Ready for moving day? Did you forget about how to move the lawn mower? Our coquitlam movers will help you deal with this beast, by giving tips below!
It may be common to focus on the ‘inside’ stuff while packing for your move. But don’t forget, all the tools and forgotten junk in your shed also needs to go, to make way for the new inhabitants of the home you’re leaving.
If you have a yard to maintain on your current home, and will have one in your next home, you’ll probably want to bring the lawn mower with you. No need to waste that investment!
But hang on: you don’t want a stinky, dirty, gas-filled, spark-ready lawn mower packed up next to your clean couch, and rolling around in the moving truck. Yikes! So, follow these tips below to move your lawn mower like a pro mover (or to prep for the pro movers when they arrive!).
Before you move a lawn mower, empty its gas and unplug its flame-inducing parts
Professional movers will not take gasoline in their moving truck. No matter how much you beg, and no matter how small it may seem. It’s a safety hazard, and so, it’s a no-go. If you want your lawn mower to go in that moving truck, you’ll need to empty the gas. And, unplug the spark plug, so no fires happen in the moving truck, please.
So what do you with all that gas you paid top dollar for? You can either use it up by mowing your lawn before moving day. Or you can put it in a fancy made-for-gas container (you know the ones with the spout, and the twist seal, with the handle). You can put it in your own car to take on a short-distance move. Or, you can dispose of it according to your local city bylaw regulations.
But please…don’t just leave gas in a bucket in your hard…especially not in dry, hot summer.
Of course, if your lawn mower does not use gas, you can skip this step.
If your lawn mower is electric, be sure to read your product manual (or google it online), to find out if there are safety precautions to take before transporting it.
Clean your lawn mower before moving, and do some maintenance on it while you’re at it
Your lawn mower is probably full of dirt and grass in places you didn’t think dirt and grass could exist. Ok, maybe you did think it. Either way, you don’t want to end up with grass stains on your stuff, while it’s all crammed in a moving truck. So it’s time for clean up.
If your lawn mower has a bag attachment to collect grass clippings, give that a good ol’ shake-out. Then, hose it down. Or, if you have one of those pressure washers that can turbo-speed soapy water on things, maybe try that. We take no liability for the effects of this trick though.
For the rest of the lawn mower parts, the general consensus on the Internet is to give it a good brushing and a hose-down with a strong pressure hose attachment.
What to do with all the guck that comes out? Maybe compost? Check out our article on how to move a compost here.
While you’re making your lawn mower clean as new, you can also get on some maintenance, to keep it alive and well for your new life at your new home. Angie’s list has a blog post on how to do this:
Find a safe solution for lawn mower blades before you pack them for moving
If you’re lazy, and you want to duck tape your lawn mower blades before moving, or if you want to detach them and carefully bubble wrap them, either way, you need a solution for this.
If you’re not comfortable handling the blades of your lawn mower, be sure to ask your moving company if they can include this in their service when they give you a moving quote. As before moving day! If this ends up costing extra, don’t be surprised. And, if they say no, also don’t be surprised. Movers need to be protected by insurance for injuries, such as by WorkSafeBC. So generally, they shouldn’t be going outside the scope of ‘normal’ when it comes to moving hazards.
But no, open, exposed and dangerously sharp objects can’t just be piled into a moving truck. And you wouldn’t want them banging around loosely in a box either.
If your blades are dull and need replacing or sharpening, maybe now is a good time to do that. Again – safely! See if a metal pick-up company will come get them for you. Though, they’d probably want the trip to be more worth their while, so collect other scrap metal for them too. If you hire a junk removal company before moving day, ask in advance if they can handle the mower blades (some may even help you disassemble them).
If you take blades with you, label your box, so that people know there are sharp items in there. Cardboard is not recommended here, as it can rip easily. Try plastic.
Stop the wheels from rolling around in the moving truck
You don’t want the lawn mower rolling in the truck. Remember – it’s got wheels! Find a way to stop the wheels from rolling. You can do this by packing heavy items in front, and behind the mower. Or you can use a wheel stopper.
Remember: not all lawn mowers are created equal, even when it comes to moving them
Lawn mowers may or may not be worth the move, depending how big of a move you’re making, or the value of your lawn mower. And sometimes, the tips we’ve mentioned above may not apply, depending on the lawn mower you are moving. If you have a ride-on lawn mower, for example, then you’ll need a ramp, or some other method to tow it to your new destination (on a short-distance move).
The other ‘treatment’ you can give your lawn mower before moving is to sell it with classified listings. Then, buy another one when you arrive at your new destination.
When you have large appliances you’ve invested in, you may be taking them with you on your next move. This is more likely with deep freezers as they can be an addition to a home that a family purchased out of need. However, moving large appliances can come with nuances you need to be aware of. They are not as simple as moving boxy furniture. This is because there are inner working parts inside the ‘box’ of the appliance that need to be handled carefully.
Step one: have a safe plan for the food you will be removing from the deep freezer
This is obvious, but keep in mind that when you remove food from a deep freezer, you’ll need an action plan of what you’re going to do with it. In our article on how to pack kitchen food, we gave some tips, and discussed eating as much of your food as possible before moving day.
You can’t move a freezer with food in it. And, freezer food doesn’t have shelf life, of course. So this is going to be a bit tricky. If you are doing a short distance move, you can likely get away with buying coolers, filling them with ice or ice packs, and driving them to your new home yourself. If you can get dry ice, that may last longer. But be careful when handling dry ice!
Movers won’t move food, so don’t expect them to take care of this process.
You also probably don’t want to defrost food in a freezer and then refreeze it, as that can result in freezer burn. Not only that, there are food safety considerations at play when you defrost meats or contaminated foods. You don’t want to end up with food poisoning as a result of leaving your foods out of frozen temperatures too long. Listeria can be found in frozen foods, so this is a real concern.
Some foods are expensive, and if you have a deep freezer full of hunted game meat, or any meat for that matter, you may not want to throw it away as a result of having to move. So this is something you’ll want to plan for in advance.
Step two: unplug, defrost and clean the deep freezer before moving day
Before you move a deep freezer, you’ll want to make sure it is thawed out. Unplug it to get ready for this process. Of course, it will have to remain unplugged when the movers arrive, or when you want to load it up on a moving truck.
How long does it take to defrost a freezer? The internet will give you different advice on this; 6 hours, 8 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours…. We recommend checking the manufacturer’s website, and if you can, read up on the model you bought. Many modern freezers are frost free, but still need to thaw. If you have a freezer with frost around its sides, you might need to do some chipping away at it to help the defrost process…and to prevent a water spill after a few hours!
It’s a good idea to clean out the deep freezer too. You won’t want melted ice causing surprise water spills during the move. You also don’t want to bring bacteria along the way, which will love the warmer climate once the freezer is defrosted and unplugged. So wipe it down thoroughly. You can give it another clean when you get to your new home. This is a good opportunity to take care of this ‘spring cleaning’ chore.
Step three: tie it up and pad it
When moving a deep freezer, you want to keep it safe from damage. Find a way to tie the door down so it doesn’t swing open during the move (especially if it’s on its side – see below). Also, cover with blankets or some badding to prevent scratches, or worse, dents and holes. You’ll want to pack it in a moving truck in a way that it won’t move around too much, avoiding bangs and knocks on the way to your new home.
Step four: when moving a freezer, keep it upright if you can
Keeping a freezer or fridge upright while moving it is usually always recommended. This is because there are liquids pertinent to the operation of the deep freezer that need to stay in place to keep it working.
GE’s website says if you can’t keep it upright, “lay it down on the compressor side of the unit.”
If you move the freezer on its side, make sure it stands upright for a period of time before you plug it in again. How long? Again, best to consult your manual, or call the manufacturer, as different advice exists on this online. One common rule of thumb is to leave it upright for the same amount of time it has been on its side. This is what the GE website says (link above). Others will say 24 hours.
To conclude: call professionals if you need help!
Damaging your deep freezer during a move can be an unnecessary financial loss: even if your deep freezer wasn’t that expensive. Still, why waste money? Professional movers are careful and know what they’re doing when moving a freezer. They also offer insurance to protect your items from damage on moving day.
If you need help moving a deep freezer, give us a call! We offer no-obligation, free in-home estimates for families moving house.
Your garage, shed, or shop might be a place that you’d write off as being easy to move. It might already act like a ‘storage space’ with things in tote bins or packed away in boxes. However, it is important to consider a strategy for moving any motorized equipment, or tools that are sharp, heavy, and oddly shaped.
If your moving day is a rainy one (Vancouver, remember?), you’ll of course want to take extra care since metals are prone to rusting. Whether you’ve got a single table saw or a cabinet of tools to move, here are some tips to deal with your tools and heavyequipment in a move.
Gather the necessary resources to moveheavyequipment safely
We’ve already mentioned the tools and equipment required to move a shed, so it’s no surprise that you may need additional equipment to move your tools. Depending on your situation, you may have to move an anvil, a steel workbench, a jointer, etc– these things are extremely heavy! (Almost as heavy as moving a piano!)
In some cases, your local moving company likely has the resources to moveheavyequipment. Things like jacks, a dolly, and wide canvas straps are commonly needed to transport heavy objects– so don’t be shy to ask your Vancouver moving company for help! Otherwise, listings on Vancouver Craigslist or Kijiji might have the above, as well as carts, ropes, large bins, etc.
Identify potential hazards with your local movers
Some equipment might have its own precautions that you should make your moving team aware of. For example, safety covers on a saw blade need to be securely fastened into place. Also, power cords need to be tightly bound (plastic fasteners will do) to avoid breaking and being a tripping hazard when carried. Any sharp edges, whether it be the blade of a hand saw or a shovel, should be facing downward in transit to minimize damage of nearby things.
Organize your tools and equipment before moving day so your movers can easily see what precautions to take– it’ll make for a safer and efficient move.
Turn old tools into a profit!
Moving can be a perfect opportunity to get rid of stuff you don’t need. Some tools have specific uses that you might have only needed once. Help alleviate the costs of moving and list tools that are collecting dust on both Vancouver Craigslist and Kijiji.
Some bigger ticket items might be able to be sold at a Vancouver auction. We’ve previously written about auctioning furniture, so it might be a good place to start if you have never been involved in one.
Hire a moving company in the Lower Mainland to help with the heavy lifting!
We are a local moving company that is eager to help you move anything, anywhere. Our trained team of movers has the necessary equipment and resources to get you and your heavytools where they need to go! Call us at 604-922-2212 or visit us online to get a quick quote!
The digitalage is changing the way we do a lot of things. For example, the music and publishing businesses have had to adjust the way they operate. People don’t seem to be inclined to go to a physical store and buy a CD or a book anymore. Instead, they download songs or e-books. The moving business is also rethinking the way it does business. Moving an office in the digitalage is a totally different from moving in the 1990s and before. Nowadays, most offices are heavily reliant on computers and have much less paper. That translates into moving more delicate, expensive equipment and less heavy filing cabinets. We’ll talk about these differences in detail throughout this article. And it’s a good time to do so because many office spaces will probably be opening up soon in the Metro Vancouver area.
Moving an office in the digitalage requires movers to handle delicate electronics
Back in the day — the 1990s! — moving an office often meant transporting many bulky filing cabinets and documents. Movers had to be trained to handle and store paper documents. For example, an obvious no-no that all movers would probably have drilled into their head is to avoid putting paper files in damp, wet places. Imagine the horror of discovering ink dripping right off all the documents after moving offices!
Moving an office in the digitalage requires us movers to adapt the way we move office equipment. Instead of filing cabinets, moving computers and other electronic equipment has become the new norm.
That means movers have to become familiar with the equipment they are transporting. For example, good movers will have done their homework as to whether magnets can corrupt electronics. A smart mover will also know electronic computer components (e.g. a motherboard) should be shielded from static when being moved. Knowledge of what can damage electronic equipment will inform where and how items will be stored and handled during a move.
Meticulous organization is required when moving an office in the digitalage
In some cases, moving an office in the digitalage can be even harder than moving an office before files became stored in computers. We have heard of a case when an unorganized move cost a research lab weeks of precious time! The culprit? The computers and wiring were sloppily labelled, which meant that workers had to spend way too much time trying to figure out which wire connected to which!
While you may not be running a research lab, many offices use a network of computers to maintain databases or in-office servers. That usually means a lot of wires, a lot of CPUs, a lot of…well you get the idea.
Nowadays, movers sometimes have to take on the role of professional organizers. We often have to figure out a system for labelling, transporting and handling electronics. And because every office is different, we have to customize the way we do it each time! The goal? To make setting electronics up in the new office space seamless and quick!
How to choose a smart office mover in the digitalage
As you can see, moving offices in the digitalage comes with its own set of unique challenges. It’s very different when compared with moving before the times when offices started relying more heavily on information technology. So when you’re choosing a mover, ask yourself how many electronics your office has. If it is heavily reliant on computers, be sure to ask the potential movers about their procedures for handling, transporting and organizing electronics. It can save you a lot of headaches!