There are several tasks when moving home that you’d probably rather not do, and packing tends to be one of them.It all starts out enthusiastically enough until you begin the realise the scale of the job at hand. Any private or poorly hidden hoarding gets exposed, and you notice a strange array of plugs and cables that don’t match an appliance. This is usually when people can choose to do things correctly, or they end up shoving things in the closest box.
We’ve looked at some of the rudiments for preparing your computer(s) for a move, but what of all the other electronics that loom so large in our lives. Almost no one these days doesn’t have a dizzying array of wired and wireless gadgets and devices.
Yes, they make aspects of our lives easier, but when it comes to moving house, they can be less help and more headache. Take a moment to read through some of our tips, however, and there’s no reason why you can’t get your electronics packed up and ready without mishap or misadventure.
It’s unlikely ever to become anyone’s favourite part of a move, but it needn’t be a confusing ordeal.
Remember the days when moving electronics meant just boxing up a TV and record player and being set up at your new home within minutes? Perhaps not – it was rather a long time ago. Today, no move is complete without a potentially hazardous and complicated computer/internet/home cinema/surround-sound migration process. Despite the advent of wireless technology, you’re still greeted by a spaghetti junction of wires when you finally pluck up the courage to look behind the sofa. Leaving aside the other gadgets for now, let’s look at how to get your computer ready for the road. Many of us keep crucial information on our computers, whether they be desktop, laptop, Mac or PC, and the loss of this information could have a drastic impact on our lives, so it’s something to take seriously.
Before your move, back up. If you haven’t got into the habit of backing up automatically, now’s the time to make it part of your computing routine. Even if you use various cloud services, it’s important to back up, so that you’re protected from any glitches or problems occurring in the cloud; they have been known to happen.
Give your passwords a thorough going over. If you’ve chosen easy ones (maiden names, dates, street names etc), then change them to something that can’t be guessed. In the unlikely event of your computers falling into bad hands during transit, you don’t want to make them easy to get into.
Get cleaning. Before your computer gets packed, vacuum it, especially if it’s a dust-gathering desktop. Vacuuming will prevent dust from getting shaken around during the move and possibly affecting the computer’s innards. Cast a careful eye and finger over the screws and if anything’s getting loose, tighten it up.
Pack it up. Electronics are best packed with special packing paper. Remove all peripherals and avoid using packing chips which can cause a build-up of damaging static. Use a system to help you remember which lead and which peripheral goes where when you’re reassembling things at the other end. For some, that means taking notes. For others, it’s a case of taping the relevant lead/dongle/adapter to the body of the computer to which it belongs.
We offer a full packing service which would cover all of the above as well as any other items you might have.
To pack or not to pack? That is very much the question facing anyone with an impending house-move on the horizon. When confronted by the sheer amount of stuff we’ve acquired over the years, the idea of going through it all, making an inventory, and then sorting it into logical groups before placing it in boxes, is simply too much. Our spirits sink at the very thought of such a task. It seems positively Herculean – and that’s putting it mildly. So do we shrug our shoulders and book a packing service (for example, Thomas Firbank Removals has a full packing/unpacking service) or do we straighten our spines, brace ourselves and start doing the job solo? It’s not always an easy decision. Some of us may have youth on our sides when it comes to the physical stamina required for packing up a house. Others may be incapable of bending or heavy lifting. Many of us may be up to the challenge physically, but also be pressed for time or simply not inclined to endure the mental strain.