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The Special Care Needed to Safely Move a Piano

The Special Care Needed to Safely Move a Piano

Moving is never an easy task; it involves months of planning, research, and preparation. Since moving is such a stressful time, you might have overlooked the fact that you’ve got a beast of a piano in your living room and not a clue as to who is going to help you with such a large project. Pianos seem sturdy, but they’re actually very delicate. It takes skill and experience in order to move one without damaging it, and reputable piano movers can be hard to come by. As previously mentioned, it takes special care to safely move a piano from point A to point B. There are plenty of things to consider before you move your piano, including the type and size of piano you’re moving, the distance it will be traveling, and the costs associated with it. However, the important task at hand requires knowing what to look for in a piano mover so that you choose a reputable one, and therefore can rest easy at night. You wouldn’t trust just anyone to move your piano for you, so here’s a list of things to consider before settling on a moving company. Company’s Reputation for Moving Pianos and Other Specialty Items First and foremost, it’s critical that the company you choose has a solid reputation in the community for moving large, delicate objects such as heavy antiques and pianos (or antique pianos). By doing some basic research, you can learn a lot about a business’s reputation. Looking at the company’s online reviews can tell you whether their customers are generally satisfied or not. You can even narrow down...
How You Can Benefit by Using Warehouse Storage

How You Can Benefit by Using Warehouse Storage

There are many reasons why one might run into the need for a storage space, and it can be difficult to gather the funds and energy to shift your things around. Furthermore, there are few storage options available to the public that keep belongings safe, out of harsh weather conditions, and free from bugs or pests. Finding good storage options can be freeing and relieve a huge burden off of your shoulders—at least it gets all the clutter out of sight, out of mind temporarily. Among the many different uses for storage, perhaps the biggest reason for seeking external storage is lack of available space in your immediate area. Whether it’s your home, an office space, or even a theater company with lots of props and costumes, a warehouse storage space is a great option to look into. In this article, we’ll talk a little bit about the different ways you might be able to benefit from warehouse storage. A Cheaper Option For: Different seasons and transitional periods bring the need for storage options. As we move and shift things around for various reasons, we might need larger or smaller storage options—and warehouse storage can offer a great amount of flexibility at an affordable price. Seasonal Storage If you own a business, or are even re-decorating your home for the holidays, you might consider utilizing warehouse storage to temporarily store the other seasonal items that won’t fit or don’t belong with your current décor or stock of supplies. You can utilize warehouse storage year-round for every season if seasonal storage is something you wind up needing each year anyway....
Tips to Find the Best Storage Facility for Your Office Move

Tips to Find the Best Storage Facility for Your Office Move

Moving an office isn’t easy, especially if you’ve established your office space over many years, accumulating “stuff.” Often moving an office involves moving important paperwork that must be stored and protected for long periods of time, but must be available to access at a moment’s notice. Furthermore, office furniture might be replaced eventually, but in the meantime needs a place to stay until it can be sold or auctioned. If you’re moving offices and aren’t quite sure what to do with some of the items, a storage facility might be the right option for you. Moving offices requires planning and organization in order to go smoothly, and ultimately the success of a business could be compromised if things aren’t well planned in advance. Along with temporarily, safely storing important items, storage facilities also allow you to take the time you need to get organized without worrying about perhaps some of the trivial parts of the move, like whether or not you want to keep or donate the decorative fake trees. Finding the right storage facility for you entails looking for certain qualities in the business. Here are some tips for finding the best storage facility for your office move: Look at the company’s reputation and qualifications Online reviews are helpful for evaluating the public’s response to a specific company, and they won’t always be glowing; however, the general consensus of previous customers should be a pleasant experience overall. Pay special attention to the facility’s qualifications in keeping customer’s items secure and safe in their storage units. Evaluate their customer service by corresponding with their staff Looking over prior customers’...
Things to Check Before Choosing a New Mover

Things to Check Before Choosing a New Mover

For some, the process of moving might mean simply packing a few boxes with a few items, filling up the car, and having a few friends help you unload. This simplified version of moving day is unfortunately not the norm—many of us have lived in homes for years, sometimes decades, and the process of moving takes a lot more planning and dedication. In these typical cases, it can be a huge relief to hire a professional moving company to help make the process easier and smoother overall. For many of us, moving is a foreign prospect, something we don’t all have a lot of experience with. A professional moving company can offer you resources and help that you might not have otherwise gotten. Whether you are witching from one moving company to another, or looking for a moving company for the first time, here are some important things to check before you make your final decision. Are they properly licensed? Depending on where you’re moving to, your moving company should be properly licensed in the state they conduct business in. For instance, if you’re moving out of state your moving company should be licensed to operate in the particular state you’re moving to. You can verify online with the U.S. Department of Transportation whether or not the company is properly licensed. Years of experience in business You would think that the more years of experience a company has under its belt, the better they are at their job. Unfortunately, this isn’t always true. However, it is likely that a more seasoned company has probably been in business for a...
How to Choose the Best Gun Safe Moving Service Provider

How to Choose the Best Gun Safe Moving Service Provider

The process of moving takes a lot of effort in planning and preparation, and sometimes we forget about the details of our household that might pose a unique challenge to us during the process. For instance, since gun safes generally sit out of sight, perhaps in the corner of your closet, it might not be at the forefront of your mind to consider how it must be moved out of your house safely. Preparing for moving a gun safe takes thoughtful consideration—especially if you’re planning on performing the move yourself. However, most moving companies have a set protocol for moving gun safes, and it involves a level of planning and cooperation on the owner’s part. Firstly, it’s important to know what to look for in an experienced, reputable moving company—especially when they’re moving your gun safe. Here are some things to consider before you choose a gun safe moving service provider. Do they have the appropriate equipment for moving safes? Depending on the size and weight of your safe, the process of moving them often involves the need for specific equipment. Usually moving companies will need to employ the use of a dolly; in fact, this is the safest way to move a gun safe because it’s not physically being carried by a human being. Experienced moving companies will have the appropriate equipment for moving safes of all sizes and weights. Do they have a set strategy for moving safes? Along with employing the appropriate equipment to move a gun safe, there are specific scenarios that pose a challenge to moving companies who take on this endeavor. The layout...
Factors to Consider Before an International Move

Factors to Consider Before an International Move

Moving internationally is a huge undertaking, but for some it’s simply another adventure. You might be moving for a new employment opportunity, to follow your heart and explore uncharted territory, or to simply have a change of scenery. Whatever is guiding your decision to move to another country, it will be a monumental change in your daily life. Life’s biggest deals such as these require a lot of planning and preparation, and it helps to have an idea of what you’ll need to consider beforehand. Of course you’ll need to have your mail sent to the right place, you’ll need to have a home locked down, and you might want to research the area you’re moving to for the smoothest transition. However, there are a few things that movers often overlook that wind up putting them in serious trouble. It’s safe to assume that moving to another country will pose some unknown challenges, but with a good plan you can avoid many of the common pitfalls that movers fall victim to. Here are some of the important factors you should consider before you move internationally. Saving up for unforeseen costs Going on vacation usually costs plenty of money. Moving to another country is a doozy if you’re not familiar with the currency and how much things typically cost there. You’ll need to save up a good chunk of change to prepare for the move, but to also act as a cushion in your new location. Furthermore, you might not have a job nailed down just yet, so plan on having a good savings to cover your expenses while you’re...
Things to Keep in Mind While Doing Antique Relocation

Things to Keep in Mind While Doing Antique Relocation

The stressful process of moving can make you wish you decided to stay in that one-bedroom apartment all those years ago. There are many unforeseen issues that can arise during a move—especially if you’re not adequately prepared or have the appropriate help. Things can be made even more complicated if you have valuable family heirlooms or expensive pieces of furniture. Antiques are one of the most-feared aspects of a move to tackle, aside from pianos. They require more thought and preparation before a move than other pieces of furniture or belongings do, and the potential for damage is much higher. In order to properly, and successfully, move an antique piece of furniture, for instance, it’s critical to prepare in advance for the move by contacting several professionals about the value and current state of the piece. Here are a few more things to keep in mind while attempting antique relocation: 1. Important steps for preparation One critical part of the moving process for antiques is to make sure that the pieces are adequately protected before, during, and after transit. Make sure to use the proper packing methods and materials, such as cartons and cushioning wraps, that will secure the piece and keep it protected from damage. Just as it’s important to be careful while moving the object, it’s just as important to be careful while wrapping it; be mindful of tapes and adhesives when securing the packaging. 2. Find the right moving company Not all moving companies have adequate experience in relocating antiques. It’s a precarious business, and not everyone has the stomach for it. When deciding on the...
Challenges One Might Encounter During Long Distance Move

Challenges One Might Encounter During Long Distance Move

Any move presents unique challenges that the everyday individual might not have to deal with on a regular basis; however, it’s important to do your best to prepare and plan for a long distance move so that you aren’t sideswiped by the commonly unforeseen issues movers often experience. Long distance moving in particular is difficult to plan or prepare for, but it’s not impossible. Of course, things might wind up out of your control at various points, but it’s best to at least have a plan of attack to ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible. The common challenges one might encounter during a long distance move aren’t all that different from local moving issues; however, they’re worth discussing in order to best prepare. Lost or damaged valuables Even when you pack and move all of your own valuables, some items are bound to become damaged or even broken. Moving companies are generally more careful with boxes that are clearly labeled as “fragile,” and it’s important to organize your boxes in the safest way possible. For instance, packing all of your heavy dishes into one giant box is never a good idea—it is best to spread out the weight of your items and pack them reliably with proper padding. This way, if a box does get mishandled, you won’t have an entire set of broken dishes in one box when you arrive at your new location. Furthermore, if you own specialty items like antique furniture that can easily become damaged during transit, you might consider purchasing moving insurance. You can find out more about the moving company’s insurance...
Items You Should Keep Ready For Your Move

Items You Should Keep Ready For Your Move

Of course we all know that organization, preparation, and planning can greatly improve a moving transition. Unfortunately, sometimes, being organized can bite us back. If you’ve ever moved before, then you know how frustrating it can be to not be able to find an item you desperately need. Of course, staying organized helps—especially if you clearly label all of your boxes. However, it can be extremely helpful and even more efficient to plan what you DON’T want packed away before a move. Here is a list of a few of the most essential items that movers frequently claim they needed during the transition of a move. Toiletries and a few clothing necessities If you’ve ever traveled before, then you know how important it is to keep your bathroom toiletries handy. If you’ve ever traveled before and lost your luggage, then that’s a whole other story. Being without toiletries and basic clothing necessities can be more than a hassle, but an all-out burden. It helps to keep a few pairs of socks, undergarments, a pair of sneakers, pants and a t-shirt at the very least in a bag with your toiletries. Just having one change of clothes can make a huge difference in a time of desperation or displacement—especially if you have kids! Having a school outfit picked out or lunches packed for the next day after a move can help lessen the load of stress. First-aid kits and prescriptions Other basic essentials include a first-aid kit and all of your daily prescriptions or vitamins. Keeping this in a suitcase with your toiletries and clothing is the best, most efficient...
How Do Moving Companies Charge You?

How Do Moving Companies Charge You?

There is a lot to consider when moving all of your belongings to another location. It can be a stressful, time-consuming process, and it’s helpful to have professional movers guide you through the process to relive some of the burden and do most of the heavy lifting for you. Of course, moving costs money—it costs even more money if you plan on hiring a professional moving company to do it for you. Depending on several factors, your move may become more or less expensive than you originally imagined. It can be especially helpful to know how moving companies typically charge their clients before jumping into a decision. Here are some things to consider so that you can be prepared for the most common moving costs associated with hiring a moving company: Amount and Weight of Items Typically moving companies charge more for clients moving from homes with larger square footage, but that may not translate into more items necessarily. For instance, an individual moving from a smaller, 3-bedroom home may have more items than a person moving from a 5-bedroom home. Especially for long-distances moves, moving companies charge by weight of the total items being moved. This is why it can be especially helpful to move as many items yourself as possible that do not necessarily need to be transported professionally. Clothing, books, or other bulky items that take up space and weight, but could be moved easily by a non-professional, can save you money in overall cost by reducing the overall weight of the items being moved. Local or Long-Distance? If you’re moving local or long-distance, you’ll have...
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