Moving a television to improve the flow of a room or when moving to a new home may be necessary, but it can be a challenge. With screen sizes getting bigger, the weight of a television can make moving it dangerous. Safely moving a television not only protects the TV itself, but it also ensures that the person moving the TV avoids any injury.
Prepare the TV
Make sure that all cords are unplugged from the television. Unplug any inputs into the television and the plug that is connected to an outlet to make sure that nothing gets tangled or caught when the TV is being moved. A tip is to follow every cord from the TV to its end point in order to ensure it is completely unplugged. Secure the power cord around the base of the television for safety.
Don’t Go It Alone
Never try to move a television without at least one additional person present to offer help. TVs can be heavier than expected or have an awkward shape that is impossible for one person to handle. Two people are needed to deal with the weight, size and fragility of a television to move it without causing damage to the TV.
Use Original Packaging
Most people forget to save the original packaging for the TV because they don’t realize that it will be useful in the future, but anyone who still has this packaging should use it when a television needs to be moved. The original packaging will include padding and allow for the TV to be easier to handle.
It’s not always possible to avoid accidents while moving a TV, and it could be dropped or knocked against a wall even with two or more people helping out. To protect the television from being damaged if a fall or bump does occur, use foam padding covered by a light blanket to protect both the body and the screen of the TV. The padding can act as a shock absorbent in case of falls or bumps, and the blanket protects the screen from scratches.
Lifting Straps for Larger Models
Extra large television sets are especially difficult to move. Fortunately, some moving companies rent out lifting straps that are specifically made for large televisions. These straps are placed around the TV and used in conjunction with a trolley. These straps are especially useful if the television is being moved to a new house because they can assist with the process of loading the TV on to a moving truck.
Even if the television is only being moved within the house, lifting straps are important if there are stairs involved in the move. The straps can give the extra support needed to maintain control of the television while moving it up or down a stairway.
How To Hold a Television on Inclines
The safest way to carry a television when it is being moved up an incline such as stairs or a ramp into a moving vehicle is on an angle with the base of the TV facing up and the screen facing down. This allows those who are moving to TV to get a good grip on it and provides as much support as possible to reduce the risk of damage.
Creating a Safe Path
Check the path that the television will be moved on before proceeding to move the TV. Move any objects that could be tripped on, and make sure that any sharp items are removed from the path. Even if a television is protected with a blanket, sharp objects can pierce the blanket and do permanent damage to the screen.
Consider Using a Packing Kit
It is entirely possible to move a television without purchasing special equipment, but anyone who does not feel comfortable moving a TV with homemade padding and covering choices can purchase a packing kit made especially for specific sizes of televisions. These kits are available for TVs under 60 inches in size.
Moving a television can be a difficult process, but following the safety tips outlined above makes it a more manageable task.