Electronic equipment is central to our lives and the list of these items that takes centre stage in our lives is long. These include items such as smartphones, laptops computers, tv’s, and many others that seem to control most aspects of our lives. When you consider all the accessories, chargers, and wiring that goes with them, these can all take up a large amount of space in our homes. At some stage, we will need to consider how to store these items, whether we are upgrading older models with new ones, or maybe we are moving to a new house. Electronics are expensive so when we store them we need to be careful so that they are safe from being damaged.
Electronic items are regularly updated with the release of new models bringing us the latest technology and designed to provide a better experience. We want the latest model as soon as it is released, and this can be seen in the long queues that form outside Apple shops when a new model phone or laptop is released. Our older models still work perfectly, but human nature being what it is, we want the latest one.
This adds up to many obsolete electronic items that all work, but that need to be stored. If you have run out of space in your home for the storage of these electronics, consider hiring a self-storage unit to keep them safe without them getting stolen or damaged. Although they may no longer offer the latest technology, they are still valuable, so they are worth keeping until you decide what to do with them.
If you decide to place them in storage, either at a self-storage facility or even if you find a place for them in your home, these items need to be packed securely.
Below are some hints on how to pack your electronics up for storage to ensure that they remain undamaged and in good condition.
- Refer to the owner’s manuals, or check online, to find out the best method of storage of your electronic equipment. It will inform you of the best way of packaging it, how to remove detachable components and other information.
- Detach accessories and other components as these should be packed separately from the main item, for example, pack your sound system or games player separately to your TV.
- Most importantly, take photos of the back of the electronic device before you disconnect the wires so that you know where to plug in each connection when you set it up again.
- Use cable ties to tie these connections together to keep all accessories and connections organised. To make it easier for you, label each piece of equipment with a specific colour, for example, computer, keyboard, mouse, and speakers marked with the same colour. If possible, pack the accessories and components together with the electronic item.
- Remove any CD’s, DVD’s, ink cartridges, and removable batteries from electronic equipment before storage.
- If you kept the original packaging your equipment came in, pack it back in these boxes, but if like most people, you do not have space to store all these empty boxes, you can still pack your equipment safely.
- Wrap TV screens and monitors in anti-static foam to protect them. Wrap electronics in bubble wrap and use extra foam padding to stop items from bumping against each other. Place in strong boxes and add additional foam fillers to keep the items from moving. Tape up the boxes firmly.
- Keep an inventory of everything you have packed for storage.
- Pack these boxes towards the back of your storage unit so they do not get knocked around when you pack the rest of your goods in. Be careful not to place heavy boxes on top of your packed electronics.
- Store large screen TV’s leaning against the wall of the unit, and never flat on the floor. You can cover them with extra blankets or sheets for extra protection.
What you require from the self-storage unit for your goods to be safe:
- Choose your self-storage unit carefully as you do not want any moisture, mould, or damage caused by pests to your electronics.
- Lay a tarpaulin or similar material under the boxes so that they are not placed directly on the floor.
- Ensure that the security at your self-storage facility is top-class.
By following these steps, your expensive electronics should be safe from damage and be in good condition for when you decide to use them again, donate them or sell them.
We offer a solution to solving your storage problem for your electronics. If you do not wish to dispose of them permanently hire a self-storage unit at Stop & Store self storage Great Yarmouth. They will be safe, you will be able to access them anytime you need, and your house will be kept free from the clutter of these unused electronics.
At Stop & Store self storage Great Yarmouth we do not tie you into a lease or make you pay a deposit, making the hiring of a self-storage unit very cost-effective. We offer short- and long-term rentals, and if you move your goods in the middle of a month, you pay a pro-rate.
If you have storage problems at home, consider hiring one of our self-storge units at Stop & Store Great Yarmouth. Our units are clean, dry, and fully secured with 24/7 CCTV monitoring. You will be issued with an individual PIN code access to our facility and your unit, ensuring the safety of your electronic equipment.
Our storage units vary in size from just 12 sq ft up to 200 sq ft. If you have trouble visualizing the size that would suit your needs, there is a useful space calculator on our website https://www.stopandstore.co.uk/space-calculator/#/unit/listing with visuals giving you an idea as to how much can be stored in our different size units.
You can access your stored goods seven days a week, between 8 am and 8 pm, using your PIN code.
Please contact us on 01493 803991 for more information. Look on our website https://www.stopandstore.co.uk/storage-great-yarmouth/ and read some of our customers’ reviews to help you make your mind up. We know we can help you overcome your storage space problem.