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.
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.
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).