Moving to a new home can be an exciting adventure, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges. When it comes to moving, there are some household items that require a little extra TLC during the packing process, and a television is definitely one of them.
TVs are not only usually expensive but also fragile, so packing them properly is essential to make sure they arrive at your new place in perfect condition. In this guide, we’re going to walk you through the steps to pack your TV for a home move, so you can enjoy your favorite shows and movies in your new home without any complications.
Simply wrapping blankets around your television will often do the trick, but you may want extra peace of mind that it will arrive safe and sound. In that case, you may want to hire a moving company that uses special tools and techniques to get the job done right.
Whether you’re hiring professional movers or taking on the task yourself, make sure to give your TV the attention it deserves to help protect it during transportation.
Before you start the packing process, you’ll need to gather the necessary supplies. Here’s what you’ll want to have at your disposal:
Get Your Moving Supplies Together
TV Box: Ideally, you should have the original box that your TV came in. If not, purchase a sturdy box that matches your TV’s size.
Bubble Wrap or Foam Sheets: These will help protect your TV from scratches and minor impacts.
Packing Paper: Use this to wrap and cushion your TV inside the box.
Tape: High-quality packing tape is essential for securing the box.
Zip ties or cable organizers: These will help you manage and secure the TV’s power and HDMI cables.
Scissors or a utility knife: To cut the materials and tape as needed.
Now, let’s get to packing your TV!
If you’ve moved an expensive television before, chances are you used a moving blanket to wrap the TV. Maybe you kept the box and shipping foam it came with in preparation for a move you knew you would soon make. Or maybe you put the TV on the TV stand many years ago and haven’t thought about moving it since.
In any case, as you are getting ready to move, you will come across some household items that require a little more attention in the packing process. Televisions are one of those types of items. And since they’re heavy, fragile, expensive, and won’t fit in a typical moving box, you will want to be sure you have the proper tools and techniques to get them packed properly so that they are protected at least as well as they were in that original TV box.
Better yet, you should work with a moving company that already knows how to pack a TV for moving!
Moving companies take pains to protect your items before, during, and after they are loaded onto the moving truck. Especially with today’s flat-screen TV models costing many hundreds if not thousands of dollars, it’s important to make sure that we all know and understand how to pack a TV for moving.
Here are some packing tips related to flat-screen TVs as well as older models. If you have any questions, contact Smooth Move People.
Make Sure You Have The Right Supplies
Be sure that you have the right size cardboard boxes before you start disconnecting your electronics. Measure your television to ensure the box will fit. If you can use the original box that the TV came in, then packing it should be easy.
Disconnect and Organize Cables
Now it’s time to start disconnecting all the cables from your TV. It’s a good idea to take photos or label each cable so you can easily reconnect everything at your new place. Bundle and secure the cables with the aforementioned zip ties or cable organizers to keep them neat and prevent tangling.
Clean Your TV
Before packing, wipe down your TV screen and the entire unit with a soft, lint-free cloth. Dust and dirt can scratch the screen during transit. Besides, it’s just nice to unpack a clean TV when you get to your new home.
Protect the Screen
Fill the bottom portion of the box with bubble wrap or thick packing paper. This will serve as extra padding. Then, wrap the entire TV with several layers of bubble wrap or foam sheets. Use packing tape to secure the wrapping in place, ensuring it’s snug but not overly tight. Next, wrap blankets around the screen and pay special attention to the corners, as these are vulnerable areas.
Place the TV in the Box
Carefully place the wrapped TV into the box. Also make sure it fits snugly and won’t shift during transit. All empty spaces should be filled with proper packing material. This helps make sure the screen doesn’t shift around when it is lifted and moved.
Finally, seal the box with high-quality packing tape, making sure it’s tightly sealed on all sides. Double-check that the box is securely closed to prevent any accidental openings during the move.
Label the Box
Make sure you indicate on the outside of the box what the item is. Next, write “FRAGILE” on the outside in several places. This will ensure that movers will take extra precautions when lifting and setting it down.
Load with Care
When loading the TV box into your moving vehicle, place it in an upright position and ensure it’s surrounded by soft materials or other items to prevent shifting during the journey.
Moving is a big, often laborious, job. It requires attention to detail and a gentle touch. Our team at Smooth Move People are here to help! We are experienced and detailed in each portion of the moving process.
Whether it’s helping to load the moving van to ensure that everything is delivered efficiently into your new home, we work hard to make sure your items arrive in the same condition that they were in before you packed them.
Contact us today to get your move scheduled.