Safe and Sound: How to Pack Home Audio and Home Theater Equipment
Audio and home theater equipment present several challenges during a move. They are expensive. A high-end receiver and speakers alone can set you back several thousands of dollars. Plus, each component has wires connecting it to other components within the system. If you don’t take photos and notes, you may struggle to reconnect. Finally, when improperly packed, audio and home theater equipment can be easily damaged during a move.
Moving Company in Gadebridge Follow these tips on how to pack home audio and theater equipment and you’ll have your system set up in no time.
Gather your packing supplies
Before you begin packing, you’ll want to have all of the necessary supplies on hand. While you can use a mix of small, medium and large boxes to pack your audio and home theater equipment, boxes designed for electronics are typically double-walled and can handle more weight. Here’s what you need to get started.
- Packing paper
- Bubble wrap
- Original packaging, if available
- Additional boxes, preferably designed for electronics
- Plastic bags
- Zip ties for bundling cords
- Colored tags
- Permanent marker
How to pack audio equipment
Moving Company in Gadebridge Speakers, subwoofers, receivers and other audio equipment require special care if you want to transport them to your new home without damage.
- Take pictures of each component before you disconnect any cables so you have a reference when setting up the equipment in your new home.
- Disconnect all cables from your audio equipment. Mark each cable with a colored tag, and place a tag of the same color on the equipment where the cable needs to be plugged in.
- Use a zip tie on cables to prevent them from tangling. Place in a plastic bag with other cables that go to that piece of equipment. Label and seal the bag.
- Designate one box for audio cables, and place all bags in that box. That way, when you need a cable, you can quickly find it.
- Coil any unremovable cords, zip tie them and tape them to the equipment so they don’t dangle during the move.
- Gather remotes. Designate one box for the remotes, so you don’t have to rummage through packing material.
- Use a damp cloth to wipe dust from all components. (Be careful not to get moisture inside.) Wipe dry with a towel.
- If you have the original box, use it since the box was specifically designed to protect the equipment. Otherwise, find a sturdy box large enough to allow for cushioning.
- Add a layer of wadded packing paper to the bottom of the box. Wrap the equipment in a layer of packing paper to prevent dust from getting inside.
- For added protection, you can wrap the equipment in bubble wrap. Always wrap in packing paper first, though, since bubble wrap can damage surfaces.
- Put the component in the box. Cushion with additional packing paper or peanuts on the sides and top.
- Seal the box. Mark its contents on the outside and include “Fragile.”
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