With luck you’ll be putting all this back together — make sure you’ve got all the parts (including both sides of the TV mount) before you start assembling.


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