How to Move Large Furniture and Appliances That Are Hard to Move

How to move things that are too heavy or won't fit through your door

Whenever you're moving house, you'll need to deal with moving heavy, difficult to lift furniture or appliances that you need to move from your old home to the new place. Every household has at least one thing that's hard to move. Maybe it's a sofa that won't squeeze through the door or a big screen television that is not only heavy to lift but is fragile, too. Find out how to move your awkward items with these moving guides.

  • 01 of 09
    Movers moving big screen TV
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    With televisions now costing so much money, they're often considered an investment and something you'd hate to break. Not only would you miss out on that all-important game, televisions can be quite expensive to fix. Follow these instructions...

  • 02 of 09
    Movers moving a couch from a moving truck
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    Moving a sofa or couch into a new space often requires a lot of wiggling and pushing and removing of doors. It's not easy to determine if a sofa will fit through a door or up a flight of stairs or into an elevator. Find out how to determine if your sofa or couch will fit through the door and how to load it onto the moving truck.

  • 03 of 09
    Man driving a car with a mattress on top of his car
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    The other day, as I drove out of the city, I spotted a mattress along the side of the road. Perhaps someone wanted to get rid of it and dumped it off, hoping a passerby might want to pick it up. More likely, the lost mattress is a victim of a move gone wrong. It seems quite straight forward to strap a mattress to the roof of a car, until you start speeding down a freeway.

    So, to prevent your mattress from such a terrible demise, find out how to properly secure it and know the precautions to take...MORE before you head out on the road.

  • 04 of 09
    Woman wearing an apron looking into an empty fridge
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    Moving a refrigerator can be a difficult endeavor, but if you have the right equipment, time and some extra help, then it can be done without damage or injury to you or your friends.

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  • 05 of 09
    Man moving a grand piano on a moving cart
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    If you need to move a piano you should consider hiring a professional. If you're set on moving it yourself, here are some tips and suggestions to getting the job done, injury-free.

  • 06 of 09
    Car pulling a boat that is covered with a tarp
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    Before you move your boat, there are some steps you should take to properly prepare it to ensure your boat arrives without damage.

  • 07 of 09
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    When preparing large appliances for your move, there are special precautions you need to take. I recommend consulting the owner's manual before you decide whether to hire a professional service. Keep in mind that if you're not hiring a mover and the appliance doesn't work when it reaches your new home, the mover will not take responsibility for it. So read your manual first; then, whether you prepare the appliances or have a professional do it, take a look at this quick step-by-step...MORE for tips and tricks to prepare your fridge, stove, washing machine and dryer for your move.

  • 08 of 09
    Man using a dolly to move packed boxes
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    If you're moving yourself rather than hiring movers, you should make sure you have the right equipment to help you move.  Not only will you prevent damaging your stuff but also ensure you don't get injured during the move.

     

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  • 09 of 09
    Yellow car with packed boxes strapped to the top
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    Shipping your car with a professional company can cost more than if you did it yourself; however, you will be saving the time and energy needed to get your car to your new home, and in some cases, such as moving overseas, you don't have a choice in how your car is moved.