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Keeping Computers In Good Shape For The New Move

If you're moving to another home, a lot of things can break on the way there. Whether from accidental drops, fatigue during carrying, or not knowing just how rough the roads can be on sensitive equipment, you could unbox a cracked set of monitors, motherboards, and video cards when you set up your computer. To understand how to keep your computers safe whether you're moving on your own or using residential moving services, here are a few computer preparation tips.

What Could Break Inside The Computer?

If you just use a computer and don't know what goes on inside, you're missing a lot of sensitive and potentially loose components that have their own individual break risks.

Most components inside the computer are held in place by screws, spacers, and a bit of padding if the system was prepared by a careful and thorough professional--and that's not always the case, even with big computer brands.

The motherboard is one component that comes under a lot of stress. It's a large, usually rectangular board that connects all other devices of the computer together with the processor, which is like the brains of the computer. Your computer's motherboard has support screws on the corners in some cases, though additional screws may be added to the sides and different center parts.

Not all motherboards have additional center support screws. During a rough ride, the force can shake the motherboard and lead to a crack in areas that lack support. Even with screws, the screw sockets themselves can crack if the screws are small enough to allow shaking.

This risk is extended to every other board in the computer, such as video cards and sound cards. A more manageable problem is cables and wires disconnecting due to the shaking inside the computer. For computer technicians, this just means treating your move like building a new computer and making sure that everything is connected. If you're not a computer expert, this simple check can be quite expensive.

Protecting Your Computer From Transit Damage

The prevent much of the shock and crushing associated with moving, it's best to keep computers separate from the rest of your inventory. If you're moving within the same town, consider keeping the computer with you while the moving vehicle carries everything else, or make sure that the movers take extra care of the computer like any other fragile object.

Shock absorption helps, but it takes more than some bubble wrap. Proper shock protection means adding additional corner shock protection inside the box used for the computer. Protective wedges can add planned, snug isolation and shock absorption that bubble wrap can't accurately provide.

Contact a residential moving professional and discuss your computer protection concerns to make sure that the right equipment is on hand for the move.