The importance of packing a flat screen TV correctly
How To Pack A Flat Screen TV For Moving
When packing for a move, it’s important that all your belongings are packed securely. Some items will require more care and attention; your TV is one of these items. It's fragile, and it needs to be protected.
Prepare The TV
First thing is to unplug the TV. If you’re using other devises with your TV, such as a DVD player, you will most likely have a lot of cables. It’s a good idea, right from the beginning to label each cord with its corresponding device. If cords are left attached to the TV, there is a possibility that either the cords or the cord attachment points on the TV can get damaged while in transit.
Loop each cord and then pack them all together with the devises that have been detached from the TV. If there isn’t enough space, pack the cords in a separate box. Make sure you label the box, or have a labeling system in place so that when the time comes to prepare your TV for unpacking, you’ll have all the parts you need.
Clean The TV
It’s a good idea to clean the TV before placing it into a box, especially if the TV will be going into storage. Over time, dust and dirt can build up and if not cleaned, could cause damage to the screen while it's being moved. Using a soft cloth, gently wipe the TV clean. For more stubborn stains, slightly dampen a soft cloth with warm water.
Remove TV From The Wall
If your TV is mounted to the wall, it will need to be taken down. Even though a lot of TVs are now much lighter, the size of it could make it a little challenging to unmount and lift with just one pair of hands. If a moving company is helping to pack your belongings, including the TV, they can take the TV down from the wall and pack it, but they cannot remove the wall mount bracket from the wall.
Packing The TV
If you still have the original packaging, this is the best thing that you can use to pack your TV. If you didn’t keep the original packaging, there are a few ways that your TV can be packed securely.
Original packaging – The protective pieces of foam and/or cardboard that come in the original packaging are designed especially to protect your TV. Carefully remove all the protective pieces from the original box, and them place them onto your TV. Once the TV has been protected, place it slowly into the original box. If it has been placed correctly, it will not move around once the box is closed.
TV kit – If you don’t have the original packaging, you can use a TV packing kit. If you’re hiring professional movers, they are able to provide these kits. Most TV kits come with a box that can accommodate TV’s of up to 70 inches. Make sure before purchasing, that your TV will fit into one of the boxes. If your TV packing kit doesn’t come with a layer of protective padding, it is advised to cover the TV before using the corner cushioning. You can use bubble wrap, or a thin blanket, anything that is soft and provides a layer of protectiveness. Once the TV is secure, gently place it into the box. To ensure it won’t move around while in transit, fill any empty spaces with cushioning. You can use packing paper, bubble wrap or even linens and clothing.
Packing materials - It’s also possible to move your TV without a box. Just by using some soft padding and a layer of hard protection. If you’ll be using industry-packing materials, these would include things like: packing paper, bubble wrap, and moving blankets. You can even use soft items that you’ll already be moving, such as linens, blankets, clothing, and have a more Eco-Friendly Move. Once it’s padded, tape around the whole TV and add a layer of hard protection over the front of the TV. You can use a piece of cardboard, or even thin plywood. Tape this extra layer to the TV. If possible place the TV next to soft surfaces on the moving truck for added protection.
Once your items have arrived at your new home, your TV will be placed in its new spot, clean and ready to be used.