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July 22, 2019

Moving Casualties in Dallas: How to Protect Your Most Difficult-to-Move Items

Packing & MovingBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Any time packing and moving your residence to another location in or around Dallas, some pieces may not endure the move. This is what is known as a moving casualty, an unfortunate magnitude of damage or total breakage which can occur on move-out day, move-in day, or as the truck moves along from one home to the next. Irrespective of how meticulously you pack, the majority of households have a minumum of one modest moving casualty during the transfer, however you do not have to.

As a professional moving company in Dallas, we pack a lot of delicate belongings for our clients to make certain they make it to the destination unharmed. Therefore, today, we're here to talk about ways to avoid the most prevalent moving casualties if you are packing yourself and ways to protect your most tough-to-move things.

Delicate Glassware, Fine China, & Antiques

There is a valid reason that professional movers use a great number of unique packing materials for moving your dishware. Glasses and ceramic plates are difficult enough to safely move without breaking them, much less fine china and sensitive collectibles. Many families see at least one crack or smashed glass piece in a move with lots of fragile things in boxes.

You'll want to be extra careful packing, filling, separating, and padding your most vulnerable items. 

  • Utilize cardboard dishware dividers
  • Pack plates vertical, this method minimizes the possibility of breaking
  • Stuff each hollow space utilizing newsprint, bubble wrap, or peanuts
  • Do not allow glass to touch other glass
  • Don't pack too tightly, or pressure/bumps could cause damaging
  • Pad extra space as well as the outside of every box with fluffy packing material

Wall mirrors & Pictures

Substantial panes of glass are especially difficult to pack since they have a superior potential for being cracked or shattered in the move. This implies mirrors and glass-covered framed artwork should be packed with special care. The most important thing will be to shield the glass surface and minimize the chance of an impact against the glass. 

  • Place picture frames together in a box with cardboard partitions in the middle
  • Secure a blanket or cloth over the whole area of the glass
  • Apply a sizable sheet of cardboard over each and every glass area to minimize impacts
  • Stow vertical, similar to the dishes
  • Never let packed glass to lay flat

 Wood Household furniture

Wood household furniture is a common moving casualty, although not the complete piece of furniture itself. Instead, wood has a tendency to endure scrapes, scuffs, in addition to problems with the finish when being disassembled or hauled through limited corners and doorways of the home. It's very usual for once-pristine wood furniture to get to the new house requiring refinishing or repairs. Here's how to avoid damage to your home furniture (and also walls) along the way: 

  • Take off hardware like handles and feet to help make the pieces of furniture more rectangular and even.
    • Stow all removed parts with each other in a visibly tagged bag or box.
    • Small groups of taken off hardware could be held in a drawer of the pieces of furniture it came from
    • Store multiple groups of removed hardware in the same container for convenient reconstruction
  • Tape All drawers and cabinets closed
    • Make use of paper tape or masking tape which won't ruin paint, stain, or finish
  • Take sizeable furniture apart when you can.
    • Wrap every piece separately and pack into one container or bundle.
    • Clearly tag anything you take apart, incorporating the place that the items should be reconnected in the future. Colored tape may help.
  • Cover all things in furniture pads or blankets to minimize the potential risk of scuffs
  • Ask for assistance or hire professional movers to relocate big or heavy furniture pieces 

Musical Instruments

If you should own any musical instruments, you recognize that moving could mean real danger for these kinds of finely tuned and sensitive items. From grand pianos to clarinets and all things in between, musical instruments are usually breakable and need to be treated utilizing the maximum concern.

For big musical instruments including pianos, harps, and acoustic bass, you may want to make use of a specialty instrument moving team. Talk to your moving company in Dallas regarding what they are able to manage or companies they could connect you with that focus on moving large musical instruments correctly over long or short distances.

With regard to more compact personal instruments, these tips may help you keep your musical equipment safe and in good shape during the move: 

  • Loosen the strings of stringed instruments like guitars, violins, cellos, and small harps. The temperature and humidity variations during a move or whilst in storage could cause strings to break or possibly warp the wood of your musical instrument when the strings are too snug.
  • Package mouthpieces individually and consider hauling your mouthpieces along with you rather than putting them in a carton.
  • Stow instruments in their own fashioned and also padded cases if it is possible.
  • If practical, wrap instruments in bubble wrap, even inside their cases, to provide additional insulation in addition to protection.
  • In the event that there isn't a case wrap the musical instrument in numerous layers of bubble wrap and then package in its own carton with nothing else inside.
  • Cushion the box with paper, bubble wrap, or peanuts to circumvent wiggling and bumping.
  • Don't put 2 instruments within the same carton just in case they harm each other on the move.
  • If perhaps it's a possibility, consider moving instruments inside your car or truck rather than on the moving truck. 


Packing & MovingNo matter if you have posters, painted canvas, or sculptures, packing up artwork may be tricky. There's a pretty good chance your art will certainly survive the move not having specialized moving services, as long as you prepare it the proper way and are cautious regarding the place it is positioned in the moving truck. For particularly expensive items, talk to your moving company in Dallas regarding when you should evaluate moving them inside your car or transporting with an art transport service.

Still, if you've simply got a small number of sensitive pieces of fine art to pack and take with you, here's how to keep them from turning out to be moving casualties:

Canvas & Posters 

  • Decide if it's acceptable to roll up your art and store in poster tubes. Vertical, strong poster tubes are often the safest way to go.
  • When storing flat, take into consideration leaving within picture frames that are already packed up carefully to minimize bumps.
  • If storing flat, make use of a thin flat box about the size of your art
    • Lay the canvas or poster between sheets of cardboard to keep them both flat and secured
    • Think about plastic wrap, wax paper or even a rapid spray of paint-sealant for unsealed paintings or perhaps drawings 

Breakable or Unusually Shaped Statues 

  • Like dishes, fill every crevice, cavity, and handle with fluffy packing material
  • Like musical instruments, place into a bed of packaging material and enclose with more packaging materials to shield through bumps or compression
  • Metal and wood might be located in the same carton
  • Normally, don't load up a couple glass or delicate statues in the same box

 Workout Gear

Lastly, we visit the sturdiest but possibly most difficult packing undertaking of all: your workout machines. Dumbbells, weight benches, stationary bicycles, and specialized exercise machines tend to be an enormous challenge to move. The weighted and structural items can be quite hefty while the apparatus on its own can be complex and/or clumsy to move. The truth is, large workout devices are commonly the reason for moving casualties.

Sporting gear, on the other hand, is often rather sensitive. Rackets and skis, snowboards and surfboards, and other carefully wrought sporting gear might take severe destruction from the wrong type of jostling throughout a move. These are generally things you ought not quickly toss in a container and head out.

Here's how to move your home workout room and sporting equipment safely with no breaks, losses, or too-heavy boxes:


  • Put a couple per box
  • Pad tightly and pack into small now-heavy cartons
    • Hunt for or build boxes smaller than a book carton
  • Package disc weights in manageable piles
    • Wrap in furniture pads and secure using shrink wrap
  • Do not ever pack several weights heavier than it is possible to carry
  • Lift up utilizing your legs 

Training Equipment 

  • Preserve and load up the assembly details
  • Disassemble anything you will be able to and stow in bundles of bars and bench sections
  • Label each and every component as well as screw as you take down and keep in labeled bags together with the workout equipment pieces
  • Snap pics prior to when you take apart to assist with reassembly 

Sporting Equipment (Rackets, Snowboard, etc.) 

  • Store rackets inside their cases with an extra layer of cushioning. Don't allow to bend.
  • Bubble-wrap skis and snowboards and then stow into cases or upright boxes.
    • Contemplate added cardboard or struts to keep cartons impact-resistant and rigid
    • A professional mover can supply containers, if you need them
  • Pack categories of gear together within the same box.


Moving to a new house in Dallas does not have to include the common moving casualties such as furniture pieces scrapes or broken china. If you're packing large everyday stuff or exclusive fragile possessions, these suggestions will allow you to have a tragedy-free move with each and every one of your beloved items making it safe-and-sound to your new home. If you need further practical moving tips from a professional moving company who has seen it all or you're wary of moving special belongings in your residence, contact us today!


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