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Moving Electrical Equipment

Whether it's a TV, a laptop or a sound system, electrical good are often the most valuable thing in a house other than the bricks and mortar. Imagine how disappointing it would be, then, to break one of these items in a move because you hadn't packed it properly. Fear not, below are a number of tips to help you get your electrical equipment through the whole process unscathed.PackingFirstly, if you can, use the boxes that your electrical goods came in in the first place. You may have stashed the boxes in a basement or an attic, or on top or a wardrobe somewhere, but if you have the original packaging, along with the custom fitted polystyrene, it can make the process very straightforward; simply pack the item back up. Make sure that the box still has its integrity, and if not, be liberal in your use of packing tape so it hold together.If you don't still have the original packaging, there are plenty of other solutions. Think about using heavier duty materials such as plastic crates, that are more resilient to the inevitable bumps and knocks that occur during a move. Buy, and make use of bubble wrap, polythene sheets, newspaper and air pockets. You can use these to pad out your heavy duty boxes. The important thing here is to prepare as much as possible, there can never be too much padding!Look out for any delicate parts of an item, like buttons that may get stuck if they take a knock. Pad them out with bubble-wrap and/or newspaper and try and make sure this doesn't happen. Another thing to be careful with is screens. LCD or plasma screens can take knocks that can ruin the picture and cost a lot to be replaced. Again use polythene sheets and padding to try and make sure that there's a cushion of air between the screen and anything else. If the screen is completely covered, mark clearly on the packaging that there's a screen inside, and that the packaging is fragile. Ensure that any cabling is labelled beforehand if it's confusing where everything goes. Keep it in the same packaging that the item is going in.If you have smaller electricals like tablets or laptops, buy a travel case or keep them close to you, to avoid them getting damaged or lost. LoadingOnce you've loaded your electricals into your van or car, ensure that they can't move too much, and be aware of things that could shift in transit and damage items. Don't overload the van that you're putting things in, or the set-up could become unwieldy and difficult to manage. Items with moving parts such as printers, external hard drives and turntables are often very easy to damage as they can shift in transit and break. This can cause problems, as you may not notice the damage until you are setting things up again on the other side. The solution is to see if your items have a travel mode. Mark the packaging clearly, so that both you and whoever is moving you knows what's in each package. Get help when you're moving heavy things, there's nothing more heartbreaking than dropping something valuable. UnpackingWhen you're unpacking your electricals at your new place, do it gently and slowly. Things may have moved slightly during transport, and you may have opened the packaging the wrong way up. Another tip, is to make sure that there is suitable furniture available for your goods to go on before you start unpacking them. Otherwise, you may end up leaving things lying around on the floor, which is a clear recipe for disaster!