12 Tips for Moving Your Outdoor Items

Moving from Edmonton (or another Canadian city) involves a lot of planning so sometimes people totally forget about outdoor items until the very last minute. Even though we don’t have year-round warm weather in this country, Canadians still like to get outdoors as much as possible. Generally, we are rather hardy souls and may find ourselves taking advantage of a sunny day even when the temperature is less than balmy. This can mean some grilling on the deck even when there is still some snow on the ground. Or sitting around a portable fire pit enjoying the company of family or friends.

Needless to say, our children take every opportunity to play outdoors in the backyard regardless of the weather. Swing sets, outdoor play structures, play houses and even trampolines are items that are left in place twelve months of the year.

While it is not common, some families choose to take their garden sheds or hot tubs with them when they move some do. Regardless of which items are involved a lot of them must be disassembled in order to be moved. This is where hiring professional movers like Premiere Van Lines makes a lot of sense. They will ensure that the appropriate crew is assigned to do a proper disassembly and then at destination they will reassemble these items so they can be safely used in your new home.

Your outdoor items can also include recreational things like sail or motor boats, pop up travel to full size travel trailers or hot tubs. It is rare that these items can go on a traditional moving van but a moving company like Premiere Van Lines can make the necessary arrangements with a specialty, pre-vetted carrier who handles these kinds of items. Automobiles can be shipped on the moving van, by rail or by over the road car carrier.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when moving outdoor items:

  • Barbeques can be moved with your furniture items, but the grills should be wrapped separately.
  • Propane tanks cannot be moved on the van. Given their dangerous nature don’t consider putting one in your trunk. Replace the tank at destination.
  • Outdoor furniture is usually stored away during the winter but human nature being what it is sometimes it is stored as is.
  • Outdoor furniture should be thoroughly cleaned before being moved. This also includes a comprehensive vacuuming to make sure that no insects end up on your moving van. Remember, the rest of your indoor furniture is on it as well.
  • Disassembling of swing sets, play houses, play structures to garden sheds by your moving company will usually include them either numbering pieces or making a sketch for reassembly.
  • Hardware items for swing sets, play houses, play structures or garden sheds should be carefully retained in separate pouches or cartons.
  • Sometimes by virtue of disassembly, some items may need to be replaced with new hardware if originals cannot be safely used.
  • Trampolines and hot tubs (depending on their size) need to be disassembled. If you don’t have the original manual, go online and find the appropriate one. It is important that all of the steps be carefully be followed.
  • Remember you cannot pack automobiles with cartons or other items. Have the mover remove everything except basic safety equipment.
  • Your moving company will create a detailed inventory including any pre-existing damage. It is a good idea to have your own set of photographs for your own protection in the event of any disputed damage.
  • Automobiles should only have approximately a quarter tank of gas.
  • Lawn mowers and any other power tools for gardening should be drained of gas.

For more information about moving your outdoor items contact your Premiere Van Lines office in Edmonton at 780-455-4502 or call us at 1-877-671-8883. 

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From the packers, to the men who loaded our possessions onto the truck, and especially the driver, Curtis who was a superb leader of the crew, they did a first-rate job for us, and were right on time and never stopped working till the load was finished and on the van.  Thank you Clint for giving us such great service at such a reasonable cost – you more than met our needs and we are very appreciative.

Marilyn and Gord from Ottawa

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