Flat screen televisions are fragile items that need to be well protected in preparation for a long distance move. Find out how to safely pack a flat screen TV.
Packing a TV the right way
The best packaging for a flat screen TV is the original box in which it came in. It will contain the original packaging and protective pieces. If however, the original packaging is not available, there are other protective solutions. If a professional moving company is transporting your belongings, they can provide a TV packing kit. Packing kits can also be purchased independently if you’ll be doing a DIY move. Alternatively, the television can be protected with soft padding such as: bubble wrap, moving blankets, or for a more eco friendly move and to reduce packing waste, you can use things like linens, blankets, or clothing. It’s important that in addition to soft protection, there is also a hard layer protecting the television. This could be in the form of a specialized box, pieces of cardboard, or thin plywood. Make sure any spaces are filled, so the television won’t move around. Before the television is packed, unplug and remove any cables that are attached to the television. Labeling the cables is a good idea. Cleaning the television from any accumulated dust and dirt is advised before being packed. This is important if the television will be going into storage.
Common Moving Tips
To move smart
Understanding common moving mistakes can help you avoid these same mistakes during your long distance move.
Research moving companies – This is extremely important! Whether you plan to hire a professional moving company, or rent a moving truck for a DIY move. Not researching moving companies could see your belongings in the wrong hands. Avoid this mistake and avoid being part of a moving scam.
Have enough time to pack – Not allocating enough time to pack for a long distance move is a common mistake. Ideally, and depending on size of the move, start at least 8 weeks before your move date. Another common packing mistake is packing moving boxes to heavy.
Ask questions - A very common mistake when moving, is not asking all the questions you would like answers to. There is a lot to know about long distance moving, if you’re unsure about anything, need additional information, or just have questions, ask! You need to understand every aspect of your move.
Labeling boxes –Take inventory of your items and know what’s in each box and which room it goes in. Thisis vital and will help both you and the movers.
Insurance – Not getting the right moving insurance, or not having insurance, is a common moving mistake. Reputable moving companies do their best to deliver items undamaged. However, it does occasionally happen. Knowing you’re covered with the right insurance will put your mind at ease.
Prepare For An Estate Sale
If you’re planning to sell or auction the contents of an entire home, including personal belongings, art and jewelry, this is an estate sale. It’s common to hire specialists in the field of estate sales to oversee the sale. This is due to the size and time required to organize and manage a sale of this grandeur. Setting up and coordinating an estate sale without professionals is possible. Make sure to have reliable, honest people to help throughout the process, and have people who can be on guard for any possible theft.
During preparations for the sale, every item will need to be checked to determine whether it can be sold at the estate sale. This means going through every room, cupboard, drawer etc. in the house. Garages, basements and attics will also need to be checked. Have items clean and in good condition, selling will be easier. However, if some specialized items cannot be fixed, still include them in the sale.
Keep it organized
Catalogue and price each item. Estate sales are usually big, it’s important to be organized from the very beginning. Take photos and catalogue each item along with the asking price and specifications. Once an item has sold, make a note including the final sale price. When planning how to display everything, make sure buyers can move around comfortably. Small valuables, such as jewelry should be exhibited close to where purchases are made.
Create That Feeling of Home
For a smooth move
Moving to a new home is like having a blank canvas. Whether you’ll be moving all your personal belongings and furniture from your previous home, or starting afresh, here are some ideas to create that feeling of home in your new dwellings.
Color – What kind of mood do you want to create in your new home? Colors have an effect on how people feel. In the bedrooms you’ll want to feel relaxed, whereas in the living room or dining room, the mood could be more uplifting. Color will set the mood.
Furniture – If you’re moving furniture from your old home, finding where to place each item in your new home is a sure way of making it feel like home in no time. If you’re bringing in new furniture, choose items that embody what “home” means to you, and anyone living in the space.
Art and photos – Placing and hanging pieces of art around the new home will add that element of your artistic style. In addition, having photos of loved ones, or other memorable experiences around the house, along with any items that hold importance can help create that feeling of home.
Soft furnishings – Adding these extra touches to a new space can really create that feeling of home. Think about the colors and textures of any rugs, pillows, or throws that you might want to add in your new home.
Plants – For a little bit of nature in your home, don’t forget plants!
Creating a Moving Checklist
Things to prepare
Once packing begins for an upcoming move, creating a moving checklist is important, as it will help to remain organized and ensure nothing gets forgotten. Listed below are some common items that often get forgotten during the packing process. These include:
Valuables – If you have valuable jewelry, or other high value items, make sure they are packed and remain with you throughout the duration of the move. In some cases, it is common that items of value are stored in a different location, such as a safety deposit box.
Medication – If you or any family members require medication, make sure to obtain enough to last until you are able to get a new prescription. Pack and keep them with you while your belongings are in transit.
Documents – All personal records and documentation including: medical records, financial documents, bank and credit card statements, school records etc. should be packed and kept with you at all times. If you already have a destination address or somewhere secure where these can be sent, consider shipping them priority.
Electronics – One very important item not to forget are chargers for commonly used electronics. Make sure to gather all chargers and cables. Having spare chargers and cables is advised. If moving internationally, make sure to have correct adapters for any country you will be in.