How to pack your computer ready for moving

However far you are moving, packing your belongings safely to ensure they are not damaged when you are moving house is key. For computers and laptops packing them correctly and ensuring everything is correctly labelled is essential.

When you are moving house there are hundreds of things to organise and it can seem very overwhelming. If you are undertaking the packing yourself we have some top tips on how to prepare and pack your computer.

  • Backup files and data – we would strongly recommend that you ensure you take a backup of any files, data and important information to an external drive or the cloud before you pack your computer.
  • Shut down your computer rather than hibernating or sleeping.
  • If you have a desktop computer and are not sure how everything connects together, use your mobile phone and take a photo of the cables at the back of the computer / screens etc to use as a reference when you get to your new home.
  • Disconnect devices and cables from the computer. It is worth taking the time now to organise the cables, keyboard etc rather than trying to sort it all out when you arrive at your new property. Use cable ties, and/or bags to keep the cables together. If possible, we suggest packing the computer and cables in the same box.
  • The right packing materials – if you haven’t kept the boxes your computer came in, carefully choose good quality box that is a little larger than the size of the computer, thick cardboard walls will help to protect the computer. You can then use a combination of packing peanuts, bubble wrap and packing paper to ensure the computer can’t move around in the box. Clearly mark the box to indicate the contents are fragile.
  • Computer accessories – carefully wrap any accessories with bubble wrap and paper and pack into a suitable box.
  • Computer monitors – if you haven’t kept the box your monitor came in, try and find a box that is slightly larger than the monitor. Remove any cables and carefully wrap the monitor in bubble wrap, before carefully boxing. Pack your power cord and cables in the same box. Again, clearly mark the box as fragile and store safely prior to moving day. For expensive computers or gaming systems you may wish to consider additional moving insurance.
  • Laptop computers can be placed into a laptop bag or sleeve and then boxed. Keep the power cable with the laptop and ensure that the box is padded with packing peanuts of bubble wrap to ensure the laptop can’t move and clearly mark the box as fragile.

If you have any questions about packing ready for your move or need some packing supplies please get in touch. Alternatively, the O’Connor & Co team can get all your items packed, stored and moved safely for you. If you need any help packing your computer ready for moving house just let us know during your pre-move survey, or give us a call.