If you will be moving a television and placing it in storage, there are a few steps you need to take. These steps will not only make the television moving process a bit easier, but also ensure that you keep your TV safe and secure. Each of these steps are highlighted below, and are of particular importance if you’re moving a television by yourself without the assistance of professionals.
Tips for Moving a Television
First of all, consult the manual that came along with your television to ensure you’re following the proper procedures for your brand or style of TV. You’ll also need some tools before you begin, which would typically include a screwdriver and power drill, among others, depending on your current television setup (i.e. wall mounted, on a stand, etc.). From there, you will be ready to begin the moving process.
Best Practices for Moving a TV
- Find Friends to Lift and Carry. It’s certainly true that TV’s are getting lighter and lighter as the days of bulky box sets become a distant memory. But even though televisions are easier to lift, their awkward size still makes them difficult to carry alone. So before you begin moving a television, find at least one other person to help.
- Blankets and Protection. Make sure to cover your television with a moving blanket or some type of protection that will guard against scrapes, dings or even finger prints. The slightest scratch along the doorway will take away from your viewing experience, so be sure to cover and protect while moving a TV. You may also want to have traditional packing and moving supplies on hand as well for additional protection that may be required.
- Moving Straps. Depending on your television screen size, it may be beneficial to use moving straps while in transit. Even with two people carrying your television, these straps could guard against a slip or stumble that could end the life of your precious television. In some cases, a dolly could also be a worthwhile tool.
- Keep the TV upright. Both while you’re lifting and moving a TV, as well as when you set it down in the moving truck, always keep the television in an upright position. You could damage your television by laying it flat, so don’t do that!
Tips for Storing a TV
Once the television is placed into the moving van, the next step is storage. The tips below highlight best practices for storing a TV.
Best Practices for Storing a TV
- Store in Original Box. Hopefully you kept the original box and packaging your television arrived in. If so, this is something you will want to use when placing your TV in storage. You may need some new bubble wrap or packing tape to refurbish the original box, but be sure to use this when storing a TV.
- Clean Before Storing. By referring to the cleaning instructions outlined in your television manual, be sure to clean your TV thoroughly before placing it in storage. This means cleaning it after it comes off the moving van and arrives at the self-storage unit.
- Don’t Lay Flat. Just as we mentioned during the moving process, you do not want to place your television flat on its back in storage. By doing so, you could severely damage the internal wiring and structure of your television, so make sure this is avoided.
- Climate Controlled Storage. Temperature is critical for all electronics, especially televisions. To combat with extreme hot or cold temperatures, a climate-controlled unit could be the best choice for your TV. Feel free to contact your self-storage facility manager with any questions.
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