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Blog July 8, 2021

How to Pack Home Theater Equipment When Moving

Posted in Moving Day Tips
Blake Shaw

Bostonian and residential moving and packing expert. Blake Shaw enjoys bar-hopping, music, and writing insightful content.

When moving one of the biggest components of your move is packing your household belongings. It’s also one of the most understated parts of a relocation and can definitely have its challenges. Most household items are easy to pack and will make the trip. However, Electronics such as your home theater equipment will need to be properly prepared and packed to make sure that they get to your new home safely and securely. We want to present you with these tips to give you a better understanding of how to pack your sensitive equipment appropriately.

Starting the packing

If you are moving out of town, you are going to need to return your cable box to your cable service provider so do not pack it when moving. Next, check that your Blu=Ray, DVD, and CD players are emptied of CD’s and movies otherwise you run the risk of scratching one of your discs or even end up with one getting stuck in its player. Power off all of your components such as Disc players, receivers, amplifiers and powered speakers. Before you disconnect all the wires and plugs, take a picture of how they are connected to each other and use the picture as a reference for when you have to reconnect them at your destination. If you can remove them, wrap up and pack plugs and wires, which will additionally assist you when you start reconnecting them.

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Packing the equipment

Once you have prepared all of your components, be sure to use bubble wrap or thick wrapping paper to protect the parts and wrap them separately from each other. Make sure that all the wires that are still attached to the component are gathered up and set behind the component before you wrap the whole item. This will make sure that any loose plugs do not scratch the front screen of the component.  Once the components are wrapped and prepared, open your box and place a lot of packing paper on the bottom of the box to make a cushion for the parts to rest on while they are in the box. You can use other items for cushioning such as towels or sheets. The components can be loaded either vertically or horizontally but if you choose to pack them horizontally make sure that the heavier parts are placed in the box first and place your lighter components on top. Make sure that you place a lot of packing paper between the components to create safe cushioning. Remember that the more components you pack into a box, the heavier that box will be. Fill up any gaps or spaces with crumpled up packing paper to keep the parts safe. They should not be able to shift around inside the box as that can lead to unwanted damages.

Finishing the packing

Once you have packed your components into their boxes, place the last layer of cushioning on top of the parts before closing the box and sealing it with tape. Label the box and mark it as fragile and draw arrows on the box in an upright position so that the people who carry it will know not to lay it on its side.

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