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Transporting Your Baby Grand Piano Without Professional Movers (Part III)

Be sure to retune your piano after you move it.

Once the piano is shielded with moving blankets, you and your crew can securely raise the upright piano onto the dolly. When raising the piano, make sure to have someone on every side of the instrument. To avoid injuries, your moving crew should take certain precautions, like bending the knees to prevent hurting their backs. When the piano is on the dolly, carefully transport it to the moving truck.

Moving a grand piano

Before moving a grand piano, it’s critical that you lower and secure the top lid. If you can, use a screwdriver to disassemble the piano legs and pedals. Carefully, remove all legs off the grand piano. When removing the legs from the piano, be sure your crew is in place to stop the side of your piano from hitting the ground when the legs are gone. Wrap the lid, keys and every side of the piano in moving blankets. Lockdown all blankets with tape. 

Also, you’ll want to wrap the piano’s pedals and legs in separate moving blankets. Be sure these pieces are secure and safe, then lightly tilt the piano onto the piano board. Secure the piano to the piano board using straps. When moving the piano board, have several crew members help to stop any accidents. After you successfully transport the grand piano into your new house, you’ll have to re-assemble the pedals and legs. Be sure to get a crew to help you with this part too.

Once the move is finished, it is suggested that you re-tune your piano and do a good clean using a damp washcloth.

When you consider it, the cost is worth it, using professional piano movers will guarantee that your valuable grand piano gets to your new home in good condition and will save you plenty of effort, time, and headaches.

A piano can weigh more than 1,000 pounds and one wrong step can damage the whole musical instrument. Additionally, if you don’t know how to transport a baby grand piano, you will risk hurting yourself quite badly.


Transporting Your Baby Grand Piano Without Professional Movers (Part II)

Make sure that your piano isn’t going to hit anything when you’re moving it that may cause damage.

Because of their structure and size, grand pianos are a little more difficult to move and also necessitate additional supplies. Besides moving blankets, it’s recommended finding the right size piano board (also referred to as a piano skid board) to handle your move. To keep your piano in place on a skid board, you’ll have to use straps and a screwdriver.

Get as many helpers as possible

Once you have your supplies, assemble a strong crew of helpers. You’ll want to have at least four folks, maybe more, based on the size of the piano and the difficulty of the move. It’s best to enlist friends, neighbors, and family who have experience moving heavy things and are in pretty good shape. Be sure they’re all wearing correct moving clothing and gym shoes with good traction.

Measure doorways, staircases, and hallways

Before the move, you should measure every spot in your house that the piano will go through. Be sure to correctly measure all staircases, doorways, and hallways to assess how easy it will be to move the piano and piano board through your house. It’s also a solid idea to be sure doors are open, floors are correctly protected, and furniture that could possibly hit the piano is gone before moving your musical instrument. If you’re scared about the piano nicking a corner or getting scratched, cover any sharp edges with towels.

Moving the Piano

Moving an upright piano

Moving an upright piano and a grand piano both necessitate lots of preparation. To move an upright piano, you’ll want to protect the piano pedals and keys. Cover with a blanket and tape to fasten. Follow by covering the piano with moving blankets, placing them on the back, front, and sides. Tape all blankets to fasten them in place. 


Transporting Your Baby Grand Piano Without Professional Movers (Part I)

A piano presents a challenge when it comes to moving one.

Moving a piano is not for the weak. As anyone who’s ever done it will let you know, this grueling task necessitates some real manpower and preparation. The procedure of moving a piano is so tedious and tiring that it has its own niche in the moving industry. Today, you can find moving and storage businesses all over the globe just for piano moving.

Considering the fact that pianos usually weigh from 400 to 1,000 or more pounds, it is recommended that you get a professional moving company with piano moving skills to do the job. Many times, a piano is the most expensive and valuable thing inside a person’s house. The price of a topnotch piano goes from low in the thousands up to $100,000. With that value, it’s very important that the instrument is managed with supreme care, making professional movers the way to transport.

However, if getting professional movers isn’t in your budget, it is possible to move a number of pianos with some assistance. If you have a grand piano weighing 1,000 pounds, you might want to use pros. These really large pianos frequently need special equipment and handling that only real moving professionals can offer. Also, if there are steep stairs or a narrow hallway, get professionals is suggested. 

If you want to move the piano yourself, keep reading for some helpful tips.

Before the Move

Find the right moving supplies and materials

First, you’ll want to be sure you have all the right supplies and materials to safely move the piano. For both an upright piano and a grand piano, you’ll want lots of moving blankets for protection. The last thing you want happening is a scratch on your valuable instrument. Also, you can use thick blankets and towels to cover the piano. 

Stress Free Suggestions for Transporting Your Bearded Dragon (Part III)

Drive carefully when your bearded dragon is in the car to ensure the trip doesn’t cause too much stress.

Prepare Your Beardies Temporary Enclosure 

You can make a good makeshift tank from whichever enclosure you want to use by focusing on making it warm and comfortable for your bearded dragon. This could mean lining it with lots of blankets or towels and making sure he’s safely tucked in.

Besides keeping your bearded dragon warm, heat bulbs and UVB also help your beardie to accurately digest its food.

If you don’t have heat bulbs set up while traveling, then it is best to not feed your beardie because they won’t be able to absorb the UVB that is necessary in order for them to digest their food correctly.

Right into a Heated Car

This is really important if you will be traveling in the cold seasons.

Bearded dragons are used to warm temps so they will love you taking the extra time to warm up your car.

Drive Carefully

Driving too fast, quick breaking, or harsh turns can all cause your bearded dragon to be thrown around whatever you’re transporting them in.

It is critical to lessen any possible stressors or complications that come from being out of their habitat which a comfortable ride will really do.

Buckle Up

On the heels of driving carefully is being sure your beardie is secure during transportation. Having to quickly stop could cause your dragon to get thrown around and getting injured. Don’t forget to buckle the carrier in to make sure it remains in place as much as possible.

Check on Your Beardie Often

While transporting, make sure to continuously monitor your beardie to be sure it is secure, safe, and the right temperature.

Having your beardie escape can be very troublesome and hazardous for both of you so have eyes on it at all times.


Stress Free Suggestions for Transporting Your Bearded Dragon (Part II)

Make sure that your bearded dragon is warm enough during your travels. 

Besides making sure you have a warm enough setting for transportation, it is also vital to do all that’s possible to lessen the stress which can come from transporting it. 

Prolonged periods of your bearded dragon staying out of its normal habitat could cause it to get stressed and lead to more severe health consequences.

Keep reading to discover how you can make the transport as smooth and stress-free as possible for your bearded dragon.

How to Properly Transport Your Bearded Dragon

In cases where the distance is too far to simply handle your bearded dragon from the passenger side or you need to transport during the winter, you will have to take more precautions to make sure your beardie remains safe. With that being said, here’s the best way to transport your bearded dragon:

Your Beardie and the Right Supplies

Before you leave, be sure you have all the supplies gathered and ready to take with you.

These are things that are critical to your beardies’ health and you can’t do without. Bonus points if you carry backups (a spare bulb for example) for those “just in case” instances.

Traveling with their vivarium habitat is perfect. Though, this is not always feasible so the next best thing would be to use some sort of temporary travel tank. This can be a basket, a plastic bin, or a cat carrier.

This bearded dragon travel checklist differs from situation to situation.

  • Leash and harness. In general, reptiles are good at getting lost in the car and there are going to be parts in your car that you’re not going to be able to get to quite easily should your reptile get themselves there.
  • Animal carrier or a comfy bed
  • Handwarmers
  • Reptile heat pad
  • Substrate
  • Proper lighting and spare bulbs
  • Thermometer

Stress Free Suggestions for Transporting Your Bearded Dragon (Part I)

These tips should ensure that you’re bearded dragon has a smooth traveling experience.

As a reptile owner, it is unavoidable that at some point you will need to transport your bearded dragon. Visits to the vet are to be done and in some cases, you might even need to travel long distances.

Whatever the case might be, reptiles don’t typically travel well so it’s vital to take the right precautionary measures to be sure all is smooth as possible for the health of your bearded dragon.

Though helpful, this article isn’t needed for those doing a short commute. If you’re going a really short distance and have the choice to be a passenger in the vehicle, then just handling your dragon the whole time can be your best option.

Instead, this is for those who are going longer distances, staying overnight or many days somewhere (vacation for example), or traveling during the cold seasons.

Before getting started, there are many important things to bear in mind while transporting your bearded dragon.

  • How far you’re going
  • The external temp of where you’re going
  • Relocation stress that your beardie can have from being out of its ideal habitat

What to be Concerned with While Transporting Your Bearded Dragon

Bearded dragons are ectothermic which means its body temperature depends on external sources like sunlight or heat bulbs to keep warm.

For example, if you’re traveling with your bearded dragon and the temp outside is 60 degrees F, then its body temperature will be 60 degrees F too. This is not good.

However, there are many special precautionary things you can do to be sure your bearded dragon is comfy and well prepared for traveling.

Moreover, having a hot enough external temp is a critical component for a bearded dragon’s digestion system and without this, can consequently cause them to get sick.

In other words, if their setting is not hot enough, then your beardie is in danger of possible digestive issues and impaction.


How to Make Moving Easy with Your Pet Bird (Part II)

Make sure that you’re bird has a cage.

For your bird’s safety, get a cage or car carrier that they’ll ride in during the road trip. To lessen stress, buy the carrier days before the move to introduce your bird to the new space. Get it to spend time in it and put its favorite toys in the space for comfort. If they have never been on a car ride, take little rides with your bird to gradually introduce it to the feeling of being in the car.

Never put your bird’s car carrier or habitat in the front seat as the airbag could harm in the case of an accident. Put the carrier securely in the back seat. Also, do not put other items around it that may shift or fly around during the ride.

Getting Ready for the Move

Way before the moving truck arrives, get everything ready. When picking up items, only keep essentials in its carrier. Loose items can be hazardous during transport as items move in turbulence or car rides. Pack all other non-essentials in a separate moving box that you can unpack right away when you arrive at your new location. Get its favorite fruits that are high in water content as freshwater may easily spill in the natural movement of a plane or car.

Find a New Veterinarian

Take time to find a new veterinarian near your new home prior to moving. If your bird has symptoms of prolonged stress after getting into your new house, you’ll want to have a new vet chosen. You can even arrange a visit before you move for a week or so after the move. Use this visit as a health check for symptoms of stress.

Settling into Your New House

After moving, get settled as quickly as you can with your pet in its new space. Try to set it up like their previous space. Similar to what you did for the packing, when unpacking, put your bird in a quiet space away from the chaos. 


How to Make Moving Easy with Your Pet Bird (Part I)

Follow these tips to ensure that you’re bird has a smooth transition.

Pet birds are sensitive to change, so making a move to a new house is a possibly stressful situation. As a good pet parent, you’re already on the right path by looking into the best way to transport your pet. With these tips, you can be more readily prepared by taking the correct steps to alleviate the stress your pet bird might experience as you move from one home to another.

Throughout the whole process, remember to stay calm and keep close attention to your bird for any changes in behavior such as aggression, loss of appetite, or change in feathers. They can pick up on your body language, which can translate stress to your bird.

Begin the moving process by going through these steps. Your feathered friend will be grateful for a smooth transport to a new house.

Type of Transportation

First think about how you’ll be making the move: by plane or car. Car is recommended so you can be close to your pet bird for the trip. If you have to fly to your new residence, check with your airline about the paperwork and transportation carrier necessary. Before reserving your flight, make sure the airline accepts birds. Get a carrier that is crafted to reduce the risk of injury during turbulence and has enough space for your pet to be comfortable.

You’ll also need to go to your vet to show proof of ownership and get health certificates. If you’re concerned about making the move yourself, there are professional pet moving services that are skilled to handle pets of any size, shape, and species.

When traveling by car, try to make it as similar to your bird’s daily routine as you can. Bring their usual water and food, keep their favorite snacks on hand, and be sure the temp feels the same as it would in their usual habitat. 

When Horses Fly: Transporting Racehorses by Air (Part II)

It might cost you a pretty penny, but you can fly your horse.

“Air Horse One”, as it’s called (it basically says “First class equine air travel” on the side of the plane), is fitted with room for up to 21 horses, going two or three wide. Ticket cost differs but has been quoted in several thousands of dollars per passenger. The animals are with care loaded into the aircraft with inflight amenities such as drinks (water) and food (hay) to make sure that they get to their destination relaxed, healthy, and well-rested. 

In fact, so much are they dedicated to the comfort of their well-hoofed passengers that the aircraft usually descends and climbs slower, and even will deviate hundreds of miles out of its way to have the flight as smooth as possible. It has been said that flight crews will even accept long delays for the same reason. Thankfully, many horses seem to be used to it and obviously don’t mind waiting a little longer for a smooth flight.

From there, horses are transported to the racetrack, with a tiny amount of time to spare. If they’ve come from overseas, they might be quarantined once again and trainers can request that horses have more time to adjust to the time zone.

Sky High

Horses are well-known for being pricey animals to board, buy, feed, ride and enter into competitions. But transporting them from place to place, regardless if in trailers, long-haul moving vans with air-ride suspension, or specially outfitted airplanes can take luxury and cost to a whole new level.

A one-way van ticket from Kentucky to California for a horse whose owner wants him to have the whole trailer to himself could go for over $10,000. Odds are that the horse will fly, which will run the owner around $7,000 one-way for the same route.


When Horses Fly: Transporting Racehorses by Air (Part I)


Thousands of sport horses travel all over the globe every year to get to destination competitions on the global show jumping circuit. How do they get there? They fly. The only way this occurs is with the well-run business of equine air transportation, using dedicated crews who manage each phase of the horses’ wellbeing.

No, the horses don’t actually have wings. However, they can fly in airplanes with special accommodations.

When Horses Fly

The journey begins like any other. The horses are put onto trailers and transport from farms to one of the major airports with specialized facilities for horse transportation. One of the most traveled routes is between Amsterdam in The Netherlands and Miami, Florida. Another major hub is The Ark at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. 

The million-dollar facility has a 24-hour reception center, 48 states of the art stalls, and a specialized quarantine facility for export/import horses. The aim of all sport horse transport is to have the horse’s transported as smoothly as possible so that once they are off the plane, they can perform at their peak potential at the competition.

Upon arrival at the airport, the horses are put into specialized containers for the flight. Owners can choose coach, business or first class for the four-legged cargo. The little horses can fly three to a container and the bigger show jumpers will fly “business” with some extra legroom.  It is very comfortable for little horses to ship three to a container with the bigger horses fitting great in a two stall. 

When the horses are secure in the containers, the boxes are put into the cargo bay of the plane. The Boeing 747 is a well-known model in equine air travel since the upper deck is crafted for human passengers (grooms, vets, farm managers), while the lower deck fits cargo and horses efficiently. In terms of cost, owners can anticipate paying in the four figures per stall for transatlantic flights.