Movers Reveal: They Really Hate To Move These 7 Things


Posted by Damon L. Chavez on Friday, April 14th, 2017 at 1:07pm.

April 14, 2017 /, by Holly Amaya   There’s no doubt professional movers have one of the most physically demanding jobs around. They’re trudging up and down flights of stairs, slinging hundreds of pounds of furniture (Grandma’s hope chest, anyone?), dismantling (and reassembling) furniture, and climbing in and out of trucks and storage units eight hours a day.

And while most moving companies will transport just about anything (there are a few exceptions, including hazardous materials, pets, and plants), it turns out there are a few common possessions they just, well, hate.

Take a look at these groan-inducing items, and maybe kick your mover a few extra bucks if you’ve got any of them on your packing list:

1. Foam mattresses

These bulky behemoths are “definitely one of the more challenging items,” says Terry Wagner, founder of San Diego’s Motivated Military Movers.

That’s because Tempur-Pedic and similar foam mattresses are likely to be heavier, flimsier, and more unwieldy than firmer mattresses of yesteryear, he says.

“Throw three flights of stairs into the mix, and you’ve got yourself a challenge,” he says. “The good thing is, after you move them you feel like you can accomplish anything and don’t need to go to the gym.”

2. Sleeper sofas

A typical couch weighs more than 300 pounds—but with a built-in bed you’re looking at an additional 60 to 75 pounds.

Want to make your movers’ job easier? Wagner recommends this simple hack: Use a small piece of rope or bungee cord to tie the bed to the couch. That’ll keep the bed from flipping out as your movers lug it down a flight of stairs. Voila—happier movers and a shorter move time (which typically means less expense for you!).

3. Giant, stuffed-to-the-brim boxes

Movers would much rather carry two smaller, lighter boxes than one big heavy one. Take heed and spread your exhaustive book collection out across multiple boxes. Your moving team will thank you!

4. Particleboard furniture

Not only was that budget-friendly Hemnes dresser from Ikea a nightmare for you to assemble, but it’s also your movers’ worst nightmare.

“This might surprise people, because it is usually lighter than real wood and other materials,” says Max Lowy of New Jersey–based Lowy’s Moving Service.

But often that can be the problem—it’s so lightweight that it’s easy to damage.

“The issue comes when you are moving it from a house, loading it into a truck, unloading it from the truck, and then into the new house,” Lowy says. “This furniture is great-looking and lightweight, but sometimes is not the most durable.”

5. Bunk beds

The moving pros we consulted agree that bunk beds, which require dismantling before moving, are general pains to move.

And it’s not just an inconvenience for them—the extra time your movers spend taking the bed apart (and then putting it back together at your new place) can make the process significantly more time-consuming. And more time means a bigger drain on your wallet.

6. Dressers with packed drawers

We get it—packing everything you own into moving boxes just to unload it a few days later and put it back in the same drawers is, well, annoying. But don’t attempt to find a shortcut by leaving your dressers and other heavy furniture stuffed with your stuff.

Not only does this make your movers’ job infinitely more difficult, but your furniture can also break from the added weight. Use appropriately sized moving boxes and bubble wrap or newspaper to safely store and transport your personal items.

7. Exercise equipment

Because most treadmills and other heavy exercise equipment are professionally assembled, they’re difficult to disassemble—”and nearly impossible for movers to put back together,” says David Garrett of moving company You Move Me. “Not to mention, most exercise equipment is extremely heavy and awkward to carry.”

Garrett recommends hiring a professional to prep exercise gear for the move before your (likely paid-by-the-hour) team arrives on moving day.