Tips to Avoid Risks And Reduce Difficulties by Relocation

After taking up the decision about moving out, you are starting to worry about the process of relocation. Maybe you are going to move alone from a small rented apartment to a bigger one, or to relocate whole household with your family to a new house? May be your decision is in house moving within the city or at a long distance? This operation is quite difficult and stressful. Before getting things packed, think whether their moving worth your efforts. Sometimes it is more advantageous to sell out bulky things or to donate them to neighbors. However, when this is not possible, get ready and learn as much as possible about safe moving of the specified items in advance.

Read about 15 hardest things to move. We systematized them according to their features and highlighted all risks and tips to decrease your anxiety about the matter.

Items’ Features

  1. Bulky items
  2. Electronic appliances
  3. Live or need to survive objects
  4. Collections
  5. Specific equipment

15 Hard to Move Things

1. Pianos Bulky items
2. Fridges Electronic appliances
3. Plasmas
4. Pets Live or need to survive objects
5. Aquariums
6. Plants
7. Artwork Collections
8. Guns (weapon collection)
9. Knives
10. Alcohol
11. Souvenirs (baubles)
12. Workout equipment Specific equipment
13. Guitars (light weighted musical instruments)
14. Vehicles
15. Safes (built-in items)

Moving Bulky Items


moving a piano - things hard to move

Risks Tips
  • Damage of the instrument
  • Damage of the property
  • Movers may be injured due to large dimensions and heavy weight
  • Complicated fitting in the doorways
  • May not fit in the transportation truck
  • Make sure you invite helpers for moving a piano or a grand piano.
  • Make sure that people involved in the process, wear flexible clothes and suitable shoes.
  • Check all dimensions in advance, to ensure your route for carrying the instrument.
  • Pay a special attention to stairs.
  • Protect the piano and its lid with wrapping or blankets.
  • Be aware about equipment needed: material for padding, sturdy ropes, and transportation dolly.
  • Make sure you are aware how to lift heavy objects: keeping upright pose, loading your legs but not a back.
  • Check correspondent videos to be safe.

Moving Electronic Appliances


Moving a fridge

Risks Tips
  • Fridge damage
  • Inside cases and drawers crush
  • Property damage
  • Movers’ injure
  • The comprehensive guide “how to move a fridge“.
  • Make sure to unplug a unit in advance, clean it and dry.
  • Remove drawers and glass shelves if any and pack them for separate transportation.
  • Ensure availability of assistants if the appliance is not small but bulky.
  • Check if you possess necessary instruments.
  • You will need a dolly, screwdrivers, etc.
  • Provide wrapping and padding material.
  • Ensure fitting of the fridge into all narrow places within your moving route (doorways, stairs).
  • Protect them with a stretch tape if necessary.


moving a tv

Risks Tips
  • Glass parts (a screen) are extremely fragile
  • Plastic and electronic parts damage
  • Loose power cords may interfere with other objects and make some damage


  • If packing your plasma, yourself, make sure there are suitable transportation boxes available.
  • You will be extremely happy in case the original boxes have been kept.
  • You will need to strengthen a bottom and corners, secure the screen with soft material and make everything to prevent shifting during transportation.
  • Sometimes manufacturers provide special recommendation for the moving and list them in the manual.
  • Try to keep to them as well.

Live Or Need to Survive Objects


Moving with Pets - Things Hard to Move

Risks  Tips
  • A pet may get injured or get ill after the trip due to little feeding, stress, bad conditions
  • A pet may die
  • Aggressive pets may injure movers or workers in the transportation company
  • A pet may not be allowed in the place of destination due to absence of vet permissions or vaccinations


  • Plan pet moving few weeks ahead.
  • Try to find out the demands and special permissions for pets to enter your destination.
  • Visit a vet to ensure all certificates.
  • Contact your moving company and ask for an animal container in advance to make sure that it is comfortable for your little friend and a pet could get accustomed to it.
  • Ensure availability of food, water and some old favorite toys of your little one to make a trip less harmful.
  • Pay a special attention to your pet after the trip, as changing a house for him is stressful.

Moving Aquariums

Things to move - aquarium

Risks  Tips
Fishes may get ill or die

Glass or decorative elements may be broken

Accessories to the fish tank may be damaged or lost


A day before a journey stop feeding your fishes.

Prepare smaller containers to transport fish and water plants.

Pour some water from the old aquarium.

Remember that your silent friends may get ill or die without bacteria colony they got accustomed.

Ensure proper packing of the rocks, stones and other decoration.

Filters, pumps should be taken along separately.

After transportation try to set up your fishes as soon as possible.

In case you notice some problems, contact your closest animal shop for advice.


Moving - plants

Risks Tips
  • Plants damaging and dying on the route
  • Prohibition to import definite species of plant
  • Breaking of ceramic or glass pots
  • Check if the plant is allowed to import in a country or a state.
  • Check if weather and climate conditions are suitable for a plant.
  • If no, think about leaving or donating a plant.
  • Otherwise, start preparing its moving.
  • Remember, that moving company will refuse its transportation if it is packed improperly.
  • You will need lighter plastic containers to report a plant if it is in a ceramic pot, cardboard boxes, wrapping or bubble paper.
  • A day or two before the move prepare your plant.
  • Remove old and died leaves and branches, replant it in a plastic container, ensure enough moistening.
  • While packing a plant in boxes, provide some holes for air circulation.
  • Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Unpack your plant just in the moment you are in your new lodging. However, do not replant from moving container earlier than in few weeks. This will allow adapting the plant to a new environment.

Moving Collections


Moving an Artwork

Risks Tips
  • Property damage
  • Irreparable loss of an artwork
  • Absence of artwork insurance for transportation


  • Starting your transportation preparation, pay attention to recording the valuables.
  • Prepare a moving checklist and relevant labeling for your containers or boxes.
  • This will allow distributing your treasures in your new house in a correct way.
  • A moving company will pay special attention to this load as well.
  • Packing should be done carefully, with enough wrapping, bubble padding material and spacious boxes avoiding shifting inside.
  • Check your insurance availability.

Guns (Weapon Collection)

Gun Collection Moving

Risks Tips
  • Collection damage
  • Damaging of the other property
  • People injure
  • The weapon is not allowed to import to a state/country of destination
  • Fines or other responsibility for improper transportation
  • Research thoroughly the rules of entrance in the state for your collection.
  • There are usually special requirements for guns transportation and storage.
  • Use qualified mover’s services for relocation.
  • If you plan to carry the collection by your own car, ensure the compliance with weapon, explosives and flammable substances transportation regulations.


Moving Knifes

Risks  Tips
  • Injuring by packing, transportation and unpacking
  • The weapon is not allowed to import to a state/country of destination
  • Improper transportation fines or other measures
  • Prepare all papers including necessary permissions in advance.
  • Provide sturdy boxes or containers.
  • Label the wrapped and packed collection accordingly.
  • Pay extra attention to padding material.
  • Remember the sharp surfaces should not damage it and injure people during packing and unpacking.


Moving an Alcohol

Risks Tips
  • Alcohol or a definite quantity of drinks is not permitted to import in the state / country
  • Glass bottles may be broken
  • Additional fees should be paid for alcohol import


  • Find out the rules of alcohol importing in the country in advance.
  • Collect necessary documents and permissions.
  • Get reliable material for packing (bubble wrap or padding material) and boxes with enforced bottom and corners.
  • Wooden containers will be the best.
  • Label them accordingly noting that the load is fragile.

Souvenirs (Baubles)

Moving Baubles

Risks Tips
  • Taking long time to pack each item separately
  • Different quality and material they are made of
  • Fragile elements may be broken
  • Difficult to label


  • Prepare enough material to wrap the knick-knacks.
  • The boxes for transportation should coincide with the quantity of the load to avoid shifting inside the container.
  • Try not to mix souvenirs with other items, list and label them thoroughly.

Moving Specific Equipment

Workout Equipment

Moving Workout Equipment

Risks Tips
  • Complicated packing due to irregular shape
  • Large and heavy items difficult to disassemble


  • This item moving will surely require the professional services.
  • The movers will have necessary equipment to disassemble, pack, and assemble the units reliably.
  • Remember that your health depends on the quality of these works.

Guitars (Light Weighted Musical Instruments)

Moving Guitar

Risks Tips
  • Braking, destroying an instrument
  • Irregular shape difficult to fit in containers or a truck for transportation

  • Special cases are provided for musical instruments.
  • They must be used obligatory, as they are designed to secure guitars, drums or other light weighted instruments from the damage.
  • To move securely your precious orchestra to a new house, use specialized moving companies’ services with accurate tools and containers for their transportation.


Moving a Car

Risks Tips
  • Car damage or destruction
  • Paperwork and time-consuming procedures should be done before and after moving


  • Remember that moving a car by delivery services must be insured additionally.
  • The safety of your car will be on high level.
  • However, you will face a definite amount of paperwork: updating documents, insurances, registration and your license.
  • Check the requirements of your new home state in advance.

Safes (Built-In Items)

How to Move a Safe

Risks Tips
  • Difficult to remove as it is a heavy unit
  • Mechanic or electronic elements may be broken


  • In case there is a necessity to relocate your built-in safe, consider the services of professional moving companies.
  • They will disassemble a heavy thing; provide security of all mechanisms and its proper functioning in the new place.