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A History of the Moving Industry

Posted on December 11th, 2014

The moving and storage industry is a $15 billion industry in the United States. About 42 million families each year use a moving company, or pay in some way for their relocation. And international relocations are growing as fast as domestic ones. Do-it-yourself storage during moves is a growing industry as well, now bringing in about $22 billion a year. But how did this all get started? Here’s some history on the moving industry.

In ancient times, moving was conducted on sled-like objects (called travois by the French), which were loaded with belongings and pulled by horse or by hand. At this time, humans moved often, and had few belongings to take with them. However, once the agricultural period began, humans began to move less often. They also became more stationary, and accumulated belongings, making it more difficult when they did choose to move. Shortly thereafter, the wheel, and then the axel, were invented. From there, humans invented the wooden cart, the wagon, and eventually the rail car.

The moving industry in the United States was created during the 1800s, around the development and expansion of the continental railroad, and during the great migration west. The first specialized cover wagons, called conestoga wagons, appeared around 1800. They would travel in groups of 5 or 6 families to get to their new homes. Once the railroad became more developed, Americans started travelling and moving via train. People would put their belongings onto wagons, and have them taken to warehouses that were located close to railroads. Moving companies would then load their belongings onto rail cars, and then put them into a warehouse at the intended destination. From there, the possessions would be put onto another wagon, and taken to the family’s new home. This was the first case of paid moving in the U.S. However, at this time these companies performed these services as side revenue. The mid-twentieth century would bring the advent of full-time moving companies.

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How To Move a Piano

Posted on December 11th, 2014

Your piano is a valuable and beautiful piece of furniture in your home. Chances are you’ll want to take it with you on your move, and it is extremely important that you be able to do so without damaging it. While it’s possible to do so, there is an art and a method to doing so that needs to be followed and understood. Here is how you can ensure your piano arrives at your new home in just as good condition as it was in your old one.

What You’ll Need

You will definitely need proper equipment to move a piano. First, you will need a set of straps. These will allow you to keep a proper grip on the piano during the moving process. You will also need a furniture dolly, to help you physically move the piano. The straps will also attach the piano to the dolly while you’re moving it. You will also need padded blankets. These will keep the piano from getting scratched or scuffed while it’s being taken to the truck. You will also need some other people to tackle this project with you, especially for the lifting.

Straps can be purchased from most retail stores or hardware stores, and can also be rented for a day from some rental companies. Furniture dollies can likewise be purchased or rented, but you are more likely to find them at hardware stores for purchasing. Padded blankets can be found at just about any store selling blankets. All of these items are also available through a moving company, so if you are using a moving company be sure to ask about these supplies. Moving companies may also be able to provide advice on the strength or size of straps, and the size of dolly you need, depending on the size of your piano.

Before you begin moving, measure the piano and all openings that the piano will need to go through, to be sure that it will fit. Figure out which way (length-wise or width-wise) you want to push the piano before arranging it on the dolly, so that you don’t have to maneuver it any more than absolutely necessary. Have the route you’re going to take planned out, and make sure that it is clear of all clutter. Since the piano should be situated on the back wall of the truck, you want to have it be the first, or at very least one of the first, items to go onto the truck.

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Moving Boxes 101

Posted on December 11th, 2014

Moving boxes can be confusing. There are so many options, and it’s hard to determine what’s right for your own moving needs. Here’s your guide to everything you need to know about moving boxes.

Where to Buy Them

Moving boxes are available in a variety of places. Websites such as Amazon sell them online, as do U-Haul and Budget Truck Rental. You can buy them in-store at supply office supply stores such as Staples, or at hardware stores such as Home Depot and Lowes. Many moving companies also sell boxes, or offer packages that include moving supplies along with the other services you are buying.

Many online sources offer these boxes at prices that are cheaper than retail stores, and offer free shipping if your order is large enough. However, buying in person from a retail store allows you to go back and get more boxes if you didn’t buy enough, or to return extra boxes if you bought too many. It’s also a good option for people who aren’t good at spatial visualization, since you can see the exact size of the box you are ordering in person. Getting moving supplies through your moving company can sometimes be more expensive than ordering online, but it is also far more convenient. And if your moving supplies are part of a package deal you’re your moving truck and/or movers, the price can still be very good. Moving companies are able to help you determine how many boxes you may need, and what sizes would be best for you. They also allow you to get everything you need in one place at one time, without hunting through a store or wading through web pages. They know what you need and will give it to you when you need it.

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