3 Things That are Harder to Move Than You Think

July 26, 2019

When packing your belongings for a move, it can be tempting to handle all items on your own. But there are some items that will require extra attention and packing skills. Some of your valuable belongings will need more care while others should not be moved at all. Here, we will take the guesswork out of determining which items you should pack and move yourself and which ones need more expertise. These are the three most difficult things to move.

1.  Plants

It’s easy to forget that house plants are living things. They’re not just some greens in a pot of dirt. You have to take special care to transport them in a safe manner so they don’t die or get distressed. Things can certainly get messy moving plants. And when you throw in extreme temperatures coupled with a long drive, you could be dealing with some major issues.

The only way to ensure your plants won’t be impacted by the move is to simply not move them. If that is not feasible, the safest way to do so is to transfer them to a plastic pot if they are currently in heavy ceramic ones. You should think ahead and do this a few weeks before you plan on moving so they have time to settle.

Once they’ve settled into their new pots, bring them with you in your own car – do not place them on the moving truck. This allows you to control the temperature and make sure they don’t shift on the drive, which could damage them.

2.  Pianos

Pianos can be heavy and challenging to move: not only do they have large and complex parts, they also have small, intricate components on the inside that can easily be damaged. It’s wise to hire piano movers for this task to ensure the piano itself doesn’t get damaged, as well as surrounding walls and floors. They bring the proper equipment and safety gear to move pianos weighing several hundred pounds. Let them do it, and save the blown back.

3.  Fish Tanks

Moving a fish tank is very cumbersome. Not only is it difficult to move such a large and heavy item, there’s also the fear that your fish won’t survive the move due to all the sloshing and fluctuating conditions. They’re just like houseplants in that they take extra care and forethought to move.

First, empty out the fish tank most of the way, while leaving some water in the bottom so the existing bacteria colony stays when you eventually refill it. Place your fish into small containers or bags, along with the tank water, and transport them in that manner. Hold the tanks or bags steady so the fish don’t get stressed or sustain physical injury.

Upon arrival at your new home, set up the tank as soon as possible. Float the containers or bags in the new tank so your fish have a chance to acclimate to the new temperature. After you have transferred them to the tank, keep a close eye on them for a few days to ensure a smooth transition.

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