Heavy is the word that immediately springs to mind when you think of a pool table.
Pool tables are an entirely different beast when it comes to moving, often requiring both technical skill and plenty of muscle.
Which is why pool table moving is a task best left to experienced professionals.
If you have a pool table that needs moving, there are important things you need to keep in mind.
Pool tables are a sum of many components
Bulky and heavy, a pool table is made up of many individual pieces.
Fastening mechanisms like screws and bolts are crucial pieces that help maintain some degree of structural integrity within the pool table.
The screws need to be safely bagged and labeled to correspond with the respective bolts relative to their positional proximity. This ensures seamless disassembly and reassembly at the old and new homes respectively.
Due to their bulky nature, pool tables need a minimum of four well-fed individuals to effectively move them. If you own one, this needs no telling. You’re also probably well aware of the complexities of moving a pool table, so we’ll leave it at that.
Professional pool table movers are the best option
Unless you are a professional mover yourself, the risk of damaging a pool table in the process of relocating is high. And that’s not something we want really: pool tables don’t come for cheap, and replacing one just because of poor handling can no doubt be a bummer.
The price of hiring a professional pool table mover pales in comparison to replacing a broken pool table.
But if you think you’re up to the task, by all means, go for it. Just don’t say we didn’t try to warn you.
Get friends to help
The average cost of hiring a professional pool table mover to move your pool table is somewhere in the range of $200 to $600, inclusive of disassembly and assembly, as well as labor. It mostly depends on the size of your table and the distance to be covered.
If you are knowledgeable about moving pool tables, consider enlisting the help of a few friends to help with the heavy lifting and maneuvering of the pool table. But make sure to have all the tools you need before the job.
Success or failure of a DIY move could mean the difference between saving or losing 400 bucks that would otherwise have been spent securing the services of an expert pool table mover.
The question you have to ask yourself is, “Is moving the pool table DIY worth the trouble?”
If you think there is no harm in doing it yourself, call on a couple of friends and come up with an effective plan on how you can move the pool table without risking any damage.
For many people with the space to spare, a gaming room isn’t considered complete without a pool table.
Pool tables provide a different source of entertainment and relaxation which is hard to come by in this increasingly connected world we live in.
When it comes down to it, therefore, the aspect of increased socialization and meaningful human interaction is one that cannot be overlooked when you’re considering the costs of moving a pool table and the benefits it offers.
However, do your own costs-benefits analysis to determine whether or not the advantages of moving house with your pool table outweigh the disadvantages.
Pool table moving service providers peg their charges on weight and/or time spent during the move (which will vary depending on distance). The lower the weight, the lower the moving cost will be, just as it should. Similarly, shorter turnaround times equal lower overall moving costs.
When moving heavy equipment like pool tables, floor protection is a consideration that needs to be factored in as the likelihood of damage stemming from mishandling is very high.
As we noted earlier, the heavy nature of pool tables does not make them an ideal item to move when you have only a limited number of people helping as this will compromise on the maneuverability.
Depending on the size of your pool table and its functionality, even a run-of-the-mill pool table moving company should be able to handle the move expeditiously.
That said, every moving company that specializes in this type of move aims for nothing other than getting the move over the line successfully without leaving a trail of destruction behind.
As you can see, pool table moving is a labor-intensive venture that requires some level of expertise to execute successfully.
Many factors come into play when executing this type of project, with each playing an integral part in the move.
However, we cannot overemphasize the importance of due diligence, precaution and patience that should be exercised when moving a pool table to outdoor space.