The Hardest Things to Move and Store

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At EZ Storage®, we understand that moving and storing your personal belongings can be stressful. It can be even more stressful when you have things that are hard to move, but we’re here to help you find the best self-storage in Philadelphia. If you’re getting ready to move, or you simply want to clear some things out of the house, we can help you find the ideal space. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the hardest (and heaviest) things to move and store.

Fish Tanks and Aquariums

dreamstime_xxl_14142817If you have a small apartment or house, then you may not have the room for a dog or a cat. Getting a fish can be a great alternative, but you need a watery habitat in which it can live. When it comes time to move or store the fish tank or aquarium, you’ll want to be sure to take the proper precautions. The first priority is obviously to keep your fish alive, but as you drain and prepare the aquarium for storage, make sure you take care to protect the glass and the metal. You also want to save some of the water from the tank in order to keep the same bacteria colony when you put everything back together in your new place.

Household Appliances

If you’ve ever moved on your own, and you took your appliances with you, then you know how difficult it can be to get a refrigerator down three flights of stairs. You can ask a friend or neighbor to help you, but the last thing you want is for someone to get hurt helping you carry your fridge or your washing machine. Buying or renting an appliance dolly can help, but make sure you take the time to learn how to use it properly. If you’re putting an appliance in storage, make sure you store it upright and that you prop open the door or the lid so that air can circulate while the appliance is stored.

Knives and Cutting Tools

When you’re going through your kitchen drawers, you might be tempted to throw everything in one box and be done with it. However, if you have steak knives or box cutters in those drawers, you’ll want to be sure to pack those carefully. You don’t want the sharp end of a knife or cutting tool to stick through the side of a cardboard box, and taking time to wrap and pack each item can save you in the long run. If you’re going to store your box of knives, be sure to label the box clearly so you know what’s inside, and so you don’t open it and stick your hand inside without being careful!


dreamstime_xxl_5919694Moving a piano is always a unique challenge, since you want to protect both the fragile inner parts and the heavy outer parts. Your piano may not be huge, but it’s still heavy, and moving and storing it needs to be handled with extreme care. Professional moving companies often have experience with transporting pianos, but if you’re set on moving it yourself, take the time to research how best to get your piano from Point A to Point B. If you’re storing it, then be sure you have the proper cover and protection for it so that it’s still in working order when you pick it up in a few months’ time.

If you have any of these items that you need to store, then EZ Storage® is here to help. With our self-storage in Philadelphia, you can find the perfect unit for all of your belongings, and you’ll know that everything is safe and sound. If you need a way to get those heavy items like a piano or a refrigerator to your storage space, then be sure to ask about our free* local-move-in truck.

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