March 20, 2020

How to Transport a Flat-Screen TV: Essential Tips to Remember

Often, flat-screen TVs can be awkward to move and, therefore, easily damaged. Because they are so fragile, they need to be appropriately packed and transported when moving.

Compared to their clunky, older box-shaped predecessor, newer flat-screen TVs might seem like a breeze to pack and transport. But, the sensitive screens and size of today’s TVs are easily scratched or damaged if not handled properly.

Use this guide to pack and transport your TVs safely during your next move.

Prepping Your TV

Before unplugging and disassembling your electronics, snap some photos with your phone. Focus on how the cables are attached and plugged in so that when you arrive at your new home, reassembly will be simple.

Unplug the TV and all associated electronics like the cable box, DVR, or Roku box. Thoroughly dust off your TV and accompanying devices with a soft microfiber cloth.

Collect the cables and remotes and place them in a ziplock bag. Label the bag with a Sharpie for clear identification later.

If your TV has an attached base, you may need to remove that piece as well. Put the base and the corresponding screws in a bag to keep them all together.

Original Packaging 

The best way to move a TV is to put it back into its original manufacturer’s packaging. This is the most secure as it was designed by the manufacturer to keep the TV safe during shipment. It’s also free, which can save you a few dollars in your moving budget. 

Take the extra step of wrapping your TV in shrink wrap before you put it in the box. This will add an extra layer of protection without adding too much bulk so that it will still fit into the styrofoam and box. 

Specialty TV Box 

If you don’t have access to the original packaging,  purchase a specialty TV box kit. There are specific dimensions or adjustable boxes available. You can find these specialty boxes at your local hardware store or by contacting your professional moving company

For the best results, carefully follow the instructions that come with the special TV box kit. Make sure you have two people working together to pack the flat-screen TV. 

Keep Upright and Label 

While laying your TV flat won’t immediately damage it, this isn’t the best way to transport it. It’s best to keep it upright. The front glass can be quite heavy, and it’s designed to accommodate this weight while upright. Laying your TV flat can disrupt that weight distribution and increase the risk for cracks to develop. 

Label the TV carton on all sides with “Fragile” and “This End Up.” If you have an over-sized TV, movers suggest that you have it professionally crated to provide extra protection.

Arrive Safely 

By following this guide, you know how to transport a flat-screen TV. Taking the extra steps to protect your TV will reduce the risk of damage. 

Ultimately, moving is expensive, don’t increase that expense by risking damage and replacement of the TVs in your home. 

Metcalf Moving & Storage can assist you with your move. Contact our team today and let us help you move.


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