By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Nice piano you have there. It might be unfortunate if something happened to it. The same principle can be claimed for the aquarium, your art work, houseplants--even your basement furnishings--specifically if it is time to move.
Many of your household items and home furnishings are simple, if not exactly effortless, to move. You box up most of it, and, equipped with a screwdriver along with a couple of additional tools, take down furniture making it easy to load. For the DIY types, this is often a fun project--until you get to the things that are a lot more of a difficulty--such as the piano and the fish tank.
Moving the Immovable
Pianos are some of the most difficult things to move. They're substantial in addition to cumbersome, however in the ungainly cabinet sit the extraordinarily delicate elements that basically make the instrument. Have you ever thought about precisely why so many people opt to leave a piano at their old property, or simply give it pretty much free of charge to any home? It is because they are so hard to move.
An upright or spinet may not be worth the effort to move, unless it's sentimental. Baby grand sizes and bigger are worth it however will need professional help for a successful trip.
Besides possible harm to the piano itself, there are other opportunities to hurt walls, staircases, and anyone attempting to move these beasts. A professional moving company may be able to move your piano but will likely advise a specialty piano mover for the task. Piano movers can even transport harps, organs, and other substantial instruments.
Fine art and Antiques
Your contact at the moving company in Austin will probably inquire about fine art and antiques, and strongly suggest they pack those things for you. There's lots of skill involved with packing fragile items for transport, and well worth the charge to make certain your mirrors, artwork, and other valuables arrive unharmed.
There ought to be a mathematical theory disproving that just because a piece of furniture got into your home, it will come back out. Think of it as "The Theory of the Pivot"--we all remember the "Friends" episode when they tried to fit a couch through a stairwell. There are a variety of issues why your hefty furnishings are challenging to get out.
If it is custom made, like an entertainment center or even a bar, it likely arrived to the property in portions and was constructed in the room. When you can get the carpenter who constructed the piece to take it apart, this provides the most suitable option. In any other case, confer with your professional movers regarding disassembling the piece and go over any issue they think that they could possibly run into.
Basement furniture is generally challenging to move out. In case you have added a handrail, the passage is even more compact. Ditto for the stairs--if you have changed out the carpeting with hardwood, they will likely be slippery. Again, this is why lots of people just leave that furniture in the residence.
The freezer you've stashed away down there? It is most likely the appliance store delivered it--obviously empty--so you must clear it out before you even attempt to move it. Or you may just leave it for the next homeowners, too. Some things just aren't worth the cost to move.
What? The Movers Are unable to Haul My Houseplants?
No, they cannot. Government regulations prohibit commercial transport of any living thing--so Goldie the Goldfish will have to ride together with you, wedged in between your ficus trees.
With respect to the timing and length of your move, a good thing to do with your fish tank might be to give it away. However, for anyone who is going to make an effort to move the fish, ensure you complete the following.
· Drain the container of most water, leaving sufficient for the existing bacteria colony to survive the journey.
· Fill containers with the aquarium water and set the fish in these containers.
· Secure them as much as possible--set the containers within a bin which goes on the floor of the backseat.
· Construct the new tank without delay. Float the containers in the aquarium so the fish become accustomed to the new temperature before you release them.
If the fish tank is investment-grade, your fish supplier might arrange for the move of your equipment in addition to fish.
If a long-distance move is on your radar, a good thing to do could be to give your plants to your neighbors, but if you are determined to move them, here is how.
· Repot in plastic pots a couple weeks prior to the move
· Move them in your vehicle, or lease a cargo van in the event the car's full
· Make certain they won't overheat while in transit
· Put the plastic pots inside your new residence for several weeks whilst they adapt to the different place
· Seriously reevaluate giving them away
Therefore, get to it--begin packing. Keep in mind that a couple of things are best left to a professional mover in Austin--or left totally.
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