A move is stressful enough if you just have a bunch of boxes and standard furniture. But add in a large and bulky item such as a pool table, pinball machine, arcade game or other coin-operated game, and it’s a whole different ball of wax. Not only are these big machines costly, they probably hold some level of sentimental value too. If you don’t take the right precautions when packing your machine up, you could damage it during the move.
Unlike a pinball machine that you can fold up, or a pool table whereby you can remove the legs, an arcade machine is in one piece. Translation? You’ll have to wrap it with padding and blankets, secure those with a bungee, and have your mover load it onto a dolly to transport the machine to the truck. The difficulty level of the move will vary with the number of stairs you have, the cramped nature of your hallways, and the availability of an elevator.
Beforehand, take detailed measurements, which will really help out your movers. Usually, the weight of the machine isn’t what makes the job so tough, but rather, it’s the tight quarters and cramped spaces that elevate the difficulty level.
To prevent damage, here’s how you can disassemble and transport your pinball machine before moving:
Take off the most delicate parts first, wrapping them separately. You will have to take some time to remove the slate, screws and felt from the table prior to taking off the legs.
Here are some more tips:
If all of these tasks seem like a lot of work, that’s because it is a lot of work. That’s why hiring a mover to relocate your pool tables, arcade machines and pinball machines is such a great idea. They will show up with the necessary equipment, tools and padding to ensure a successful job.
If you have big and bulky stuff you need to move, like an arcade machine, just contact us for a free quote at 210-987-9179.