How to Pack Your PC Computer for Moving

Just about everyone has a PC these days, and most of us have moved at least once in our lives. It’s imperative to properly pack your PC to protect it during a move. There are many moving parts and tiny electronic components that could be damaged if you don’t.

Pack PC for Moving

Your computer holds a lot of valuable information, from your family photos to your banking apps and spreadsheets, and even work or legal documents. If you are a gamer, you live and die by your PC. If your PC breaks, it can be expensive to replace or repair. That’s why it is so important to pack it safely before a move.
Some tips for packing your PC for moving include:
  • Back up your entire computer. If it is damaged, you don’t want to lose your documents, images, programs, and everything else.
  • Be sure to pack your PC in the upright position. PCs need to travel standing, not lying down. Storing your PC on its side can damage internal components.
  • If you still have the original packaging, that would be best. If not, you can secure it safely using quality packing materials.
  • Find a sturdy box (one that will not rip or break during the move). Reinforce the box with packing tape and fill it with clothing to help buffer your electronics.
  • Package your CPU and monitor separately.
Step-by-step Instructions to Pack a PC for Moving:
  • Be sure to turn everything off first.
  • Unplug all cords and store them in a freezer-size storage bag.
  • Wrap your PC tower and monitor in heavy-duty bubble wrap.
  • Fill the bottom of the boxes with bubble wrap, crumpled paper, cardboard or packing peanuts. You can also store your storage bag of cords in the empty spaces. You don’t want any space that allows the computer to move around, so try to fill the box completely.
  • Seal up the box tightly with packing tape and put the word “Fragile” on all sides of it, so movers or friends know to take care with your precious PC.
  • Cover your monitor with cardboard, tape, or bubble wrap and package it the same as your tower.
If you use your PC for gaming, remove the graphics card before packing it. High-quality graphics cards are expensive and could be damaged during the move. It’s better to be safe rather than sorry later. For water-cooled gaming PCs, always remove the water before a move. You do not want that liquid leaking out all over the motherboard and ruining it.
Whenever you buy a new PC, always keep and store the original boxes in a safe place. They are designed to optimally protect your PC whenever you need to move it.

PC Warranty

Moving can be stressful regardless of how far you are going. The last thing you want is to get to your new home and find out your computer is broken or your monitor damaged. Before packing your valuable PC, check out the PC warranty and see if it’s covered.
Most manufacturer’s warranties cover only inherent defects for one year from the date of purchase. Upsie’s warranty covers you for much longer, and you can file as many claims as you need to up to the original purchase price. You can even contact the claims department 24/7 and either send in your PC or have it repaired locally by a certified repair technician.
An Upsie PC extended warranty protects you against:
  • Power failure
  • Battery issues
  • Motherboard and component problems
  • Wi-Fi, screen issues, RAM failure
Customers love that Upsie warranties cost up to 70% less than the manufacturer or other third parties. Later, if you sell or give away your PC, your Upsie warranty transfers along with it.
The best part is you can move knowing that your PC is fully protected from defects, regardless of where you live!

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