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Moving can be challenging, especially when transporting delicate and valuable items like a grandfather clock. 

The team at Nelson Markesbery Moving & Storage understands the importance of handling your possessions with care. We’ll address common concerns and offer expert advice to ensure a smooth relocation.

Can You Move a Grandfather Clock Yourself?

While it is possible to move a grandfather clock yourself, it requires careful planning, adequate resources, and a deep understanding of antique furniture. 

As strange as it sounds, grandfather clocks are heavy but delicate, with intricate mechanisms demanding precise handling. One wrong move could result in irreversible damage.

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We highly recommend working alongside moving professionals to prevent damaging your valuable clock. 

To move a grandfather clock successfully on your own, consider the following steps:

  1. Gather the Right Equipment.
  • Heavy-duty moving blankets or pads
  • Straps or ropes
  • Bubble wrap or packing paper
  • Packing tape
  • Screwdrivers and wrenches
  • Furniture sliders
  • Moving dolly

  1. Prepare the Clock.
  • Stop the clock and secure the weights and pendulum.
  • Remove any removable parts, such as the clock face or glass panels, and pack them separately.
  • Wrap the clock in moving blankets or pads, securing them with packing tape.

  1. Protect the Case.
  • If the clock has a wooden case, cover it with bubble wrap or padding to prevent scratches and dents during transit.

  1. Secure the Clock in the Moving Vehicle.
  • Use straps or ropes to secure the clock to prevent it from shifting during transportation.
  • Place the clock upright and secure it to the sides of the moving truck using furniture straps.

This process demands attention to detail and careful execution. For those seeking a stress-free and professional moving experience, enlisting the services of experts like Nelson Markesbery Moving & Storage is highly recommended.

How to Pack a Grandfather Clock for Moving

When moving a delicate item like a grandfather clock, professional expertise is the safest bet to avoid damage. Our specialists bring the skills to navigate the intricate process of relocating grandfather clocks with precision. 

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Beyond handling, a moving team can address packing and securing grandfather clocks for a seamless relocation. The assurance of safe and damage-free transport makes the investment worthwhile.

Packing a grandfather clock is crucial in ensuring its safety during transportation. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you pack:

  1. Secure Removable Parts.
  • Remove the clock face, weights, and pendulum and pack them separately.
  • Use bubble wrap or packing paper to protect these components.

  1. Wrap the Clock.
  • Wrap the entire clock in moving blankets or pads, securing them with packing tape.
  • For wooden cases, use additional padding or bubble wrap to prevent scratches.

  1. Use Furniture Sliders.
  • Place furniture sliders under the clock to make it easier to move across floors.
  • This step is crucial, especially if you have to navigate stairs or uneven surfaces.

  1. Choose the Right Box.
  • If you have the original box for the clock, use it. Otherwise, find a sturdy and appropriately sized box.
  • Fill empty spaces in the box with packing material to prevent the clock from shifting.

  1. Label the Box.
  • Clearly label the box with “fragile” and “this side up” to alert movers about the delicate contents.

FAQs About Moving Grandfather Clocks 

Below, we’ve answered some commonly asked questions about moving a grandfather clock: 

  1. Is it Okay to Transport a Grandfather Clock Laying Down?

Ideally, grandfather clocks should be transported in an upright position. This prevents damage to internal components. Laying the clock down increases the risk of pendulum and chime mechanism damage.

  1. Can You Move a Grandfather Clock Without Taking It Apart?

While moving a grandfather clock without disassembling it is possible, certain precautions should be taken. Secure removable components, wrap the clock carefully, and ensure it’s well-padded. Disassembling the clock can provide extra protection, especially for delicate internal mechanisms.

  1. Do I Need a Special Box for Moving a Grandfather Clock?

Find a sturdy and appropriately sized box. Ensure the box is well-padded, and label it as ‘fragile’ and ‘this side up’ to alert movers.

  1. What Steps Can I Take to Prevent Damage to the Clock During the Move?

Stop the clock, secure components, wrap it in protective materials and ensure it’s loaded and transported upright. Nelson Markesbery’s professional team can provide additional expertise for a worry-free move.

  1. Do I Need Insurance for Moving My Grandfather Clock?

Yes, having insurance is advisable. Moving companies typically offer insurance coverage for your belongings during transit, providing added protection in case of unexpected damage or loss.

  1. Are There Special Considerations for Moving a Grandfather Clock Across Long Distances?

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Ensure the moving company you choose has experience with cross-country relocations and can provide secure transportation for your grandfather clock.

Free Quote for Your Grandfather Clock Move

Whether you tackle the task yourself or entrust it to Nelson Markesbery Moving & Storage, prioritizing the safety of your clock is key.

Nelson Markesbery Moving & Storage specializes in residential moves to and from Greater Cincinnati. Contact us or call (859) 371-8111 for more information.

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