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March 07, 2020

DIYing Your Move to Austin? Leave These Things to the Pros

Moving to a new homeBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

As though you're not distressed enough with the impending move, you need to work out the logistics of moving prep--do you do it by yourself, or use a professional crew to do it for you? If you are utilizing a full-service moving company, you will find the option of a full-service move--all you must do is get out of the way and let the professional movers in Austin do their thing. If you are more the DIY kind and intending on renting a moving truck and depending on friends, you may need to reevaluate that strategy.

Aside from preserving your back, and your friendships, there's some other reasons to engage a moving company to pack and transport your household possessions. For starters, these people are professionals and know how to pad and pack your valuable items. Also, they are insured--if you drop Great-Aunt Gertrude's crystal in the driveway, it's on you. If the professional mover in Austin does not get it exactly correct and things break, no problem--it will be covered.

What is Considered Really More Difficult to move? Fitness Equipment or Fine China?

Might appear to be a foolish question, right? Wrong.

If you pack a box of china and wrap all the pieces adequately, likelihood is good that it's going to survive a few bumps and even perhaps a small drop. If you attempt to move a large piece of exercise equipment--say you got a Peloton for Christmas--and you lose your grip and it slips to the floor, that bike will probably fare worse as opposed to the little box. You can get replacement plates on eBay, however repairing that Peloton isn't going to be cheap.

You've got a lot invested in your fitness equipment, so working with a moving company to take elements apart and transfer them accurately is well worth what you will expend on professional help.

Art and Antique items

In case you have any fine art or antique items, it is worth the cost of having them skillfully packed and moved. These things are typically covered on a rider that may be separate from your fundamental homeowner's policy--check the small print about moving. There might be a clause that you have to use pros for insurance to be effective.

One other reason to use a moving company in Austin to manage your fine pieces is that they have the tools and know-how to build specialized crates and containers for unusually shaped things such as large mirrors, statues, works of art, and so on.

It Ain't Heavy, It is Just a Sleeper Sofa

Ok, you are thinking, I've got a moving van with a lift gate, a few hand trucks, and a bunch of quilts and tape, and my friends are strong folks. We'll do this, easy. Undoubtedly, you could. But will it be really a great idea?

Moving that couch across the room is one thing. Move it out of the property, along the driveway and within the moving van is often a completely different endeavor, and unless it is just a direct flat line from point A to point B, it will take up a lot of the clock. Multiply that couch by recliners, tables, mattresses, additional couches, and a lawn mower, and that is not worth a cold beer along with a pizza.

Moving to The Music

Then there exists the dreaded piano--are you comfortable moving that? In fact an upright has a weight of about 300 pounds, and a baby grand is easily more than 1000 pounds. There's approximately 18 tons of pressure on the strings--and one can snap in a second in the event that you have no idea what you are doing. Let alone the scuff marks on a wood floor--you have got to boost it up onto casters or perhaps a piano dolly, to ensure you don't make gouges in the wood.

Stringed instruments can also be delicate and should be moved in their cases. Without the case, a professional can create a crate for the instrument, cover it delicately in bubble wrap, and then, they understand precisely where to place it within the truck.

Knowing how to pack the moving truck is a form of art, and you ought to leave all your hefty, sensitive, and special items to the professional movers in Austin. But, feel free to pack your own socks.


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The Mickelson Family
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Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
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