I Am Not Buried Under Boxes

moving van pulled up to my house

Quite literally door-to-door service.

It just feels that way. We had movers bring over some of the larger pieces of furniture the other day. The driver took one look at our lawn which, sadly, is not currently covered with snow. I say sadly because it looks much like it did after the plumber left us back in July. Of course, there was a dumpster sitting on the land from September through December, so it didn’t make sense to sod until this coming spring. The driver asked if he could back his truck up onto our “lawn” and I couldn’t think of a reason he shouldn’t.

Plus, he said it would save a little time and since our four-man team’s hourly billing rate was higher than mine, it made even more sense.

They were pretty efficient, which is to say the guys from Happ Movers didn’t waste a lot of time wrapping stuff.

Some movers mummify everything in bubble wrap and tape and then charge you for materials plus time. A waste of money and bubble wrap, not to mention tape. These guys had large rubber band-type things and lots of moving blankets. Nothing was damaged.

Honestly, the only piece I was really concerned about was the piano- a 1920s player piano. There are few material possessions that I consider completely irreplaceable; the piano is one of them. When we moved it into my parents’ house, we used Burrows. I felt more confident with the way that team cared for the piano, but Team Happ moved our piano and about 5 other sizeable pieces of furniture for less than it cost just to move the piano a few years ago.

Most importantly, the piano and the player mechanism appear to be working just fine.

{wipes sweat from brow}

There’s still lots of unpacking and settling in to do, but I look forward to sharing more pictures soon. I finally found the piece I need to transfer photos from my camera to the computer, so the quality of my shots should improve soon(ish). Check out the before and after shots:

living room before


player piano 1920s

AFTER (note the mess in the foreground; it's called Keeping It Real or perhaps Too Lazy To Clean Up For The Shot)

Those white squares to the left of the piano are the song rolls. Wanna come over for old skool karaoke? It’s tons of fun.

(No, I did not get any special discount or deal from our movers. Just called around for prices based on recommendations from Angie’s List.)




5 Responses to I Am Not Buried Under Boxes
  1. Brandie
    February 3, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    Moving pianos is hard work! So glad it’s in and unharmed. Must be so exciting to set everything up, even if it can be a lot of work.

  2. megryansmom
    February 3, 2012 | 3:23 pm

    Aha, thank you for clearing that up about the song rolls. Curious as to why you didn’t want to keep those records on the wall LOL. I so happy for you, finally in your new home 🙂

    • admin
      February 3, 2012 | 4:48 pm

      I picked up those records at a garage sale last summer and just threw them on the wall so we had something to look at–and play on the olde tyme record player, which is now in the basement thanks to the movers (it weighs about 300 pounds!).

  3. Cristie
    February 3, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    First, those floors are dreamy.
    Second, in the before picture are those old-school vinyl records on the wall? Awesome.

    • admin
      February 3, 2012 | 4:46 pm

      You got something against green carpeting? I must admit I love the floors, too. And they were under the carpet, protected for the last 3-4 decades. Lucky us.