When it comes to selling computers and laptops, slightly different rules apply. Unlike selling other items, like furniture or clothes, computers require certain considerations to be made and steps to be taken. Doing this will ensure your computer is sold in a safe and secure way. With that in mind, here are 3 essential questions to ask yourself before you make that final sale.
1. Have you backed up all personal files?
Whether you’re looking to sell Apple MacBook laptops or desktop tower PCs, your number one priority is data security. This means you need to back up all the files you want to keep, either on an external drive (like a USB stick) or in the cloud via a service like Dropbox or Google Drive. Be doubly sure that you have all of the essential files you want to keep before moving on – because once they’re gone, they’re gone.
2. Have you reset the computer to factory settings?
The last thing you want to do is hand your personal data freely over to a stranger. If all you do is backup then delete your personal files, but keep the operating system in place, your data will still be vulnerable. In order to be 100% certain that your computer is ready for sale, you should reset it to factory settings. This process will normally include the formatting of the system’s hard drive, which will take with it all programs and files.
3. Have you physically cleaned the PC or laptop?
With the software and files dealt with, it’s also worth taking care of the physical hardware’s condition too. After all, a shiny and clean laptop will always be more visually appealing to a buyer – and may just increase your valuation, too. For this reason, if you are trying to sell computer or laptop units, you should give them a good clean prior to sale. Just be certain that you use appropriate cleaning products and that you don’t get any moisture inside the computer units themselves.
With this super-simple three-step checklist, you’ll be all set to sell your PC or laptop. Want to learn more about how quick and easy that sale could be? Get in touch with the Bits & PCs team today and we’ll help you get the best prices for your old tech.