Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do with large mirrors or paintings/artwork?
If a box is not available, taping a towel or a piece of cardboard around the front of it to pretect it from scraping works just fine.
Should I leave the dressers full?
In most cases yes, although all breakables should be removed considering that they sometimes need to be turned on their sides.
What about indoor or delicate plants?
Plants do not like to travel in packed trucks and are best transported (if possible) in pickups or cars with room to breath.
What types of pianos are there?
There are two basic types of pianos: Grand pianos typically have three legs. Grand pianos have a sound board that is parallel with the floor and have exposed strings when the lid is tilted. Upright pianos have a sound board that is perpendicular to the floor. Both kinds of pianos come in different sizes and styles. Grands can range in size from 4 and a half to 9 and a half feet long. Full size uprights can be 52 or more inches high; "studio uprights” around 45 inches, "consoles” about 40-42 inches and "spinets” as low as 36-38 inches .Spinet pianos are the easiest to move due to their size and weight.
How many strings does a piano have?
The amount of strings will depend on the piano. Each note has three strings in the treble, two strings in the tenor and part of the bass, and only one in the very low bass. Some pianos have 65 trebles (X 3=195), 12 tenor/bass (X 2=24), and 11 single low bass, so it comes out to 230. This was a concert grand, you will need to look in your piano and count them up to be certain.
Is a piano from a "good manufacturer" always good?
Again, not necessarily. In any given manufacturer's legacy or current line there are some piano models that are more highly regarded than others in the line. Similarly, as companies change hands over time, the production quality may change. For example, Mason and Hamlin used to be one of the world's great pianos, with a wonderful singing tone and an action similar to Steinway's. But after the Depression of the 1930s it was taken over (as were Knabe, Chickering and others) by another corporation, which turned out a much less highly regarded product with a great old name on it. Later, M& H was revived by Falcone Co. of Haverhill, MA, and manufactured with integrity again, but they have gone out of business. PianoDisc is now manufacturing M&H pianos again to the original designs and specifications. Most of the traditional piano names are the products of conglomerates rather than the original families, just as with so many other products.
Can you tell me the current value of a used piano?
No! Many factors, including local market, model, date of manufacture, general condition, and reputation, among many others go into determining the true value of a piano. We simply don't have all that information for any given piano. If you are contemplating buying a used piano, we strongly advise you to contact a local piano technician, preferably one who holds the "Registered Tuner/Technician" rating from The Piano Technicians Guild, for help in determining not only the current value in your market, but also what the cost of needed maintenance/repair/rebuilding might be.
Packing and Moving Tips
Give yourself at least four weeks to pack your household, most people will need at least this time to get what they need organized. This is because a few hours are needed to pack each room.
A moving checklist and a moving organizer is the best way to keep your move on track. The organizer is basically a calendar with a set out what to do and when to do it. This will make sure to you get to Moving Day and help keep you from forgetting important steps. There are many checklists on line.
A moving organizer for all your important papers such as leases and mortgage documents, notes from setting up utilities, moving estimats etc, should also be used. This can be as simple as a 3-ring binder containing all these important papers involved in your move. It can be stressful enough without having to look for these papers.
A good rule for discarding items is “If you haven't used an item in over a year, it's a good idea to lighten the moving load and get rid of those items.”
Here's my general process:
- While packing, make yourself a pile of stuff marked for "Moving Sale".
- Discard of broken items if they have no sentimental value.
- Clothing and toys can be donated to a local charity.
- Holding a moving sale is a great idea to raise some funds. $200 to $2000 can be made on a well-organized sale if it is well advertised and well-priced.
- At the end of the sale have big brothers or the Salvation Army come pick up the unsold items.
Keep Items that are not compatible in separate boxes eg: books and dishware
Use a 'packing room' a designated packing area and box up a few things each day.
Use labels or black/colored marker to mark each box with its contents and destination room.
Good link for finding new and used boxes for free:
You will probably need more boxes than you think, and having enough boxes will make your life easier. If you find you have more boxes than you need there is probably another person who is moving that would gladly take them off your hands. Try posting them online.
Label everything the more the movers know where things go the less you will have to tell them.
Using foam plates between your real plates works really well. It is much easier than wrapping each one in newspaper.
Tape the bottoms of your boxes this will keep them from falling apart during the move.
Having about 10 boxes set aside to use for last minute items on moving day is a good idea. They can be used for things such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies.
Each room in the new home will have a designated color, such as white for kitchen, green for dining room, etc. This will give the movers direction without having to give them direction. Apply colored stickers on the box near the lable and contents. Put a matching color on the door to each room. The movers will know where to put everything when they arrive at the destination. Any other signs such as where to place boxes inside the room, ("Boxes here please")
Use Your Luggage
Your luggage is made for moving. Take full advantage of this, use them for sheets towels clothes and anything else you would like to pack into those cases.
Use brightly colored storage tote boxes, one for each person. Let each family member fill theirs with items they'll want 'right away' in the new home -- a set of sheets, a towel, personal items, a couple of extension cords, a phone, nightlights, address book, pens and paper, keys, and travel cosmetic case, and so on.