Don't move these yourself

Wondering how you're going to move that piano? Leave these items to the professional movers.

What are some of the most difficult things to move?

  • “The most difficult thing to move is probably a safe. Generally, we don’t charge extra for smaller, non-commercial safes. We do have a surcharge on piano moving because it takes specialized crew and equipment, so those cost more depending on the type of piano and the difficulty of the move.” - Walter Burrows, owner of Burrows Moving Co. in Chicago
  • “Armoires. Sometimes getting armoires up these tight staircases is challenging. The most common situation is bigger suburban-type furniture going into smaller, colonial-style Philadelphia homes. Sometimes things just don’t fit. The people usually know that in advance. They’ll have a backup plan, an old apartment with time left on the lease, relatives, friends, something like that. We don’t move pianos.” - Pete Danz, co-owner of Mambo Movers in Philadelphia
  • "Home gym equipment is one of the tougher things to move. Also, extra-wide, double door stainless steel refrigerators. Oversized couches and other large items can be difficult to fit into small Philadelphia homes. It is common to have to hoist furniture through windows, which takes time and can be stressful." - Julian Grefe from Old City Movers in Philadelphia

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