What's the toughest thing to move? Boston experts answer

What's the toughest thing to move? Boston experts answer

Thinking of making a move? Three highly rated movers — Mike Bavuso of Big Foot Moving & Storage Inc. in Arlington, Mass., Kamaul Reid of Rare Moving and Trucking in Boston and Ezekiel Wheeler of Intelligent Labor and Moving in Cambridge, Mass. — weigh in on the toughest items to transfer.

What are some of the most difficult things to move?

Bavuso: This question is totally situational, but of course, the heavy items are the most difficult. Heavy specialty items such as pianos, pool tables, armoires and safes are always a "treat” for us professional movers. To add a little more of a challenge, going up and down flights of stairs in tight Boston stairwells adds to the difficulty.

Reid: We have had many request to move pianos, hot tubs, armoires, antiques, commercial fridges and stoves. The true challenge is when we have to hoist these items into or out of the homes as a last-minute option.

Wheeler: The biggest challenge in moving is really maintaining communication with the customer before, during and after the move. We're always fine-tuning our process to ensure the highest quality experience.

Of course, there's also the physical goods that we handle. I like to say that if it's difficult, you're doing it wrong, which is the correct attitude to take when moving pianos, safes and other heavy objects or equipment. One of the least predictable items that we're asked to move are swingsets. Often parts of them are rotted or the hardware that holds them together is seized up which makes disassembly and reassembly rather difficult at times.

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