Moving house is exciting, but also a lot of hassle. With the correct plans in place, even the most awkward and bulky items in your possession can be safely and efficiently moved. Here are some of the kinds of possession you should pay special attention to in any plans made before a move.
Animals are hard to move. Very few animals will happily stay caged during a long journey, and fewer still will calmly adapt to a new home environment. Cats and dogs have been known to return to their old homes after a move – sometimes traversing thousands of miles in their efforts to find their way. When moving house, always make sure to pet-proof your new home and get ready to accommodate some poor behavior from your pets.
Fish deserve a special mention here. Fish become stressed when removed from their tanks, which cannot safely be transported when filled with water. Moving with fish is a tricky process, as you need to ensure that they have enough oxygenated water at the correct salinity in temporary sealed accommodation while on the move.
Furniture is just about always a pain to move. Bulky, awkwardly shaped pieces get lodged in tight corridors or snap at weak points while being lifted. If you have particularly large or valuable pieces that you need to move, it might be worth hiring a specialist furniture shipping company. Specialist furniture movers will have experience with keeping high-value objects safe while on the road.
It might be worth taking your furniture apart as much as possible before moving. Most modern furniture is built from a flat pack, which makes it easy to dismantle and put together again. Older furniture will need much more care, space, and brawn to load out of an old house and into a truck.
Pianos are a nightmare to move. Most pianos weigh just under 1000 pounds – too much for a normal couple to safely move up and down stairs. They need to be this heavy: metal frames hold strings and hammers, and thick hardwood provides a good tone. Professional piano movers use special harnesses to help distribute the weight of a piano while on the move. They also take care not to jostle or drop the instrument, as this will cause it to go out of tune.
Most professional movers suggest placing the piano into the truck first so that it lies flush against the back wall of the trailer. This will prevent it from rolling or tipping during the journey to your new home.
While most firearms are not particularly bulky or hard to physically move, they are a tricky proposition when it comes to moving across state lines to a new home. Each state has a different set of laws regarding the way in which firearms and ammunition can be moved. If you move your firearms in the wrong way, then you could be arrested for weapons trafficking.