Ways to Move Your Houseplants and Aquariums

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving Plants Professional movers do everything they are able to that will help you move specialty items to Oklahoma City, from paintings to sensitive electronics. No matter what the size, weight, or awkwardness to carry, your movers can most likely handle the job. Nevertheless, there are some things that movers will not be legally allowed to move, and for good reason. Moving trucks are dim, not temperature-controlled, as well as the inside of the truck might be unmonitored for many days to more than a week during the moving process. For this reason movers cannot manage anything living for you, including furniture-like things that are alive such as houseplants and aquariums.

Having said that, because stuff can't be put into the moving van doesn't mean we won't help you take care of them. Specialty item moving can be a tricky project and we're here to work with you all the way. Even with items that has to be moved to Oklahoma City within your vehicle.

Methods to Move Houseplants

Verify the Regulations

If you are moving to Oklahoma City across state lines, be sure all your plant species are allowed in. Some states have strict laws about transporting in new plant types.

Re-Pot in lightweight Plastic Pots

Large, hefty, and ceramic pots will not be convenient for moving. They are more difficult to lift and a lot more likely to break by mistake during the move. Repot your houseplants in lightweight plastic pots if at all possible so they are easier to move quickly and adequately.

Pack the Soil with Damp Paper

To prevent the soil from dumping out, pack the very top of your pot with damp paper. This may prevent the soil from drying out and from spilling all over your vehicle.

Place in Roomy Boxes with Air Holes

Your houseplants need protection along with a passable growing ambiance amidst the move. Take into consideration tall boxes like wardrobe boxes for larger plants. Ensure that you pack the pot securely at the base to prevent sliding while leaving room enough for the leaves and stems. You could possibly think about cutting your plants down for your move to Oklahoma City to ensure that they are simpler to transport.

Going with Your Plants

If you have not many plants, securing them in your backseat is an ideal option. Otherwise, consider a small trailer for your large bunch of plants. Be sure to keep your interior of the car a comfortable neutral temperature and do not water them unless they become very dry. Be cautious about extraordinary temperatures. If you stop along the way, bring the plants inside and open them up to receive some light.

Consider Taking Cuttings Instead

If moving your plants seems like a whole lot of work but you still would like them at your new residence, think about taking small cuttings to restart with and gifting your present potted collection to friends or even selling them for a little extra moving funds.

Ways to Move an Aquarium

Pack in Their Own Water

As you already know, the water in a fish tank is properly balanced for healthy fish which means your fish are best transported within their water. To make sure this water is correctly balanced and as clean as is feasible, replace about 20% of the tank water every day for 5 days before the trip and stop feeding your fish for a day prior to the trip. This should reduce waste in the water and make your fish more healthy during the move. Fish can survive for about one week devoid of food if well-fed prior to the move to Oklahoma City.

For Few Fish, Transport in sturdy Plastic Bags

If you should only have a small number of fish in a tiny aquarium tank, you'll be able to pack them in a single or 2 stable plastic bags. Make sure the bags are full of water from the aquarium. This is how fish get home from the pet store and it should be safe for your little swimming pets en route to another house.

For Many Fish, Separate into 5 Gallon Containers

If you have a large collection of fish within a sizeable aquarium, buy several 5-gallon containers with lids that secure firmly. Fill the containers with aquarium water and space your fish amongst them, ensuring not to crowd the fish very much in any one carrier.

Moving Your Fish

Fish in bags are usually packed in Styrofoam in containers. Fish inside storage containers should be secured within your backseat where they will move minimally. Be cautious about transportation temperature, especially if traveling in the summertime or wintertime. Take the fish inside together with you if you should stop at places to stay en route.

Think about Using a Pet Shop

Certain pet stores will actually help you to move and in some cases board your fish. This can be the ideal solution if it will take you some time to get the aquarium set back up once again within your new home.

Aquarium along with you or maybe the Movers

Finally, choose what you should do with the fish tank. Fully emptied and thoroughly cleaned up, your movers may manage it as a specialty item going into the moving van itself to Oklahoma City. Having said that, in case you might get to the new home before the moving company, you may want to load up the fish tank in your trunk as an alternative.

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