Packing and moving a flat screen TV is a lot easier than you might guess — and definitely easier than moving an old tube television. First, disconnect all the cables and label them so you'll know where they go when you set up your TV in your new home. If your TV is wall-mounted, you'll need help from a friend to remove it from the wall. Otherwise, it's easy to take the TV off its stand yourself.
If you have the original box and packaging, pack your flat screen and the remote control in the box and seal it up.
If you don't have the original box, wrap the screen in a moving blanket and secure it with tape. Secure the remote control to the blankets with tape. Then, wrap a few layers of bubble wrap around the blankets for added protection.
It's best to transport your flat screen TV standing up. This places less stress on the screen, reducing the chances of it cracking. If you're moving two mattresses, wedge your flat screen between them.
If you decide to transport the TV lying down, don't place anything on top of it, make sure it can't move or slide around in the truck, and that there is nothing that can fall on top of it.
Pack all cables in a separate box or storage container and label them, especially if you have more than one TV. Identify which cables go to which flat screen so you can easily distinguish them when you arrive at your new home.
Entertainment centers vary in size and weight from less than 100 pounds up to 1,000 pounds or more. Fortunately, you won't move a 1,000 pound piece all at once. Most of the larger entertainment centers can deconstructed into lighter components of 200 pounds each or less.
Begin by emptying your entertainment center and packing items in boxes. Pack heavier items, such as books, on the bottom of boxes. Label all wiring and cables so you know where they go when you put your entertainment center and its audio/video components back together.
Remove all drawers and secure doors shut with rope. If your entertainment unit comes apart, unscrew each piece. Put the hardware in a plastic bag and tape the bag to the back of the entertainment center.
Wrap the furniture in moving blankets and secure with tape. Make sure to cover all sharp edges. If your entertainment center has glass front doors, tape a piece of cardboard over the glass on top of the moving blankets for added protection.
Map your route through your house, making sure there's nothing on the floor in your path. If the piece weighs more than 500 pounds, get a friend's help to lift the furniture onto a moving dolly/sliders. You can lift lighter pieces yourself, using the proper technique of lifting with your legs, and keeping the item as close to you as possible.
Once the furniture is packed, pull it through the house, with the person on the other side guiding you and pushing lightly. Of course, if you hired professional movers, they should wrap and move the furniture for you.
Disconnect the speaker wires, wrap and label them, and use a zip-tie to secure them. Move your speakers like any other breakable, expensive piece in your home — in a box with foam padding or wrapped carefully with two layers of moving blankets and a layer of bubble wrap.
You might consider purchasing plastic bins with lids for the move. Wrap the speakers in moving blankets and bubble wrap, and then place them in the bin. This allows you to stack other items on top of your carefully packed speakers in the moving van without damaging them.
Record players are delicate, expensive, and often vintage, so you want to make sure they get moved safely. To do so, you will need:
- Several small moving boxes for the components
- A sturdy plastic bin or reinforced cardboard box
- Packing Styrofoam
- Packing peanuts
- Packing tape
- A permanent marker
Before moving your record player, remove the platter, dust-cover, tonearm assembly (if possible), and spindle. Pack each of these components in separate boxes, surrounded by packing foam. It's important to wrap the platter in shrink wrap and then "float" the platter between two layers of Styrofoam in the moving box, with a layer of packing peanuts on the bottom of the box. The platter should not be able to bend in between the Styrofoam.
Before packing the turntable assembly (the plinth), twist tie the tonearm to the armrest and remove the counter balance and bias weights, if you couldn't remove the tonearm previously.
Use shrink wrap or other clean plastic to cover the platter bearing, secure it with tape, and place the whole turntable assembly inside a clean plastic bag.
To pack the plinth, first place a layer of packing peanuts in the box, then Styrofoam. Place the plinth inside the Styrofoam, and cover it with another layer of foam. Finally, add packing peanuts to the top and sides.
Once the plinth is in the box, you can pack the other components in there as well, with at least one layer of packing peanuts between each box. Alternatively, you can pack all the other components together in their own larger box. When you move the box, nothing should shift, shake, or rattle inside.
Once everything is secure, tape the box closed, label it with the contents, and mark "fragile" and "This Side Up." This serves as reminders to yourself and the moving team when it comes time to load the box onto the van and also when you unpack.
To move your vinyl records, purchase a poly sleeve for each record to protect it from dust and moisture. Use a moving box measuring 12" x 12" x 12", and line the bottom and sides of the box with newspaper, bubble wrap, or foam to help protect the albums. Pack the records tightly in the box, but not too tightly, as this can cause warping. Fill any extra space in the box with foam, plain newsprint, or bubble wrap, then seal and label the box.
When you load vinyl records onto the moving van, the records should remain vertical. Mark the box "This Side Up" with the records in a vertical orientation, so you know which way the box should face. Do not stack heavy items on top of your record collection, and place the box in the van in a way where it won't fall or shift during transport.
Compared to the other components in your home entertainment system, your tuner, receiver, DVD or Blu-Ray player, and video game systems are easy. Wrap these components in double layers of bubble wrap. Label the corresponding cables, wrap them, and secure with zip ties to save space and prevent tangles.
Pack everything in boxes or plastic bins. Remember to label the boxes with the contents so you know what's inside when you get to your new home. Avoid stacking heavy items on top of your delicate audio/video equipment, although you can pack light boxes on top if you packed your audio/video gear in plastic bins, which are sturdier than cardboard moving boxes.
Remember to return any cable boxes and DVRs to your television service provider before you move or you could be charged for these items.