Moving a television isn’t as cumbersome as it used to be. But, it’s still important to know how to pack a flat-screen for a move.
How to Pack a Flat Screen TV
If you moved before the early 2000s, you remember hauling that old box television that seemed to weigh a ton when you moved. Thankfully, they’ve been replaced with a much lighter, easier to carry flat-screen television.
So, if they’re such a breeze to move compared to the older box versions, why do you need to know how to move a flat-screen TV? Because they are just as easily dropped, scratched, or damaged in the moving process.
First thing’s first, you have to pack it safely. Transporting your flat screen in a box will give the most support and protection for your TV. If you saved the box, then kudos to you! If you didn’t, no worries. You can buy a specialty box for your TV that will cost somewhere between $30-$100. Be sure to check your measurements.
Now that you have the proper equipment to move the flat-screen, let’s get started on how to pack it. Ready?
Step 1 Remove All Power Cord and Cables
Remove all power cords and cables before packing the flat screen into the box for moving. Be sure to secure the cords and cables with a twist tie and place them in a plastic zip bag to keep them all together.
If you’re worried about remembering where all the cords go, take a picture of the TV’s back with all the wiring in place so you’ll have an easy guide when you unpack it.
Step 2 Remove all Screws and Bases
Transporting a flat-screen TV is much easier when not connected to its base or wall mount. And, if you’re using a box, it won’t fit anyway. Place all the small screws in a labeled bag so you can easily locate them when setting up your TV at your new home. Then, use tape to secure the bag to the TV mount or base, so they’re all in one place.
Step 3 It’s Time to Box it Up
Lastly, it’s time to box it up. If you kept the manufacturer’s box your TV came in; then hopefully, you kept the corner foam pieces. The foam will come in handy when it’s time to move a flat-screen TV. It will keep it from shifting around during transport.
First, place the foam pieces. Then, wrap the entire TV and foam in plastic wrap. The plastic will keep the foam in place and provide extra protection against the elements.
No box? We’ve got you.
Use moving blankets instead. It’s the next best thing to using a box. It’s not ideal, but it will work in a pinch. It will help provide some much-needed padding so that, hopefully, you don’t find yourself purchasing a new TV when you arrive.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
One question we hear is, “can you lay it flat?” The answer is yes…and no.
Laying it flat won’t damage the internal working of your TV. But it could be a recipe for external damage. In this position, you put your flat-screen TV in danger of cracking that could disable or TV immediately or grow gradually over time.
Either way, it’s best to move a flat-screen TV propped up instead of laying it down.
Today’s television isn’t as tough to move as its predecessor, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to know how to move a flat-screen TV and do so without damaging it.
Bring in the Pros
All packed up? Great. The next step is to bring in the pros. If you’re concerned about how to pack your flat screen TV, then it may be a good idea to hire professional movers. Call RL Maxon Moving for your next move. Then, sit back, relax, and let us take care of getting your items safely to your new home. 479.756.0850