With televisions now costing so much money, they're often considered an investment and something you'd hate to break. Not only would you miss out on that all-important game, televisions can be quite expensive to fix. Follow these instructions for moving your television safely and effectively.
- While it may seem obvious, it's important to make sure that you have enough help to move the television. They're much heavier than you might think, and because they can be quite fragile, it's best to have some extra hands around.
Collect enough blankets and/or furniture pads, which can be rented from a moving company or truck rental agency, to cover and protect the television in its entirety. I'd use a couple of pads.
You may also need to rent or purchase lifting straps; again, a moving company, moving supplies store or truck rental agency should have them available. Using straps will depend on the weight of the television and how awkward it is to handle. Using padding, which is needed to protect the unit, will make it more difficult to handle.
Place the padding or blankets on the floor. Set the television on top of the padding, standing in its usual position, then carefully wrap the television. You'll need a few sets of hands to keep the blanket or pad snug while someone else secures the padding with packing tape. Make sure you don't tape directly on to the TV; this could damage the screen.
Attach the straps according to the instructions and make sure that the two people doing the lifting are capable of holding the weight. Keep the television in its upright position as you lift it.
If the TV is too heavy or you're unsure if you can carry it to or from the truck, consider renting an appliance truck; this is a type of dolly that is capable of holding and moving up to 1,200 pounds. It also has kick-back wheels for extra support. I highly recommend using one, especially if you have stairs that you need to negotiate.
If moving the television down a flight of stairs using an appliance truck, keep the base of the television pointing down the stairs with the screen leaning back. Make sure you use straps to hold it in place and that you measure the stairwell or width to ensure the television will fit.
Once you have the television on the truck, make sure it's in a safe place where it won't move. Keep box corners and other sharp objects away from the screen.
What You Need:
- Packing Tape
- Padding and/or Blankets
- Lifting Straps
- Appliance Truck