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The Hardest Items to Move

Published by Chris Townsend

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Moving is never an easy task no matter how little furniture you may have. There’s planning, packing, loading, unloading and plenty of lifting in between. But the fact of the matter is that some items are much more challenging to move than others, usually because they’re very heavy or large enough to make it awkward to lift and fit them through doorways or up stairs. Sometimes it’s just because they’re very delicate items that require a lot of care and caution when moving. If you’ve ever wondered what some of the most challenging items to move are, you’re in luck. And if you’ve ever had to move any of these things, you’ll know why they’re on this list.


Pianos are always a challenge to move since they’re heavy and not an easy item to get a good grip on. They also have small, delicate parts that need to be handled with care so you can’t just muscle them onto a truck or through a doorway. Pianos come in different sizes too, so some are more of a challenge to move than others, but in either case, it’s a job that’s best left to professionals. Not to say that you can’t move a piano on your own with some help, but the better option is to have professional movers handle it for you.

Fish Tanks & Aquariums

Some items are hard to move not because they’re extremely heavy or awkward, but because they need to be handled with care to keep from damaging them. Fish tanks and aquariums definitely fall into this category since they’re glass enclosed and often quite large. Care needs to be taken not just in moving them from house to truck and your new home, but they also need to be carefully protected within the truck while driving. Another challenge can be in preparing them for a move since you’ll need to drain the water and take care to protect your fish or reptiles during the move.

Pool Table

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Pool Tables

Pool tables are another doozy when it comes to moving. They’re large, very heavy, and not easy to maneuver through doorways, up or down stairs, or on and off a moving truck. These are another item that you may be tempted to try and move on your own, but you’d be better served by calling in professionals. They also require some protection once loaded into the truck, especially if a table is made up of delicate slate.

Hot Tubs

Hot tubs often require special equipment to move since they’re heavy, big, and need to be handled carefully to protect the motor and other small parts. They don’t require as much protection as other things on this list once they’re loaded onto the truck, but getting a hot tub to the truck and safely unloaded is no easy task. When you’re considering movers to relocate a hot tub for you, make sure they have the necessary experience to do the job carefully and professionally.

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Plants are delicate living things, which are always a challenge to move. One of the biggest problems when moving plants is that moving trucks or even your own car can get very hot while in transit. Most moving trucks are not climate controlled, so it’s usually best to move plants in your own vehicle where you can control the temperature better. If you’ve got a particularly long move, be sure to keep the car cool and protect them from too much direct sunlight while driving.

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Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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