Crane Move in Washington DC

As a local and long distance moving company, sometimes there are large items that cannot be lifted by our team or items that may not fit in elevator shafts or stairwells and need a crane to hoist from a balcony and brought down to our truck. Last week we moved this property in Washington, DC and we had to call in a crane to help us move items.

Crane Moving Furniture

What items did we move? 

This customer had 2 large area rugs, a large antique sofa, and an oversized king-size mattress. It was a liquidating estate move with older items that could not be dismantled to maintain the integrity of the piece. For example, the antique sofa could not be disassembled, and neither could the mattress of course.

When do we recommend using a crane?

When the items don’t fit in a stairway or elevator and it’s over 2 flights of steps we may recommend using a crane to make the process safer and more efficient for us. Also, if an item can’t be disassembled and is very large, a crane would be very helpful. In this project, they were on the 7th floor so there were too many stairs.

What process do we use to determine if a crane is needed?

Generally, when we are doing a visual survey at the initial consultation, one of our certified moving consultants will recommend a crane may be needed for certain items. The moving consultant will evaluate access to the item, moving lanes for our team, and determine the best moving solution for the customer.

Preparing for Crane Move

How long does it take to use a crane to move?

It only took about an hour for the crane to remove the items from the home and place them into our truck. For the permit to be pulled, it took about 3 weeks to get the DC crane permit for the crane to be parked on the street for 4 hours while we used it to move items.

What were the unique challenges this client had?

Aside from using a crane to move items, this move had no other challenges out of the ordinary. We completed this move pretty quickly after the crane was complete.

If you are moving in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington DC and think you may need a crane for your items or move, we can come take a look and provide a free estimate for your specific move. Our certified moving consultants have moved people all over the world and are truly moving experts. Call us at (800) 683-6683 or request an estimate here.