Moving can be stressful enough as it is without having to worry about the weather messing up your big day. Depending on what time of year you decide to move, bad weather can range from a simple rainfall all the way to a full-blown blizzard.
Here in Canada, the weather can change in an instant. That’s why it’s important to be prepared for every contingency and know what to do if the weather gets bad on moving day. At Matco Moving Solutions, we take care of every aspect of your move, so you can take a deep breath and relax. Let our team of trained professionals walk you through what you should do if the weather takes a turn for the worse on the day of your move.
Know company policy
There’s no way of knowing whether or not Mother Nature will play nice on the day of your big move. If it feels like there’s even the slightest possibility of a big storm on the big day, discuss your options with whichever moving company you decided to hire. Some companies have policies against moving in bad weather, so be sure to find out before it’s too late.
Clear your driveway
If your move is being inconvenienced by heavy snowfall, it’s important to clear a path that goes easily from your house to the moving van. Make sure that you continue to keep a safe path clear over the entire course of the move. Not only will it make things easier, but it will also make it much safer for those moving all your boxes and furniture into the truck.
Protect your belongings
Whether you’re facing rain, snow or heavy winds, you want to make sure that you secure your belongings before trying to move them into the truck. Here are a few things you can do to keep your things from being damaged:
- Be wary of cardboard. It has a tendency to soak up moisture like it’s nobody’s business. Slip a big plastic bag over all your moving boxes to keep them dry.
- Wrap your clothing in large trash bags.
- Use heavy blankets to protect your wooden furniture.
Know when to cancel
Every moving company has a breaking point when it comes to bad weather. If the roads are bad and moving becomes dangerous, it’s better to reschedule. If you’re moving in the off-season, rescheduling shouldn’t take too long and your move should be completed within the next few days.
Before you decide to move a piano on your own, consider its value, taking into account not only the monetary value but also the sentimental value it holds. Ensure the piano arrives safe and sound to your new home by hiring a reputable residential moving company with experience moving pianos.
Here are a few reasons why it’s a good idea to hire a mover that knows how to handle these large and delicate instruments.
Avoid damaging the instrument
As a piano owner, your piano is more than just a piece of heavy furniture. A piano is a precision musical instrument with over 1000 moving parts and 200 finely tuned strings, any of which can be damaged and require repair if the piano is not moved properly. Often when people try to move a piano themselves, they end up breaking the piano legs, strings or pins. Leave it to the professionals who have the knowledge of how to disassemble and reassemble a piano, if required. Piano movers will properly pack the instrument so it does not get scratched or damaged during the move.
Avoid personal injury
Pianos are heavy instruments that can weigh up to 1,000 pounds. The safest way to move a piano, for you and the instrument, is to hire professional piano movers. Our Calgary movers have the right techniques and equipment to move a piano without causing bodily harm.
The right equipment to keep your piano safe
Reliable professional movers with experience moving pianos have the right truck, blankets, straps, dolly and padding to keep the piano secure to avoid any damage. Having the right equipment is critical to a successful move. A piano’s weight and size make it hard to manoeuvre in and out of buildings, especially in apartments with stairs and no service elevator. Once you have the piano out of the building, if you do not properly secure the piano in the truck or van, it can move throughout the trip and result in damage. Our Calgary and Edmonton movers have the right straps to make sure your piano does not shift in the truck.
Taking steps to be cost efficient during a move is smart, but you don’t want to be so frugal that you risk damage to the piano and end up having to pay the associated costs as a result. Take the stress out of moving a piano and hire a professional moving company, whether in Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray, the Northwest Territories or Whitehorse like Matco Moving Solutions. We have a wealth of experience in residential moves in Calgary, Edmonton and throughout Canada.