6 Types of Items That Are Challenging for Movers to Move

What’s your greatest moving fear? For most of us, it’s the thought of our prized possessions getting damaged en route. Reputable movers don’t try and break your stuff, but accidents do happen sometimes.

While accidents can be unpredictable, there are steps we can take to prevent stress and heartache. One of those steps, undoubtedly, is to insure your most precious items. Another recommended tactic is to factor in which items are most difficult for movers to transport.

What’s the value in figuring this out? First off, you can anticipate problems with moving these items before they happen. Secondly, you can adequately prepare your movers to transport difficult-to-move items with extra caution. Finally, you can determine if an item is too hazardous to trust a mover with at all, and perhaps move it yourself.

So what are some of these difficult-to-move items?

Oddly Shaped Items

Oddly shaped items can be difficult to grip, and difficult to move (Image courtesy: Beth H/flickr)

1. Oddly shaped items.

As a general rule, items that can fit snugly into a box or large case are easier to move than those that are oddly shaped. Even a large mattress is easier to move than a triangular glass coffee table.

The laws of physics and gravity helped determine this rule. Items that are square or rectangular — or can be secured in a square box — are easier to grab securely for moving. Since these items have an even bottom, they can also sit on a cart or furniture dolly without falling off.

However, oddly shaped items are tough to secure and carry because a human body can’t support them well during the moving process. Gravity will often carry the momentum of these items away from the body, giving movers the feeling that the item is about to fall (which indeed, could be the case).

These items are often movable, but they will often require extra caution, time, care and manpower.

Piano Keys

Pianos are incredibly diffuclt to move, so movers often use specialized tools (Image courtesy: Esc821/flickr)

2. Pianos.

Yes, these are oddly shaped items, but they belong in a class by themselves. Moving a piano is like moving an elephant; it’s awkward and inherently dangerous.

Movers have specific dollies and cranes for moving pianos, but it’s still a tedious process to move them. Depending on the mover and location of your move, this process could also be expensive, so be warned.

Porcelain Vase

Slippery items – such as this porcelain vase – can be difficult to grab or move (Image courtesy: Colorado Art Studio/flickr)

3. Slippery items.

In order to move anything, you need to be able to grab and lift it. Slippery items such as slickly finished pottery can make this quite a challenge. The constant gravitational pull will beckon these items toward the ground (and destruction), so movers will often have to brace them against their bodies to keep them from falling. This process is tedious, awkward and time-consuming.

If possible, pack any items that you can’t grip easily in a box. This will make it easier for movers to move these items, and it will better protect the items against any potential damage.

If it isn’t feasible to house these items in a box, you can wrap them tightly with bubble wrap. This material easier to grip, and it provides some damage protection.


Artwork is often fragile and difficult to move safely. (Image courtesy: Shankar Gallery/flickr)

4. Art.

Many pieces of art — such as framed photos and paintings — can be boxed up or surrounded by bubble wrap. However, since art is often fragile, you might want to have each item moved individually, without any wrapping items touching the surface of the art.

If you’re taking this much caution to move a piece of art, movers will certainly have to tread softly and use extra caution to bring the art to your new home. Placement of these fragile items in a moving truck can also be a headache.

If possible, move your prized pieces of art yourself, in your vehicle. This will remove the possibility of your movers accidentally damaging these items.

One final note: Sculptures and other oddly shaped pieces of art absolutely must be wrapped before moving. This action can greatly reduce the possibility of moving related damage.

Potted Plants

Plants can provide a number of obstacles for movers (Image courtesy: Larkspur Lazuli/flickr)

5. Plants.

Plants provide three issues for movers. First, they’re oddly shaped. Second, they often sit in fragile pieces of pottery. Third, they’re living organisms.

While you can make your life easier by moving plants into plastic containers before a move, they will still be challenging for movers to transport from Point A to Point B. There’s also the chance that plants will either die or cause a big mess en route.

If possible, avoid moving plants. But if you absolutely must move them, be aware of the problems that might arise.

Moving A Sofa

Large and bulky items can be challenging for movers to transport safely (Image courtesy: Eric Snider/flickr)

6. Large items.

Regularly shaped large items — such as TV’s, furniture and mattresses — can be difficult for movers to transport, simply because they’re so bulky. While these items are a staple of nearly every move, they can be easily damaged en route if you don’t box them up or cover them in some form of wrapping.

One common theme among these difficult-to-move items? Proper planning and packing procedures will make the moving process easier on movers, while minimizing the potential for moving-related damage.

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