Flat-screen TVs need extra care and attention when moving from A to B. But when it comes to how to pack a tv when moving, what’s the best way to proceed?
To help prevent you from accidentally scratching or damaging the screen, we’ve put together a guide on how to pack a TV for moving. Whether you’re moving your belongings directly into your new home or a storage unit, continue reading to find out how to pack a TV for moving and storage.
1. Unplug all cords and accessories
Begin by unplugging all the wires and accessories from your TV, including the power cord and any dongles. We’d recommend that you take a photo of the back of the TV beforehand, so you’ll know what needs to go where when you plug it back in.
Additionally, you may want to label each wire using masking tape and a marker pen before packing them into a separate padded box ready for removal. Don’t forget to pack your remote controls, DVD player and other TV-related gadgets.
2. Unmount the TV
The next step in our ‘how to pack a flat screen tv for moving’ guide is to unmount your TV from the wall bracket it is attached to (or remove the stand). Check the instructions with the TV before doing this, and get someone to help you lift it.
3. Clean your TV
Use a dry microfibre cloth or an electrostatic duster to clean your flat screens before packing them. This will help keep your TVs in good condition while in storage and prevent scratches caused by dirt from forming on the screen.
4. Protect your TV screen
As far as house packing tips go, decluttering is up there with the best.
Putting your unwanted items in a garbage bag and giving them to charity (or recycling them) will make the process much easier and help you start afresh in your new home.
5. Box up your TV
In an ideal world, you’ll pack your TV into its original packaging. TV packaging is usually designed for shipping and will keep your device sturdy. You may even have kept the corner styrofoam pieces that prevent the screen from moving.
If you don’t have the original box, don’t worry. You have the following options:
- Buy a specialist TV packing kit from a retailer. This will contain the packing material you need for securing your device.
- Use an appropriately sized box you already have, and take extra care to follow step four. Don’t forget to secure your moving boxes with packing tape.
Wondering how to pack a tv without a box? Don’t do it! You can’t learn how to pack a TV for storage properly without investing in or setting aside a sturdy moving box.
6. Move your TV into storage
Next, it’s time to move your TV – safely – onto the moving truck. Ensure you keep it upright and in an elevated position to prevent other items from falling on it and causing damage.
You can also place your TV screen snugly in between your other boxes to stop it from moving around and getting damaged while on the move.
7. Unpack your TV
Hurray! You’ve reached your new home or chosen storage unit. Now it’s time to unload the box alongside your other items and unpack the TV. When moving the TV, get someone to help you. Even small TVs can be heavy.
Again, make sure your TV is placed in an upright position at all times. Storing a TV on its back can put pressure on the components, and keeping it with the screen facing down can cause the screen to break unsparingly.
If you’re moving directly to your new home, give your TV time to acclimatise to the room’s temperature before plugging it back in and switching it on.
Use the appropriate tools to reattach your TV to its wall mount or TV stand, and get someone to help you when lifting.
Keep the temperature in mind if you’re moving your TV into storage. Humidity or extreme cold can play havoc with electronic components, so you may consider opting for somewhere secure and climate controlled.
Reserve a separate space for your TV in the storage unit. Like in the van, take care not to place other items on top as the pressure could damage it.
Get the experts to pack for you
If you’d like help packing and moving your belongings into storage, you’ve come to the right place. Storage X are experts in furniture storage, and our team is on hand to manage the entire journey for you.
Our short-term and long-term storage units have CCTV and onsite managers, so you can be rest assured that your belongings are in safe hands. We also have three different storage units, so you don’t end up paying for unused space.
To give you an idea, our smallest storage unit can fit the equivalent of 15 medium-sized boxes, a couple of suitcases, a chair and a guitar. Our largest units accommodate around 50 boxes, two double beds, two sofas, a dining table and six chairs.
When you want your items back, all you need to do is give us a call, and we’ll deliver them to your destination within three working days.