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Start by taking a picture of the back of your TV and any home theater components. This will help you identify which cables go where when you're setting it up in the new location. Print this photo and pack it with the TV, so it's handy when you need it. You can also store a backup on your phone or tablet. Just don't rely on that solely, in case your device gets misplaced during the move.
Label the various cables with colored electrical tape or painter's tape, which can be removed easily. You can put different colored pieces of tape above each input used on the TV. Then wrap a piece of matching tape on the cable that should be connected there. Or, you can write "power," "to Blu-ray player" or other helpful labels on the tape and secure it to the cables.
While it might seem helpful to pack the cables in the box with the TV, they could shift around and cause damage. It's best to use a separate box for cables, remotes and the stand that can be unscrewed from the TV. Label this box of accessories with the room where the TV will be located, so it's easy to find when you're ready to set up the TV.
If your TV is mounted, refer to your manual and remove it from the mount. Recruit someone to help, especially if it's a large screen.
Clean your TV with a soft, dry cloth before packing it. Shifting dust particles can scratch the screen or clog the inner electronics. Refer to your TV's manual for more detailed cleaning instructions.
Contact your cable or satellite provider a few weeks before your move to have service cancelled at the current location and initiated at your new home. Then you can access your favorite programming when you're ready for a break from unpacking. If you're moving to a location not serviced by your existing provider, you need to select a new company and purchase any necessary equipment. If you own a smart TV, you also need Internet service to access the wide variety of additional content.
Learn more about transferring your Internet service ›
Maybe moving to a new home means it's time to upgrade to a new TV. Recycle your old TV before you move, and purchase a new one just for your new location, saving you the trouble of moving it.
Learn more about recycling your TV at Best Buy ›
When moving a small TV (about 27" or less) for a kitchen or bedroom, you could skip the box — although a box is still your best protection, especially for keeping it upright. If it's raining the day you move, wrap the TV in an extra blanket that can be removed once it's in the vehicle to ensure the TV won't retain moisture.
If you have an especially large TV or are concerned about properly packing the TV yourself, you can pay your moving company to do it or hire a professional packing service. If you use a moving company to transport your items, purchasing moving insurance could also give you peace of mind if your TV is very expensive.
If you are packing your own moving truck, place the TV upright between wide, sturdy, flat items, like mattresses or the backs of sofas, bookshelves or dressers (avoiding drawer pulls). If something shifts during transport, you don't want it to dent or pierce the TV box. Do not set the TV on top of anything where it is at risk of falling. Also, do not set anything heavy on top of the TV box. If you have professional movers, let them know which box(es) contain a TV so they can protect it properly in the truck.
Follow these directions if you need to store your TV for a while before moving. Store it upright between flat, sturdy items in a climate-controlled location to prevent damage. Humidity can create moisture on the sensitive electronic components while extreme cold can cause some parts to warp or crack.
When you arrive at your new home, take the TV out of the box and let it adapt to room temperature before turning it on. During that time, you can gather the cables, components and the photo you took of the back of the TV.
Once you start to settle into your new home, you may find you want to make changes. Perhaps you have a larger home entertainment space that requires a larger-screen TV. Or your new storage requirements make a TV stand more appealing. If you want to create better viewing angles for everyone in the room while maintaining a sleek look, consider mounting your TV. If that sounds daunting, our Geek Squad professionals can take care of it for you.
Here are some products and resources to consider as you arrange your new space:
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