Many people cannot imagine a single evening without the constant chatter coming from the TV. This ingenious device provides information and entertainment for the entire family, keeps you company when you are alone and serves as an open window overlooking the whole world. Distant countries and unique lifestyles, scientific discoveries and little-known facts, sports and cultural events, amusing shows and captivating movies – it is all there for you, as soon as you turn on the TV. Even if you are not in the mood to watch something specific, you may still switch the TV in the evening simply because it helps you relax and shake off the weariness and the worries from the long day of hard work behind you. An operating TV brings comfort and peace of mind – it is a clear sign that everything is fine and your daily routine follows its usual path. This factor alone is enough to make the TV one of your most cherished possessions. Take into consideration the rather high price of quality modern day electronic devices as well and you will have a couple of very good reasons to put extra efforts in the safe packing and proper transportation of your TV set in the event of a residential move.
How to safely pack a TV for shipping
The best way to pack a TV for shipping consists of several simple steps that will ensure the integrity and flawless condition of your device.
Get hold of adequate materials
If you happen to keep the original box and custom shaped Styrofoam, just get them ready and prepare some packing tape – that’s all you need to properly pack your TV.
If you don’t have the original packaging, you can use any sturdy box of appropriate size. Don’t forget to reinforce the bottom and the edges and keep in mind that extremely heavy and fragile TVs, such as plasma TVs, are best packed and moved in custom made wooden crates with sufficient padding inside. When you have provided a suitable container, make sure you have plenty of bubble wrap and packing tape as well. Moving blankets and non-static Styrofoam peanuts will also come very handy and will ensure maximum protection.
Prepare the TV
How to safely pack a TV? Consult the detailed checklist below:
- Take a picture of the way cords (and antennas) are connected to your TV and then unplug them carefully. Fold the cords and secure them with straps or cable ties or slip them through rolls of toilet paper to prevent tangling. Place all the accessories, such as cords and remotes, in a zip lock bag and attach it to the large container that will hold the TV. If your set is attached to a base or mounted to a wall, detach it carefully and place any screws and hardware in the bag with the remotes and cords;
- Place your TV on a flat soft surface (carpet or blanket), facing downwards. You can use a piece of clean cardboard to protect the screen or old towels, sheets, or moving blankets, just secure the wrapping with packing tape so that it doesn’t move around or slip off (don’t tape anything directly to the television as adhesive tape can damage the surfaces);
- Wrap the entire TV in a soft blanket and add several layers of bubble wrap (make sure the edges are securely wrapped as well). Finally, wrap tape or stretch wrap around the TV multiple times both in horizontal and vertical directions to secure the device inside the wrapping.
When choosing a container for shipping your TV, remember that it should be a bit larger than the wrapped television at all sides to allow for proper padding. For maximum security, cover the bottom of the box with anti-static packing peanuts (static can interfere with sensitive electronics and damage it), put the TV in and fill all the remaining space with peanuts. If you don’t want to spend extra money for specialty packing materials, at least place a soft towel on the bottom of the box and use crumpled paper to provide some additional safety. Seal the box securely and label it “Fragile”, “This side up”, etc.
To move a TV without a box, use large pieces of cardboard or plywood and tape them securely around the device.
How to properly move a TV
Don’t lift your TV alone, not even if it is a lightweight LCD TV – you may easily drop it and damage it or hurt yourself.
Keep the TV upright to prevent damages to the delicate screen and put it in a secure location in the truck, away from items that may fall on top of it. If you place it over furniture or other boxes, make sure the TV can’t slide off and hit the floor or the screen may easily shatter to pieces. You can place your TV between other boxes of similar sizes to prevent shifting or between mattresses, or on top of armchairs, or sofas that can provide additional padding if there are too many bumps on the road.
During packing and shipping keep your TV away from direct sunlight, extremely high temperatures and most importantly – moisture. If it rains on moving day and your TV is not packed in a box, wrap it in some extra blankets and take them off as soon as the TV is loaded in the truck (wet packing can leave some moist on your TV and damage it).
To move a TV in a car, secure it well to the back seat and keep in mind how delicate flat screen are. Whatever shipment method you choose, additional insurance is highly recommended for sensitive and expensive electronics.
The above tips will help you pack and move your TV without any troubles but remember that the easiest way to move a TV involves experienced movers who will provide you with invaluable assistance and will ship all your household items safely to their final destination.