Aside from the prospect of relocating to an unfamiliar house or apartment, one of the most daunting things about residential moving is all the antiques, artwork, or other fragile items that need to come with you. Just the thought of squeezing a grand piano out the front door or hauling your grandma’s antique armoire onto a moving truck is enough to make many people cringe — and rightfully so, given that many people try to accomplish this by themselves, which often results in injury or damaged belongings in need of an expensive (or impossible) repair. However, moving these items is entirely possible if you take all the necessary precautions and seek the help of a local moving company.

At Pack N Move in Visalia, our professional movers have years of experience packing and moving specialty items, so you can rest assured that even your most fragile items will make it to your destination safely and in one piece. In fact, when it comes to furniture moving, piano moving, and transporting antiques and artwork, there isn’t anything our packers and movers can’t handle. That being said, if you do opt for DIY moving, here are some tips to consider when it comes to your large, heavy, or delicate items.

Take Inventory

Before you start covering fragile furniture in bubble wrap and foam padding, be sure to take inventory so you know where all the knobs, handles, screws, and decorative glass or wooden adornments go if they were to fall off during your relocation. The same goes for musical instruments and artwork — make sure all the pieces are intact and stay together before packing to move them into the vehicle for transport. We find it helpful to take photos of items with lots of intricate parts just to make sure everything arrives at your new home or apartment. It is also worth making a note of any chips, scratches, or other damage that these items have, so you know the condition of these items before they make it onto the moving truck and can assess it again once they have been unloaded. Then, if something does happen during the drive, you have tangible proof and can file a damage claim.

Insure Your Belongings

If your piano, vintage furniture, or fine art was dropped, scraped, or damaged in the moving truck, you will only be able to file a damage claim if those items were insured. That’s why it’s so important to have your specialty items documented and appraised before you embark on the move — only then can you purchase the appropriate insurance for your most precious belongings. Trust us, it simply isn’t worth it to risk transporting such valuable items without moving insurance, as many of them are one-of-a-kind and therefore irreplaceable if something were to go wrong. With the help of a licensed and insured mover, at least you know that you’ll receive the proper compensation if something were to go amiss during the move. Interested in our moving insurance options at Pack N Move? Contact us today to learn more or to receive a free moving quote.



Pad Before You Pack

Once you’ve taken inventory and insured your delicate or valuable belongings, it’s time to stock up on packing peanuts, bubble wrap, packing tape, labels, and plenty of packing boxes for moving. With fragile items like antique teapots, expensive wall art, and handheld instruments, you’ll need to get the right size moving boxes so they fit snugly, but still have some room for additional cushioning. For larger items like water fountains and grand pianos, identifying areas of risk and padding them is step number one. Fragile pieces that protrude off a statue should be covered completely (like the tip of a backyard water feature or the fingers of a human statue), as should sharp corners that are prone to chipping upon contact with your other belongings. Piano legs should be wrapped, the corners of paintings should be capped with foam frame protectors, and anything glass or ceramic should be completely covered.

Hire A Professional Moving Company To Do The Heavy Lifting

At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you and your belongings arrive safely at your new home. All too often, homeowners attempt to move heavy furniture and delicate items by themselves, which increases their risk of personal injury or heartbreaking losses. There is nothing more stressful than dealing with an injury or damaged belongings during a move, so make sure you know your limits and leave the rest to professionals.

As experienced packers and movers, we highly recommend hiring the best moving company in your area to do the heavy lifting when it comes to cumbersome furniture and heavy or fragile items. Give our residential movers a call today, or visit the Pack N Move website to get in touch with us for a free moving quote in Visalia or Fresno!