How to Move Delicate and Complex Furniture

“At Hilldrup Mayflower, we are dedicated to helping take the stress off our customers during their move, so they can focus on

Crating a mirror

“At Hilldrup Mayflower, we are dedicated to helping take the stress off our customers during their move, so they can focus on starting an exciting, new chapter in their life.

Professional movers know how to best handle personal belongings and are trained with the proper tools and techniques to protect your items during transit. And in some cases, items require more than a knowledgeable mover. They need specific technician services like an electrician, plumber or carpenter to unload and reinstall your belongings as not to ruin them or void their warranty.

Below we’ve compiled a list of items that might require this special level of care.


Appliances like washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and gas stoves need to be disconnected from water or gas lines and flushed to ensure there is no seepage during a move. A certified technician must properly reconnect them at your new home. This is especially important if servicing front-load and high-efficiency washers since special tools are needed to secure the washer drum that must be properly removed before using again.

Grandfather/Wall Clocks

Clocks that have pendulums and weights are more sensitive and have a lot of fragile moving parts. In order to keep them safe and unharmed, these items must be removed. A clock technician should secure any moving parts before the clock is packed and moved.

Select Comfort Beds/Sleep Number Beds

Select comfort air mattresses have delicate fittings that need to be removed, packaged and reconnected after your move. This meticulous procedure should be done by a professional technician so there is no damage to the air mattress bladder and fittings.

Furniture Services

If a large piece of furniture was assembled in your home, a technician may be required to take it apart and reassemble it in your new home, especially if there are several small and intricate pieces. A specially trained technician is required for hoisting services if doors or railings must be removed to properly move the furniture.


To ensure safe transportation, fragile items that are too large to be packed in standard moving boxes might require crating. This often applies to belongings such as wall mirrors, artwork, glass shelves and ornate or delicate furniture. Marble pieces bigger than 12 inches must be crated.

Other items that normally require third-party service include:

  • Hot tubs and spas
  • Chandeliers
  • Home gym equipment
  • Grand and baby grand pianos
  • Pool tables, pinball machines and other gaming tables
  • Trampolines

Don’t worry, if you have any items requiring extraordinary considerations, your move coordinator will contact and schedule the proper technician for no extra cost to you. This means you will only be charged for the service itself since we don’t charge a fee or collect any type of charge from the service provider. Hilldrup Mayflower advises you to consult your owner’s manual first and review your warranty information to ensure that you won’t be voiding the manufacturer’s warranty of delicate items in the process of moving.”