Admittedly, big-screen TVs have gotten a lot easier to move over the years. When the biggest TVs on the market were projection screen TVs, they were almost impossible to move because of their size and bulk. But now, with flat-options that are thinner than your laptop's monitor, it has become a lot more manageable to get them on a moving truck or even in the backseat of your car.
However, just because they're easier to move doesn't mean that they're any less susceptible to being damaged in transit and costing you hundreds of dollars in repairs. The one mistake many people make when moving TVs is not protecting them--often the jostling that goes on in the back of a moving truck is enough to damage them.
If you have an expensive big-screen TV, you want to do everything you can to make sure that it's packed safely and securely and that it will make the trip from your old home to your new home in one piece, intact and fully functional. There are two parts to this process - how you pack the TV and how you move the TV - and both are equally important.
Packing the TV
You might be thinking, "How am I supposed to pack a big screen TV? There's not a box big enough to fit it, I might as well just carefully load it into the truck, throw a blanket over it and hope it doesn't get knocked around." You'd also be wrong. Just like anything else you move, your TV should be as protected as possible, and this requires a lot more than just throwing a blanket over it in the back of the moving truck.
What it 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 should have enough of these blankets and pads to wrap the TV and have every inch of it covered and properly padded to 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.
This is the best way to wrap your TV and protect it before loading it onto the moving truck, if you're unable to obtain any proper TV boxes that can fit your TV. However, there are specially made moving boxes
for big-screen TVs that can keep it protected and cushioned at all times during the move.
Flat screen TV boxes
These specially designed flat screen TV boxes from Ecobox
are made with a double-layer of cardboard on each wall of the box for heavy duty protection. The boxes also can be brought separately, or as part of a complete kit that includes other features that will keep your TV secure and contained while in the box during the move.
In addition to the heavy duty double-wall boxes, the kits also contain corrugated support strips to protect the TV, as well as innovative and patented foam UBlox, 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.
You can purchase these great TV boxes right from the Ecobox website, or you can find them on Movers.com as well, so if you want to go the extra mile to give your TV the ultimate protection during your move, you can't go wrong with one of these boxes.
Moving the TV
Now that the TV is all packed up and secured, ready to withstand any amount of jostling it gets subjected to in the moving truck, you're ready to move the actual TV and load it up. Just because you've packed the TV in a nice, cushioned box or wrapped it with layers of blankets and moving pads doesn't mean that it's suddenly impervious to damage. Of course you still have to be very careful when lifting and moving the TV as they can still be fragile and dropping it, even when it's in a box or wrapped in blankets, will likely still damage it pretty significantly.
While there's no concrete way for how you should move and load your TV onto the moving truck, since every TV is designed differently and comes in different sizes, here are some general tips to follow when you're moving it:
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- 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 help carrying it. While the weight of it might not be too much for you 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 help you move and load the TV.
- The bigger the TV, the more difficult it will be handle. Although newer model TVs aren't as bulky and cumbersome as they used to be, they're still pretty difficult to handle, especially the bigger ones. There are rarely good places for a person to grab a hold of and to get a good grip when carrying it, and if the TV is wrapped tightly in blankets and moving pads, then it could be even harder to handle it. The best way to carry it when loading the TV is to get under it and support it from underneath, while making sure not to put too much pressure on the screen area.
- When in doubt, use a dolly. If you're unfamiliar with a dolly and what it does, it's a device with wheels that allows you to move large objects that you wouldn't normally be able to carry or move yourself. If the move is particularly difficult, like for example you have a walk a long distance from your front door to the moving truck to load the TV, or you have a lot of stairs to walk down, then renting a dolly would be the smartest thing to do to make sure you can safely and easily move and maneuver the TV.
- Be careful when placing the TV on the 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.