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 new place in or around Denver, a number of things might not make it through the move. This is what's called a moving casualty, an unfortunate level of damage or full breakage which may happen on move-out day, move-in day, or while the truck goes along from one home to the subsequent. Irrespective of how carefully you pack, the majority of households encounter at least one minor moving casualty throughout the move, nevertheless you don't have to.

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

Vulnerable Glassware, Fine China, & Collectibles

There's a good reason that professional movers have numerous specialized packing materials for moving your kitchen items. Glassware and ceramic dishes are difficult enough to transport without breaking them, much less fine china and fragile collectibles. A number of people observe a minimum of one crack or broken glass item in a move with dozens of fragile 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 vertical, this method reduces the possibility of breaking
  • Stuff each empty space with paper, bubble wrap, or peanuts
  • Do not permit glass to contact other glass
  • Do not pack too tightly, or pressure/bumps could cause 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 especially tough to pack because 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 would be to shield the glass area and lessen the possibility of an impact against the glass. 

  • Pack framed artwork together in a carton utilizing cardboard partitions in the middle
  • Secure a blanket or cloth over the total layer of the glass
  • Utilize a substantial section of cardboard over every glass area to decrease impacts
  • Keep upright, similar to the dishes
  • Do not permit packed glass to lay flat

 Wood Furniture

Wood furniture is a common moving casualty, although not the whole piece of furniture itself. Instead, wood is likely to endure scrapes, scuffs, and problems with the finish when being taken apart or carted via tight corners and doorways of the property. It's very typical for once-pristine wood household furniture to get to the new home requiring refinishing or repairs. Here is how to prevent harm to your home furniture (and also 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 clearly labeled bag or box.
    • Smaller packages of removed hardware might be placed in a drawer of the pieces of furniture it came from
    • Keep multiple sets of removed components in the same box for easy reconstruction
  • Tape All drawers and also cabinets closed
    • Use paper tape or masking tape that will not harm paint, stain, or finish
  • Take large household furniture apart if you can.
    • Wrap each piece on its own and load up into one carton or bundle.
    • Plainly label everything you disassemble, including the spot where the parts should be reconnected down the road. Colored tape will 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 home furniture 

Musical Instruments

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

For large musical instruments like pianos, harps, and acoustic bass, you may need to utilize a professional instrument moving team. Talk to your moving company in Denver on what they are able to do or providers they could hook you up with that focus on moving sizeable instruments safely across 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 including guitars, violins, cellos, and small harps. The humidity and temperature changes over a move or when in storage can cause strings to break or possibly warp the wood of the musical instrument when the strings are extremely tight.
  • Prepare mouthpieces separately and think about carrying your mouthpieces with you instead of packaging them in a box.
  • Put instruments inside their own fashioned and padded cases whenever possible.
  • If valuable, cover instruments in bubble wrap, even in their cases, to provide additional insulation and protection.
  • In the event that you do not have a case wrap the musical instrument in several 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 package just in case they harm the other on the move.
  • If perhaps it is a possibility, consider moving instruments in your automobile rather than within the moving truck. 


Packing & MovingNo matter whether you have posters, painted canvas, or sculptures, preparing art is usually challenging. There is a good possibility your artwork may survive the move not having specialized moving services, as long as you prepare it the correct way and are vigilant about where it is placed in the moving truck. For particularly expensive items, talk with your moving company in Denver regarding whether you should research moving them within your vehicle or transporting with an fine art transfer service.

However, if you have only got a handful of fragile pieces of fine art to pack and take, here is how to stop them from becoming moving casualties:

Canvas & Posters 

  • Figure out if it is okay to roll up your art and store in poster tubes. Vertical, hardy poster tubes will often be the best strategy to use.
  • If stowing flat, take into consideration keeping within picture frames which are presently packed carefully to decrease bumps.
  • If keeping flat, make use of 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 protected
    • Contemplate plastic wrap, wax paper or possibly a rapid spray of paint-sealant for unsealed paintings or drawings 

Fragile or Oddly Shaped Sculptures 

  • Like dishes, fill every crevice, cavity, and handle with fluffy packing material
  • Similar to instruments, spot in a base 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, don't load up a couple glass or breakable statues inside the same box

 Workout Equipment

Last but not least, we come to the strongest but possibly most challenging packing process of all: your exercise gear. Weights, weight benches, exercise bikes, and specialized exercise gear are frequently a tremendous obstacle to move. The weighted and structural portions can be quite heavy while the gear itself might 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 severe destruction from the wrong kind of jostling over a move. They're items you shouldn't quickly toss in a carton and head out.

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


  • Pack one or two per container
  • 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 load up several weights heavier than you are able to carry
  • Lift utilizing your legs 

Training Gear 

  • Preserve and prepare the assembly details
  • Take apart whatever you are able to and pack in bundles of bars and bench pieces
  • Mark each and every component and screw while you take apart and keep in labeled bags with the exercise equipment parts
  • Take pictures before you disassemble to help with reassembly 

Sporting Equipment (Rackets, Snowboard, etc.) 

  • Stow rackets within their cases with an extra layer of padding. Don't allow to flex.
  • Bubble-wrap skis and boards then stow into cases or upright cartons.
    • Consider additional cardboard or struts to maintain cartons impact-resistant and rigid
    • A professional mover can supply cartons, when you need them
  • Pack categories of equipment together inside the same carton.


Transferring to a new residence in Denver does not have to include the standard moving casualties such as household furniture scuff marks or cracked plates. No matter if you're packing large everyday things or unique sensitive items, these pointers will allow you to 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 unique things in your house, contact us today!


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