Things You Shouldn’t Move Yourself

Things You Shouldn't Move Yourself

You have a piano that weighs what feels like a ton, and you don’t want to pay a professional mover to take it to your new home. You’re not even sure that your piano is worth what they charge just to move it. So, you feel you should try to move it yourself with a little help from your friends. While there are YouTube instructions and online guides that may make you feel the job is doable, it is never, ever a good idea. Not only will you end up damaging the piano itself (and several parts of the house), you will hurt yourself, as well. The 1,000 pounds that the average piano weighs can be impossible to control, especially if you have any more than a couple of steps to navigate.Things You Shouldn't Move Yourself

Impossible loads aren’t the only thing that you should never move yourself, however. According to IMS Relocation, hiring professional movers is fully justified in a number of other situations, as well.

When you need to move aquariums

Large fish tanks aren’t necessarily heavy once all the water and the props have been removed. They are very fragile, however. They need professional packing, handling, loading and unloading. Professional movers will usually offer advice on how you need to save at least some of the water from the current tank. You’ll need it to seed the water at the new location with. It’s the only way to re-start the bacterial environment that the fish are used to.


Paintings and statues can seem easy to move — you only need to find a box the right size, stuff it with soft things, and pack away. If the art is valuable, however, you simply cannot take risks. You need experienced packers and good insurance. You can only get either with professional movers.

Your car

With a DIY move, the car may seem the simplest part of the deal. You only need to get a trailer to pack all your stuff into, and use the car to tow it. This can be a disaster, however. While self-drive moving companies don’t adequately warn their clients, cars and SUVs can only safely tow small trailers. When you go any larger, your car loses braking power, and the whole setup turns out to be a trailer sway risk. It isn’t even safe to tow your car on a dolly behind the moving van — not unless it’s a very small car. Cars should nearly always be moved by professionals.