Moving the Immovable--What to Move to Austin, And What to Leave Behind

Piano MovingBy 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 stated for your fish tank, your artwork, houseplants--even your basement home furnishings--especially when it is time to move.

Most 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 pieces of furniture so it is easy to load. For the DIY kinds, this is sometimes a fantastic project--until you get to the things which are a little 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're big and heavy, however in that bulky cabinet lie the extraordinarily 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 virtually free to any home? It's because they can be so difficult to move.

An upright or spinet is probably not worth the work to relocate, except if it's sentimental. Baby grand sizes and bigger are worth it however will need skilled help for a successful trip.

Aside from possible damage to the piano itself, there are chances to harm walls, staircases, and anyone attempting to move these beasts. A professional moving company may be able to move your piano and may likely propose a specialty piano mover for the task. Piano movers can even move harps, organs, as well as other substantial instruments.

Fine art and Collectibles

Your contact at the moving company in Austin will ask concerning fine art and antiques, and strongly recommend they pack those things for you. There's a lot of expertise associated with packing delicate things for transport, and well worth the charge to be sure your mirrors, art, and other valuables arrive undamaged.

Household furniture

There has to be a mathematical theory disproving that simply because a piece of furniture got into your house, it can come back out. Think of it as "The Principle of the Pivot"--we all recall the "Friends" episode when they attempted to get a couch through a stairway. There's a variety of factors why your sizeable furniture is hard to get out.

If it's custom made, like an entertainment center or perhaps a bar, it probably arrived to the property in portions and was constructed within the room. If you possibly could obtain the carpenter who made the piece to take it apart, this provides the most suitable option. Otherwise, speak to your professional movers with regards to taking apart the piece and talk about any issue they believe that they might deal with.

Basement furnishings are normally tough to move out. If you have added a handrail, the passage is even more narrow. Ditto for the stairs--if you've replaced the carpet with hardwood, they are going to be slick. Again, this is the reason some people simply 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 even before you make an effort to move it. Or you may just leave that for the subsequent homeowners, also. Some things just aren't worth the cost to transport.

What? The Movers Can't Haul My Houseplants?

No, they cannot. Federal guidelines prohibit commercial transport of any living thing--so Goldie the Goldfish must ride 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 could be to give it away. Nevertheless, for anyone who is intending to try to move the fish, make sure you do the following.

· Drain the tank of most water, leaving enough for the existing bacteria colony to endure the trip.

· Fill containers with the fish tank water and set the fish in these containers.

· Secure them as much as possible--place the containers in a bin that goes on the floor in the backseat.

· Arrange the new tank right away. Float the containers in the tank to be sure the fish get accustomed to the different temperature prior to when you release them.

If your fish tank is investment-grade, your fish dealer might arrange for the transport of your equipment in addition to fish.


When a long-distance move is on your radar, a good thing to do might be to give your house plants to your neighbors, but if you're determined to move them, here is how.

· Repot in plastic pots several weeks ahead of the move

· Move them in your automobile, or rent a cargo van if the vehicle's full

· Make certain they won't overheat on the road

· Place the plastic pots in your new house for a couple of weeks whilst they acclimate to the new location

· Seriously reevaluate giving them away

Therefore, get to it--start packing. Keep in mind that some things are best left to a professional mover in Austin--or left altogether.


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