How to transport your printer

Moving house? Changing office? Here's a handy little guide to making sure your printer makes it with you in one piece.

When moving home or relocating the office, there's an awful lot of things to think about, so you'd be forgiven for taking your eye off the ball when it comes to taking care of your printer during the move.

But as us here at INKredible are printer, ink and toner mad, as you can guess we're dab hands at ensuring you transport your printer without a) spilling ink all over your clothes or b) reducing your top-of-the-range printer to a pile of plastic rubble.


If your journey to you new location is only going to be short, we reckon you only need a few bits and bobs to secure your printer.

A sturdy cardboard box, some gaffer tape and bubble wrap should be all you need. Pack your printer carefully in the box, wrap some bubble wrap securely around it and make sure there's plenty of tape to close up the box. Oh, and write 'printer' on the box in large letters.

However, if you're transporting your printer down a flight of stairs or it's going in the back of a removal van you might need to step up your game a little bit.

In which case, it might be necessary to disassemble your machine into its various smaller parts. A good idea is to have a look at the manufacturers' guidelines – these will tell you about any particularly fragile bits of your machine you need to take care of.

Also, be aware, particularly with inkjets, that they're liable to spill if put in an odd position or left at a funny angle. You don't want to be carting your machine down the steps to find ink all over your clothes or carpet, so consider putting some newspaper down and wearing your Sunday clothes.

And if you've got a wait before you move into your new place or premises proper, consider putting your printer somewhere safe for the interim period, such as self storage.

While some of these tips may seem a little over-cautious, it's a good idea to take care of your machine. A little bit of preparation will mean your printer is good to go as soon as you pitch up at your new gaff.

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