Moving a chandelier – hire professionals to help

Hiring Moving Experts - April 10, 2019

Chandeliers are a decoration piece that most people don’t consider investing in. That is because the prototypical chandelier is a large and luxurious piece not everyone can afford. However, this does not have to be the case. The goal of having a chandelier is to make your living space more special and visually beautiful. That means that you can have a small chandelier which will add just the right amount of elegance to your home. If you’re getting a chandelier (or already own one) but are also planning a move, you should do some research. Most importantly, your top priority should be keeping the chandelier safely in one piece during the move. Since you probably do not know precisely how moving a chandelier works, consider hiring professionals for help.

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A chandelier doesn’t have to be extravagant!

Moving is a stressful process for everyone. It can be especially overwhelming if you’re moving a chandelier. Figuring out a safe relocation of a chandelier is a challenge. However, if you plan and organize properly, you won’t have to worry even if you have the most delicate chandelier. You could always choose to do it on your own. However, hiring more experienced and professional movers will save you a lot of time and stress. Whichever way you decide upon, there are several things to keep in mind.

Preparation when moving a chandelier

If you already own a chandelier and have it installed, the first thing you’ll have to do is remove it. Because your safety is essential, having help is necessary. Furthermore, the chandelier is connected to a power source. Because of this, you must turn off the power in the room where the chandelier is placed.

Afterward, you will have to disassemble the chandelier and take it down from the ceiling. You should be extra careful with all the wires, screws, and similar small pieces. Additionally, place all of these tiny objects in separate plastic bags and make sure to label them correctly. By doing this, you will make the unpacking process a lot easier. You will be able to find all the pieces you need when assembling the chandelier in your new home. Also, roll up and tie all of the wires and cords to avoid tangles. Be sure to create a moving inventory list! That will be a great help when unpacking.

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Stay organized and always make an inventory list!

After you’ve taken the chandelier down and safely packed all the pieces, it’s time to move to the chandelier itself. Figure out which parts can be detached. Removable parts are usually the lampshades and the light bulbs. Depending on how detailed your chandelier is, you may have removable chains and crystals and similar decorative pieces. It is best to wrap these parts in paper or bubble wrap. In this way, they will be safe for transportation without any damage. Afterward, the same goes for the body of the chandelier. Wrap every single inch in a protective paper and bubble wrap layer. Pay attention even to the smallest curves. That is how you avoid scratches and damages.

Preparation for Transporting the Chandelier

The most important thing you will need for transporting a chandelier is a shipping crate. Choose the best shipping crate very carefully. You should aim for it to be at least 4 inches wider than your chandelier in every single direction. Yes, this includes the bottom side as well.  The bottom is included because the chandelier needs to be hung even in the shipping crate. For this, you will have to make a special kind of mechanism. To do this, you will need:

  1. two 1-by-1 pieces of wood, both 2 inches shorter than the shipping crate
  2. one piece of wood, as long as the shipping crate
  3. lots and lots of screws.

The process of making this mechanism isn’t too complicated, but it is not for everyone. To make it short, the first two pieces should be secured with the second piece placed on top of them. Feel free to use as many screws as you wish for this process. Better be safe than sorry!

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DIY’s aren’t for everyone!

It is inevitable that you will have leftover materials afterward. Don’t let them go to waste and research what to do with leftover packing materials!

Furthermore, think of what you will use to hang the chandelier on those pieces of wood. You can always use a rope. Tie one end of the rope to the chandelier itself. Then, tie the other end to the top part of the crate. Try your best to leave at least two inches below the chandelier so that it doesn’t touch the bottom. Because the chandelier won’t be completely fixed in place, think about more padding. Even though you’ve already wrapped the chandelier, it can still be damaged by swinging in the crate. Because of this, fill the empty spaces between the chandelier and the crate walls with protective materials. For example, use packing peanuts or dense cotton balls. That will stop the chandelier from moving during the process of moving a chandelier.

Hiring Professionals to Help

Do not hesitate too long; booking professional help in advance is recommended!

Even though you might be able to do all this by yourself, you have to admit it’ll be a nightmare. Most likely, you will not feel confident or comfortable to do it on your own. Because of this, it is highly recommended to look for help from experts. Be sure to do detailed research to find the best moving company. Not all of them know how to handle moving a chandelier. Find a company with a professionally trained staff. Also, it is even better if they provide electricians as well as movers. In this way, you will be sure that your chandelier is appropriately and safely removed. Along with this, you won’t have to worry about making a unique mechanism. The moving company will do all the work for you!

Ultimately, whichever option you decide upon, there is one last thing you must not forget to do. If you choose to hire professionals, you should also remind your movers to do this, to be sure. Do not forget to label the top of the crate! Ignoring to label the top is one of the biggest mistakes people make when moving a chandelier. Be sure to label the box so that anyone can see which side is the top.

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