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

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

If packing and moving your residence to a new location in or around Houston, some items probably won't survive the move. This is what's called a moving casualty, a tragic degree of damage or complete breakage that may occur on move-out day, move-in day, or whilst the moving truck moves along from one home to the next. Irrespective of how carefully you pack, the majority of households experience some form of modest moving casualty throughout the transition, however you don't have to.

Being a professional moving company in Houston, we pack a lot of delicate pieces for our clients to make certain they arrive at the destination undamaged. And so, today, we are here to share ways to avoid the most prevalent moving casualties if you are packing yourself and how to protect your most difficult-to-move items.

Fragile Glassware, Fine China, & Antiques

There is a justification that professional movers use numerous special packing materials for moving your dishes. Glassware and ceramic plates are difficult enough to transport without breaking them, much less fine china along with sensitive antiques. A number of households notice a minimum of one crack or smashed glass piece in a move with lots of breakable goods in cartons.

You need to be extra careful packing, stuffing, separating, and cushioning your most delicate belongings. 

  • Use cardboard dishware dividers
  • Pack plates vertical, this method cuts down the possibility of breaking
  • Stuff every hollow space with paper, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts
  • Do not permit glass to contact other glass
  • Do not pack too tightly, or pressure/bumps might cause damaging
  • Pad extra space and also the outside of every box with fluffy packing material

Wall mirrors & Picture Frames

Significant panes of glass are particularly tough to pack because they have a great possibility of being broken or shattered in the move. This indicates mirrors and glass-covered picture frames should be packed with special care. The most important thing is to shield the glass surface and minimize the possibility of an impact with the glass. 

  • Stack mirrors collectively in a box utilizing cardboard dividers between
  • Attach a blanket or cloth covering the total area of the glass
  • Apply a large piece of cardboard over each individual glass surface to reduce impacts
  • Keep vertical, just like the dishes
  • Never permit packed glass to lay flat

 Wood Furniture

Wood household furniture is a common moving casualty, however not the full furniture piece itself. Alternatively, wood is likely to suffer from scrapes, scuffs, and harm to the finish when being taken apart or hauled via tight corners and doorways of the home. It is quite common for once-pristine wood household furniture to arrive at the new residence in need of refinishing or repairs. Here is how to avoid harm to your household furniture (and also wall surfaces) along the route: 

  • Take off hardware like handles and feet to make the furniture pieces more rectangle-shaped and even.
    • Stow all removed hardware with each other inside a visibly tagged bag or box.
    • Small sets of taken off parts might be held in a drawer of the furniture it came from
    • Store various groups of removed pieces in the same carton for convenient reconstruction
  • Tape All drawers and also cabinets shut
    • Utilize paper tape or masking tape that will not damage paint, stain, or finish
  • Take big furniture apart if possible.
    • Wrap each piece individually and pack into one carton or bundle.
    • Clearly tag everything you disassemble, including where the parts need to be reconnected down the road. Colored tape may help.
  • Cover everything in furniture pads or moving blankets to decrease the chance of scuffs
  • Ask for assistance or hire professional movers to relocate substantial or heavy pieces of furniture 

Musical Instruments

If you have any musical instruments, you realize that moving often means legitimate risk for these kinds of carefully tuned and delicate pieces. From grand pianos to clarinets and everything in between, instruments are typically vulnerable and need to be addressed using the most care.

For large musical instruments such as pianos, harps, and acoustic bass, you may need to employ a specialized instrument moving team. Talk to your moving company in Houston on what they can undertake or providers they're able to connect you with that specialize in moving big musical instruments securely spanning long or short distances.

For smaller personal instruments, these procedures can help you keep your musical equipment protected and in good shape throughout the move: 

  • Loosen the strings of all stringed instruments including guitars, violins, cellos, and small harps. The humidity and temperature changes over a move or while in storage can lead to strings to break or sometimes warp the wood of your musical instrument in the event the strings are too taut.
  • Pack mouthpieces separately and think about hauling your mouthpieces together with you instead of packing them in a carton.
  • Stow musical instruments inside their own shaped and also padded cases if it is possible.
  • If realistic, cover instruments in bubble wrap, even inside their cases, to deliver extra insulation and also protection.
  • If you do not have a case wrap the instrument in numerous layers of bubble wrap and then put in its own box with nothing else inside.
  • Cushion the carton with paper, bubble wrap, or peanuts to avoid moving and bumping.
  • Don't pack 2 instruments in the same carton in the event they harm each other on the move.
  • When it is a possibility, contemplate moving instruments inside your automobile as opposed to on the moving truck. 


Packing & MovingNo matter whether you have posters, painted canvas, or sculptures, preparing artwork could be challenging. There is a good possibility your artwork will make it through the move devoid of customized moving services, but only if you pack it the proper way and are careful concerning exactly where it's positioned in the moving truck. For particularly high-priced items, talk with your moving company in Houston concerning whether you should research moving them within your car or sending with an fine art transportation service.

However, if you have just got a few vulnerable pieces of artwork to pack and take along, here is how to stop them from turning out to be moving casualties:

Canvas & Posters 

  • Determine whether it's okay to roll up your artwork and stow in poster tubes. Vertical, durable poster tubes will often be the soundest strategy to use.
  • If storing flat, consider continuing to keep in picture frames that are currently loaded properly to lessen bumps.
  • If stowing flat, use a thin flat box near the measurements of your artwork
    • Put the canvas or poster between pieces of cardboard to keep them each flat and secured
    • Consider plastic wrap, wax paper or possibly a rapid spray of paint-sealant for unsealed paintings or even sketches 

Breakable or Oddly Sized Figurines 

  • Like dishes, fill every crevice, cavity, and handle with fluffy packing material
  • Like instruments, place in a base of packing material and encompass with more packaging materials to guard from bumps or compression
  • Metal in addition to wood could be stored in the same box
  • Normally, don't put a couple glass or delicate sculptures within the same carton

 Exercise Machines

Lastly, we come to the sturdiest but perhaps most challenging packing process of all: your workout equipment. Weights, weight benches, stationary bicycles, and special exercise machines tend to be a huge obstacle to move. The weighted and structural pieces can be extremely weighty while the equipment on its own can be sophisticated and/or clumsy to move. In reality, substantial work out equipment is commonly the reason for moving casualties.

Sporting gear, on the other hand, can be quite delicate. Rackets and skis, snowboards in addition to surfboards, and other finely wrought sporting gear may take significant damage from the wrong sort of jostling during a move. These are belongings you don't want to merely throw in a container and head out.

Here is how to move your home gym and sporting gear securely without any breaks, losses, or too-heavy cartons:


  • Pack a couple per container
  • Cushion securely and pack into small now-heavy boxes
    • Search for or assemble boxes smaller than a book container
  • Load up disc weights in manageable stacks
    • Cover in furniture pads and secure utilizing shrink wrap
  • Don't load up a group of weights heavier than you are able to carry
  • Lift utilizing your legs 

Workout Equipment 

  • Retain and prepare the assembly instructions
  • Take apart what you will be able to and stow in bundles of bars and bench pieces
  • Tag every part in addition to screw while you take down and store within tagged bags along with the workout gear pieces
  • Snap photos before you take down to aid with reassembly 

Sporting Equipment (Rackets, Snowboard, etc.) 

  • Store rackets within their cases with an added layer of padding. Don't allow to fold.
  • Bubble-wrap skis and boards then put in cases or vertical boxes.
    • Think about added cardboard or struts to maintain cartons impact-resistant and inflexible
    • A professional mover can supply cartons, if you want them
  • Pack categories of gear jointly in the identical container.


Relocating to a new house in Houston doesn't have to include the standard moving casualties such as furniture scratches or cracked plates. Whether you're relocating large everyday belongings or unique fragile items, these suggestions will help you enjoy a tragedy-free move with each and every one of your treasured things making it safe-and-sound to your new house. If you're looking for further practical moving tips from a professional moving company who's seen it all or you might be anxious about packing unique things in your home, give us a call today!


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