When you stop and look around your full house, the thought of fitting everything into boxes can be incredibly daunting. Not only do you have to pack away all of your books, kitchen gadgets, and treasured memorabilia, you’ll also have to figure out the best way to pack that heirloom grandfather clock without damaging it. There are so many things around your house to figure out how to pack that it’s surprisingly easy to overlook that some things will need special handling or additional measures to get everything moved safely. Here’s what you need to know about moving those things that don’t fit neatly into cardboard boxes.
Do you have a windowsill full of fresh herb pots in your kitchen? Live plants are a great way to make your home look and feel more homey. But when it comes to moving, all of those living plants can be a hassle and a half to move. Not only do you have to figure out how to protect the stalks and leaves that jut out above the pot’s protection, you also need to ensure your plants stay appropriately watered and that the soil will remain in the pot where it belongs.
In terms of moving plants, the easiest option is to hold a small plant sale and plan to replace your herbs and potted plants when you arrive at your new home — especially if you’ll be moving a long distance. However, if you’re moving locally or to somewhere relatively close, moving plants is a bit easier. Start by packing sphagnum moss (also called peat moss) around the tops of every pot. This will help hold the soil in place if a pot tips sideways in transit. Place small and medium pots into open boxes, and pack newspaper around them to keep the pots from shifting. For larger plants, wrap the pot in a plastic sheet. If you think you’ll want to have your moving company transport your plants, be sure to have that conversation when you get your moving quote. However, your plants will likely be safer and survive the trip better if you can pack them safely in your car.
Here in Northern Colorado, temperature is just as much a concern as transportation. Winter weather — and summer heat, depending on the plant — can cause a lot of damage, even in a few minutes of exposure. If possible, load your plants into the car while your car is still in the garage for an added layer of protection. Wrap plants in newspaper to offer additional protection, and don’t leave your plants sitting in a too-hot or too-cold car. Yes, even if that means pulling your plants into a hotel room for the night while you make the transition to your new home.
If you have a fluffy friend or two — or any other kind of pet — you’ll need to make provisions to move them, as well. Now, we’re absolutely not suggesting that you pack your pets! No way! But you will need to figure out how you’re going to get your pets to your new home. Dogs and cats can be hard enough, but how do you move an aquarium full of fish? There are a few different options for moving your pets.
When it comes to dogs, cats, and other non-aquarium critters, the best option is to plan to put your pets in the car. This will likely mean a pet carrier of some sort to keep them contained so they don’t get hurt as the car shifts about. If your pets are free to roam the house, you’ll also want to find a way to contain them as you pack and unload. You wouldn’t want Fido slipping through the front door and running around the neighborhood while the moving truck is being packed up. Prevent this by leaving your pets safely ensconced in an empty room with their bed, water, and a toy or two. Do the same in reverse when you arrive at the new house.
Pets that live in aquariums are a different sort of hassle. You’ll need to place your aquarium pets into a holding container (or multiple containers) and then drain most of the water out of the aquarium. If your move will only take a day, don’t forget to save some of that water to preserve the aquarium’s bacteria colony. That’ll make the transition back to the tank a bit easier on your fish.
Other Uncommon Moving Queries
There are plenty of other odd, antique, and otherwise difficult-to-move items that may need some additional planning. For instance, do you want to have to untangle strand after strand of delicate crystals on your crystal chandelier? You’ll need careful padding and packaging so your beautiful light fixture arrives in good condition. Do you have a full arcade in your basement? Pinball machines, arcade games, and pool tables all need special considerations to arrive at your new home in working order. You’ll need to plan for plenty of additional padding. You may also want to contact your local billiards store to see if they have any particular provisions for moving the pool table.
Overall, unconventional items can often be packed and transported by your local movers without issue, but be sure to raise those questions during your in-home moving quote. Those uncommon items we suggest discussing with your moving company include:
- Large instruments
- Sculptures, art
- Salon equipment, tanning beds
- Oversized, awkwardly-shaped, and fragile items
- Large sewing/embroidery machines, large power tools
- Cardboard cutouts, memorabilia
The list goes on, but you get the idea. If it’s oddly shaped and could be damaged if it gets jostled during transport, it’s a good idea to at least start the conversation with your local movers. The professional packers and movers may have a better idea about how to safely move those items, so always ask!
For more moving help and advice, turn to your local experts. Connect with the local movers at Skyline Moving Company of Northern Colorado for a personalized moving quote, packing tips, and customizable moving services. Get started today to make your move as stress-free as possible!