Follow these simple steps to keep your television in good condition while moving and storing.
- Create a point of reference. Before dismantling your entire entertainment center, take a photo of the back of your TV and any components such as cable boxes and game systems so you can easily reference where cords go once you’re unpacked.
- Tag your cords. Use labels, zip-ties, painter’s tape, or other color-coded markers to mark each component and its related cords. For instance, place a color-coded yellow dot label on the back of your TV and on the power cord. Place cords separately in Ziploc bags to prevent tangling while moving.
- Color-code remotes. Tag each remote and controller with the same color system used for your cords. Pack the remotes in the Ziploc bags with the associated cords.
- Clean your television before packing. Even small amounts of dust can scratch your television screen. Using a soft, microfiber cloth and a specialized screen cleaner, wipe down your TV just prior to packing. Be sure to check your user’s manual for any manufacturer-recommended cleaning supplies.
- Find the right box. Many smaller televisions can use one of our double-wall, corrugated mirror or art boxes during a move. If you still have the original box the TV came in, this is the best option. Specialty online retailers sell boxes made for larger televisions.
- Protect your TV from bumps and movement. Purchase foam, bubble wrap, and Styrofoam to protect your television while in the box. Before boxing, wrap your television in foam or bubble wrap. After packing the wrapped TV in a box, fill the remaining spaces with packing peanuts.
- Seal & label the box well. Use a high-quality packing tape to seal your box. Clearly label the box as fragile using a wide-tip permanent marker or labels. Specialty “fragile” tape is a great option for electronics and breakables, too.
- Weather-protect when necessary. If inclement weather is expected during your move, wrapping your TV and other electronics boxes with shrink-wrap is a great way to affordably protect against moisture damage.
- Transport properly. Loading your television upright between large, protective objects such as mattresses and large furniture for support is the best way to transport it. Never place anything on top of the TV or lay it flat on the ground while moving. Also, keep the TV on the floor of the vehicle and never placed on top of any other objects where a bump or fall could send the TV crashing to the ground.
- Store it well. If storing your TV, be sure to select a climate-controlled storage unit to avoid moisture (especially during Maryland summers). Electronics should be stored in a temperate climate free of excessive humidity. Just as when transporting, keep the TV in an upright position and on ground level.
If you have an extra-large projection or theater style television, your best bet is to hire a professional to move it. Contact your insurance agent about special insurance for moving expensive of large electronics and household items. Some items may be covered by homeowner’s or renter’s insurance while others may require separate riders or policies.