Finding the right people to move your belongings can be tricky business, but when specialist items like pianos and fine art are involved, things can get even more stressful. These items require a lot more care and attention which is why it’s important to get clued up. Here are three things you need to know about moving those items that need a little extra TLC.
Decide who you can trust
The first thing to know, is that unless you have a fully qualified team at hand, then moving specialist items should be left to the experts. Research each removal company well, and make sure they can offer the service and knowledge you’re looking for. You need to be able to trust your removers since you’ll be putting your valuables in their hands: the last thing you want is anything to get broken or lost. One major benefit of using a removal service is that the items they pack will usually get covered by their insurance. If you’re still feeling a little nervous about trusting people with your prized possessions, you’re normally provided with tracking information so you can keep an eye on there every move.
Pack them properly
If possible, using the original packaging for valuable and specialised items will help protect them. But even so, you should seek professional advice on how to go about it. When moving cars, many services will have their own storage yard or use car transporters, this way your car will not be on the road. You can then rest assured that your vehicle will reach your new destination in the same condition it left. With antique furnishings it’s always risky to pack these yourselves, as incorrect storage can cause irreparable damage. For example, it’s not a good idea to wrap antique furniture in plastic sheeting as this will trap moisture, and if you’re moving long haul there’s every possibility this could happen.
Larger items require specialist equipment to remove them from your home. Pianos for example vary in weight and if there location is difficult to access, often need to be lifted. Attempting to move them yourself not only risks damaging the piano, but you could be jeopardising your own safety. However, you can still assist with the removal by clearing any obstructions from the path, so the team can get on with the job quickly and carefully.
Here at Arrowpak we understand that value of manoeuvering specialised items. As a member of the British Association of Removers, our East Anglian team have the skills and experience to carefully move your family heirloom or vintage car. Contact us to book your survey appointment or to learn more about how we can help with your big move.