Piano Moving Service

Moving Your Piano

Moving your piano is no small task, and should be taken very seriously. Moving an item as large as a piano can be a hazardous and costly project if not adequately prepared. It is essential to be aware of the small details and the risks associated with moving a piano.

No matter if you’re planning a short relocation, or a cross-country move, you will likely run into a few obstacles while moving your piano. There are many factors to consider when it comes to moving your piano. 

Before you move your piano, you must understand the complex structure and generally oddly shaped body of your piano make it very difficult to move. 

First, ask yourself what type of piano you are relocating. There are two common types of pianos that our customers move:

Upright Piano – These are smaller pianos often found in homes, clubs, and studios. There are many different types of upright pianos, so it’s essential to have a general idea of the size and weight prior to moving or contacting a moving service. 

Grand Piano – These are large harp-shaped pianos that typically roll on caster wheels. These pianos can weigh up to 1200 lbs and require a unique moving plan. Often you’ll find smaller versions called baby grand pianos. 

If you plan on moving your upright piano, a team of 4-5 movers should be able to help you transport this item safely. These pianos will often fit through most door openings. However, moving a grand piano may take some additional planning due to its overall weight and dimensions. Some grand pianos will require the use of a crane, and special permits to properly move. It’s essential to reach out to a moving company to help you understand what is involved with moving a grand piano. 

Do’s of Moving a Piano 

  • Do consult with professional movers that have experience moving Pianos. 
  • Do move any furniture out of the pianos moving path.
  • Do cover the piano in moving blankets with secure straps.
  • Do place humidifier equipment within the piano before moving. 
  • Do remove grand piano legs before loading into the moving truck. 

Don’ts of Moving a Piano

  • Don’t start moving your piano without necessary supplies.
  • Don’t use a truck without a loading ramp.
  • Don’t leave the piano lid unlocked.
  • Don’t start moving your piano without a solid plan of action.
  • Don’t pack the piano with traditional moving straps. 
  • Don’t try to leverage the piano’s weight while moving. 

Slow Down – Don’t rush a piano move!

When you move something as large and fragile as a piano, it’s important to understand that you can seriously damage your piano or yourself without a sound moving plan. Do not try to rush this move, or wait till the last minute! A successful piano relocation will require patience, a clear mindset, and a plan of action. If you have any concerns or questions about relocating a piano, please reach out to our piano moving specialist at (440) 256-2224.

Last Minute Moves

The perfect move includes advance notice and the ability to spread out as many moving tasks as possible while heading to your new home. It’s terrific to plan ahead, but sometimes it just isn’t possible. 

If you find yourself needing to relocate quickly, it’s essential to consider a few things so your relocation can go as smoothly as possible. 

Make a plan

Every successful move starts with a plan. You may feel overwhelmed, but it’s essential to take the time to create a basic moving plan. Our checklist is a great place to start while planning your move. Cross-referencing our guide will help you remember all the in’s and out’s of relocation. Keep in mind that scheduling or hiring movers will help you save time, and back-aches. 

Be prepared to work

The sooner you remind yourself that work needs to be done, the better. You’ll likely need to sacrifice some of your weekends and nights to ensure that all your belongings are ready to be moved. Procrastinating will just cost you more money and time in the long run. It’s important to give yourself proper rest, especially if you’re not used to moving heavy furniture. 

Make your move stress free by working with a moving company

Finding dependable movers and packers will make your last-minute move a breeze! Movers will handle the heavy lifting and packing for your relocation, allowing you to focus on other moving tasks. A professional moving service will be able to manage your time concerns and ensure that your move is without issues. 

To learn more about moving with Moving Ahead Services, give us a call, or fill out our quote form

Green Cleaning Solutions

 

Unleash The Power of Green In Your Cleaning Routine

Green Cleaning Techniques

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Green Cleaning Solutions

Keeping your house clean can certainly be a challenge sometimes. Especially when you have two young boys running around the house like I do. Not only do they take up plenty of my time and attention, but it seems like everywhere they go, they leave messes behind! Cleaning the house can also take a chunk out of your household budget, since cleaning supplies can be pricey, and goodness knows our grocery bill’s high enough. But it doesn’t have to be this way: I make a lot of my own cleaning supplies, using things that I already keep around the house. Not only is it cheaper to use these simple tricks for keeping your house clean. It is also simple and it’s eco-friendly, too.

In the Kitchen

A couple of my favorite cleaning ingredients are probably already in your kitchen cupboard: white vinegar and baking soda. These items are both eco-friendly and versatile. For instance, if you mix up a solution of four tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of warm water, it makes a good all-purpose cleaner for your kitchen counters and inside of your fridge. (It’s not a bad idea to keep a bottle of this by your desk at the office, too, to keep your work area clean and fresh.) A paste made from baking soda and water also makes a good scrub for stubborn stains, like those brown marks inside of your coffee mugs that just won’t come off. It works well on greasy stovetops, too.

Vinegar makes a great floor cleaner: Just mix it with hot water and mop. And if you add a cup to your dishwasher and run the rinse cycle, it’ll remove hard-water stains. But vinegar and baking soda aren’t the only great cleaners found in your kitchen. For instance, you can get your pots and pans squeaky-clean by scrubbing it with a heavily salted half a lemon.

In the Bathroom

One of my favorite green cleaning solutions comes in especially handy in the bathroom. Make your own glass cleaner by combining two cups of water and a half-cup of vinegar. Pour this into a spray bottle, and you’ll wonder why you ever thought you needed Windex! Vinegar is also good for the mineral buildup that makes your shower head spray everywhere but straight down. Fill a plastic bag with vinegar, use a rubber band to attach it to the shower head, and leave it overnight, and it’ll dissolve all of that nasty buildup. And to clean your toilet; put equal parts baking soda and vinegar into the toilet bowl. Then just let them fizz and foam, then scrub with a toilet brush.

Around the House

Remember that stuff your mom used to buy and sprinkle all over the carpet before she vacuumed? It turns out that you already have a cheap, all-natural substitute: baking soda. If you want it to smell nice, just add a little of your favorite essential oil to the baking soda. Sprinkle it on the carpet, and vacuum to freshen up the rugs and remove odors.

If your wood furniture has seen better days, there’s an easy green cleaning solutions fix for that: Combine a half-cup of lemon juice with a cup of olive oil to make your own furniture polish. And, if the whole house smells a bit stale, don’t reach for a can of aerosol air freshener; simply grab your favorite aromatic spices, fruit peels, and/or essential oils and boil them in a saucepan on the stove. You could also try the trick a lot of real estate agents use to make a house smell like a home: Bake cookies! The kids are sure to appreciate that.

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What is Moving Labor Services?

What is Moving Labor Services?

Professional labor services are popular for residential or commercial relocation. Offering labor only services which can include loading or unloading household or office goods during the move. Loading processes can be time consuming and the experts are here to help make the most of your time. When choosing to hire professional movers, the movers are there to assist in the moving process and make sure everything will be loaded and unloaded properly. 

Our Moving Labor Services

These services are very popular for the movers that want to do-it-themselves. Our movers are here to provide help with those labor-intensive moves. We have certified movers can help load that already rented truck, or PODS. Then you are free to continue working on other aspects that pertain to your move. 

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  • Keeping costs efficient
  • Safe and reliable loading to ensure safe travels during move
  • You are in control of your upcoming move
  • No need to ask friends or family 
  • Use your energy for needs during the moving process

Best Plan

At Moving Ahead we can assist and help you design the best plan for your upcoming move that can include labor only services or full move services which include packing, moving arrangements, storage, and necessary packing supplies to ensure a smooth transition. 

Hot Weather Moving Tips

Prepping For a Hot Weather Move

Warmer weather is fast approaching. Moving throughout the summer and in the heat is not ideal for everyone. Hot weather and moving are not the best of friends. Check out these tips that have become very useful. Over the years learning tips for staying cool in the heat is very helpful. Protecting items that can be damaged while prepping for a move in hot weather saves money. 

Hot Weather Tips:

Heat Can Damage Items – Electronics, electrical equipment and paintings should be kept inside until the move is ready. Keep all items protected from the weather and sunlight.

Children, Pets and Family Members – Anyone who is not involved in the move during hot weather, shouldn’t be there. This helps to reduce distractions to complete the move in a timely fashion.

Staying Hydrated – Make sure to have drinks and snacks on hand for anyone that is participating in the move to stay fully hydrated.

Early Morning Move – Schedule a move for the early morning, if possible, the sun is not at its highest in the sky which will help to limit the heat and be cooler outside for longer.

Light & Breezy Clothing – Wear light colors, avoid heavy and thick items of clothing. This will help to keep you cooler longer. Reducing the need for additional hydration.

Sunscreen – Always make sure there is sunscreen available. Keeps you protected from the sun and helps protect burns. This will be important to have on hand as the day goes on depending on how long you will be in the sun. 

 

Moving in hot weather isn’t fun, and using these tips will help you along with anyone involved. Be prepared for hot weather and some ideas of what is useful and how to be stay protected for hot weather to make the moving process easier. 

 

Leftover Moving Boxes…Now What?

Leftover moving boxes… what to do with them.

You have finished moving and finally finished unpacking and now there are leftover and empty boxes everywhere from the move. What can you do with them? There are a few simple things you can do with the leftover boxes. These ideas can be used for more than just moving boxes. Use these ideas for any boxes that are delivered or in good quality can have many uses. 

Recycle them

Take them to your local recycling center or place them with your recycling trash. This is the easiest way to put a use to those empty boxes without wasting them. Use them for projects around the house and for the kids to have some fun playing around with those leftover moving boxes.

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Selling boxes that are in good condition is always and option. Being able to make a little something back from the time and money spent is rewarding. Try putting them on Facebook or find an organization that will take the used boxes. Moving is expensive and this is good way to assist someone else with cost savings.

Donate them

If you know anyone moving and want to give the boxes away. If you live in apartments or condos this is a great place and someone could be moving soon. Ask around to give the boxes away and help a neighbor out. Reaching out to a local church or food bank is an option, donations are always welcome for food drives and transportation of these goods.  

Good for long term storage

You can always use these boxes for storage and around the house. Placing and sorting your items in moving boxes is quick and will be set aside for easy storage. After that pack away for safety and if moving again the boxes are ready to go or then you might know it’s time to get rid of these items. 

 

If none of these options are available or work out for you. You can always save the boxes for your next move. The boxes store flat for storage and can stay together when it is time for the next move. Choose the boxes that are clean and the most sturdy. Boxes store great in a cool dry place. In addition, tuck away those boxes for safe keeping for you or a friend’s next move and don’t forget where they are located. Find easy to pack boxes here!

Saving Money On Your Next Move

Moving is a huge stress and we don’t know a lot of people that enjoy the moving process. Saving money on a move is something that can be done. Just knowing what you can do to help or speed the process along, helps yourself and your movers.

Boxes & Valuables

Anything that has value that is able to be packed is important as well. You will know these items are packed safe and have an idea of where they areInternational Movers too. Having all the packing done before movers arrive is key.

Packing as much as you can yourself is a big saver when it comes to moving. As long as you have the time to pack and make sure things are packed neat and tight. It will help make the moving process smooth.

Moving boxes for easy access out of the house is a huge time saver, which saves you money. Putting the boxes near the door that will be used or in a garage if available, helps to make sure everything gets loaded onto the truck and to speed the process up.

Furniture

Taking apart furniture, any furniture that you can disassemble yourself is a HUGE time saver. Having the time to take apart the furniture and put back together takes up time, and again time is money. Moving furniture as close as possible to a point for easy pickup also helps to save time. If there is furniture that is heavy or awkward, do not stress and the movers can take care of moving those items.

Transporting What You Can

Lastly if you are able to move the smaller items and most boxes yourself do it. You will already be off to a great start because you are taking the time to make your move go smoothly and you will be saving money. Transporting as much as you can yourself saves you money, but you will also know where those boxes or items are once everything else arrives at your new home.

We’re happy to complete everything from packing to unloading, but if you want to reduce costs we will work on a custom affordable plan for you! For additional information, including a free moving quote, scheduling your move and more – contact us directly by phone or email.

 

Moving to Assisted Living or Nursing Home

Moving to an assisted living facility or a nursing home can be a complicated, overwhelming process.  If you have successfully navigated care needs, toured and selected a facility and figured out all of the necessary details – That is half the battle!

Unfortunately, even once you or your loved one is settled into their new place, there can be a ton of work ahead. Often, family support is needed to help coordinate all of the necessary logistics!

Organizing and Packing

Moving and packing for yourself is one thing, but moving and packing if you are unable to complete the tasks or have to complete the necessary tasks on behalf of a loved one – Is a whole other ball game. Trying to pack up someone else’s home, or trusting family to pack up your home, can be a daunting task.

Start small and work as diligently as possible. Often, nursing homes or assisted living facilities have limited space and therefore much of your belongings (or your loved one) will have to be packed, donated or stored elsewhere.

Clearing out the clutter, packing up the sentimental items and packing the essentials for your new home should be the top 3 priorities.

Finances and Subscriptions

Don’t forget to make all the necessary updates! Going through bank statements and credit card statements can be an easy way to account for anything that needs cancelled, or any address updates needed. Many service providers require a statement of residence from the nursing home or care facility to cancel contracts and subscriptions, grabbing one ahead of time can make life easier.

Moving and Storage

Assuming you have gotten much of the sorting and organizing out of the way, having professional help can make the moving (and/or storage) process much easier. Work that could take you or family members several weeks (or months) to complete, can be done easily in a short amount of time.

Packing, moving, and if needed, storage services, can all be helpful in making the process and transition as smooth as possible. Using a moving company can eliminate the need to pack and label items, supplies and equipment are all provided and long or short term storage is an option.

If you or a loved one is moving and needs assistance, please call us today! We can provide a free moving quote and recommend services and support to make the process as easy as possible.

Top Winter Moving Tips

Top Winter Moving Tips

When the weather outside is frightful, having movers is delightful! Let it snow, and check out our TOP winter moving tips over the years!

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  1. Planning for extra time, supplies and moving day with these great winter tips!
  2. Make sure your walkways are safe and keep your home protected!
  3. Moving electronics in cold weather can take some extra care!
  4. Now, keep an eye on the weather and travel restrictions!

If you are moving this winter, call us! Get a free moving quote today.

 

4 Moving Mistakes

Mistakes Can Cost You Big During the Moving Process

Moving mistakes can take a big toll! Here are the top 4 moving mistakes we see, and tips for making your move as stress-free as possible!

  1. Not doing due diligence when selecting service providers. Doing the legwork is critical when you are hiring a realtor, moving company, hiring contractors, hiring a home inspector – Anything that goes along with a move! Having an accurate estimate, seeing reviews and references and selecting a reputable, licensed service provider is key.
  2. Wingin’ it and panicking. Moving is no joke. There is a TON of coordination that has to happen, especially if you are buying and/or selling your home. It can be easy to get overwhelmed and then at the 11th hour, decide to ‘wing it’, and just plan to deal with it later. This can have a huge negative impact on your move! Give yourself plenty of time, start early, get organized and make sure that everything gets done the right way.
  3. New home woes. Buying a home is the largest purchase decision most of us make. In the competitive market, it can be a delicate balance act to get your offer in quickly while still making a sound decision. Avoid the urge to jump at the bid and get a plan together. Have proper home inspections, ensure that you are making a great decision by really familiarizing yourself with the details of the home, your new neighborhood, etc.
  4. Extra costs and budgeting. Aside from the actual up front costs of moving and buying / selling a home, be prepared to budget for other expenses. Whether it’s things on the inspection report that will need prioritized and dealt with, buying furniture, increased monthly expenditures – Have a very clear picture on all costs associated with your move.

Moving is a complicated process! While usually an exciting and positive experience, there are definitely some hurdles to be expected along the way. Plan ahead and make your move a great one!