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6 of the Hardest Things to Move

Whether you are moving across town or across the country, there are going to be some items you need to move that will insist on being difficult. Your grandfather clock needs to be expertly disassembled before packing and your drawer of kitchen knives needs to be transferred to a box. For certain items, it’s hard to decide which is more difficult – packing them or unpacking them. A box may be clearly labeled ‘kitchen knives,’ but someone still has to stick their hand inside!

The great thing is, you don’t have to deal with any of the hard stuff. Working with a professional mover, you can choose to have some or all of your belongings expertly packed for you. It will certainly be easier than packing any of the items listed below yourself.

Household appliances – Putting a toaster in a box is one thing, but moving your washer and dryer is a challenge. Large household appliances often have many electronic parts and need to be handled with care. That’d be easy if they didn’t weigh so much! If you are thinking of packing yourself, make sure you buy or rent the necessary equipment to help you move large household appliances and don’t forget to pack them well.

Knives and sharp objects – Even when packed by an expert, the very fact a box contains sharp objects can cause anxiety.  You must use meticulous care when packing and unpacking these items. Don’t let yourself be injured in a rush to find steak knives.

Grandfather clocks – Just how many pieces do these things have? A grandfather clock must be carefully disassembled while wearing special gloves. You can’t touch the clock parts with bare hands. The disassembly and reassembly are both projects in themselves. While it may not be difficult for an expert to ready a grandfather clock for transport, the sheer amount of time it takes can throw a wrench into carefully crafted packing plans.

Small Knick-Knacks and Souvenirs – These tiny items can be hard to place. Many people give in, eventually creating a box labeled “stuff” to throw small objects into. The problem with these items is twofold. First, they are hard to place and therefore hard to label. Second, their size makes them easy to misplace. Even if you remember what labeled box you put them in, you can lose them in all the packing paper and bubble wrap. Keep track of which boxes these items are in and make sure everything is accounted for before disposing of packing materials.

Workout Equipment – Nothing adds weight to a shipment quite like items whose only purpose is to weigh a lot. If possible, use small boxes for all weights, along with other heavy items in your home. Larger pieces of equipment are best disassembled before being packed. If they can’t be taken apart, you face a challenge similar to the large appliances. Make sure you have the necessary equipment you need to move heavy items. A hired mover will have the necessary equipment on hand.

Pianos – All attributes of items that are difficult to move seem to coalesce in a piano. They have small, fragile parts inside and yet are large, bulky and heavy. Simply moving a piano into a new room can seem like a monumental task, let alone sending one across the country! You really have to know what you are doing if you plan to move one of these.

Life is a lot easier when you don’t have to worry about the packing or the transport of your belongings. Identify a professional long distance moving company near you and have all your items moved by experts. Finding a mover is easy. Just use our Find a Mover tool or contact National Van Lines at 877-590-2810 for a free, no-obligation moving quote.

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