6 Of The Heaviest Household Items and How to Move Them

If moving house was easy, everybody would change their address constantly. We would probably never even consider moving house a stressful activity. But since this is real life and objects in real life have mass and shapes, we need to actually put some effort into it. Still, some objects are a lot heavier than others. What are the heaviest objects and how do you move them from your current house to your new home?

1. Pianos

The piano is a magnificent instrument which has been used in numerous songs for centuries, but when it comes to moving, it sucks big time. The trouble with pianos is they’re oddly shaped. There is hardly an area on the whole instrument that is specially designed to be grabbed for lifting. After all, pianos were made to be played on and not carried around like a school bag. Another aspect which will present a challenge is the piano finish. It is extremely vulnerable to scratches.

Regular home pianos, also known as a spinet pianos, are the easiest to move. Just cover the piano in a protective blanket and call a friend. Grab the instrument on both sides, slowly lift it and move it to the desired spot. Larger pianos require both muscle mass and a special dolly which you will need to rent. The process is basically the same except you use the dolly to push the piano in the desired direction. Grand pianos are a whole different matter which needs to be left to professionals.

2. Aquariums

This does not apply to small aquariums, although they too need proper packing. This applies for medium to large size aquariums. Most on-line sources will advice you to sell the aquarium along with your cute fishies. They rarely survive the drastic change of temperature anyway. If you still decide to keep Nemo, or whatever you call your fish, here is how to do it.

Put your water-loving pets in a holding container. Then, drain the aquarium, but keep some of the old water. Your fishes need the bacteria which has developed in the tank water. You should keep your aquarium in your car rather than letting the movers load it in the moving van with the rest of your boxes. After all, an item entirely made out of glass is pretty easy to brake even when packed properly.

3. Plants

Plants are hard to move for two reasons: they need a steady temperature environment to live in and need time to adjust to new conditions. That’s why simply putting your flowers along with the rest of your boxes is a big no-no.

The first action you need to take is to change planters. Planters made of plastic are much lighter to carry compared to their ceramic counterparts. Put your plants in plastic planters several weeks before your move. This will give your flowers a chance to get used to their new environment. As mentioned in the beginning of this point, plants can’t withstand sudden changes in temperature. The back of the moving van can get pretty hot, so unless you live somewhere near the equator, don’t put them there.

4. Television Sets

The small telly in your kitchen is easy to carry, but what about the enormous flat screen TV in your living room? These electronic appliances can be easily damaged and their weight often makes them a delicate item to transport.

If, by any chance, you still have the box in which the TV first came when you bought it, use it. If not, find enough protective blankets to cover up your telly. Use lots of packing tape to secure the blankets. You may need to rent straps with which to carry the item. Straps are not obligatory, if you have strong and reliable friends to help you. Either that or call a moving company.

5. Art

Art can be expensive, especially if you bought your pieces at auction. Even if it’s not the Mon Lisa, that painting stills hold sentimental value, does it not?

Paintings should never be stored against one another as the surface of the canvas might get damaged. Wrap each painting in bubble wrap and place inside a box. Although a hard task, try to find separate boxes for all your paintings. Write Fragile on each box. Statues need to be covered from head tow in bubble wrap. Make several layers just in case and then carefully place the statue inside a box. The box should be filled with old newspapers so the item inside won’t shift around during transportation. Always remember to let your movers know which box contains valuable art, so they will know to handle it with extra care.

6. Water beds

Water beds are fun to have around, until you have to move them. So, what do you do?

First, unplug the mattress heater so it would cool. After that drain all he water out of the water bed. This will make the item both lighter to move and will save you space in the moving van. Be advised, the process of draining your water bed may take some time depending on the bed size and draining method. You should drain your water bed at least a week before your move. When the mattress is perfectly dry, disassemble the bed and put all the small parts such as nuts and screws in a small plastic bag. The matters itself should be folded into thirds.