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April 9, 2018

When you are packing away your flat screen TV or computer, spend some time getting everything in order. Here are a few general tips that may help save your screen from a nasty scratch, and keep you on track during your busy move!



Gather together all your user manuals: If you don’t have them, download them from the manufacturer’s website.


Insure your electronics: Consider getting temporary insurance to cover your move, packing, and unpacking.


Remove batteries: Take batteries out of all electronics and remotes so they don’t overheat and leak, and keep them together in one place. Charge up all your rechargeable batteries a couple of days before you move. Eject CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays from your various devices and tape the drives shut. Remove toner cartridges from laser printers and secure them in a plastic, dust-proof bag.


Eject other printer cartridges: For any non-laser printers and secure the printhead in place; and labelling your items and cables is one of the best ways to prepare for moving is to label everything.


Dust removal: Before you pack, use a vacuum cleaner extension to remove any dust. This will stop dust moving around and getting trapped when the computer is in transit. You might also want to remove any cards from the motherboard (as long as you know what you’re doing).


Batten down the hatches: Make sure everything inside the computer case is secure by tightening all screws. Pack your computer: Use the same method for packing your computer as your other electronic items, but don’t use packing chips (use packing paper instead). Packing chips can cause static electricity to build up, which is very bad for sensitive computer hardware and could stop your computer from working altogether. Remove any dongles, cables, and other items from your computer before you pack it.



Some Other Helpful Tips:

Read through your user manual to see if the manufacturer has any guidance on how to pack and move your items. The very best way to move fragile electronics is in the manufacturer’s original packaging. If those boxes became kids’ forts, a play area for your cat, or simply got consigned to the recycling bin, don’t worry—you can contact a manufacturer to see if they’ll send you an original box. If that doesn’t work, you’ll just need to be extra careful with packing your electronics. 


Cushion the top and bottom of the box with towels or bubble wrap and pack everything inside securely so it doesn’t move, and fill in any void spaces with bubble wrap or other packing materials.


Wrap large items in bubble wrap. If it has a screen, protect it with a towel and another layer of bubble wrap. Place cardboard around the item. Cover everything with plastic sheeting or plastic wrap. Never use newspaper to pack screens. Newsprint can get onto the screen and newspaper can easily scratch screens.


And as always, when ever you move be sure to contact Direct Home Connect to relocate your utilities, tv, internet and security services to your new home. Click Chat with us for more information today!

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