By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Nice piano you have there. It would be unfortunate should anything happened to it. A similar thing could be claimed for the aquarium, your art work, houseplants--even your basement furnishings--especially when it is time to move.
Most of your household possessions and pieces of furniture are simple, if not exactly easy, to move. You box up most of it, and, armed with a screwdriver plus a couple of additional tools, take apart pieces of furniture making it not difficult to load. For the do-it-yourself sorts, this may be a great project--until you come to the things which are a lot more of a struggle--including the piano as well as the aquarium.
Moving the Immovable
Pianos are amongst the hardest things to move. They can be massive as well as cumbersome, however in that large cabinet sit the extremely delicate mechanisms which literally make the instrument. Have you ever wondered why so many people opt to leave a piano at their old property, or simply offer it pretty much free of cost to any home? This is because they're so difficult to move.
An upright or spinet may not be worth the work to maneuver, except if it's sentimental. Baby grand sizes and larger are worth it but demand skilled aid for a successful trip.
Aside from possible harm to the piano itself, there are other chances to damage walls, staircases, and any person attempting to move these beasts. A professional moving company could probably move your piano and may likely propose a specialty piano mover to complete the job. Piano movers can even transport harps, organs, and other large instruments.
Artwork and Antiques
Your contact at the moving company in Denver will probably ask regarding art and collectibles, and strongly recommend they pack those things for you. There's a lot of expertise involved with packing fragile items for transport, and well worth the price to make certain your mirrors, fine art, and other valuable items arrive unharmed.
There should be a math theory disproving that just because a piece of furniture got into your house, it can come back out. Call it "The Rule of the Pivot"--we all remember fondly the "Friends" episode when they tried to move a couch through a stairwell. You can find a variety of reasons why your giant furniture is difficult to get out.
If it's custom, like an entertainment center or even a bar, it likely arrived to the property in pieces and was set up within the room. When you can get the carpenter who created the article to take it apart, this provides the most suitable option. In any other case, confer with your professional movers regarding disassembling the piece and explore any issue they feel that they might possibly come across.
Basement furniture is generally difficult to get out. If you've added a handrail, the passage is even more tight. Same thing for the stairs--if you've changed out carpeting with hardwood, they are going to be slippery. Again, this is why some people simply leave that furniture in the house.
The deep freeze you've got stored away down there? It is more than likely the appliance shop delivered it--obviously empty--so you'll have to clear it out before you attempt to move it. Or you may just leave it for the subsequent homeowners, too. Some things really are not worth the price to relocate.
What? The Movers Can't Transport My Houseplants?
No, they are unable to. Federal regulations prohibit commercial transport of any living thing--so Goldie the Goldfish will need to ride with you, wedged among your ficus trees.
With respect to the timing and duration of your move, a good thing to do with your aquarium might be to give it away. Nonetheless, if you are intending to try to move the fish, ensure you do the following.
· Empty the container of most water, leaving ample for the current bacteria colony to endure the transit.
· Fill containers with the tank water and set the fish in these containers.
· Steady them as much as possible--place the containers inside a container that goes on the floor of the backseat.
· Set up the new tank right away. Float the containers in the aquarium so the fish get accustomed to the new temperature before you release them.
If your aquarium is investment-grade, your fish dealer can arrange for the transport of your equipment and fish.
In the event a long-distance move is on your radar, a good thing to do would be to give your house plants to your neighbors, but if you are determined to move them, here's how.
· Repot to plastic pots a couple weeks prior to the move
· Move them in your car, or book a cargo van in case the vehicle's full
· Be sure they won't get too hot in transit
· Place the plastic pots in your new home for several weeks while they adapt to the different spot
· Seriously reconsider giving them away
Therefore, get to it--start packing. Keep in mind that a couple of things are best left to a professional mover in Denver--or left totally.
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