Although you can certainly pack your things up and handle your move on your own, you need to be aware that some things are quite difficult to move. Certain items need a lot more care taken when moving them and others really have no business being moved at all.
Paintings & Sculptures
Artwork of any kind is usually tedious to transport. Very often the painting or sculpture is expensive or is something with sentimental value, which you definitely do not want damaged in the move. If you’re moving a framed painting or poster, carefully wrap it all up using plain newsprint or bubble wrap, securing it with tape. When you’re finished wrapping it, carefully tape pieces of cardboard to the wrapping around the frame to give it even more protection. Then, place it in the proper box and use packing peanuts or something similar to keep it secure so it won’t move around in the box. If you have several framed pieces of art, you can wrap them up separately as explained above, but secure them together inside the box afterwards. This will help save space.
If you have statues or sculptures, use ample amounts of bubble wrap and tape, then place the wrapped piece of art in the right sized box, making sure it has a reinforced bottom. Use packing peanuts to fill the box up, securing the top and taping it closed. Don’t forget to label the boxes containing your artwork appropriately and write “FRAGILE” to let the movers and helpers know that they need to be extra careful with these boxes. For more information on moving art and sculptures please refer to this previous article here.
Fish tanks are extremely difficult to move because they tend to be large and heavy, which makes them very cumbersome. Unfortunately, many times the fish simply do not survive when the tank is being moved. There can be too much sloshing around and unpredictable conditions. People become attached to their fish and can’t imagine leaving them behind, so if you follow a specific protocol you can increase your fish’s odds of surviving the move.
Scoop water from the tank into small containers or plastic bags and gently put your fish inside for the move. Empty out most of the water in the fish tank, leaving some in the bottom because you want the tank’s existing bacteria colony to remain when you fill it up again. Do everything you can to keep them stabilized during transport. You don’t want them sloshing around too much in their containers because this can stress them out and even cause injuries.
As soon as you arrive at your new place, get to work setting up the fish tank without delay. Let the containers or bags (with the fish inside) float in the tank so your fish can become acclimated to the temperature. Once they adjust to the new environment you can put them in the tank.
Indoor & Outdoor Plants
There really is no way to be 100% sure your plants won’t suffer as a result of the move. You can always give them away, but you probably don’t want to because you’ve cared for them this long and really want to keep them. To be safe, if they are planted in heavy ceramic pots, replant them in plastic ones. Do this several weeks ahead of time so they have time to settle in. When it comes time to move, place them inside your own vehicle so that you can control the temperature and make sure they’re not moving around.
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