How to Move a Grandfather Clock (Part I)

These antique clocks must be handled with care and here’s how to do it.

Not confident on how to transport a Grandfather Clock? Sometimes these decorative pendulum clocks are precious family heirlooms passed down from generation to generation. Their sentimental value and vintage charm make grandfather clocks a real value in the eyes of their owners.

While we usually suggest using a specialty moving company to move this fragile and valuable antique, we know that not everyone has the money to do so. Luckily, transporting a grandfather clock on your own is possible with the help of a friend and the right tools.

In order to ship these heirlooms, a grandfather clock should be properly disassembled and packed with care. Moving these antiques is not a task that has to be rushed, so make sure to allow yourself at least 45 – 60 minutes.

While grandfather clocks differ depending on when and where they were constructed, every free-standing clock must have a pendulum, clock face, and several weights, not to mention a set of chains or cables to hang the weights inside of the tall clock. Below, we’ve included our guide for correctly disassembling and transporting a standard grandfather clock.

How to Move a Grandfather Clock 

Round up your tools and supplies

Start by collecting all needed moving tools and supplies. To be sure that your grandfather clock is moved with extreme care and attention, we suggest having a pair of gloves or a clean cloth for taking apart the parts. Also, you’ll need padding, moving blankets and bubble wrap to safeguard every part inside and outside of the grandfather clock.

Other must-have moving supplies include a dolly (which you can rent from your local hardware store), moving boxes to hold and transport the parts, and a huge crate or moving box to hold the outside of the grandfather clock.