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September 01, 2018

The best way to Move Your Houseplants and Aquariums

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving Plants Professional movers are going to do everything they're able to to help you move specialty items to El Paso, from fine art to fragile electronics. Regardless of size, weight, or awkwardness to handle, your movers can probably handle the project. But, there are certain things that movers are not legally able to move, and for good rationale. Moving trucks are dimly lit, not temperature-controlled, and the inside of the truck could go unmonitored for many days to more than a week through the moving process. This is why movers cannot handle anything living for you, including furniture-like things that are alive such as houseplants and aquariums.

However, because things can't go into the moving van doesn't mean we're not able to assist you to take care of them. Specialty item moving is a tricky job and we are here to work with you every step of the way. Even with items that has to be moved to El Paso within your own vehicle.

Ways to Move Houseplants

Look into the Regulations

If you are moving to El Paso across state lines, make sure your entire plant species are permitted in. Some areas have got stringent laws about transporting in new plant types.

Re-Pot in Light Plastic Pots

Big, weighty, and ceramic pots aren't handy for moving. They are harder to lift and more likely to break accidentally amidst the move. Repot your houseplants in light-weight plastic pots if at all possible to ensure they are far better to move quickly and successfully.

Pack the Soil with Damp Paper

To help keep the soil from dumping out, pack the top of your pot with damp paper. This tends to keep the soil from drying and from spilling all over your vehicle.

Put in Roomy Boxes with Air Holes

Your houseplants need safeguards plus a satisfactory growing environment during the move. Think about tall boxes like wardrobe boxes for larger plants. Ensure that you pack the pot securely in the bottom to circumvent slippage while allowing room enough for the leaves and stems. You may consider trimming your plants down for your move to El Paso so they are easier to transport.

Traveling with Your Plants

When you've got only a few plants, securing them in your backseat is the perfect answer. Otherwise, look at a small trailer for your large number of plants. Ensure that you keep your inside of the car a comfortable neutral temperature and do not water them unless they get very dry. Watch out for extraordinary temperatures. In the event you stop on the way, bring the plants inside and open them up to get some light.

Consider Taking Cuttings Instead

If moving your plants may seem like a whole lot of work nevertheless you still would like them at your new residence, think about taking small cuttings to restart with and gifting your present potted collection to pals or maybe selling them to obtain a little extra moving funds.

How to Move an Aquarium

Pack in Their Water

As you already know, the water inside of a fish tank is properly balanced for healthy fish so your fish would be best transported in their water. To ensure this water is properly balanced and also as clean as is feasible, replace about 20% from the tank water every day for five days prior to the trip and stop feeding your fish for one day before the trip. This may reduce waste within the water making your fish healthier during the move. Fish can survive for about one week with no food if well-fed ahead of the move to El Paso.

For Few Fish, Transport in sturdy Plastic Bags

If you happen to only have a small number of fish in a small aquarium, it is possible to pack them in one or two tough plastic bags. Be sure the bags are filled up with water from the tank. This is the way fish come home from the pet store and it also ought to be safe for your little swimming pets en route to a new residence.

For Numerous Fish, Separate into Five Gallon Containers

For those who have a large collection of fish in a big tank, pick up a number of 5-gallon containers together with lids which secure firmly. Fill the containers with tank water and space your fish amongst them, ensuring never to crowd the fish very much in any one reservoir.

Moving Your Fish

Fish in bags can be packed in Styrofoam in containers. Fish inside containers need to be properly secured inside your backseat where they will vibrate the smallest amount. Be cautious concerning transportation temperature, particularly if driving in the summer months or wintertime. Bring your fish inside along with you if you stop at hotels en route.

Consider Working with a Pet Store

Some pet shops will assist you to transport and even board your fish. This is basically the ideal choice if it could take you some hours to get their aquarium tank set back up once again within your new house.

Aquarium along with you or maybe the Movers

Lastly, choose what you want to do with the aquarium. Fully emptied and thoroughly cleaned out, your movers can manage it as a specialty item moving in the moving van itself to El Paso. But, in the event you could possibly get to the new house ahead of the moving company, you might want to pack the aquarium in your trunk instead.

Ready to get started planning your move to El Paso, including your plants and fish? Click here to discover how we can help!

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
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