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

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

If packing and moving your home to a different place in or around Denver, a few things may not make it through the move. This is what's called a moving casualty, an unfortunate magnitude of damage or full breakage which may occur on move-out day, move-in day, or as the moving truck goes along from one house to the subsequent. Irrespective of how carefully you pack, most households experience a minumum of one small moving casualty over the transition, nevertheless you don't have to.

As a professional moving company in Denver, we pack lots of fragile items for our customers to help be sure they make it to the destination unscathed. And so, today, we are here to talk about tips on avoiding the most frequent moving casualties if you are packing yourself and ways to secure your most challenging-to-move belongings.

Vulnerable Glassware, Fine China, & Collectibles

There is a good reason that professional movers have a great number of customized packing materials for moving your dishes. Glassware and ceramic dishes are difficult enough to transport without breaking them, much less fine china and delicate antiques. A number of people discover a minimum of one crack or broken glass item in a move with lots of delicate things in boxes.

You'll want to be extra careful packing, filling, separating, and cushioning your most delicate pieces. 

  • Utilize cardboard dishware dividers
  • Pack plates upright, this method reduces the possibility of breaking
  • Stuff each empty area with paper, bubble wrap, or peanuts
  • Don't permit glass to contact other glass
  • Do not pack too tightly, or pressure/bumps can lead to breaking
  • Pad extra room as well as the outside of each and every box with fluffy packing material

Decorative mirrors & Pictures

Sizeable panes of glass are particularly tough to pack since they have a great chance of getting broken or smashed in the move. This suggests mirrors and glass-covered framed artwork need to be packed with additional care. What is important is to shield the glass area and lessen the possibility of an impact against the glass. 

  • Stack framed artwork together in a carton utilizing cardboard partitions in the middle
  • Fasten a blanket or cloth on the whole layer of the glass
  • Utilize a substantial piece of cardboard over every glass area to reduce impacts
  • Store upright, similar to the dishes
  • Don't allow packed glass to lay flat

 Wood Home furniture

Wood home furniture is a common moving casualty, although not the full furniture piece itself. Rather, wood is likely to endure scrapes, scuffs, and problems with the finish when being taken apart or carted by way of tight corners and doorways of the property. It is rather common for once-pristine wood household furniture to get to the new house requiring refinishing or repairs. Here is how to avoid harm to your home furniture (and walls) along the route: 

  • Detach hardware including handles and feet to make the furniture pieces more rectangular and even.
    • Store all removed hardware together within a plainly labeled bag or box.
    • Smaller sets of removed hardware may be placed in a drawer of the furniture it came from
    • Keep multiple sets of removed parts in the same carton for simple reconstruction
  • Tape All drawers and cabinets closed
    • Make use of paper tape or masking tape that will not damage paint, stain, or finish
  • Take sizeable furniture apart if you can.
    • Wrap each piece on its own and load up into one box or bundle.
    • Distinctly label everything you disassemble, including the spot where the parts should be reconnected down the road. Colored tape may help.
  • Wrap everything in furniture pads or blankets to minimize the possibility of scuffs
  • Ask for guidance or hire professional movers to relocate substantial or heavy furniture pieces 

Musical Instruments

For those who own any musical instruments, you realize that relocating could mean serious peril for these kinds of carefully tuned and fragile pieces. From grand pianos to clarinets and all things in between, musical instruments are generally delicate and need to be addressed using the utmost care.

For large musical instruments like pianos, harps, and acoustic bass, you may need to utilize a professional instrument moving team. Speak to your moving company in Denver on what they are able to undertake or services they could hook you up with that are experts in moving large instruments safely over long or short distances.

Pertaining to small sized personal musical instruments, these tips will assist you to keep your musical equipment secure and in fine shape throughout the move: 

  • Loosen the strings of all stringed instruments for instance guitars, violins, cellos, and small harps. The humidity and temperature changes over a move or when in storage might cause strings to break or possibly warp the wood of the musical instrument if the strings are too tight.
  • Prepare mouthpieces separately and consider transporting your mouthpieces along with you rather than packaging them in a box.
  • Put instruments in their own fashioned and padded cases whenever possible.
  • If valuable, cover instruments in bubble wrap, even inside their cases, to provide extra insulation and protection.
  • In the event that you do not have a case wrap the musical instrument in a number of layers of bubble wrap and after that put in its own box with nothing more inside.
  • Fill the box with newsprint, bubble wrap, or peanuts to avoid moving and bumping.
  • Don't pack two instruments inside the same carton in case they damage the other on the move.
  • If perhaps it is a possibility, consider moving instruments inside your automobile instead of within the moving truck. 


Packing & MovingNo matter whether you have posters, painted canvas, or sculptures, packing artwork is usually tough. There is a pretty good chance your artwork may survive the move not having specialized moving services, as long as you prepare it the correct way and are mindful about exactly where it is placed in the moving truck. For particularly expensive items, talk with your moving company in Denver regarding whether you should think about moving them within your car or shipping with an fine art transfer service.

Even so, should you have only got a handful of vulnerable pieces of fine art to pack and take, here is how to keep them from turning into moving casualties:

Canvas & Posters 

  • Figure out if it is acceptable to roll up your art and keep in poster tubes. Vertical, durable poster tubes are often the best strategy to use.
  • If stowing flat, take into consideration keeping within picture frames that are presently loaded carefully to lessen bumps.
  • If keeping flat, use a thin flat box about the dimensions of your art
    • Put the canvas or poster in between pieces of cardboard to ensure that they're each flat and secured
    • Contemplate plastic wrap, wax paper or possibly a rapid spray of paint-sealant for unsealed paintings or even drawings 

Fragile or Oddly Shaped Sculptures 

  • Like dishes, fill every crevice, cavity, and handle with fluffy packing material
  • Similar to instruments, spot in a bed of packaging material and encompass with more packaging material to protect from bumps or compression
  • Metal in addition to wood may be located in the same container
  • Normally, do not load up a couple glass or fragile statues in the same box

 Workout Equipment

Last but not least, we come to the strongest but possibly most difficult packing process of all: your workout equipment. Weights, weight benches, stationary bikes, and special exercise equipment are frequently an enormous obstacle to move. The weighted and structural portions can be very heavy while the equipment by itself could be complex and/or cumbersome to move. The truth is, significant work out machines are commonly the reason for moving casualties.

Sporting gear, on the other hand, is often rather delicate. Rackets and skis, snowboards and surfboards, along with other finely wrought sporting equipment may take considerable harm from the wrong type of jostling over a move. These are things you don't want to quickly toss in a carton and go.

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


  • Put 1 or 2 per box
  • Cushion securely and pack into small now-heavy boxes
    • Hunt for or assemble boxes smaller than a book container
  • Pack disc weights in achievable stacks
    • Wrap in moving pads and secure with shrink wrap
  • Don't pack several weights heavier than you can carry
  • Pick up utilizing your legs 

Training Gear 

  • Preserve and prepare the set up details
  • Disassemble whatever you are able to and load up in bundles of bars and bench portions
  • Mark each and every piece and screw as you take apart and store in labeled bags with the exercise equipment parts
  • Shoot pictures when you disassemble to help with reassembly 

Sporting Equipment (Rackets, Snowboard, etc.) 

  • Stow rackets in their cases with an additional layer of padding. Do not allow to bend.
  • Bubble-wrap skis and snowboards then stow into cases or upright cartons.
    • Consider added cardboard or struts to maintain cartons impact-resistant and rigid
    • A professional mover can supply cartons, should you need them
  • Pack categories of equipment together in the same carton.


Transferring to a new residence in Denver doesn't have to include the standard moving casualties such as household furniture scuff marks or cracked plates. No matter if you're moving large everyday things or distinctive sensitive items, these tips will help you have a tragedy-free move with every one of your beloved things making it safely to your new home. If you need additional smart moving advice from a professional moving company who's seen it all or you're anxious about packing special things in your house, contact us today!


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