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Moving is never easy, but sometimes it’s an outright nightmare. That’s especially true with certain kinds of items whose creators didn’t exactly design them for portability. Likewise, you probably didn’t buy that grand piano thinking “I can’t wait to move this one day!”

But when life throws a curveball or you outgrow your space, you might find yourself in exactly that situation. When that time comes, it’s important to move these special items properly. Here are just a few examples!


The age of the flat screen means that TVs are easier than ever to move, but don’t let that fool you; they’re still delicate pieces of equipment that require special care.

If you can, the best solution is also the easiest: save the original box! All those styrofoam inserts were designed to keep it safe in transit. Even without the original, you should find some kind of box to keep it in; reinforce it with towels or other soft objects. Make sure to keep it upright so that nothing sits on top of the fragile screen.

One last tip: if you’re not the nerdy type, take a picture of where the cables go so you can reassemble everything!


Wouldn’t that piano look gorgeous in your new living room? It’d be a shame if something happened to it en route!

The main ingredient in responsible piano moving is proper equipment. Even a basic upright can weigh nearly 800 pounds, so it takes more than strong arms. A dolly is essential, and moving straps can make transitions from a truck much easier.

Because of their wildly varied shapes, pianos often don’t fit through entryways. Larger models can approach a literal ton in weight. Professional piano movers use cranes and other tools to get around these obstacles; leave it to them.


Your fishy friends can be incredibly difficult to move, and the sudden shake-up in their environment can cause serious harm. With some preparation and care, many breeds of fish can survive a move.

The most important thing is to preserve as much of your original water as possible, so that the bacteria inside don’t die (buckets with lids help.) Preserve your filters in chemical-free containers. You should also make the move short; for cross-country relocation, consider rehoming your fish.

One more thing: the tank. Draining that water also helps prevent it from cracking!

Not sure where to put your special items yet? Need somewhere else to keep it? Hillsborough Self-Storage offers standard and climate-controlled self-storage units to the Greater Triad and Triangle. Contact us today and let us help!

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