Your 7-Step Tech Checklist for Moving into a New Place

Over the years we’ve integrated almost every part of our lives into some form of tech-based device. These devices are getting smarter as a means of simplifying our lives. Technology has even helped make the process of moving easier, but how easy is it to move the devices themselves?

Moving into a new home requires a great deal of planning and organization and your technology is no exception. Here is a checklist of everything you should be prepared for when packing and installing your devices.

1. Make an Inventory List

The first step in the process is to go through your current residence and make an inventory list. What tech devices do you currently own that you’ll be bringing with you? Which ones will you need or want to purchase? Having a list at your hand will make it easier to move everything or avoid overspending on new ones. Take it room by room and consider even the small things as there may be further steps needed to set them up at the new place.

2, Safely Disconnect

Disconnecting your device requires more than just ripping the plug out of the wall and throwing it into a moving box. Some devices are hardwired into the electrical system while others need a complete shutdown before unplugging. Factor moving costs into your decision. Is it worth it to disconnect these systems or leave them behind? Pre-installed smart homes often go for higher listing prices. If you are leaving anything behind, reset the device back to factory settings and provide the new owners with instructions.

When it comes to more simplistic electronics the moving process can be easier though there are still important steps to take when disconnecting them. First, you’ll need to shut the device down properly before unplugging it. Next, disconnect it from the wireless network completely by “forgetting the network.” Once safely disconnected, it’s time to package them for the move. Wrap them safely within a case or bubble wrap. Many devices break each year due to careless packaging during a move.

3. Choose Your Devices

Moving to a new place can be both exciting and expensive. Purchasing new smart devices and electronics can be a fun part of this process, but it’s easy to get carried away. Try to start out small and then buy more when you’re settled in. Set a budgeted goal to save for future purchases. With smart devices, experts recommend starting off with a digital assistant and working your way up to more luxurious devices from there. Make sure to do your research ahead of time.

4. Check Compatibility

Before buying any new device make sure that it will be compatible with your preexisting devices. It would be a shame to spend your money only to come home and realize it will not work with your system. Search the desired device online before going out and purchasing it. You’ll save yourself a great deal of time and money.

5. Pick a Service

Before you move into the new place, take a look into the different internet providers in your area. You’ll want to compare their prices and services. Knowing which company will best meet your needs is an important place to begin. You’ll want to compare the different speeds available as these depend on what you’ll be using the Internet for (gaming, streaming, downloading, etc).

Once you’ve chosen your selected company give them a call. Make sure to ask if you’ll need to rent any equipment. Sometimes, this equipment rental is an additional fee, but if you already have your own equipment, you’ll need to make sure they are compatible with the Internet provider’s network.

6. Install Them Properly

Whether you’ll be having someone set your devices up for you or you’ll be doing it yourself, it’s important to do it properly. Don’t be ashamed to call a professional to assist you through the process and answer your questions.

With hardwired systems, always ask for help if you are unfamiliar with electrical wiring. Messing up your electrical system trying to install a simple device could end up being costlier in the end. First, select the area where the device will be placed. If it plugs into an outlet, use a surge protector to prevent damage. Once everything has been installed, connect to your wireless network and install any mobile apps that pair with the devices.

You’ll want to read through your manual for your router, as it contains proper instructions for safe use and installation. Go to the online settings portal to change the name of the device and password. Check the settings to make sure public access is not granted and set up a separate guest network for visitors.

7. Don’t Skimp on Security

The final step in your process is making sure that your devices are secure. The best place to start is with a comprehensive antivirus software system. This can help to safeguard your devices against a cyberattack. Smart home security has been a hot topic over the last few years. Unfortunately, this is caused by criminals who have used vulnerable devices to hack into homeowner’s networks.

Your modem is essentially the front door to your other devices and should, therefore, be handled with the utmost care. Allowing someone to access it puts you and each of your devices at risk. There are several steps you can take to protect your modem right from the start. First, make sure that the name you give to your router does not reveal any personal information about you or your family. This includes passwords which need to be strong and hard to guess. If you find that you still have questions, don’t hesitate to ask an expert for assistance with moving or installing your technology. It’s always better to be cautious than to damage something in the moving process.

Setting up your technology is an important step when it comes to settling into your new home, and should be done properly to ensure you get the most out of your devices. The same can be said of your furniture. With CORT Furniture Rental, you don’t have to worry about moving your pieces, or setting them up when you get to your new place. The CORT team provides white glove service, from delivery and installation, to pick-up when you’re done with the pieces – allowing you to get back to what’s most important: living your life.

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