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 household to another area in or around Dallas, several items probably won't survive the move. This is what's called a moving casualty, a terrible degree of damage or full breakage which may take place on move-out day, move-in day, or while the moving truck moves along from one home to the next. Irrespective of how thoroughly you pack, the majority of households have a minumum of one small moving casualty during the transition, however you don't need to.

Being a professional moving company in Dallas, we pack lots of sensitive pieces for our customers in order to be sure they make it to the destination unscathed. And so, today, we are here to talk about ways to avoid the most common moving casualties when you are packing yourself and ways to safeguard your most tough-to-move belongings.

Fragile Glassware, Fine China, & Collectibles

There's a justification that professional movers have so many specialty packing materials for moving your dishware. Glassware and ceramic plates are difficult enough to move without damaging them, much less fine china and sensitive antiques. A number of people discover at least one crack or smashed glass item in a move with dozens of delicate items in cartons.

You need to be extra careful packing, filling, separating, and cushioning your most sensitive pieces. 

  • Utilize cardboard dishware partitions
  • Pack plates vertical, this method cuts down the possibility of breaking
  • Fill every hollow area with newsprint, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts
  • Never permit glass to contact other glass
  • Never pack too tightly, or pressure/bumps can lead to shattering
  • Pad extra space as well as the outside of every box with fluffy packing material

Mirrors & Pictures

Sizeable panes of glass are particularly tricky to pack given that they have a high potential for getting cracked or smashed in the move. This implies mirrors and glass-covered pictures need to be packed with additional care. What is important is to secure the glass surface and decrease the possibility of an impact against the glass. 

  • Stack mirrors together in a box with cardboard dividers in between
  • Attach a blanket or cloth covering the total surface of the glass
  • Apply a large sheet of cardboard over each glass area to minimize impacts
  • Stow vertical, like the plates
  • Do not let packed glass to lay flat

 Wood Furniture

Wood furniture is a typical moving casualty, however not the entire furniture piece itself. Rather, wood has a tendency to endure chafes, scuffs, and also problems with the finish when being disassembled or hauled by way of tight corners and doorways of the house. It is rather usual for once-pristine wood pieces of furniture to arrive at the new home in need of refinishing or fixes. Here's how to avoid harm to your household furniture (as well as walls) as you go along: 

  • Remove hardware like handles and feet to help make the furniture more rectangle-shaped and even.
    • Store all removed hardware together within a clearly labeled bag or box.
    • Small groups of taken off pieces may be stored in a drawer of the furniture pieces it came from
    • Store multiple groups of removed components in the same carton for easy reconstruction
  • Tape All drawers along with cabinets shut
    • Make use of paper tape or masking tape which does not harm paint, stain, or finish
  • Take large home furniture apart if you can.
    • Cover each piece separately and load up into a single box or bundle.
    • Visibly label everything you disassemble, including the place that the parts need to be reconnected down the road. Colored tape helps.
  • Wrap everything in furniture pads or blankets to reduce the possibility of scuffs
  • Ask for guidance or hire professional movers to relocate large or cumbersome household furniture 

Musical Instruments

If you own any musical instruments, you understand that a move can mean legitimate risk for these carefully tuned and sensitive belongings. From grand pianos to oboes and all things in between, musical instruments are usually sensitive and need to be treated using the utmost attention.

For big instruments like pianos, harps, and acoustic bass, you might need to employ a specialty instrument moving team. Confer with your moving company in Dallas about what they can undertake or services they're able to connect you with who focus on moving sizeable musical instruments safely over long or short distances.

For more compact personal musical instruments, these procedures will assist you to keep your musical equipment protected and in fine shape during the move: 

  • Loosen the strings of the stringed instruments for instance guitars, violins, cellos, and small harps. The humidity and temperature changes throughout a move or whilst in storage can lead to strings to break or possibly warp the wood of the instrument if the strings are too snug.
  • Pack mouthpieces separately and think about hauling your mouthpieces together with you instead of packaging them in a carton.
  • Pack musical instruments within their own designed and also padded cases if at all possible.
  • If realistic, wrap instruments in bubble wrap, even inside their cases, to provide added insulation and protection.
  • If perhaps you don't have a case wrap the instrument in a number of layers of bubble wrap and then put in its own box with nothing else inside.
  • Cushion the box with newsprint, bubble wrap, or peanuts to circumvent moving and bumping.
  • Never pack two instruments inside the same container just in case they damage the other on the move.
  • When it is a possibility, consider moving instruments in your car or truck instead of within the moving truck. 


Packing & MovingNo matter if you have posters, painted canvas, or sculptures, preparing art may be difficult. There is a pretty good chance your fine art may make it through the move devoid of special moving services, as long as you pack it the correct way and are cautious about exactly where it will be positioned in the moving truck. For particularly expensive items, speak with your moving company in Dallas concerning when you should consider moving them within your vehicle or sending with an art transfer service.

Even so, should you have merely got a few fragile pieces of artwork to pack and take along, here's how to keep them from turning into moving casualties:

Canvas & Posters 

  • Decide if it is suitable to roll up the artwork and store in poster tubes. Upright, sturdy poster tubes are frequently the soundest approach to take.
  • When storing flat, consider keeping in picture frames which are currently packed carefully to decrease bumps.
  • If keeping flat, utilize a thin flat box about the size of your artwork
    • Put your canvas or poster between sheets of cardboard to ensure that they're both flat and secured
    • Take into consideration plastic wrap, wax paper or even a brief spray of paint-sealant for unsealed paintings or sketches 

Breakable or Strangely Sized Sculptures 

  • Like dishes, fill every crevice, cavity, and handle with fluffy packing material
  • Similar to musical instruments, spot in a base of packing material and enclose with more packaging materials to guard through bumps or compression
  • Metal in addition to wood may be placed in the same box
  • Normally, never load up two glass or fragile sculptures within the same container

 Workout Machines

Last but not least, we come to the sturdiest but possibly most difficult packing task of all: your exercise machines. Dumbbells, weight benches, stationary bikes, and specialty exercise equipment tend to be an enormous concern to move. The weighted and structural sections can be extremely heavy while the gear on its own might be challenging and/or bulky to move. In reality, substantial workout machines are often the reason for moving casualties.

Sporting gear, on the other hand, is often rather fragile. Rackets and skis, snowboards and also surfboards, along with other carefully wrought sporting gear could take serious destruction from the wrong type of jostling throughout a move. They're things you ought not quickly toss in a box and head out.

Here is how to move your home workout room and sporting gear correctly without any breaks, losses, or too-heavy containers:


  • Load up 1 or 2 per carton
  • Cushion securely and pack into small now-heavy containers
    • Hunt for or construct boxes smaller than a book box
  • Load up disc weights in achievable stacks
    • Cover in moving pads and secure utilizing shrink wrap
  • Don't pack a group of weights weightier than you can carry
  • Lift up with your legs 

Training Equipment 

  • Keep and load up the set up directions
  • Disassemble anything you can and stow in bundles of bars and bench pieces
  • Tag each element as well as screw as you take apart and stow within labeled bags along with the workout gear parts
  • Shoot pictures prior to when you disassemble to aid with reassembly 

Sporting Gear (Rackets, Surfboard, etc.) 

  • Keep rackets within their cases with an added layer of cushioning. Don't allow to bend.
  • Bubble-wrap skis and surfboards then pack into cases or upright cartons.
    • Contemplate additional cardboard or struts to keep boxes impact-resistant and rigid
    • A professional mover can supply cartons, when you need them
  • Pack sets of equipment collectively inside the identical carton.


Moving to a new house in Dallas doesn't have to include the usual moving casualties including furniture scuff marks or cracked china. Whether you're packing significant everyday items or distinctive delicate items, these pointers will allow you to have a tragedy-free move with each and every one of your treasured possessions making it safely to your new residence. If you need additional practical moving advice from a professional moving company who has seen it all or you're worried about moving specific belongings in your home, contact us today!


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