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If you are getting ready to move, you are likely going through your home determining what needs to be packed and where it should go. Furniture, clothes, and other household items are one thing, but when it comes to packing your electronics, it takes a little bit more attention to detail. Because computers are expensive items, you will want to take great care to keep things intact and packed carefully. Here are some tips on how to pack a computer for moving.


It is important to use thick cardboard boxes with the right dimensions for a computer. If you have the original computer box, that would be ideal, but if not, purchase a sturdy cardboard box, a large roll of bubble wrap, and plenty of packing paper to guarantee the computer does not move around during transport. Ensure you have enough plastic bags to keep cords and cables labeled, tied, and separated.


The monitor is the most fragile part of your computer, so it is critical to keep it protected well during the move.

First, remove the monitor stand if possible and pack it in a separate area. Wrap the whole monitor in packing paper, just like you were going to wrap a present and then cut a piece of thick cardboard to match the screen dimensions. Put these around the monitor and attach with tape, then put a sheet of bubble wrap over it.

Make sure the box is labeled as fragile, so movers are cautious with it.


If you have other items to go with your computer, such as a tower, keyboard, mouse, or speakers, ensure that they are all wrapped in paper or bubble wrap and labeled well. When you fold cords and cables, make sure they are not twisted too much, or it could cause permanent damage.

Before you start packing, ensure that all your information is backed up on an external hard drive, so you don’t risk losing everything once it is unplugged. Once the items are loaded into a box, double tape the bottom and top.

Don’t have the right supplies or the time to pack things? Our team at Smooth Move People can help, so contact us today!

Residential and Commercial/Office: Moving Computer Equipment

Knowing how to pack a computer for moving applies to both our residential and commercial moving services in Portland. And while computers have gotten smaller, lighter, faster, and more powerful than they were when we first entered the Portland moving business in 1989, the basics are the same.

So whether you’re relocating to a new office or a new home, we’re here to assist you. As a full-service Portland moving company, we do just about everything. And that means residential moving, commercial moving, office moving, special items moving, and local and long-distance moving.

Expertise and Experience

As expert movers, we know that office computers — whether home offices or more traditional office spaces — contain reams of important data and information. So not only is it important to protect and secure the hardware in and of itself, it’s the information that is paramount. After all, there’s not much point in delivering the hardware if the software is somehow corrupted along the way.

That’s why we take such care and pay such attention to detail. We know how important it is to properly pack a computer for moving and to get it from here to there.

Desktop computers (tower and monitor, too, of course!), laptops, and more — we provide the best in Portland metro area moving and customer service.

As we discuss about office moving, a computer system “may have local files containing private information of clients, contractors, customers, and more.” So you’ll definitely want to hire a company “that treats your sensitive office equipment and items containing privileged and confidential information with gloved hands and special attention.”

That’s Smooth Move People. We’re the brains and the brawn behind your move.

Packing Services for Computers

Don’t forget: When you need to know how to pack a computer for moving and you need someone to do the packing for you, we can help on both counts.

As we often say: Moving is exciting! Packing isn’t. This is especially true for many of our customers who have so much to think about when it comes to moving their homes or their office spaces.

That’s why we suggest leaving the packing to us. For more than 30 years now, we’ve been providing expert packing services in Portland OR for a wide variety of customers.

So the key to a smooth move is knowing how to pack a computer for moving and knowing whom to hire for all your moving and packing needs.

Still have the original box for your computer? That makes things even easier! But we can also help you find the best packing supplies, rubber bands, packing tape, and packing materials to ready your computer for shipping. Think of us as your go-to Portland movers.

Get in touch with us today to see how we can help make your move as pleasant and stress-free as possible. Moving day is an exciting time; we’re proud to help you make the most of it.

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