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Moving involves a lot of time and effort, even if you only have small or normal-sized items. However, when you have big-ticket possessions - such as pianos, hot tubs, or pool tables - the move can become even trickier to perform solo.
Thinking about relocating, but can't bear to leave behind your behemoth belongings? Here are some tips on moving large items, as well as smaller pieces that are especially fragile.
Moving Option #1: Cargo Shipping
One option available for moving your large items is shipping them.
Shipping large items has a couple of benefits. One is that you don't have to transport those possessions yourself.
Another benefit is that this moving method is quite versatile. You can use cargo services to transport your items by air, sea, or rail. Best of all, shipping large items in this manner usually takes a week or less, door-to-door.
One disadvantage of cargo services is that they can be quite costly. You often have to pay by the pound when shipping heavy items, which can be seriously expensive when it comes to large items, like your baby grand piano, for example.
Some companies also offer freight moving services. In this case, your items often travel with the belongings of others, which can cut down on costs.
Moving Option #2: Local Courier
A local courier is another option for moving large possessions.
Couriers are similar to cargo shipping services in that someone will be picking your item up and delivering it to its new home.
However, they are different in that they're typically best for shorter moves within the same area and are almost always ground-based.
Couriers can be less expensive than cargo shipping, since they are locally based and only require driving.
One thing you will want to verify with couriers is the insurance policy that they carry. If you have lots of fragile items and/or antiques that could lose value if damaged, an insurance policy is of the utmost importance.
Discuss the value of your items with courier service providers before selecting one, and consider purchasing extra insurance if you choose to go this route.
One disadvantage of courier services is that you may have to help unload your large item once it reaches its destination. Make sure that you iron out these details before signing any contracts.
Moving Option #3: Conventional Mover
It's possible for conventional movers to relocate your oversized items, too.
Movers have specialized equipment that can accommodate heavy items, such as furniture dollies and hand trucks.
If you're hiring full-service movers and you have one or more large pieces that need to be moved, make sure to tell the company about these items beforehand.
Not only will giving them the information ensure that they are prepared with gear and manpower, it will also help them give you a more accurate estimate of your overall moving costs.
One advantage of having your regular movers transport your large items is that you only have to pay one bill at the end of the move. Also, having your movers perform this service ensures that you will get your furniture and possessions much faster than you would with cargo services.
A disadvantage is that each extra-heavy item can add an additional $60 or more to the total cost of your move.
After considering each of these options carefully, you should be able to find a large-item moving service that suits your relocation needs.