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

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

When packing and moving your family to a different destination in or around Austin, a number of belongings might not make it through the move. This is what's called a moving casualty, a terrible magnitude of damage or total breakage that can happen on move-out day, move-in day, or whilst the moving truck goes along from one house to the next. No matter how thoroughly you pack, the majority of households encounter a minumum of one minor moving casualty over the move, nevertheless you don't need to.

Being a professional moving company in Austin, we pack plenty of fragile items for our clients to make certain they make it to the destination unscathed. So, today, we're here to talk about how to prevent the most prevalent moving casualties if you are packing yourself and how to secure your most tough-to-move items.

Delicate Glassware, Fine China, & Antiques

There exists a good reason that professional movers use so many unique packing materials for moving your dishware. Glassware and ceramic dishes are hard enough to transport without damaging them, much less fine china in addition to fragile collectors items. Lots of households notice at least one crack or shattered glass item in a move with numerous breakable goods in cartons.

You will want to take special care packing, stuffing, separating, and cushioning your most fragile items. 

  • Utilize cardboard dishware dividers
  • Pack plates vertically, this method minimizes the possibility of breaking
  • Stuff every hollow space utilizing paper shreds, bubble wrap, or peanuts
  • Don't permit glass to touch other glass
  • Do not pack too tightly, or pressure/bumps can cause damaging
  • Pad extra room and also the outside of each box with fluffy packing material

Mirrors & Picture Frames

Large panes of glass tend to be difficult to pack because they have a superior chance of being cracked or smashed in the move. This indicates mirrors and glass-covered framed artwork must be packed with additional care. The most important thing will be to secure the glass surface and lessen the risk of an impact against the glass. 

  • Stack picture frames with each other in a box using cardboard dividers between
  • Fasten a blanket or cloth on the complete area of the glass
  • Apply a sizable piece of cardboard over every glass area to lessen strikes
  • Keep vertical, just like the dishes
  • Don't permit packed glass to lay flat

 Wood Household furniture

Wood household furniture is a common moving casualty, but not the full piece of furniture itself. Alternatively, wood has a tendency to suffer from chafes, scuffs, in addition to damage to the finish when being taken apart or hauled by means of limited corners and doorways of the home. It is rather usual for once-pristine wood furniture to get to the new house in need of refinishing or repairs. Here's how to avoid harm to your furniture (and also walls) along the route: 

  • Detach hardware such as handles and feet to make the pieces of furniture more rectangular and even.
    • Keep all removed pieces together within a plainly labeled bag or box.
    • Smaller sets of removed hardware may be stored in a drawer of the furniture pieces it came from
    • Keep numerous sets of taken off pieces in the same box for convenient reconstruction
  • Tape All drawers and cabinets shut
    • Use paper tape or masking tape that doesn't damage paint, stain, or finish
  • Take large furniture apart if possible.
    • Cover every piece individually and load up into a single box or bundle.
    • Clearly label everything you take apart, incorporating where the parts should be reconnected in the future. Colored tape can help.
  • Cover everything in furniture pads or moving blankets to decrease the possibility of scuffs
  • Ask for assistance or hire professional movers to relocate sizeable or cumbersome furniture pieces 

Musical Instruments

For those who own any musical instruments, you recognize that a move can mean legitimate peril for these finely tuned and delicate pieces. From grand pianos to oboes and all things in between, instruments tend to be breakable and need to be handled with the most attention.

For big musical instruments such as pianos, harps, and acoustic bass, you might have to work with a specialty instrument moving team. Speak to your moving company in Austin about what they are able to do or companies they are able to hook you up with who specialize in moving sizeable musical instruments properly over long or short distances.

Pertaining to small sized personal instruments, these steps can help you keep your musical equipment protected and in good shape during the move: 

  • Loosen the strings of all stringed instruments for instance guitars, violins, cellos, and small harps. The temperature and humidity variations during a move or when in storage can cause strings to break or possibly warp the wood of the musical instrument in the event the strings are extremely taut.
  • Prepare mouthpieces separately and think about hauling your mouthpieces together with you as opposed to putting them in a box.
  • Stow musical instruments within their own shaped and cushioned cases if at all possible.
  • If realistic, wrap instruments in bubble wrap, even within their cases, to deliver extra insulation in addition to protection.
  • If perhaps you do not have a case wrap the musical instrument in a number of layers of bubble wrap and then put in its own carton with nothing more inside.
  • Fill your box with newsprint, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts to circumvent moving and bumping.
  • Do not ever put 2 musical instruments within the same container 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 & MovingWhether you have posters, painted canvas, or sculptures, packing up artwork is usually tough. There's a good possibility your art will survive the move not having special moving services, but only if you prepare it the proper way and are careful concerning the place it's put in the moving truck. For extremely expensive pieces, talk to your moving company in Austin about whether you should consider moving them inside your vehicle or shipping with an artwork transport service.

However, if you've simply got a few vulnerable pieces of art to pack and take, here's how to stop them from becoming moving casualties:

Canvas & Posters 

  • Determine if it's acceptable to roll up your artwork and keep in poster tubes. Vertical, hardy poster tubes are often the best way to go.
  • When stowing flat, think about continuing to keep in picture frames that are presently packed cautiously to reduce bumps.
  • If keeping flat, make use of a thin flat carton about the size of your art
    • Lay the canvas or poster between sheets of cardboard to ensure they are both flat and protected
    • Take into consideration plastic wrap, wax paper or perhaps a quick spray of paint-sealant for unsealed paintings or even drawings 

Sensitive or Unusually Sized Sculptures 

  • Like dishes, fill every crevice, cavity, and handle with fluffy packing material
  • Similar to musical instruments, spot in a base of packing material and enclose with more packaging materials to protect from bumps or compression
  • Metal in addition to wood might be stored in the same container
  • In general, don't put two glass or breakable statues within the same carton

 Workout Machines

Lastly, we come to the toughest but possibly most complicated packing task of all: your exercise equipment. Dumbbells, weight benches, stationary bikes, and specialized workout equipment are often an enormous concern to move. The weighted and structural pieces can be quite weighty while the equipment by itself can be sophisticated and/or bulky to move. In fact, substantial work out machines are often the reason for moving casualties.

Sporting gear, alternatively, could be very fragile. Rackets and skis, snowboards and also surfboards, and other carefully wrought sporting gear may take severe damage from the wrong type of jostling throughout a move. They're items you ought not simply throw in a carton and go.

Here's how to move your home gymnasium and sporting gear properly without the breaks, losses, or too-heavy boxes:


  • Pack 1 or 2 per box
  • Cushion snugly and pack into small now-heavy containers
    • Search for or construct containers smaller than a book container
  • Pack disc weights in acceptable stacks
    • Wrap in furniture pads and secure utilizing shrink wrap
  • Do not ever package several weights weightier than you can carry
  • Lift up using your legs 

Workout Gear 

  • Keep and prepare the assembly details
  • Take down whatever you can and pack in bundles of bars and bench sections
  • Mark each and every component along with screw as you take apart and stow within labeled bags with the workout gear parts
  • Shoot photos before you take apart to assist with reassembly 

Sporting Gear (Rackets, Surfboard, etc.) 

  • Store rackets in their cases with an added layer of cushioning. Do not allow to flex.
  • Bubble-wrap skis and surfboards then pack in cases or upright cartons.
    • Consider extra cardboard or struts to keep boxes impact-resistant and firm
    • A professional mover can supply boxes, should you need them
  • Pack sets of gear jointly in the identical box.


Transferring to a new home in Austin doesn't need to include the common moving casualties including furniture pieces scuff marks or shattered china. No matter if you are relocating significant everyday things or exclusive fragile belongings, these pointers will allow you to have a tragedy-free move with every one of your beloved things making it safely to your new house. If you need further practical moving advice from a professional moving company who's seen it all or you are anxious about moving unique belongings in your home, call us today!


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