Moving is a challenge on its own, but when you add in large and fragile items such as aquariums and artwork, the challenge is compounded. These items require experience, specialized knowledge, and the proper equipment to move. This is why, for your peace of mind and the safety of your belongings, you should hire a professional mover who can properly pack and relocate your largest items.
Moving is stressful on fish, even if you don’t realize it. But with the proper prep work, your fish will thrive with the relocation. You don’t have to do anything till moving day, which is when you should fill bags or a bucket with water from the tank to put your fish in. This way, the tank’s environment in the new home will be just like the old one.
Your movers won’t take the fish, but they will take the empty tank. Wrap the tank well in preparation for the movers. Set up the tank as soon as you get into the new home. Put the fish, still in their bags or containers, into the filled tank at first so they can adjust to the water temperature.
Appliances, Mattresses and Sectionals
These are large and bulky items that can pose a big physical challenge to move safely. Measure door frames so you know these pieces will fit. Take off any handles or other protrusions if you can. If not, wrap any legs and handles, and add padding to corners to avoid damage to floors and walls.
Artwork and Heirlooms
These are fragile and irreplaceable, so special care must be taken. In the case of framed artwork, place an X over the glass with masking tape, then wrap it all with palette paper. For additional protection, wrap the corners with taped cardboard. For unframed artwork, wrap it well and slide it in a reinforced box. For sculptures, glassware and china, wrap these in bubble wrap.
Gun collections are tricky, as some states and movers won’t transport them. Some will transport the guns but not the ammunition. It’s important to ask your movers about local laws and if they are willing to transport gun collections and safes. If they do allow it, ask if they have specific experience with moving firearms.
While pianos are beautiful instruments, they are not easy to move due to their awkward shape and bulk. Their small, intricate parts add to the challenge because they can be easily damaged. Many people just leave the pianos for the new owners, but if you want to take yours with you, hire a professional mover to do it for you.
Houseplants are living things and can die with the stress of relocation. A few weeks before the move, put your plants in plastic planters so they can adjust. On moving day, bring the plants with you in your own vehicle, as many movers won’t touch plants. This way, you can control the climate in your personal vehicle and ensure they are placed in the home immediately upon arrival. Keep them in their temporary pots for a while so they can acclimate to the new home.
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