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April 19, 2013 under Moving Labor

Answered by Robert Moreschi

May 16, 2013

Moving a flat-screen TV may seem like a simple task, after all they tend to be fairly light and they are relatively easy to maneuver, depending on their size. However, the most important part of moving a flat-screen TV is packing it properly and keeping it protected during the move.

What this requires is more than a few blankets and furniture pads, which you can acquire from your moving company, or just about any rental truck agency or moving supplies store. You can also find durable and affordable flat-screen TV boxes at You should have enough of these blankets and pads to wrap the TV and have every inch of it covered and properly padded to cushion it and absorb any shock. If you want added protection, wrap the TV in a layer of shrink wrap to contain it and secure it with packing tape, after you have placed the blankets and pads.

In addition to the heavy duty double-wall boxes, the flat-screen TV moving kits also contain corrugated support strips to protect the TV, which are placed all along the edges of the TV to provide shock protection and to prevent the TV from shifting around inside of the box during the move, one of the most common ways in which TVs are damaged in transit.

When it comes time to actually move the TV, there are some things that you should remember and some helpful tips you may want to follow:


  • Always make sure that you have help. If you're moving a big-screen TV that exceeds 55 inches, you're probably going to need some help carrying it. While the weight of it might not be too much to handle, the sheer size of it will make it very difficult to maneuver without the help of at least one other person, so make sure that you have someone there to give you a hand with loading the TV.
  • Use a furniture or appliance dolly to make the move easier on you. If you have a long distance from your front door to the moving truck, or you have a lot of stairs to walk up or down when moving the TV, renting a dolly may be a smart idea to make sure that you can safely and easily maneuver the TV without risking injury or damage to the unit. 
  • Use caution when placing the TV on the moving truck. Once you've carried the TV out of the house and out to the moving truck and you're ready to load it, you have to make sure that you place the TV in a spot on the truck where it won't easily be thrown around during the drive. Don't place it close to any sharp edges or corners that can potentially be knocked into the TV during the move and damage it. Also, don't place it on top of anything where it is at risk for falling off and don't place it underneath anything heavy either. The best place for it is towards the back of the truck or the front of the truck, protected on all sides from anything falling onto it. 


To learn more about moving large, heavy appliances like flat-screen TVs, check out our extensive collection of moving guides. Also, when your move is over, don't forget to come back here and visit our moving reviewspage to let us know all about your moving experience. 

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