Mantel Mount | May 22, 2024

Here's What to Do When You're Ready to Hire a Pro to Mount Your TV

There comes a time when your neck has gotten perpetually sore from looking up at your tv that’s situated at a bad angle. Or maybe you’ve suffered through months of your tv sitting on the floor or a piece of furniture, slouching so you can see a clear picture. Whatever your setup may be, there comes a time to turn to the professionals and get your tv hung on the wall in the most optimal place for tv-viewing.

If you’re ready to call in the cavalry or you’re preparing to go it alone, there are some key considerations to make about when to use a professional tv mounting service or if you can mount a tv by yourself. 

Can You Mount a TV by Yourself?

Although you can mount a tv by yourself, often it’s better to ask, do you want to? Many modern tv mounts are relatively easy to install. MantelMount Pull Down TV Mounts in particular come with very comprehensive install guides and videos that make the installation process easy enough that you can mount a tv by yourself.

Whether you have purchased a MM340 Standard Pull Down TV Mount, the MM540 Enhanced, or the MM700 Premier, the installation instructions allow just about anyone to be able to mount a tv themselves rather than hiring someone to mount a tv.

In most cases if you can mount a tv by yourself, there are a few items that are typically needed or useful to have on hand, including:

  • A marking device such as a pencil and/or painter's tape
  • A tape measure
  • A stud finder
  • A manual or electronic level
  • A drill with its corresponding drill bits
  • And your selected tv mount
Once all of the necessary installation items are handy, you can get started mounting your tv to the wall. Start by marking the area on the wall where you intend to drill your pilot holes. If you aren’t sure how high to mount your tv, you can follow the 8:1 ratio rule.

If you’re able to, secure your tv mount to studs in the wall or use a drywall anchor when studs aren’t available. Add washers to the end of your screws, and secure the bracket to the wall through the bracket slats. You may need an extra set of hands for the next step, which requires you to line up the tv mount on the back of the tv with the bracket against the wall.

If you did not hire someone to mount your tv, but rather, you are installing the tv mount yourself and are using a MantelMount product, keep in mind that our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives are available to troubleshoot and guide you through the installation procedures.

Hiring Someone To Mount a TV

We understand, the steps to successfully install a flat screen in the perfect spot can be daunting. If you’re stuck staring at a blank wall or you don’t have the right tools for the job, it might be time to take someone up on professional tv mounting.

Step 1. Match with professionals and compare quotes.

The first step is to get a quote. You can easily get matched with a professional in your area using a service like Angi’s List or reach out to a friend or family member to refer someone. If you can’t seem to find a specialist in your area, you can always reach out to a general contractor and compare at least 3 quotes.

Step 2. Read reviews diligently. 

The last thing you want to have happen when hiring someone to mount your tv is for their work to cause damage or for them to overcharge you for their services. Once you’ve had a chance to review pricing, try Googling your professional’s name or searching for their LLC on Trustpilot or Yelp. While your instinct may be to go with the lowest quote, if the professional tv mounting services have received poor reviews online, you’ll want to avoid hiring them.

Step 3. Call your professional.

If after reading reviews and comparing prices you think you’ve found the one, give your prospective professional a call and speak to them on the phone. This conversation will give you a sense of their professionalism and capabilities. This phone call will also give you a chance to talk about any specifics of the project that may affect final project costs.

How Much Does It Cost To Mount a TV?

In addition to asking yourself how to find an expert to install your tv, you may also be asking yourself how much does it cost to mount a tv? 

The overall cost for mounting a tv can vary depending on the material of your wall, the amount of labor required for the project, even where you live in the country—think, New York City compared to Little Rock. Generally speaking though, the average cost for mounting a tv on a wall is between $159 and $361, according to HomeAdvisor.

More specifically, if you hire an electrician, HomeAdvisor says you can expect to pay between $50 to $100 per hour while a handyman can cost between $60 to $130 per hour. This should give you an idea about how you can expect to pay if you hire one of these professionals to install your flat screen.