What is specialty moving and when do you need it?

Specialty moving is a kind of moving for unique and precious items, or as they are usually called – special items. Many people who decide to move have with them all sorts of special items – from pianos and artwork to pool tables. Those items need a special kind of treatment that couldn’t be achieved with a normal kind of moving service. What separates special items from ordinary items is their value. That doesn’t have to be only the economic value of the product, it can also be sentimental value. So, in this guide, we are going to explore what exactly are special items, how to handle them, and what is speciality moving, and when do you need it. So, without further ado, let’s jump straight into the guide!

Which items are special and when do you need the special moving services?

Now, you may be wondering which items require special handling? There is no strict definition of special items, but it is generally understood what are those kinds of items. Common household examples of special items may include:

  • pianos and other musical instruments
  • pool tables,
  • antique furniture
  • pieces of art
  • chinaware and glassware
  • grandfathers clock
  • large TV screens

Also, if you have more vehicles than you can drive, movers of special items can move them for you as well. Those are cars, motorcycles, quads, and so on. Also, small boats can be transported to your desired location. So all in all, special moving service is required when you’re trying to move expensive, large, and valuable objects from one place to another.

Layers of glass.
Special items can be quite fragile.

How to prepare for specialty moving?

You should prepare properly for moving of your special items. Start by making a list. You should list all of your items that are unusually large, fragile, or intrinsically valuable. When choosing a specialty mover, you would probably want to choose a large national moving company. Local movers more often than not lack the equipment, finances, and staff for special kind of moving. This is why you should try to find a larger moving company.

Man writing down his speciality moving checklist.
The best way to prepare for specialty moving is to make a checklist.

Also, you should get some packing supplies. Like in any kind of moving, there are some materials without whom you cannot even imagine the process of relocation. Those materials are:

  • plastic wrap
  • packing tape
  • sticky tape
  • sticky notes
  • markers
  • plastic beads

Be careful not to use plastic wrap on items with a glossy finish. Plastic wrap may fuse with the surface under the heat. What you need the most when it comes to packing special items are special crates. There are a few ways in which you can order custom-made crates. You can either order them online, or you can pay a carpenter to build them for you. If you are more of a DIY type of person, you can even make them on your own. But if you don’t have any experience with wood, we do not recommend doing it on your own.