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.
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.