Whether you are moving to a new home or you are a business owner in need of a place to store your ever-growing electronic inventory chances are you want to use a self-storage unit. A self-storage unit is perfect for storing your electronic items from computers to kitchen appliances. However, you don’t want to simply place these items in your unit without taking the proper precautions to ensure they survive their stint in storage. We’ve compiled our top 3 tips to safely store your electronics.
- Original Packaging Materials: When you are packing up your electronics, it’s highly advised to use the original box and materials the electronic item arrived in. This is due to the box and original packing materials being customized for that particular item for protection during shipping and especially storing. If the original packaging is not available, then using a similar sized box with the addition of packing peanuts, foam or dry towels will serve just as well.
- Remove Accessories/Place in Small Bags: Nearly every electronic device has accessories to it, usually power cords. Before packing these items, be sure to remove or disconnect any cords, wires, external drives etc from the main device. Place these accessories in small bags and pack the bags in the main device’s box. This will keep the accessories protected as well as keeping them with the device they belong to.
- Precautions Against Humidity and Moisture: Moisture and humidity don’t get along very well with stored items. This is especially true with electronic items. Even a small amount of moisture can render most electronics completely useless. Store your electronics on pallets or shelves to keep them elevated and prevent direct contact with the unit floor. Placing buckets of kitty litter in the unit will absorb moisture and act as a dehumidifier. Invest in silica gel packets as these can be placed in the boxes of your packed electronics and keep moisture from ruining them.
Storing electronics can seem a bit tricky. The tips above will help ensure that the next time you need to take those electronic items out of storage, they will function just fine. These tips will also serve to protect additional items you may want to store. If you have any questions or you would like additional information on self-storage please feel free to contact us.