Selling Your Home? Here's How To Store Your Electronics!
If you're looking to join the over 5 million Americans who sold their homes in 2013, you need to clean your house up. Experts estimate that a clean home can appraise for almost 10% more than a dirty, cluttered one. If you don't have a lot of extra space, renting a storage unit at a facility like Hanes Stick-It-In Storage, LLC is a great way to get some of your stuff out of the way for a bit.
Items like clothing and toys can be stored away without much worry. Electronics, however, can be a bit trickier. Here's what you'll need to do to store your electronics safely:
Clean Everything Up
Before storing your extra electronic equipment, make sure to wipe them off and give them a quick clean with a compressed air canister. Leaving any dirt or dust particles on the equipment will help lead to static electricity and clogs. A quick wipe-down will make them much safer to store.
Remove Batteries and Cords
Removing batteries before storing your equipment is critical, since alkaline batteries don't respond well to extreme temperatures. At best, extreme conditions can cause batteries to perform poorly. At worst, it can cause them to leak, potentially destroying your equipment.
Taking your cords out isn't quite as serious, but leaving them in makes them cumbersome to transport and store. Remove all cords and either tape them to the equipment, or store them in separate, marked boxes. This ensures that you won't mix cords up or get them tangled.
Use Proper Protection
When storing your electronic equipment, it's important to wrap it up to protect it from bumps and bruises as it's packed, moved, and stored.
Using bubble wrap will be fine if you're only storing your electronics for a short period of time, but it isn't the best option if you plan on storing them for a month or longer. This is because bubble wrap and plastic wrappings can trap moisture, which will damage your equipment. Using a foam or packing gel that allows your equipment to breath is a better option, since it provides better air flow.
Another downside of plastic wrap is that it's a strong conductor of static electricity.
Packing up your home for temporary storage does take time and effort, but it's worth the additional value to your home's appraisal. By carefully cleaning your equipment, removing all batteries and cords, and providing proper protection, your electronics will be in perfect working condition when you're ready to pick them up again!
If you have any additional questions about storing electronic equipment, or storage units in general, you should reach out to your local storage rental professionals. They will be able to assist you and answer any questions you may have.