If you have hired a professional who provides flat-screen TV installation services to fit a flat-screen television in your home, here are two factors you should take into consideration before having the installation work carried out.
How noticeable you want the new television to be
Before the service person arrives, you should think carefully about how noticeable you want your new television to be, as this will help you to choose the right location for it in the room.
For example, if it will be in your living room and you intend to make it the focal point of this area of your home, then you might want to have it mounted to the wall above your mantle or place it on a cabinet in a prominent corner of the room with most of your furniture pointing towards it.
Conversely, if you only want the television to be noticeable when you are using it to watch a show or a film, then it might be a good idea to have the service person install it inside a cabinet that has sliding doors, as this will allow you to access and use the television whenever you want whilst still allowing you to keep it hidden from view when it is not needed.
The condition of the wall to which you will be mounting it
A lot of people choose to have their flat-screen televisions mounted onto the walls of their homes, as this prevents the TV from taking up floor space and spares them the cost of having to buy a cabinet to place the TV on.
If this is the approach you will be taking, it's a good idea to check the condition of the wall to which you will be having the television mounted.
The reason for this is as follows: if the wall plaster and the paint are quite old, small pieces of them may crumble and flake off when the brackets for the television are attached to them. Whilst the service person should still be able to securely attach the television to the surface of the wall, there may be some small patches of unsightly damaged plaster visible after they have finished.
If you suspect this might happen, it's a good idea to purchase a small tube of poly-filler and a sample pot of paint in the same colour as your wall, so that you can refill and paint over these patches after the installation work is finished.