What to Move to Atlanta, And What to Leave Behind

preparing for a moveBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Nice piano you have there. It might be a waste should anything happened to it. A similar thing might be said for your fish tank, your fine art, houseplants--even your basement furnishings--particularly if it is time to move.

Most of your household items and pieces of furniture are simple, if not exactly easy, to move. You box up the vast majority of it, and, armed with a screwdriver along with a handful of other tools, disassemble pieces of furniture so it's uncomplicated to load. For the DIY types, this can be a fantastic project--until you arrive at the things that are a lot more of a headache--like the piano as well as the fish tank.

Moving the Difficult

1) Pianos

Pianos are probably the hardest things to move. They are big in addition to cumbersome, still in that large cabinet rest the extraordinarily fragile elements which virtually make the instrument. Have you ever thought about precisely why so many individuals choose to leave a piano at their old residence, or simply offer it virtually free of charge to anybody? It's because they are so hard to move.

An upright or spinet might not be worth the energy to maneuver, except in cases where it's sentimental. Baby grand sizes and larger are worth it but require professional help for a successful trip.

Besides possible damage to the piano itself, there are additional possibilities to hurt walls, stairways, and any person trying to move these beasts. A professional moving company in Atlanta may be able to move your piano but will more than likely advise a specialty piano mover to do the job. Piano movers may also transport harps, organs, as well as other considerable instruments.

2) Fine art and Collectibles

Your contact at the moving company in Atlanta will ask regarding art and collectibles, and strongly recommend they pack those things for you. There's lots of skill involved with packing sensitive belongings for transport, and well worth the cost to be sure your mirrors, art, as well as other valuable items arrive undamaged.

3) Home furnishings

There ought to be a mathematical principle disproving that merely because a piece of furniture got into your house, it can come back out. Call it "The Principle of the Pivot"--we all recall the "Friends" episode when they tried to get a couch through a staircase. There's a handful of issues why your sizeable furnishings are hard to get out.

Should it be custom, such as an entertainment center or perhaps a bar, it likely arrived to the home in sections and was set up within the room. If you're able to get the carpenter who constructed the article to take it apart, that is the best option. Otherwise, speak to your professional movers concerning disassembling the item and go over any difficulty they believe that they could deal with.

Basement furnishings are usually difficult to move out. In case you have added a handrail, the passage is even more narrow. Same for the stairs--if you've swapped out the carpet with hardwood, they will be slippery. Again, for this reason some people simply leave that furniture in the residence.

That deep freeze you've got hidden away down there? It is probable the appliance shop brought it--obviously empty--so you will need to clean it out even before you make an effort to move it. Or you may just leave it for the other homeowners, too. Some things really will not be worth the cost to transport.

What? The Movers Are unable to Move My Houseplants and Fish?

No, they are unable to. Government policies prohibit commercial transport of any living thing--so Goldie the Goldfish must ride together with you, wedged between your ficus bushes.

1) Aquariums

Depending on the timing and duration of your move, a good thing to do with your aquarium tank may be to give it away. However, if you're going to try to move the fish, be certain to complete the following.

· Empty the tank of most water, keeping ample for the established bacteria colony to make it through the trip.

· Fill containers with the aquarium water and put the fish in these containers.

· Secure them as much as possible--set the containers within a bin which goes on the floor in the backseat.

· Construct the new tank right away. Float the containers in the aquarium to be sure the fish get accustomed to the new temperature before you actually release them.

If the aquarium tank is investment-grade, your fish supplier can find the move of your equipment as well as fish.

2) Houseplants

In the event a long-distance move is on your radar, an excellent thing to do could be to give your indoor plants to your neighbors, however if you're determined to move them, here's how.

· Repot in plastic containers a couple weeks ahead of the move

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

· Make sure they won't overheat in transit

· Place the plastic pots in your new residence for several weeks while they adapt to the different location

· Truly reassess giving them away

Now, get to it--begin packing. Keep in mind that a few things are best left to a professional mover in Atlanta--or left altogether.


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