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

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

If packing and moving your family to another location in or around Colorado Springs, a number of things might not endure the move. This is what is called a moving casualty, a tragic magnitude of damage or full breakage which may take place on move-out day, move-in day, or while the moving van moves along from one home to the next. Regardless of how thoroughly you pack, most households have at least one minor moving casualty during the move, nevertheless you do not have to.

As a professional moving company in Colorado Springs, we pack lots of sensitive belongings for our clients to help make certain they arrive at the destination unharmed. Therefore, today, we're here to talk about how to prevent the most common moving casualties when you're packing yourself and how to protect your most difficult-to-move belongings.

Delicate Glassware, Fine China, & Collectibles

There exists a justification that professional movers use a great number of customized packing materials for packing your dishware. Glassware and ceramic dishes are hard enough to safely move without damaging them, much less fine china along with sensitive collectors items. A number of families discover at least one crack or broken glass item in a move with numerous breakable items in boxes.

You need to be extra careful packing, stuffing, separating, and padding your most sensitive pieces. 

  • Utilize cardboard dishware partitions
  • Pack plates upright, this approach decreases the potential for breaking
  • Stuff each empty area using newsprint, bubble wrap, or peanuts
  • Never allow glass to touch other glass
  • Never pack too tightly, or pressure/bumps may cause damaging
  • Fill extra space as well as the outside of each carton with fluffy packing material

Mirrors & Picture Frames

Large panes of glass tend to be tricky to pack since they have a superior chance of becoming damaged or smashed in the move. This means mirrors and glass-covered framed artwork must be packed with special care. The most important thing is to shield the glass area and lessen the danger of an impact against the glass. 

  • Stack picture frames collectively in a box with cardboard dividers in the middle
  • Attach a blanket or cloth over the total layer of the glass
  • Use a substantial section of cardboard over each individual glass area to minimize shocks
  • Keep vertical, similar to the plates
  • Never allow packed glass to lay flat

 Wood Household furniture

Wood furniture is a typical moving casualty, but not the whole furniture item itself. Instead, wood has a tendency to endure chafes, scuffs, in addition to damage to the finish when being disassembled or carted by means of tight corners and doorways of the property. It is rather common for once-pristine wood household furniture to arrive at the new residence in need of refinishing or fixes. Here's how to avoid harm to your home furniture (and walls) as you go along: 

  • Detach hardware like handles and feet to help make the pieces of furniture more rectangular and even.
    • Store all removed pieces together in a clearly marked bag or box.
    • Smaller groups of taken off pieces might be held in a drawer of the pieces of furniture it came from
    • Store multiple groups of removed components in the same box for convenient reconstruction
  • Tape All drawers and also cabinets shut
    • Utilize paper tape or masking tape which will not harm paint, stain, or finish
  • Take big household furniture apart when you can.
    • Wrap every piece on its own and pack into one box or bundle.
    • Plainly tag anything you take apart, incorporating the place that the parts need to be reconnected later. Colored tape will help.
  • Cover all things in furniture pads or blankets to decrease the chance of scuffs
  • Ask for assistance or hire professional movers to move large or cumbersome household furniture 

Musical Instruments

If you should own any musical instruments, you understand that a move can indicate legitimate peril for these kinds of finely tuned and sensitive belongings. From grand pianos to oboes and all things in between, musical instruments are usually fragile and need to be handled with the utmost attention.

For sizeable musical instruments like pianos, harps, and acoustic bass, you may want to employ a specialty instrument moving team. Confer with your moving company in Colorado Springs about what they can undertake or companies they can connect you with that focus on moving big instruments correctly spanning short or long distances.

Pertaining to smaller individual musical instruments, these tips will assist you to keep your musical equipment protected and in good condition through the move: 

  • Loosen the strings of all stringed instruments such as guitars, violins, cellos, and small harps. The humidity and temperature variations throughout a move or whilst in storage can result in strings to snap or possibly warp the wood of the musical instrument if the strings are extremely snug.
  • Prepare mouthpieces individually and consider carrying your mouthpieces along with you instead of packing them in a carton.
  • Stow instruments inside their own designed and padded cases if possible.
  • If realistic, wrap instruments in bubble wrap, even inside their cases, to deliver additional padding in addition to protection.
  • If you don't have a case wrap the musical instrument in several layers of bubble wrap and then package in its own carton with nothing else inside.
  • Pad the carton with newsprint, bubble wrap, or peanuts to circumvent moving and bumping.
  • Don't package 2 instruments inside the same carton in case they hurt the other on the move.
  • If it is a possibility, consider moving instruments in your car or truck as opposed to in the moving truck. 

Art

Packing & MovingNo matter if you have posters, painted canvas, or sculptures, packing up artwork can be tricky. There is a pretty good chance your fine art may make it through the move devoid of specialized moving services, but only if you pack it the correct way and are attentive about where it's placed in the moving truck. For rather high-priced pieces, speak to your moving company in Colorado Springs regarding when you should evaluate moving them in your car or sending with an artwork transport service.

However, if you've simply got a couple of vulnerable pieces of artwork to pack and take along, here's how to keep them from turning into moving casualties:

Canvas & Posters 

  • Decide if it's suitable to roll up your art and keep in poster tubes. Upright, sturdy poster tubes will often be the safest strategy to use.
  • If stowing flat, think about keeping in picture frames that happen to be currently packed up carefully to lessen bumps.
  • If storing flat, utilize a thin flat carton about the size of your artwork
    • Set the canvas or poster in between pieces of cardboard to ensure they are each flat and protected
    • Take into consideration plastic wrap, wax paper or possibly a fast spray of paint-sealant for unsealed paintings or even drawings 

Breakable or Unusually Shaped Sculptures 

  • Like dishes, fill every crevice, cavity, and handle with fluffy packing material
  • Similar to instruments, spot in a cargo box of packaging material and encompass with more packing materials to guard through bumps or compression
  • Metal as well as wood could be placed in the same container
  • Generally, do not load up a couple glass or fragile statues in the same carton

 Exercise Machines

Last but not least, we visit the sturdiest but maybe most complicated packing task of all: your training gear. Free weights, weight benches, stationary bicycles, and specialized exercise gear are often a huge struggle to move. The weighted and structural sections can be very weighty while the apparatus by itself may be sophisticated and/or cumbersome to move. The truth is, substantial work out machines are commonly the cause of moving casualties.

Sporting equipment, on the other hand, can be quite vulnerable. Rackets and skis, snowboards in addition to surfboards, along with other carefully wrought sporting gear can take serious hurt from the wrong sort of jostling throughout a move. These are definitely items you don't want to quickly toss in a box and go.

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

Weights 

  • Load up a couple per carton
  • Pad tightly and pack into small now-heavy boxes
    • Hunt for or put together cartons smaller than a book container
  • Pack disc weights in achievable piles
    • Wrap in furniture pads and secure using shrink wrap
  • Do not ever load up a group of weights more substantial than it is possible to carry
  • Pick up utilizing your legs 

Exercise Equipment 

  • Preserve and pack the assembly guidelines
  • Take down anything you are able to and load up in bundles of bars and bench sections
  • Tag each component as well as screw as you take down and keep within labeled bags along with the workout equipment pieces
  • Take pictures when you take down to assist with reassembly 

Sporting Equipment (Rackets, Snowboard, etc.) 

  • Stow rackets inside their cases with an added layer of padding. Don't allow to bend.
  • Bubble-wrap skis and snowboards and then stow in cases or vertical cartons.
    • Think about added cardboard or struts to maintain boxes impact-resistant and firm
    • A professional mover can supply boxes, if you need them
  • Pack sets of equipment together within the same box.

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Relocating to a new home in Colorado Springs does not have to include the usual moving casualties including furniture scratches or broken china. Whether you are moving sizeable everyday belongings or unique delicate items, these tips will help you enjoy a tragedy-free move with each and every one of your beloved things making it safe-and-sound to your new house. If you need more sensible moving suggestions from a professional moving company who's seen it all or you are worried about moving unique items in your house, contact us today!

 

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