By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Nice piano you have there. It would be a shame if anything happened to it. The same thing can be claimed for your fish tank, your artwork, houseplants--even your basement pieces of furniture--especially if it is time to move.
Many of your household belongings and home furnishings are pretty straight forward, or perhaps even quite easy, to move. You box up most of it, and, equipped with a screwdriver plus a handful of other tools, take down furniture so it's easy to load. For the DIY types, this may be a great project--until you get to the things which are a little more of a struggle--including the piano along with the aquarium.
Moving the Immovable
Pianos are amongst the most difficult things to move. They're large as well as awkward, yet in that bulky cabinet rest the extremely sensitive elements that virtually make the instrument. Have you ever wondered precisely why so many individuals elect to leave a piano at their old house, or simply give it virtually free to anybody? This is because they're so hard to move.
An upright or spinet may not be worth the energy to move, unless it happens to be sentimental. Baby grand sizes and larger are worth it yet demand specialized support for a successful trip.
Aside from potential harm to the piano itself, there are additional possibilities to harm walls, staircases, and anybody endeavoring to move these beasts. A professional moving company could probably move your piano and may possibly recommend a specialty piano mover for the task. Piano movers will also move harps, organs, and other substantial instruments.
Art and Antiques
Your contact at the moving company in Atlanta is going to inquire concerning art and collectibles, and strongly recommend they pack those items for you. There's lots of skill involved with packing delicate items for transport, and well worth the fee to be sure your mirrors, artwork, as well as other valuable items arrive unharmed.
There ought to be a mathematical hypothesis disproving that simply because a furniture piece got into your home, it can come back out. Refer to it as "The Rule of the Pivot"--we all remember fondly the "Friends" episode when they attempted to get a sofa through a stairway. You can find a handful of reasons why your sizeable furniture is hard to get out.
Should it be custom, such as an entertainment center or even a bar, it probably came into the residence in sections and was constructed inside the room. If you possibly could get the carpenter who constructed the piece to take it apart, that is the best choice. In any other case, talk to your professional movers concerning disassembling the component and talk about any difficulty they feel that they might possibly come across.
Basement furnishings are always challenging to move out. In case you have added a handrail, the passage is even more tight. Same for the stairs--if you have replaced carpeting with hardwood, they may be slippery. Again, this is why a number of people just leave that furniture in the residence.
The freezer you've hidden away down there? It is most likely the appliance shop delivered it--obviously empty--so you will need to clean it out before you even make an effort to move it. Or you could just leave it for the subsequent homeowners, as well. Some things simply aren't worth the expense to transport.
What? The Movers Cannot Haul My Houseplants?
No, they can't. Government rules restrict commercial transport of any living thing--so Goldie the Goldfish must ride with you, wedged between your ficus bushes.
Depending on the timing and duration of your move, the best thing to do with your aquarium tank may be to give it away. However, if you're intending to attempt to move the fish, ensure you do the following.
· Empty the container of most water, keeping sufficient for the existing bacteria colony to survive the trip.
· Fill containers with the fish tank water and put the fish in these containers.
· Steady them as much as possible--put the containers inside a bin that goes on the floor of the backseat.
· Set up the new tank straight away. Float the containers in the aquarium to be sure the fish get used to the new temperature before you release them.
If your aquarium tank is investment-grade, your fish distributor might arrange the move of your equipment in addition to fish.
In the event a long-distance move is on your radar, a good thing to do would be to give your plants to your neighbors, however if you are determined to move them, here is how.
· Repot into plastic containers a few weeks prior to the move
· Move them in your car or truck, or lease a cargo van if the vehicle's full
· Be sure they don't overheat on the road
· Put the plastic pots inside of your new home for a couple of weeks while they acclimate to the different place
· Sincerely reassess giving them away
Now, get to it--begin packing. Remember that some things are best left to a professional mover in Atlanta--or left completely.
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