How to arrange a move?

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Hi Homework team,We will soon move and want our new home to be ready to receive our furniture, 2000 books and a "baby grand piano" that weighs a "ton". In the living room in the new house there is carpet and we intend to change that in "laminate" flooring.. which will be more resistant and permit the piano to move on a more solid floor.Is that a good solution? I will have to ask more questions from you later when making the best use of the relatively small surfaces. Thank you in advance.

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  • Debi53 Debi53 on Apr 28, 2019

    Definitely put down new flooring before the move. In the areas of your home that will get the most traffic during the move in, you might consider putting down contractor thick paper to protect your new floors. https://www.amazon.com/Trimaco-Contractors-X-Paper-36-inch-120-feet/dp/B01MD13XU7

    • Eugenio Eugenio on Apr 29, 2019

      Thank you for your advice, Deb... I will keep you all posted.. These many answers were a great surprise to me and I enjoyed them. Love and many blessings to you and the country you call your home. Eugene

  • Janice Janice on Apr 28, 2019

    Do as much to your new home BEFORE moving in such as the new floors and perhaps building a wall of shelves for all your books. As Deb suggested, when you are actually moving in, it would be a good plan to have heavy duty paper or drop cloths placed in the traffic areas to protect your new flooring. Since you are planning to move, use the time before to go through all your belongings and pare down things you don't need. This will reduce the stress of moving it and finding a home for items you don't need or use anyway. Good luck on the move to your new home!

    • Eugenio Eugenio on Apr 29, 2019

      Dear Janice, You are so wise... Yes, we must think about "protecting" the new floor (at least as much as possible). The house has ONLY two bedrooms and one will become the book..room . I have quite a few shelves which we will take with us.. and, unfortunately, many of my "dearest books" will go to the libraries of the place we are moving too. The biggest problem might be that my books are in various languages and in the UK .. still few people speak a second language unless their origin is foreign, like mine. I am Belgian but my partner is English... Brexit is yet another problem which like Damocles sword hangs above our heads. Kind regards and thank you so very much. Eugene

  • Dee Dee on Apr 28, 2019

    I like the new luxury vinyl that looks like wood, but is scratch proof as well as water proof.

    • Eugenio Eugenio on Apr 28, 2019

      Yes, Dee .. that's what we hope for. We cannot afford the solid wood so we have to go for the best alternative.

      Great reading you all.

  • Gathered In The Kitchen Gathered In The Kitchen on Apr 28, 2019

    We have a baby grand piano and it weighs around 500lbs. I suggest researching the weight of your baby grand and then check the weight limit on the flooring you choose to go with. We have our sitting on solid hardwood floors and we do not have any dents or dipping. With laminate flooring, it is not solid and CAN be not as strong. Just be sure to research beforehand!

  • Eugenio Eugenio on Apr 28, 2019

    Thank you.. dear Gathered in the kitchen... We wish we could afford solid wood but here in the UK .. that is really above our budget ... but our Baby Grand is a must as it is nearly a therapy for my partner... Thank you all so very much.

  • Rationality Rationality on May 14, 2020

    Hello, man. I was in your situation, so I'll help you. Some years ago, I had to move because of work, but I left it only some months ago and created my own online company. I wanted to move back near to my parents, because they now are old enough, so I want to spend more time with them. I had a lot of things, boxes of clothes and many electrical devices, like you have now. Frankly speaking, I didn't have faith in myself. But likely for me, my friend recommended me man and van London, who came at that moment and very attentive loaded all in the truck, and transported to my new house very quickly. I was surprised how they worked. I liked it, so I can recommend them to you. The money, which can be saved making the moving by yourself, doesn't worth it.

    • Eugenio Eugenio on May 14, 2020

      Well Ration-ality, we have moved nearly a year ago and we had to "calm down". And no the dealings with the moving services have not been all that was promised. Thank you for your GOOD advice.

  • Oliva Oliva on May 14, 2020

    You didn't indicate if your new home has plaster or drywall. If drywall, please note the acoustical absorption will be poor, regarding your piano, and could be amplified with laminate floor. Why not invest in a piano stand that fits under your baby grand but permits it to be easily pushed around on heavy duty wheeled frame? Also, as you've moved previously, you're aware of the need for certified piano movers. Not all movers know how to safely handle pianos.

    If you new residence lacks window coverings, get them up in advance, for privacy sake.

    Box the books in manageable weightloads, and label. Have locks changed on your new home as soon as you move in. Anything you can move yourself should save on moving fees.

    Pack a "move in day" boxfboxes of everything the two of you will need in the first two days ( clothes, toiletries, towels, soaps, sleepwear, outerwear, coffeemaker, coffee, creamer, sugar, cups, glasses, plates, cutlery, knives, napkins, papertowels, bath tissue, etc.) , so you're better able to relax. Have food readily available, as it may be a very long day.

    Been through this many times. Wish you the best of luck.

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