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July 22, 2019

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

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

Any time packing and moving your home to a different destination in or around Colorado Springs, several pieces might not endure the move. This is what's known as a moving casualty, a tragic degree of damage or total breakage which may occur on move-out day, move-in day, or whilst the truck goes along from one home to the subsequent. Irrespective of how diligently you pack, the majority of households experience at least one modest moving casualty through the move, but you don't need to.

Being a professional moving company in Colorado Springs, we pack a lot of vulnerable items for our customers to make certain they reach the destination unharmed. Hence, today, we're here to talk about ways to avoid the most frequent moving casualties when you are packing yourself and ways to protect your most tough-to-move pieces.

Fragile Glassware, Fine China, & Collectibles

There's a valid reason that professional movers have so many special packing materials for moving your kitchen items. Glasses and ceramic dishes are difficult enough to transport without damaging them, much less fine china and also sensitive antiques. Lots of people see at least one crack or destroyed glass piece in a move with dozens of breakable items in boxes.

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

  • Utilize cardboard dishware dividers
  • Pack plates upright, this method cuts down the chance of breaking
  • Stuff each empty area using paper, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts
  • Do not permit glass to touch other glass
  • Never pack too tightly, or pressure/bumps could cause damaging
  • Pad extra space and the outside of each and every box with fluffy packing material

Decorative mirrors & Picture Frames

Sizeable panes of glass are particularly difficult to pack since they have a superior potential for becoming broken or destroyed in the move. This implies mirrors and glass-covered pictures must be packed with additional care. What is important would be to protect the glass area and reduce the chance of an impact against the glass. 

  • Stack framed artwork collectively in a carton utilizing cardboard dividers in the middle
  • Fasten a blanket or cloth on the whole surface of the glass
  • Make use of a large sheet of cardboard over each and every glass surface to decrease impacts
  • Keep vertical, similar to the plates
  • Never let packed glass to lay flat

 Wood Household furniture

Wood home furniture is a frequent moving casualty, however not the complete furniture piece itself. Rather, wood has a tendency to suffer from chafes, scuffs, in addition to harm to the finish when being taken apart or hauled through limited corners and doorways of the house. It is quite usual for once-pristine wood furniture to reach the new residence needing refinishing or fixes. Here's how to avoid damage to your furniture (as well as wall surfaces) along the way: 

  • Detach components including handles and feet to help make the furniture more rectangular and even.
    • Stow all removed pieces collectively within a clearly labeled bag or box.
    • Smaller sets of taken off pieces could be held in a drawer of the pieces of furniture it came from
    • Store multiple sets of taken off parts 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 ruin paint, stain, or finish
  • Take big household furniture apart if you're able to.
    • Cover every piece separately and pack into a single carton or bundle.
    • Distinctly label whatever you take apart, incorporating the spot where the parts need to be reconnected later. Colored tape will help.
  • Wrap everything in furniture pads or blankets to reduce the chance of scuffs
  • Ask for help or hire professional movers to relocate substantial or heavy household furniture 

Musical Instruments

For those who possess any musical instruments, you realize that relocating can indicate serious peril for these carefully tuned and sensitive items. From grand pianos to oboes and all things in between, musical instruments are generally breakable and need to be handled using the maximum care.

For big musical instruments such as pianos, harps, and acoustic bass, you might have to utilize a specialty instrument moving team. Talk to your moving company in Colorado Springs regarding what they are able to undertake or services they could hook you up with that focus on moving sizeable instruments properly across short or long distances.

Pertaining to smaller personal musical instruments, these steps will assist you to keep your musical equipment secure and in fine shape during the move: 

  • Loosen the strings of all stringed instruments including guitars, violins, cellos, and small harps. The temperature and humidity changes over a move or whilst in storage may cause strings to break or sometimes warp the wood of your musical instrument in the event the strings are very snug.
  • Package mouthpieces independently and think about carrying your mouthpieces together with you as opposed to putting them in a carton.
  • Stow instruments inside their own shaped and also cushioned cases whenever possible.
  • If valuable, wrap instruments in bubble wrap, even within their cases, to deliver extra padding and protection.
  • If perhaps you don't have a case wrap the musical instrument in several layers of bubble wrap and then package in its own box with nothing else inside.
  • Pad the container with newsprint, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts to prevent wiggling and bumping.
  • Don't package 2 instruments within the same carton in case they harm the other on the move.
  • When it's a possibility, consider moving instruments within your automobile rather than within the moving truck. 


Packing & MovingWhether you have posters, painted canvas, or sculptures, preparing fine art can be tricky. There's a good possibility your artwork may survive the move without customized moving services, but only if you pack it the correct way and are careful regarding exactly where it will be placed into the moving truck. For very high-priced pieces, talk with your moving company in Colorado Springs regarding whether you should evaluate moving them within your car or sending with an art transport service.

Even so, if you've just got a handful of sensitive pieces of fine art to pack and take with you, here is how to keep them from turning out to be moving casualties:

Canvas & Posters 

  • Determine if it is safe to roll up your artwork and store in poster tubes. Upright, strong poster tubes are often the safest strategy to use.
  • When storing flat, consider leaving inside picture frames that are presently packed up properly to lessen bumps.
  • If storing flat, make use of a thin flat box near the dimensions of your artwork
    • Place your canvas or poster in between sheets of cardboard to make sure they're each flat and secured
    • Contemplate plastic wrap, wax paper or maybe a brief spray of paint-sealant for unsealed paintings or perhaps drawings 

Sensitive or Surprisingly Shaped Figurines 

  • Like dishes, fill every crevice, cavity, and handle with fluffy packing material
  • Similar to instruments, place into a bed of packaging material and surround with more packaging material to guard from bumps or compression
  • Metal as well as wood might be stored in the same box
  • In general, do not put two glass or fragile sculptures within the same container

 Workout Equipment

Last but not least, we arrive at the toughest but maybe most complicated packing process of all: your workout machines. Barbells, weight benches, exercise bikes, and specialty workout equipment are often a tremendous challenge to move. The weighted and structural pieces can be extremely weighty while the gear itself may be challenging and/or cumbersome to move. In fact, large work out machines are often the cause of moving casualties.

Sporting gear, alternatively, is often rather vulnerable. Rackets and skis, snowboards and surfboards, and other finely wrought sporting equipment can take significant hurt from the wrong sort of jostling over a move. These are generally things you ought not quickly throw in a container and go.

Here's how to move your home gym and sporting gear properly with no breaks, losses, or too-heavy boxes:


  • Pack 1 or 2 per box
  • Cushion tightly and pack into small now-heavy cartons
    • Look for or assemble cartons smaller than a book container
  • Stow disc weights in acceptable piles
    • Cover in furniture pads and secure with shrink wrap
  • Never pack some weights weightier than you can carry
  • Pick up utilizing your legs 

Exercise Equipment 

  • Keep and pack the set up details
  • Take apart anything you will be able to and pack in bundles of bars and bench sections
  • Mark each and every element along with screw once you disassemble and stow in tagged bags together with the exercise gear parts
  • Take pictures before you take apart to help with reassembly 

Sporting Equipment (Rackets, Snowboard, etc.) 

  • Stow rackets in their cases with an extra layer of padding. Don't allow to fold.
  • Bubble-wrap skis and surfboards and then pack within cases or upright boxes.
    • Consider extra cardboard or struts to keep cartons impact-resistant and inflexible
    • A professional mover can provide boxes, if you require them
  • Pack sets of equipment together within the same container.


Transferring to a new residence in Colorado Springs doesn't have to include the typical moving casualties like furniture scrapes or shattered plates. No matter if you're packing significant everyday belongings or exclusive vulnerable belongings, these suggestions will assist you to have a tragedy-free move with every one of your treasured belongings making it safely to your new residence. If you're looking for more practical moving suggestions from a professional moving company who's seen it all or you're wary of moving unique items in your house, contact us today!


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