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Growing up, my two main passions were helping others and traveling. These passions made choosing my dream career easy, and I am now a traveling nurse and love it. If there is anything I have mastered outside of the field of healthcare it is making quick moves around the country! There was a huge learning curve to it, because before I began traveling for work, I lived in the same house for my entire life. To help other people who move frequently for work purposes or who are just relocating for the first time in many years, I thought I would create a blog to share my moving tips. I plan to create new posts here and there during my downtime, and I hope I can help you master your next move with ease and without a lot of stress!

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Guide To Moving And Storing Your Electronics

by Tom Evans

Whether you are moving a few houses away or across the country for a new job, cleaning, packing, and transporting your belongings can be an overwhelming process. In many instances, you will need to place your items into a storage facility for a few weeks or months. This gives you time to sort all of your belongings and stage your home, all while getting ready for moving day. Unfortunately, you may not understand the proper way to move your electronics. Computers, televisions, and other electrical components require proper packing and storing to ensure they remain in good working condition. With these tips, you will learn how to move and store your electronics in a safe, effective manner.

Disconnect and Clean

It is important to be patient and observant while disconnecting your electronics. This includes computers, printers, monitors, televisions, DVD players, and surround sound systems. Use your smartphone to take pictures of how each component is connected to other components. This will reduce any stress that you may encounter when attempting to reconnect everything at your new residence.

Remove any CDs, DVDs, or other elements from your components before disconnecting, as well. Gather remotes that go with each electronic and label them accordingly. Remove batteries to prevent corrosion while your electronics are in storage. Also, remove the ink cartridges from your computer's printer.

Use garbage or cable ties to secure cables and cords together. Then, place all the cords in a bag and label the bags with the matched electrical component.

After disconnecting your items, use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the surfaces. An electronic dusting spray is also helpful for removing dirt, dust, and hair that may be lingering on and in your devices.

Pack

Once everything is disconnected, cleaned, and organized, you can gather your packing materials.

Most TV manufacturers recommend packing flat-screen televisions in their original box for the safest move. However, you can purchase boxes from moving and storage companies that are specifically designed for flat-screen TVs.

Wrapping your TV in a thick layer of bubble wrap and blankets may also be used to protect your TVs and monitors.

Use thick towels and blankets to wrap other electronics, such as your DVD players, video game consoles, laptops, tablets, and other components.

Once wrapped, place your electronics in heavy-duty moving boxes. Your televisions and monitors should be packed separately, but consider packing all electronics for one room in the same box. Be sure to place matching cables, wires, remotes, and owner's manuals inside the box, too.

Move and Store

You may think you can handle moving large flat-screen televisions yourself, but you should have a partner to help you carry and load this heavier item into your moving truck.

Place the wrapped television in the middle of heavier, sturdy boxes. This will prevent the TV from moving and falling over while driving in the moving truck.

Your storage facility should be climate-controlled to not only protect your wood and leather furniture, but also your fragile electrical components. Exposure to excessively hot, cold, or humid temperatures will put your electronics at risk of warping, frying, and other serious damage that will cause them to fail. For the best protection against the elements, choose a climate-controlled storage facility that will keep temperatures between 55 and 85 degrees all through the year.

When moving the items into storage, you should also place a wood pallet, vinyl mat, or thick blankets on the floor. This will protect the floor of your storage unit, preventing damage to your electronics from heat, cold, and moisture.

You most likely invested a large amount of money into your TVs, computers, and other electrical components, so protecting them during the move and while in storage is essential. With these tips, you will learn the best techniques to disconnect, clean, pack, and store your electronics. 

For more information and tips for storing electronics, contact a storage facility in your area, or visit websites like http://www.stor-king.com.

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