Moving is a hassle. Everybody has heard a story or two about the horrors of packing your things and having them break in the moving truck. From fragile items to large items and even photographs, it seems that nothing is safe. Most of the time, you downsize the amount of things you own before you move, anyway, so you especially don’t want to lose the things you do end up keeping. Luckily for you, the moving experts are here to give you some advice on moving difficult items like sheds, pianos, pool tables, photographs, and fragile or valuable items.
Moving a Shed
Considering the sheer size of most sheds – some weighing more than one thousand pounds, its easy to understand the fear and anxiety a person can experience going into the moving of a shed. On face value, it can be extremely intimidating, but moving a shed doesn’t have to be such a big deal!
The easiest way to move a shed is to hire a shed moving company, who will use a forklift or crane. This heavy machinery will take all the hard work and elbow grease out of the equation while also saving you a lot of time. However, not everybody has access to equipment like this, so in the case that you can’t get your hands on one, there’s still another way you can move your shed!
As for materials, you’ll need an auto jack (any kind will do – the bigger the jack, the easier the move!), at least three pipes (metal or PVC) the width of the shed (or wider) and then at least two wood tracks. You’ll also need a trailer to haul your shed to its new location.
In preparation for the move, make sure you clear all your items out of the shed first to save them from being damaged. Then, clear the surrounding area to make room for the moving materials and follow these steps:
- Jack up the back of your shed to just above the height of your wood tracks and pipes combined. This should also be tall enough to match the height of your trailer. Put wood blocks under the shed to keep it up. Then, repeat the same process on the other side of the shed.
- Now insert the wood tracks underneath the shed and then the pipes after.
- With the tracks and pipes inserted under the shed, you’re ready to roll the shed onto the trailer.
- Once the shed is onto the trailer, remove the tracks and pipes and jack the shed down so it sits level on the trailer.
Moving a Piano
While moving a piano might not seem nearly as intimidating as moving a shed, it’s still a scary feat to conquer! Pianos are large, heavy, and have a lot of inner workings to them that you don’t want to damage while moving. In order to move a piano, you’ll need padded blankets, straps, and a furniture dolly. Follow theses steps:
- Wrap the piano in a padded blanket to protect the wood and keys from damage, taping the blanket to itself to keep it secure.
- Lift the piano with help from other people, making sure to always keep it upright and never lifting from the legs.
- Place it onto the dolly and secure it with the straps.
- Move it out to the truck, and then your good to go!
Moving a Pool Table
To move a pool table, you’ll most likely be tempted to move it while it’s still all put together. This is a bad idea, however, and can damage your pool table. In order to move the table safely, you’ll need to take it apart and pack the pieces separately. The process is time consuming, but safer both for you and the pool table! Follow these simple steps:
- Take apart your pool table according to its instruction manual. Be careful, as most of the parts are fragile and expensive to replace.
- Pack each individual part with generous amounts of packing blankets and bubble wrap. The last thing you want is to get to your destination to find that all your hard work went to waste!
- After the parts are individually packed, the biggest move will be the table itself. With help from friends, there should be no problem getting it into the moving truck.
Moving Photographs and Fragile Items
Although the smallest of items may seem the least intimidating to pack and move, they are actually the easiest things to break. This usually happens due to lack of care when putting the items into boxes. Make sure to pay close attention when packing photographs and fragile items in order to ensure their safety when moving.
Always generously use materials like packing blankets, newspapers, old t-shirts, or bubble wrap. Bubble wrap isn’t always the best way to go, however, as pointy or oddly shaped items can break through the bubbles during the move, leaving you with no protection for your items.
You should also choose a sturdy box with enough weight to handle your items. This will depend on what you’re packing or how much you’re putting into one box. For heavier items, use a double-walled box. The sides are thicker and can hold up to eighty pounds. You should also use a double-walled box if you’ll be stacking the boxes in the truck.
In the end, the most important thing to remember is always set enough time aside for packing. The most common cause of damage to your items during a move is lack of care while packing. Make sure your items are well-wrapped and padded and in sturdy boxes that can support their weight. Ultimately, you should leave wrapping and packing to the professionals. But if you follow these instructions, you should be good to go and ready for a safe move!
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