Whether you’re hiring a moving company or going the DIY route to pack and move your belongings, special care needs to be paid to electronics. These fragile items represent an investment that can be easily damaged during your move. Taking special care to label and pack during disassembly will help you get settled in your new home faster.

Label Plugs and Connectors for Easy Reassembly.

Before you deconstruct your setup, get out a permanent marker, blue painter’s tape or plastic ties from loaves of bread, and label your cords. Quickly writing the name of the item, the room it goes in and, in the case of digital devices, which gadget it belongs to, will help make the move-in process more efficient so you can feel settled faster.

Take Photos of Your Current Setup.

Now that your plugs and cords are labeled, take a photo of your current setup so you can easily recreate it in your new home. Photos of the front of your entertainment center are helpful to ensure your components are put back in place. Be sure to snap a picture of the back as well, just in case your labels come off during the move.

Gather the Proper Tools.

With cords labeled and photos taken, it’s time to start the disassembly process. Begin by gathering all the tools you’ll need. You’ll need a variety of sizes and types of screwdrivers, from standard sizes to mini ones. Phillips and flathead screwdrivers are helpful for unscrewing bases from television stands. A small set of precision screwdrivers designed for tiny screws is also good to have on hand for electronics accessories. Allen wrenches may come in handy for disassembling an entertainment center or other furniture that holds your home theater components.

 Take Proper Safety Precautions.

As you begin to disassemble your electronics, be sure to take the necessary safety precautions. To prevent the possibility of electrical shock, any item that requires electricity should always be disconnected from the power source before the disassembly process begins. Enlisting an extra set of hands to help lift heavy objects is always wise to avoid muscle strains and other injuries. Having an additional person can also be useful when taking your wall-mounted television off the wall so a spotter can catch it if it starts to slip.

Pack It in Its Original Box.

Once your items are disassembled, they’re ready to pack! If you discarded your original boxes for your electronics long ago, specialty boxes for items can be obtained from moving-supply stores. Just be sure to buy lots of extra cushioning material, like bubble wrap, to protect corners and surfaces from getting bumped in transit.

Keep Everything Together.

Before you tape the box shut, put all cords, wires, and manuals in a gallon-size zip-top bag. Use the white space on the bag to write the name of the product with a permanent marker. This ensures items will come back together if separated in transit and helps keep everything in one organized place in your new home.

The moving process can be stressful and time-crunched, but taking a small amount of time to organize yourself and your materials can make a big difference when disassembling electronics for a move. The photos you took of your setup, time spent labeling, and making sure you’ve put all cords and manuals in the box where all pieces have been properly protected can make a huge difference when you begin to unpack and set up your new home.

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Leticia Barr

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Leticia Barr

Leticia is the founder of the award winning Tech Savvy Mama, a site that assists parents in navigating the ever-changing world of technology. She uses her experience as a former teacher and technology specialist for a large DC Metro area school system to share new technology and educational resources, including her passion for hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities. Through her blog, Leticia also encourages parents to unplug and to seize teachable moments by creating conversations with kids at all ages and stages.

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