You’ve signed your lease or your mortgage papers, and received the keys to your new home. All that’s left to do is packing boxes of your belongings and moving them from Point A to Point B.
The moving process can be a stressful experience. Packing dishes, clothes and DVDs is one thing, but you might be wondering how to transport your fish tank or potted plants to your new home. To help you out, our expert home movers have written down some tips on packing these challenging items.
Fish tanks are a tricky item to move. First, move your fish into some sort of holding container. Then drain most of the water from the aquarium. Put any live plants into a plastic bag with some aquarium water. Make sure to bring the fish and plants with you in your car, not in the moving truck. Bringing the empty aquarium with you is also a good idea, if you have room.
Take apart brass or woodwind instruments and place them in a hard case. If you don’t have a case, wrap them in packing materials like bubble wrap and placing them in a box surrounding by packing peanuts.
For stringed instruments, loosen the strings before you and put them in their hard cases. Stuff it with packing paper to keep it from moving around. No hard case? Wrap the instrument in plastic, like a large garbage bag, then pack it in a box surrounded by packing peanuts. Make sure to write on the box FRAGILE so the professional movers know to be extra careful with it.
Pants can have a hard time during a move. First, move your plants from ceramic pots to plastic pots. They will be less likely to break, and will be lighter to pick up. You should plan on taking your plants in your car with you by place the pots in large boxes to keep them steady and prevent tipping. Movers cannot move living things, not to mention the moving truck might end up too cold or too hot for your plant’s health.
Follow these tips from our professional home movers on packing these three challenging items and your precious possessions will arrive at your new home safe and sound.