Although most of the things you'll move are easy to box up and load on the moving truck, there are always those larger, awkward items that you have to step back and think twice about. If you're getting ready for a move and are finding that you have some belongings that you're not sure what to do with, it's time to think outside the box. Here are a few tips to help you deal with some harder-to-move possessions.
Aquariums are always a challenge to move because of their size and the fact that they're typically made of glass, which makes them both fragile and heavy. Don't try to move an aquarium with the fish in it, even if you reduce the water level in the tank. Instead, pack the fish in bags like you'd use to transport them home from the fish store. Wrap any accessories from inside the tank with bubble wrap and box them up. Once the tank is completely empty, clean and dry it. Break down some mirror boxes so that you can tape them together to fit the dimensions of the aquarium. Fill the tank with some bubble wrap or foam to protect the inside, then wrap the whole thing with the mirror boxes.
Glass or Crystal Chandeliers
If you have large, delicate chandeliers made from glass or crystal, you need to make sure that you pack them delicately. Invest in a box large enough to fit the entire chandelier as well as some extra packing paper; look for something with a few inches of clearance on each side of the chandelier. Sometimes this means cutting up a few boxes and taping them together to get the right size.
Take the chandelier down and wrap each of the individual glass pieces and then the entire unit in bubble wrap or pack it in foam peanuts to ensure that it's protected completely. Tape the bubble wrap around if you choose to use it so that it doesn't shift. Once the chandelier is wrapped or the bottom of the box is full of peanuts, you can put the chandelier in the box and fill in around it with packing peanuts to absorb any impact to the box.
These are two common items that can be challenging to move. If you don't want to risk moving these things yourself, reach out to a local moving company to help you pack and move everything with ease. They can even help you create custom boxes to fit these unusually sized items.
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