By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Lovely piano you have there. It might be a shame should anything happened to it. The same principle might be said for your aquarium, your fine art, houseplants--even your basement furniture--particularly if it is time to move.
Many of your household possessions and furniture are simple, or even simply easy, to move. You box up most of it, and, with a screwdriver plus a handful of additional tools, disassemble furniture so it's not difficult to load. For the DIY kinds, this can be a fantastic project--until you arrive at the things that are a bit more of a challenge--including the piano as well as the aquarium.
Moving the Immovable
Pianos are probably the most difficult things to move. They're good sized in addition to heavy, yet in that ungainly cabinet rest the extraordinarily delicate components that essentially make the instrument. Have you ever wondered the reason why so many people opt to leave a piano at their old house, or offer it basically free of cost to any home? This is because they can be so difficult to move.
An upright or spinet might not be worth the energy to maneuver, unless it's sentimental. Baby grand sizes and larger are worth it yet require specialized help for a successful trip.
Apart from potential damage to the piano itself, there are other opportunities to hurt walls, stairwells, and anybody trying to move these beasts. A professional moving company could probably move your piano and may more than likely propose a specialty piano mover to do the job. Piano movers will also transport harps, organs, as well as other large instruments.
Art and Antiques
Your contact at the moving company in Tulsa and Oklahoma City will probably ask regarding art and collectibles, and strongly suggest they pack those items for you. There's lots of craft associated with packing breakable items for transport, and well worth the cost to be sure your mirrors, art, as well as other valuables arrive unharmed.
There should be a math hypothesis disproving that just because a piece of furniture got into your home, it may come back out. Think of it as "The Theory of the Pivot"--we all remember fondly the "Friends" episode when they tried to move a couch through a stairwell. There's a handful of factors why your giant furniture is hard to get out.
If it's custom, like an entertainment center or perhaps a bar, it probably arrived to the house in sections and was put together in the room. If you possibly could get the carpenter who constructed the piece to take it apart, this provides the best option. In any other case, confer with your professional movers with regards to disassembling the piece and talk about any risk they think that they might encounter.
Basement furniture is always tough to get out. If you have added a handrail, the passage is even more tight. Ditto for the stairs--if you have changed out carpeting with hardwood, they may be slick. Again, this is why lots of people just leave that furniture in the residence.
The deep freeze you've stored away down there? It is most likely the appliance shop brought it--obviously empty--so you'll have to clear it out before you even attempt to move it. Or you might just leave that for the next homeowners, as well. Some things merely will not be worth the cost to move.
What? The Movers Can't Haul My Houseplants?
No, they can't. Government policies restrict commercial transport of any living thing--so Goldie the Goldfish will need to ride together with you, wedged in between your ficus bushes.
Based on the timing and duration of your move, a good thing to do with your aquarium could be to give it away. However, for anyone who is going to make an effort to move the fish, make sure you carry out the following.
· Empty the container of most water, keeping enough for the established bacteria colony to make it through the trip.
· Fill containers with the fish tank water and put the fish in these containers.
· Stabilize them as much as possible--put the containers in a bin that goes on the floor in the backseat.
· Set up the new tank without delay. Float the containers in the fish tank to be sure the fish become accustomed to the different temperature prior to when you release them.
When your aquarium is investment-grade, your fish supplier may well arrange the transport of your equipment in addition to fish.
If a long-distance move is on your radar, the best thing to do would be to give your plants to your neighbors, however if you are determined to move them, here's how.
· Repot to plastic pots several weeks prior to the move
· Move them in your automobile, or book a cargo van in case the vehicle's full
· Make certain they won't get too hot on the road
· Set the plastic pots inside your new house for a few weeks whilst they adapt to the new area
· Truly reconsider giving them away
So, get to it--start packing. Just remember that some things are best left to a professional mover in Tulsa and Oklahoma City--or left totally.
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