Moving Grandfather Clocks
Many items are challenging to move, and require special handling and care. Robb and Messer Moving and Storage has seen it all, and we have special methods for securely moving all kinds of household items. From bicycles to pianos to fine furniture, we will work with you to get all your treasured possessions safely to your new home. One of the most challenging items to move are grandfather clocks. Heavy, oddly sized, and with many moving parts, these items are also frequently antiques or heirlooms. Robb and Messer Moving and Storage is experienced in moving these complex and valuable clocks. Partial disassembly is necessary to avoid damage. If you choose to pack your clock yourself, here are some tips to get it ready for transit. If you don’t want to tackle the job alone, Robb and Messer is happy to pack your clock securely as part of our full move services.
- Don’t touch the working parts of a grandfather clock with bare hands. Wear a pair of cotton or nitrile gloves when packing your clock.
- Open the door gently and remove the weights. They should easily detach from the pulleys inside the casing. Wrap the weights in bubble wrap and place them in a labeled box.
- Make sure to label all the components. Taking a photo of the clock fully assembled is also recommended.
- Remove any shelving from inside the grandfather clock to remove the possibility of damage during transit. Pack each shelf into a box, after wrapping it individually with bubble wrap.
- Mark all clock components and boxes containing them clearly as “fragile”.
- Carefully remove the pendulum by holding it securely and gently lifting it off the suspension spring.
- Remove any decorative items that can be removed without damage, wrap in bubble wrap, label, and pack.
- Once the grandfather clock is fully disassembled, wrap the body of the clock in a furniture blanket and secure it with stretch wrap.