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Moving my game room in three weeks, any tips??


By Spencer

1 year ago



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    #1 1 year ago

    We have been custom building a new house now for almost a year and we get the keys May 30th! While I am super stoked to move, I am not looking forward to moving 10 pins, 8 arcades and multiple other game room things... framed jerseys, glass cabinets, Mars attacks alien, life sized raptor, etc.

    I've got 3 friends to help and a huge truck with an electric lift gate.

    Any advise on how to make this go smoother?

    #2 1 year ago

    I moved 8 pins one at a time in a single day before. With a truck, you'll be fine.

    Just use plenty of plastic wrap, packing blankets, cardboard, pool noodles, bubble wrap, and straps.

    Good luck and enjoy the new place

    #3 1 year ago

    Bubble wrap and Beer.

    No drinking while driving of course, but maybe you do things different up North.

    Congratulations on the new Homestead!

    #4 1 year ago

    Pay a few more guys to help. Either pay with cash, Pizza, beer- whatever it takes to make things go more quickly and hopefully easier on you. Congrats on the new home

    #5 1 year ago

    Hire a moving company. Instead of losing friends I just hired a few guys to move 15 pins downstairs to my new gameroom. I wrapped them all up before hand and sat back while they did all the heavy lifting. Even got them to help me set them up. Best decision I could have ever made.

    #6 1 year ago

    Sell all the pins....cheap.

    #7 1 year ago
    Quoted from Willathrilla:

    Sell all the pins....cheap.

    LOL! Good One!

    #8 1 year ago
    Quoted from Willathrilla:

    Sell all the pins....cheap.

    Which ones do you want Will? lol

    #9 1 year ago
    Quoted from Ed209:

    Hire a moving company. Instead of losing friends I just hired a few guys to move 15 pins downstairs to my new gameroom. I wrapped them all up before hand and sat back while they did all the heavy lifting. Even got them to help me set them up. Best decision I could have ever made.

    Was quoted $3500-4000. I'm not cool with that.

    I would much rather pay someone but not at that price.

    #10 1 year ago
    Quoted from Coz:

    Pay a few more guys to help. Either pay with cash, Pizza, beer- whatever it takes to make things go more quickly and hopefully easier on you. Congrats on the new home

    Thankfully, two are personal trainers and the other works out daily. I kinda lucked out with these guys... one offered for free beer and pizza, the other 2 I'm paying. They are certainly capable of lifting/moving.

    Thanks for the tips..

    #11 1 year ago

    I moved 9 pins and 1 arcade last year. Don't envey you. Beer - lots of beer. Good luck!

    #12 1 year ago
    Quoted from Spencer:

    Was quoted $3500-4000. I'm not cool with that.

    You can limit what they do. That sounds like a price for a comprehensive move.

    If you just ask them to move out games and furniture that has already been prepped/wrapped for moving, that would probably only be a few hundred bucks.

    #13 1 year ago

    "Moving my game room in three weeks, any tips??"

    Don't drop anything.

    #14 1 year ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    You can limit what they do. That sounds like a price for a comprehensive move.
    If you just ask them to move out games and furniture that has already been prepped/wrapped for moving, that would probably only be a few hundred bucks.

    I had a guy, several people have used him. He usually charges $150 per pin. House to house move. So I asked him for a quote and he said $3500 probably more, not sure how that makes any sense but he is a dick for sure.

    #15 1 year ago
    Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

    "Moving my game room in three weeks, any tips??"
    Don't drop anything.

    Thanks Captain Obvious.

    #16 1 year ago

    Step one = Buy a bunch of beer.
    Step two = Hire movers
    Step three = Drink beer and watch mover.

    #17 1 year ago
    Quoted from Spencer:

    Was quoted $3500-4000. I'm not cool with that.
    I would much rather pay someone but not at that price.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/moving-with-your-pins#post-4273767

    #18 1 year ago

    Start with preparing all the games. Get one person to help you Remove balls, secure backbox, remove all legs, wrap the legs with the bolts. Do that to all the machines, then get the rest of the guys and the truck. The first step may take you a whole day.

    TTT things take time

    Good luck with the move!

    #19 1 year ago

    Take your time and have them all wrapped up and ready to take them into the truck. Put each game’s bolts, balls, and keys into their own bag that’s labeled. Label all the legs. Put the bags into a box so you have all the stuff in one spot. Make sure and strap the games to the inside walls of the truck.

    Get a couple big ass rolls of shrink wrap to wrap the games up.

    Having all this help, you’ll be done in a couple hours.

    Arcades I don’t have much advice, but with the extra help should be relatively easy assuming walkouts at both houses.

    Your basement should look like this before your friends even show up.

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    #20 1 year ago

    The lift gate truck is the best idea. We moved 15 pins from various collector houses to our public event at the local library last year and that's what we did. Prepped everything the day before so it was ready to go. 3 of us got 15 moved out and into the event in a few hours. Not sure what size you got, but we managed 2 pins per lift. It made a huge difference compared to a uhaul ramp.

    Good Luck!

    #21 1 year ago

    I’ve used Pinball Armor now sold by Stern with good results. Probably not necessary if you are careful, but covers the entire machine.

    #22 1 year ago

    I’ll be doing this too. I’ve got 12 games, a couple of slot machines, and a flight of steps.

    I was originally going to bite the bullet and buy an escalera, but I can’t justify the cost (yet). I’ll probably rent one, rent a big truck, and go the ForceFlow route.

    Let us know how you make out! Good luck on your endeavor!

    #23 1 year ago

    Wife and I just did the same thing,but,our moving co.charged us $500. to move my 8 pins! Just make sure you keep all your pinball stuff,tools,all together while you do move! Congrats on getting new digs!! Us too,Good luck,have fun.B safe!!!!

    #24 1 year ago

    What about one of those dolly lifts with wheels?

    #25 1 year ago

    Thanks for the tips guy's. I'll make sure to have everything wrapped up and ready to go before hand. Unfortunately, I have 2 flights of stairs at both houses.

    I'd prefer to pay someone, drink beer and watch as everyone suggests but alas I don't think that's going to happen.

    #26 1 year ago
    Quoted from Spencer:

    Unfortunately, I have 2 flights of stairs at both houses.

    Oh boy. That is definitely going to suck. Hopefully no 90 degree turns then.

    So go in pairs. One pair get a game out and into the truck. Next team tags in and does the next one while first two rest. Keep alternating. Add 100 beers to the equation and it will be done in no time !

    #27 1 year ago
    Quoted from chuckwurt:

    Oh boy. That is definitely going to suck. Hopefully no 90 degree turns then.
    So go in pairs. One pair get a game out and into the truck. Next team tags in and does the next one while first two rest. Keep alternating. Add 100 beers to the equation and it will be done in no time !

    Lol, not sure 100 beers would "help"

    2 90 degrees coming out, 2 90 degrees going in. I cant wait.

    #28 1 year ago
    Quoted from Spencer:

    2 90 degrees coming out, 2 90 degrees going in. I cant wait.

    Ugggg - God speed....good luck bro. Those turns are a bioch.....

    #29 1 year ago
    Quoted from Spencer:

    Lol, not sure 100 beers would "help"
    2 90 degrees coming out, 2 90 degrees going in. I cant wait.

    You didn’t factor this in when you were choosing houses?!? Man. We passed on every single house that didn’t have a walkout.

    #30 1 year ago
    Quoted from chuckwurt:

    You didn’t factor this in when you were choosing houses?!? Man. We passed on every single house that didn’t have a walkout.

    Of coarse it was number one on my list but a walkout required a different lot, which was $80k+ more. i elected to use that money on a 3 car garage and finishing the basement, including a bar and such. The games may go at some point, the value of my other options wont.

    #31 1 year ago

    Maybe rent an escalera?
    If your friends have moved a game before and are still in for the task, you have great friends.

    #32 1 year ago
    Quoted from Spencer:

    Of coarse it was number one on my list but a walkout required a different lot, which was $80k+ more. i elected to use that money on a 3 car garage and finishing the basement, including a bar and such. The games may go at some point, the value of my other options wont.

    Right on. Opposite situation out our way. Walkouts are a plenty and just as cheap as other homes. Sounds like you have some awesome things planned. Exciting.

    #33 1 year ago
    Quoted from chuckwurt:

    Right on. Opposite situation out our way. Walkouts are a plenty and just as cheap as other homes. Sounds like you have some awesome things planned. Exciting.

    I do, thanks! The house is going to be amazing, once the games find a way in!

    Edit: Got a little of topic and don't want it going there..

    #34 1 year ago

    New house,thinking about a plane= pay the movers.

    #35 1 year ago

    I've asked for a few more quotes now, hopefully its more reasonable.

    #36 1 year ago

    Take lots of pictures. No wait, that's supposed to be for a Playfield swap...

    #37 1 year ago

    Hire movers. I just moved my house including 11 pins. Movers were awesome. They didn’t even use the Dolly’s on the stairs, they just carried them! New basement had 90 degree turn, no problem for them. Whole thing cost me under $1K. Best move ever.

    They referred to Road Show as “big mama” and Black Hole as “big blue”, but still carried them both! Impressive. No damage to pins or walls.
    Couldn’t recommend Two Men and a Truck more.

    Jeff

    #38 1 year ago
    Quoted from Grangeomatic:

    Hire movers. I just moved my house including 11 pins. Movers were awesome. They didn’t even use the Dolly’s on the stairs, they just carried them! New basement had 90 degree turn, no problem for them. Whole thing cost me under $1K. Best move ever.
    They referred to Road Show as “big mama” and Black Hole as “big blue”, but still carried them both! Impressive. No damage to pins or walls.
    Couldn’t recommend Two Men and a Truck more.
    Jeff

    Thanks Jeff.

    #39 1 year ago

    Buy pinball armor if it is still made. That stuff is the shit!

    #40 1 year ago

    Great thread. I'm moving (i.e. The moving company will move for me) to a new house in the morning. Bunch of junk and 3 pins. I was going to wrap them up but leave the legs on, is that asking for trouble? (They'll have to be taken to a basement, 14 stairs outside the house)

    #41 1 year ago
    Quoted from Kkuoppamaki:

    Great thread. I'm moving (i.e. The moving company will move for me) to a new house in the morning. Bunch of junk and 3 pins. I was going to wrap them up but leave the legs on, is that asking for trouble? (They'll have to be taken to a basement, 14 stairs outside the house)

    Take the legs off. It takes a few more minutes but trying to move these games with the legs on especially with stairs is too much. Those legs are more then likely going to hit the ground and you start worrying about cabinet damage at that point. Take the extra 10 mins on each game.

    #42 1 year ago

    Rent an Escalara or only move 2/day. If you have time on your side, why try and kill yourself in 12hours?

    #43 1 year ago

    Take the legs off for sure!

    I contacted 4 companies yesterday, 2 said no way, I'll pass. 1 said no, then maybe, then texted me at 2 am some bullshit... He also sent me pictures of his dog, a selfie with his hat on sideways and road signs as he was driving... seems very professional, lol. The last, 2 men with a truck, waiting on. Hopefully that goes better.

    #44 1 year ago

    Just quoted $2100 plus tax. From 2 Men and a Truck. I'm going to jump on it and drink beer while watching.

    #45 1 year ago

    If I were closer I would bring the beer.

    #46 1 year ago

    Go on uhaul.com and hire hourly movers to load a truck for you, and hire more to unload the truck for you.

    They are usually only like $80/hr for two guys.

    #47 1 year ago

    I borrowed an open trailer and moved about 8 one day and the same the next day. Only a 15 minute drive. Used different friend helpers on each day.

    Lots of good advice already in this thread. I'll add to pre-measure the clearance of your doorways and pack the pins accordingly to avoid damage. I had to pass thru a doorway where with to door off the hinges, storm door fully open and latch removed, only a couple inches of clearance, so we wrapped the folded down heads with cardboard to prevent scuffing when passing thru the doorway.

    We used a dolly (hand truck actually) to move the pins around, and a lift table is nice but not essential when putting the legs back on.

    Best of luck!

    1 month later
    #48 1 year ago

    A bit late update. I did hire Two Men and a Truck. I wrapped all the games myself, although they said they would do it. Every pin arrived in 100% shape, only damage was minor on my NBA Jam and a broken glass door on a display cabinet. They did mark up the walls a bit in the new house but refunded me $350 to fix it. All in all, I'm happy I used them, the guys were really great and it saved my back and/or another surgery. Total cost was about $2500 and then refund of $350 to move about 25 overweight items. For about $100 an item, well worth it.

    #49 1 year ago

    Interesting thread. Interesting in the ways pinball adds to the economy with moving supplies and expenses involved.

    #50 1 year ago

    Glad everything worked out and you have your back in one piece so you can still stand and play.

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