The time has come to move. You’ve got a new place to live and you got a lot of work to do, packing things up and getting ready for the movers. The movers could be a group of friends willing to help out or a professional company. Either way you decide to go, there are some of your possessions that you just don’t trust other people to move for you. Your home theater system should be one of them.
Where To Begin
What you should NOT do is to just start yanking wires and disconnecting all of the components from one another. Chances are that your entire system will sit for a few days while you sort out and arrange all of your other possessions at the new place.
Maybe you’re an AV pro, but probably you’re not. Are you sure you will be able to remember how everything connects together? Use a small piece of masking tape (tape that you can write on) to make a label that identifies which cable is which, so that you know for sure what that particular cable is used for and what it attaches to.
Now that all of the cables are labeled, take out your Smartphone or a camera and take several close-up photos showing exactly how each component attaches to the next. There’s nothing better than having a visual reference to look at later if you need a reminder.
After labeling and photo taking, it’s time to disconnect the cables and wires. Small plastic storage bags are an excellent way to separate each cable for packing. And using these bags is a much better idea than wadding all the cables into a jumbled mass to be untangled and sorted out at a later date.
Boxing Your Components
Are you one of those people who keep all of the boxes things come in? If so, you have the perfect way to pack your components by placing them in the boxes they came in. If not, invest in some moving blankets or some bubble wrap. Carefully wrap each component, place it in its own box, and fill in any extra spaces with additional cushioning so that things don’t get bounced around during the move. Seal the boxes and write on them what is inside. Also mark “FRAGILE” on each box so that extra care is used when moving the boxes. Another good idea is to write which room these boxes should be delivered to at your new place.
It May Be a Good Time for Upgrades
In the world of electronics, it seems like improvements and enhancements are made almost daily. Since everything has been taken apart it may be a good time to do some home theater upgrading. Many people add to their system from time to time and some components may be older technology than others.
Speakers are one of the first things to come to mind. If your center channel and your surround speakers aren’t matched to your front speakers, the surround sound experience may be slightly off of perfect. And don’t discount that subwoofer. A newer, high-quality subwoofer will add extra emphasis for those heavier, low-pitched sounds.
Streaming video devices like an Amazon Fire Stick, a Roku player, or Google Chomecast are excellent upgrade features. The newer versions now support 4K video with HDR, will deliver brighter images, and may provide faster access to apps and services.
Okay, you’re ready to put it all back together. What a difference all of that picture taking, labeling, and careful packing is going to make. A home theater system isn’t all that difficult to reassemble if you have a set of your homemade instructions (photos) to do it with. And just a thought, this may be a good time to bundle cables and wiring with zip ties or cable sleeves for a more professional look and to keep things out of the way of everyday foot traffic.
Moving a home theater is never convenient, but with a little thoughtful preparation, it can be accomplished with a lot less headaches. You can have things up and running in no time. Then you can sit back in that comfortable easy chair and enjoy some great entertainment… until the wife discovers that you’re loafing off while she’s doing all the reorganizing by herself.
Written By Karl K, Photo by Kal Visuals