The prospect of moving to a new home is exciting, but the challenge is packing it all up and hauling everything. Most of it is simple and easy enough, but when it comes to big items, breakables, and expensive possessions such as TVs, things can get complicated.
When it comes to packing a TV, for example, you need to take extra care.
Here are some tips for preparing your television for a move.
Prep Your TV for the Move
The first step when moving is prepping all your possessions, and that includes your television.
First, unplug the TV and any associated electronics such as a cable box, DVR, or Roku box. Then use a microfiber cloth to dust off your TV and accompanying devices thoroughly.
Gather the cables, remotes, and other associated small pieces and place them in a plastic baggie. Mark the baggie with a Sharpie for easy identification later.
Bonus tip: Before you unplug and disassemble your electronics, take photos of how the cables are plugged in so that when you get to your new home, reassembly will be a snap.
Packing Your TV
The ideal way to pack your TV is in its original box with the original Styrofoam and packing material. If you have saved that box and have it available, use those materials for the safest transport.
If you don’t have the original packing material that came with the TV, check with your moving company for a special TV carton kit. Your moving company should have the appropriate size for your flat-screen TV as well as the corresponding foam and cushioning material.
Follow the exact instructions that come with the TV carton kit for the best results. Two people should work together to pack the TV. Start by using the foam or bubble wrap that came with the TV to wrap the entire TV. Secure the cushioning material with tape. Make sure to never place tape directly on the TV itself.
Place the protective corner foam inserts from the original packaging or those that came with the carton into the bottom of the box. Place the TV into the special cardboard carton then place the top Styrofoam corner pieces onto the TV.
Put the top on the box, and tape it shut securely. Wrap tape vertically and horizontally to make sure the pieces are all held into place.
Keep the TV in its box upright. Do not lay it on its side. Label the carton “Fragile” and “This End Up” on all sides.
If you have an extremely large TV, movers recommend that you have it professionally crated for extra protection.
Need Help Moving?
Even if you know how to pack a TV and all your other possessions like a pro, you probably need help moving them. Don’t risk damaging your valuable property with a DIY move. Contact us today to learn how we can help with all your moving and storage needs, including getting your TV safely to your new home!