How to Pack a Stereo

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These days, moving your stereo may require nothing more than packing your wireless Bluetooth iPhone speakers in your suitcase. However, if your sound system setup is more advanced, you'll need a safe method of packing and wrapping it to make sure it arrives in one piece at your new home. There are many different types of stereos, ranging from small wireless ones that fit in your eans pocket to heavy home stereo systems. All of them must be appropriately cared for once moving day arrives.

Read on for some tips on how to safely wrap and pack your stereo for your move.

Preparing and packing your stereo

No matter what kind of stereo you have in your home--a small single-unit wireless system or a multi-speaker surround sound system-- you spent a good deal of money on it. You'll want to put just as much time and care into preparing and packing the unit. Here's what you'll need to do to get it ready for the move:

  • Organize all wires and cords and tie them together to avoid tangling. Before you pack your stereo, unplug all wires from any outlets and neatly arrange them, tying them together with string, zip ties or rubber bands. Secure them to the stereo with a piece of tape to avoid any wires from becoming tangled during the move.
  • Wrap the stereo and all speakers in at least two layers of bubble wrap or newsprint. To add a few layers or protection before placing it in its box, carefully wrap your stereo in a few layers of protective wrapping such as newspaper or bubble wrap to prevent it from becoming scratched or damaged. The interior components of stereos and sound systems contain small, fragile parts that can cause permanent damage to the unit if dislodged, so a few added layers of protection can never hurt.
  • If possible, pack the stereo in its original box. This box was designed specifically to hold your stereo and keep it protected, so it's the best box for you to pack it in for a move -- that is, if you still have it. If you don't, you can try contacting the manufacturer to see if they will provide you with another one.
  • If you don't have the original box, you may also use a special electronics box. You can obtain these electronics boxes from our moving supplies page or contact a local moving company who may be able to supply these boxes for you.
  • Add additional protection and cushioning to the inside of the box. After placing the stereo into its box, fill all remaining empty space inside with additional cushioning to prevent the stereo from being knocked around in transit. Use crumpled up newspaper, rolled-up bubble wrap or even Styrofoam packing peanuts to make sure that the stereo fits snugly inside the box and won't move around during the move. If you have the protective Styrofoam inserts that came in the stereo's original packaging and were molded to fit your particular model, that's even better.
  • Reinforce the box with packing tape. To increase the integrity of the box, seal it with a few layers of packing tape. Also place tape around any edges and weak spots on the box to reinforce its strength.

Moving and loading your stereo

No matter how well you pack and wrap your stereo unit, placing it in a bad spot on the moving truck (like burying it underneath stacks of boxes or sandwiched in between a dresser and a sofa) can cause damage. Here are some tips on how to load your stereo:

  • Load your stereo onto the moving truck carefully. When loading your stereo, be sure to place it in a safe place on the truck and not stacked beneath heavy boxes that can damage the stereo. Place it against the back wall of the truck or against one of the sides to keep it stable and secure during the move.
  • Keep your stereo with other electronics when loading the truck. If you keep your stereo with other similar items when loading them onto the truck rather than placing them with larger items, they're less likely to be damaged during the move.
  • Make sure to clearly label the box. Before loading your stereo, make sure to clearly mark the box so the movers know that there is fragile electronic equipment inside and won't place it underneath anything heavy.

Hire professional movers

To find movers in your area that can assist you with packing and moving your stereo, simply visit the front page of Movers.com and fill out our free and easy-to-use quote form at the top of the page. You'll then be contacted by up to seven moving companies that will provide you with a no-obligation estimate for your move.

Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on January 2, 2014

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