Pretty much all of us are perfectly happy to plan a move, pack all of our things in boxes, and let the moving company do the rest of the job. However, what happens if you have some specialty items to move? Of course, you need to take better care when packing them and the items in question may need some extra care during the transportation process. Usually, the movers you choose will be ready to advise you on what should you do and what can be done in the first place. On the other hand, there are many people that would like to do some things on their own. Or, your moving company simply doesn’t want to pack it or move it for you because of insurance. Whatever thing you’re encountering, there’s nothing wrong with knowing how to perform a specialty items relocation. So, here’s how to do it.
What is considered a specialty item?
When it comes to the moving industry, anything that requires special care and more time to move is considered to be a specialty item. Therefore, you can expect that every household has at least some of these. Check the list below to see if you need services of specialty items relocation. It’s worth mentioning that you can avoid treating some of these as specialty items if with the hacks that will save you time when moving.
- House plants
- Pianos and other instruments
- Large mirrors
- Large screen TVs
- Pool tables
- Fine art and artwork
- Animal habitats
- Wine collections
Now, we put house plants in the first place because people often seem to forget about them and think they’re simple to relocate. However, our professionals from Gibraltar Van Lines tell us that these are not easy things to move at all. They’re sensitive to climate changes and they’re fragile. Also, it is very possible that they’ll have to pass an inspection if you’re moving to another state or country. As you can imagine, leaving the plants at your old house is advisable.
On the other hand, if you must take them with yourself be sure to water them regularly and to keep them away from enclosed boxes or any kind of wrap. If you have lots of plants, try to get a climate-controlled moving truck as this will raise their chance of survival marginally.
Pianos and other instruments
This is another very common item that is considered to be a specialty item. As you might expect, a lot of care, thought, and muscle is needed when moving one of these, so there’s no wonder why it is on the list of specialty items relocation. It’s not only difficult but also can be dangerous. Now, different people handle relocation differently, but if you have ideas of doing this yourself be sure to take all the precautions there are. Call the strongest friends you have and get a few straps and trolleys to help you get it out the door.
Wrap the piano in moving blankets, and be sure to tape down all the parts that can move or open. When you get it on the truck, make sure you secure it as you should. Especially if it has wheels. You don’t want it to fall from the back of the truck as soon as you start moving. It will also need tuning, most probably as pianos aren’t fond of moving too much.
Large screen TVs
Nowadays, many of us have giant TVs with screens in which you can put people in natural sizes. And they’re great fun. Unfortunately, they’re a nightmare to move unless you have specially designed services that will fit your relocation. However, if you take enough time and preparation you can do it. The ideal scenario would be that you have an original box and packaging. If you do, just pack it in a way it came and you’re halfway there.
On the other hand, if you don’t have the original box, you need to make sure that the TV is padded properly. Buy or rent professional furniture padding and place it on the floor. Put your TV on it, but screen facing up. Wrap it as good as you can and secure everything with tape. Make sure to indicate on which side is the screen so your movers can put it in a truck in the right manner.
We all know that if you want to create a perfect game room, you have to have a pool table in it. However, these are especially difficult to move because of their weight. Therefore, you’ll need a lot of muscle power to get it done. If you want to do this on your own, we recommend finding at least 4 or 5 people to help you out. The problem is that these aren’t just heavy, but also complex. Similar to the piano.
However, there’s one difference between moving pool table and piano. The pool table has to be dismantled. Try to find specific instructions for your own model or a similar one. In general, what you need to do is to unfasten the pockets, disengage the rails, and remove the felt. After that, just remove the legs and frame and your table is ready for packing. Here’s important not to skimp on packing materials as that can cost you a lot of money later.
With artworks, things are a little bit different. They’re subject to specialty items relocation because of their potential price most of the time. However, the important thing here is to understand the nature of the paintings. Oil paintings should be packed differently from watercolors, etc. Use boxes that are made for mirrors and frames. Even better, try to find one of those telescopic boxes that can be adjusted to fit odd sized frames. For large paintings and sculptures, a crate is your best bet.