Moving can be a long, difficult, and stressful ordeal. There is a lot to do and it’s not easy to know what you should do and what you shouldn’t do yourself. Here is what you should never let your mover take and what you should never try to move alone.
DO: Carry What You Can
If you’re a musician, your instruments are like your children. You love them unconditionally and want to make sure they are safe. Smaller instruments that can be easily carried by hand should be moved by yourself. Not only will you reduce the chance of breakages and other problems, but you will also be able to keep them temperature controlled, which is important for some instruments.
DON’T: Try to Move a Piano Alone
The piano is an amazing instrument, It’s both beautiful to hear and to look at. If you have a piano and you want to bring it to your new home, don’t try to do it yourself. Even if you know ten weightlifters, let qualified movers handle it.
Pianos are very fragile mechanisms and they can weigh more than 500 pounds. One false move and your piano may not survive, especially if you’re trying to move it to any story other than the first. Save yourself the money and back problems and let your movers handle the baby grand.
DO: Take What You Need
Paperwork is an unfortunate side effect of adulthood and when you’re moving you should keep close what you need. Make sure you have any necessary paperwork for your new landlord or mortgage and make sure you can access them easily.
You may need them in cases of emergency or other problems, so putting them in a box and letting them get lost among the chaos isn’t a great idea. Keep any housing paperwork, identification papers, and anything else you may need in an easily accessible place.
DON’T: Bring the Entire Filing Cabinet
While there are papers you should keep, there is no need to bring your car’s title or your tax papers with you. Lock up your papers in a safe or filing cabinet and let the movers handle it. Just don’t lose those tax papers! The IRS can audit any business tax return within three years of filing.
Not only will you be sure they arrive safely, but you also won’t have to pull everything out of the filing cabinet to move it. So long as you have your identification paperwork, you should be able to replace any other paperwork if there is a problem. Give the filing cabinet to the movers and check it off of your to-do list.
DO: Take What is Unreplaceable
You probably have a collection of something, whether they be records, comic books, or video games. These bits and bobs of memorabilia should be taken to your new apartment by you if you really can’t stand to part with them.
Anything you could never replace, like grandma’s sculptures or dad’s records, should also go with you. You don’t put those in the hands of movers who could lose or break them.
Valuables should also stay with you as they could easily be stolen or damaged, affecting the price. Taking your valuable and unreplaceable items will make you feel secure and keep you from feeling unnecessary anxiety during an already tough time.
DON’T: Try to Bring Everything
As much as you want the things you most care about with you, don’t try to bring it all. Movers can help with moving artwork and electronics.
Whether you are an artist or just an admirer of one, art is common to have to move. And it’s one to leave to the pros. Artwork often needs specific packing materials and conditions so it can be difficult to get right. The exception would be any artwork that may be affected by climates changes. Some artistic mediums can be heavily affected by changes in humidity and temperature and may need monitoring during the move.
Electronics are also delicate and require a precise hand to ensure they will not break when moved. Let your moving company deal with the flat screen and the X-Box. They will be in safer hands and you will be able to focus more on what matters.
Moving is a stressful, stressful time. Movers can help you tremendously but make sure you know what to keep with you. Keep what matters most close and let the movers worry about the rest.