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The 5 Household Items Most Likely to Break During a Move (& How to Protect Them)

Most people are able to tell which of their items are going to be difficult to handle during a move. Heavy appliances, furniture, and delicate glass must be treated with special care to be moved safely and successfully—that much is obvious.

However, there are a host of other items hiding in your home that the average homeowner might underestimate. As a result, these items get overlooked until moving day, leading to rushed packing, which then leads to damage while in transit or storage.

To help you better prepare for moving household items, we've listed some of the most difficult and tricky things to pack or move in your home.

room filled with artwork and plants


Artwork is both often fragile and (in many cases) strangely shaped. Intricate frames and fragile sculptures can be easily punctured or scraped by the corners of boxes or furniture when moving. Canvas art, which has a fairly uniform shape and size, can fool people into thinking that packing or moving it will be a simple task.

Artwork must be wrapped carefully in bubble wrap and placed far away from any item which could potentially puncture them. Be sure to never use newspaper on artwork, as the ink can be transferred from the paper and stain its surface—especially when exposed to the high temperatures of a moving truck.


Aquariums of all sizes can be tricky to move. You cannot leave fish inside an aquarium because they will either get hurt or jump out when the water sloshes around in transit, requiring you to take them out and place them in separate containers.

Furthermore, you will need to maintain the same bacteria colony in your aquarium to improve your fishes’ chances of survival, meaning you will need to drain your tank, keep the water, and transport the same water to your new home.


Just like fish and other pets, plants are living organisms that are sensitive to the tumultuous changes that come with a move. Do not transport temperature-sensitive plants in a moving truck with the rest of your belongings, as this can damage them. Be sure to take any plants in fragile ceramic pots and transplant them to sturdier pots; that will make it more likely that they'll survive the move.


Though they have become thinner over the years, televisions can still be heavy and cumbersome to move. Unfortunately, many televisions’ compact modern designs leave their delicate electronic internals even less protected.

Here's how to protect your (probably very expensive) TV:

Wrap your TV in a thick padded blanket to protect its screen and use bubble wrap on its corners for added impact protection. Likewise, be sure to place it far away from any items which could potentially cause puncture damage. When packing it in the truck, try to place it between two soft, stable surfaces. If possible, use blankets on the items it will be next to.


While the difficulty of moving a piano may be obvious, many homeowners tend to underestimate just how difficult they really are to move. Depending on their type, pianos can weigh more than 1,000 lbs. and have several awkward angles which can make them nearly impossible to move without the proper equipment.

For this one, we recommend you hire a team of professionals. Professional movers have the knowledge and skills to move your instrument with as little risk as possible.

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