Grandfather clocks are beautiful household items that often turn out to be family heirlooms passed from one generation to another. Not only the room they are in but also the entire house or apartment can look really cozy and charming thanks to the presence of a single floor clock.
If you’re planning on moving to another home soon, you can rest assured that you’ve got a tough puzzle to solve. Naturally, you won’t be able to bear the thought of parting with your prized possession, therefore you’ll need to find the best way to pack and move a grandfather clock so that it remains in its original condition.
It’s important to understand that freestanding pendulum clocks have special weight-driven mechanisms which are delicate. Preparing a grandfather clock for moving is an essential step that will enable you to keep your treasured item protected throughout the home move.
Assess the clock’s condition. Your first task is to inspect carefully your pendulum clock for any signs of pre-existing structural damage. The reason why you are strongly urged to complete such a close inspection is that weak spots or damaged components may easily sabotage the relocation mission. Examine your grandfather clock by checking the integrity of its wooden case and its glass elements – even the smallest of cracks can prove a problem during the move itself. Also, look for missing screws or keys. In case you have absolutely no idea how to assess your clock’s current condition, you may choose to turn to a local watch shop for assistance.
Don’t use your bare hands. Do not touch the internal mechanism components of your floor clock with your bare hands because the oil from the skin on your hands and any dirt that may have accumulated there can stain its finely polished brass parts and glass elements. Instead, use a pair of clean soft gloves or a soft non-abrasive piece of cloth when handling your clock’s components.
Prepare the packing supplies. The stage of preparing to move a grandfather clock is about procuring the proper packing materials – soft packing paper for its delicate parts, sheets of bubble wrap, a few (moving) blankets, a roll of tape and of course – a number of cardboard boxes as well.
Do what’s best for your clock. Consider doing what’s best for your grandfather clock when moving it between two homes. If the timepiece is truly valuable (priceless even) – a genuine antique item that’s been present in the home for as long as anyone in the family can remember, then you must eliminate any chance of potential damage to it by calling in the best specialty movers you can find.
How do we move a grandfather clock? We disassemble it first. Remember that this is a must-do step, even if you’re in a big hurry to complete this task as fast as possible. Before you take that antique grandfather clock apart and try to move it yourself, remember that nearly all internal and external damage that occurs to these fragile clocks happens while in the process of being moved. Today Movers specializes in protecting and moving grandfather clocks to their new home, within the state of Texas, without a scratch. To help make an easy move, all weights and pendulums must be removed, and for liability reasons, we cannot remove these. We can guide you and assist in labeling the parts for ease of assembly.
We will sufficiently protect your grandfather clock and secure it within our trailer to make sure it will not move or come into contact with any other boxes or items. We will also provide any necessary packing materials, blankets, padding and stretch wrap to ensure that it does not get damaged. Safety is our main concern when handling such valuable items. Our trained grandfather clock moving professionals have moved many antique pieces and are well versed in how it needs to be secured. Put your trust in us and we will not disappoint!
Never attempt to move a grandfather clock without properly removing the weights and movements. Failure to do so can result in a damaged clock that could cost hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars to repair. Depending on the age of the clock, it could even be irreparable. When moving, all pieces must be secured and covered with padding to protect the wood. Keeping these antique timepieces running properly and looking great for many years to come means hiring the right people to move it, when necessary. Whether you’re moving across the hall or across the state, call Today Movers or fill out our online form for a free estimate!