How to Package your Computer when Moving House

Published on Friday, 20 September 2013

How to Package your Computer when Moving HouseMoving house can be a very stressful time, packing all of your possessions away in boxes and loading them onto a truck to unpack in an entirely new location. The last thing you need is for an essential item to break during your journey. In the modern age, people come to rely on their computers as essential work and entertainment devices. As such, when moving home, it is crucial that the computer should survive the journey. Listed below are several tips and hints to consider when packing away your computer.     Each individual part of your computer is as delicate as the next. Assuming that you have a desktop computer (that the screen and keyboard and other parts are all separate), it will be a good idea to disconnect everything and package them individually. Wrapping each separate component in its own bubble wrap casing will ensure that you do not reach your destination with a vital part damaged.  Once you have powered down the machine, remove the cables and place them in their own box. Wrap each component carefully and ensure that there is no chance that any part may smash against another during transit.     When disassembling your computer, try to remember the order in which you take it apart. Make either a mental or physical list or the process and the manner in which everything was connected together. Doing so will enable you to put the machine back together in a quick and efficient manner, preventing confusion as to what piece is connected to where and in what fashion.      Once you have packed away all of the vital pieces, be sure to label the box or boxes accordingly. Writing ‘FRAGILE’ on the side is a good step if someone other than yourself will be moving the boxes, but it could also be a good idea to mark the box as containing your computer. This way, when unpacking, you will know exactly which box to open if you urgently need computer access. If your computer is a laptop (the screen folds flat against the keyboard for portability), it may be worth carrying that with you among your personal possessions. Due to the nature of the laptop format, the added portability means that you can ensure the computer’s safety at all times by keeping it safe and close by. Alternatively, make sure the laptop is closed and wrap it in a good amount of bubble wrap. Try not to leave it at the bottom of a box, as placing weight on the device may cause damage. Before deconstructing or packaging your laptop, try to ensure that you have made a backup. Making a backup means that, should the unforeseeable happen and something does break, you will be able to retrieve your data easily. There are a great many options when considering how to make a computer back up, ranging from the free to the expensive. Consult your local computer expert for advice. It is important to remember that you may not have internet connectivity when you arrive at your new property. As such, try to ensure that you have printed any vital documents before hand or that the data is stored locally and easily accessible without an internet connection.      A well maintained and present computer can function as a vital moving tool. Having all the information to hand, and being able to edit it in the old and new properties can make the move a thoroughly more enjoyable experience. As such, follow these steps to ensure that your computer remains available and useful at all times.