By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Nice piano you have got there. It would be unfortunate if perhaps anything happened to it. The same principle may be said for your fish tank, your art work, houseplants--even your basement home furnishings--especially when it is time to move.
Much of your household belongings and pieces of furniture are simple, or perhaps even exactly uncomplicated, to move. You pack up almost all of it, and, armed with a screwdriver and a number of additional tools, take down furniture so it is easy to load. For the DIY types, this is sometimes a fun project--until you get to the things which are a bit more of a difficulty--including the piano as well as the aquarium.
Moving the Immovable
Pianos are some of the hardest things to move. They are big as well as heavy, yet in that bulky cabinet rest the extremely sensitive elements that literally make the instrument. Have you thought to ask the reason why so many individuals elect to leave a piano at their old property, or even give it pretty much free to any home? It is because they can be so difficult to move.
An upright or spinet is probably not worth the work to relocate, except if it is sentimental. Baby grand sizes and bigger can be worth it however demand skilled help for a successful trip.
Apart from potential damage to the piano itself, there are chances to harm walls, stairways, and anyone trying to move these beasts. A professional moving company could possibly move your piano and may likely suggest a specialty piano mover for the task. Piano movers can even move harps, organs, as well as other large instruments.
Fine art and Collectibles
Your contact at the moving company in Houston will ask concerning fine art and antiques, and strongly recommend they pack those things for you. There's a lot of skill involved with packing delicate items for transport, and well worth the charge to make sure your mirrors, artwork, along with other belongings arrive undamaged.
There has to be a mathematical principle disproving that just because a furniture piece got into your house, it can come back out. Think of it as "The Theory of the Pivot"--we all remember the "Friends" episode when they attempted to get a couch through a stairway. There's a variety of reasons why your sizeable furniture is hard to get out.
If it's custom made, like an entertainment center or a bar, it probably arrived to the property in pieces and was constructed in the room. If you're able to obtain the carpenter who created the item to take it apart, that is the most suitable option. Otherwise, speak to your professional movers concerning taking apart the piece and talk about any difficulty they believe that they might deal with.
Basement furnishings are usually difficult to move out. If you have added a handrail, the passage is even more compact. Ditto for the stairs--if you've replaced the carpet with hardwood, they are going to be slippery. Again, this is the reason lots of people just leave that furniture in the residence.
The freezer you've stashed away down there? It's likely the appliance shop brought it--obviously empty--so you'll have to clear it out before you even make an effort to move it. Or you may just leave that for the next homeowners, also. Some things just are not worth the expense to transport.
What? The Movers Can't Haul My Houseplants?
No, they can't. Federal guidelines forbid commercial transport of any living thing--so Goldie the Goldfish must ride along with you, wedged among your ficus bushes.
Based on the timing and duration of your move, a good thing to do with your aquarium tank may be to give it away. Nevertheless, for anyone who is intending to try to move the fish, make sure you carry out the following.
· Drain the tank of most water, leaving enough for the existing bacteria colony to survive the trip.
· Fill containers with the fish tank water and set the fish in these containers.
· Stabilize them as much as possible--put the containers inside a bin that goes on the floor in the backseat.
· Arrange the new tank straight away. Float the containers in the tank to be sure the fish get used to the different temperature before you release them.
If the fish tank is investment-grade, your fish supplier might arrange for the transport of your equipment in addition to fish.
In the event a long-distance move is on your radar, the best thing to do might be to give your plants to your neighbors, but if you're determined to move them, here is how.
· Repot into plastic pots a couple weeks ahead of the move
· Move them in your automobile, or rent a cargo van in the event the vehicle's full
· Be sure they won't overheat in transit
· Set the plastic pots in your new house for a couple of weeks whilst they acclimate to the new location
· Truly reconsider giving them away
Therefore, get to it--begin packing. Keep in mind that some things are best left to a professional mover in Houston--or left altogether.
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