Thanks to recent advancements in electronic display technology, TVs are now thinner and lighter. No longer are we forced to use bulky cathode ray tube (CTR) TVs. Manufacturers now offer flat-screen models powered by a liquid-crystal display (LCD) or light-emitting diode (LED) technology. When moving, however, you must use caution when packing and transporting a flat-screen TV to protect it from damage. Here are the proper steps for packing and moving your TV:
1. Remove the Cables
Before moving your flat-screen TV, disconnect and remove any cables connected to it, including the power cable as well as HDMI, component, coaxial and optical audio cables. Once removed, place these cables in an appropriately sized cardboard box. It’s helpful to snap a picture of all the connection points before disconnecting the wires. Referencing this photo is useful for fast reassembly of the television.
2. Clean the Screen
Preparing to a move your flat-screen TV offers the perfect opportunity to clean the display. Using a lint-free cloth, gently wipe your television’s screen to remove dust, dirt, and debris. Do not attempt to clean your flat-screen TV with glass cleaner as this may dissolve its protective oleophobic coating.
3. How to Pack a Flat Screen TV
The easiest way to pack a flat-screen TV is to place it inside its original box. If you didn’t keep the original packaging, however, you can purchase a heavy-duty cardboard box that’s designed specifically for televisions. Home Depot, for instance, sells adjustable TV boxes.
Regardless of which box you use, make sure your television is secure. If it’s able to move around, it may sustain damage during transit. You can use foam inserts to fill voided spaces in the box for a more secure fit. You should also wrap the screen in one or two layers of bubble wrap for an added level of protection. After packing your TV, secure the top and bottom of the box with several layers of tape.
4. Moving Your TV
To transport your TV, place it in a secure area of your moving truck. Alternatively, some people prefer setting their TV in the cab. Either way, position it so that no other items will fall on top of your TV or hit it from the side.
Once you arrive at the destination, carefully lift your TV with the help of at least one other person. Use caution to ensure it stays upright. You can tilt your TV to squeeze through tight corridors and doorways, but you should avoid laying your TV screen-down on the ground.
What About the Temperature?
Some people are reluctant to place their flat-screen TV in a box, believing hot or cold temperatures will damage its internal components. In most cases, though, temperature fluctuations won’t cause any damage. On its website, Samsung says its TVs can be safely stored in environments ranging from -4 degrees to 113 degrees. Unless you store in your flat-screen TV in a walk-in freezer or oven, it shouldn’t reach these temperatures.
Following these tips will ensure your TV arrives undamaged at your new home. Just remember to keep track of the box where you stored the cables.
For help moving your TV and the rest of your household items, give Apple Moving a call. We are one of the oldest providers of Austin moving services and have several additional locations across the country, enabling us to better serve our interstate moving customers.