February 25, 2015 by 2 Comments

Fact: moving is hard. Shifting the contents of your entire household into a truck and then into a new house takes time and patience—not exactly the kind of things you have a lot of when you’re trying to live your life. Some of the items in your house, though, are harder to move than others.

Here are four items that are going to need some special consideration.

1. Plants

When you think about what your house plant actually is—a container full of dirt—it’s no wonder that most moving companies refuse to move them. If they did, they would also have to deal with state restrictions (California’s are especially rigid) and care while on the road.

If you’re dead set on bringing your house plants with you, your best bet is to move them to a lighter container (plastic, for instance, if they’re in ceramic) and bring them with you in your car.

2. Pianos

Pianos are heavy. And delicate. And, if yours is a grand piano, very oddly shaped. There’s a reason pianos are often left behind–fitting them through standard doorways is tricky, and doing it without damaging the instrument is even trickier. If you’re moving with a piano, make sure that your movers know what they’re doing. Or better yet, hire a mover who specializes in pianos.

3. Your gun collection

While they’re not particularly heavy or cumbersome, moving firearms across state lines can be tricky, depending on the state lines involved. Most have laws outlining how guns must be stored on the journey, so make sure you do your research before loading your antique rifles in your trunk.

4. Your fish (and their aquarium)

Not only are full aquariums heavy and cumbersome, but moving a full one can mean bad things for your fish.  Between the sloshing and the temperature changes, most won’t survive the journey.

So instead of loading the whole tank into your car, drain the tank and put your fish into a smaller container with water from their tank (make sure to add this water back into the tank when you fill it up again, to preserve the bacteria your fish is used to).

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  • janekarenfox@gmail.com' Jane Fox says:

    You are so right about pianos being difficult to move! When my parents moved houses, I was called in to help them. We were almost done, and the only thing left was the piano. Let me tell you, getting that out was a pain–I’m amazed we were all still talking to each other at the end of that experience! If I ever have to move a piano again, I’ll definitely call someone who specializes in moving them.

  • elibaine@gmail.com' Eli says:

    I can testify to the fact that moving fish is hard and usually fatal to the fish. My cousins were moving out of state a few months ago, and they had to leave the fish with me. Unfortunately, one of them died that night; the other died a few days later. If you are very attached to your fish, you need to find a solid way to transport them safely and ensure their survival in the new location.

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