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July 22, 2019

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

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

When packing and moving your home to another area in or around Tulsa, a number of belongings might not survive the move. This is what's known as a moving casualty, a tragic amount of damage or total breakage which can occur on move-out day, move-in day, or as the moving van moves along from one home to the next. Regardless of how carefully you pack, the majority of households encounter a minumum of one minor moving casualty throughout the move, but you don't have to.

Being a professional moving company in Tulsa, we pack plenty of fragile pieces for our clients to help be sure they arrive at the destination unharmed. Hence, today, we are here to talk about how to prevent the most prevalent moving casualties when you are packing yourself and approaches to safeguard your most challenging-to-move things.

Delicate Glassware, Fine China, & Collectibles

There's a valid reason that professional movers use so many unique packing supplies for moving your dishware. Glasses and ceramic plates are hard enough to move without damaging them, much less fine china along with sensitive collectibles. A number of households discover at least one crack or smashed glass piece in a move with numerous breakable things in cartons.

You need to take special care packing, stuffing, separating, and cushioning your most delicate belongings. 

  • Use cardboard dishware partitions
  • Pack plates vertical, this approach decreases the possibility of breaking
  • Fill each and every hollow place using paper shreds, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts
  • Do not allow glass to touch other glass
  • Never pack too tightly, or pressure/bumps could cause damaging
  • Fill extra room and also the outside of every box with fluffy packing material

Wall mirrors & Picture Frames

Significant panes of glass are especially tricky to pack given that they have a superior possibility of being cracked or destroyed in the move. This implies mirrors and glass-covered picture frames should be packed with special care. The most important thing would be to secure the glass surface and decrease the possibility of an impact with the glass. 

  • Pack framed artwork collectively in a carton utilizing cardboard dividers in between
  • Attach a blanket or cloth over the total surface of the glass
  • Apply a substantial piece of cardboard over each individual glass surface to reduce impacts
  • Stow vertical, similar to the dishes
  • Never let packed glass to lay flat

 Wood Furniture

Wood furniture is a frequent moving casualty, however not the whole furniture piece itself. Alternatively, wood tends to experience chafes, scuffs, in addition to harm to the finish when being disassembled or carted by means of narrow corners and doorways of the property. It is rather common for once-pristine wood pieces of furniture to arrive at the new home needing refinishing or fixes. Here's how to avoid damage to your home furniture (as well as wall surfaces) along the route: 

  • Detach hardware including handles and feet to help make the furniture more rectangular and even.
    • Keep all removed parts with each other in a plainly marked bag or box.
    • Small groups of removed hardware may be stored in a drawer of the furniture it came from
    • Store numerous groups of taken off hardware in the same box for simple reconstruction
  • Tape All drawers and also cabinets closed
    • Use paper tape or masking tape that doesn't ruin paint, stain, or finish
  • Take big home furniture apart if possible.
    • Cover every piece individually and pack into just one box or bundle.
    • Plainly tag whatever you take apart, including the location where the pieces should be reconnected in the future. Colored tape will help.
  • Wrap everything in furniture pads or moving blankets to reduce the chance of scuffs
  • Ask for help or hire professional movers to move substantial or cumbersome furniture 

Musical Instruments

If you should possess any musical instruments, you recognize that relocating could mean real risk for these kinds of carefully tuned and sensitive items. From grand pianos to flutes and everything in between, musical instruments are typically fragile and need to be addressed utilizing the most care.

For sizeable musical instruments such as pianos, harps, and acoustic bass, you may want to utilize a specialized instrument moving team. Talk to your moving company in Tulsa on what they can manage or providers they can hook you up with who specialize in moving big instruments safely across long or short distances.

With regard to smaller individual instruments, these tips will assist you to keep your musical equipment safe and in excellent condition through the move: 

  • Loosen the strings of stringed instruments such as guitars, violins, cellos, and small harps. The humidity and temperature variations over a move or whilst in storage might cause strings to snap or even warp the wood of your musical instrument in the event the strings are too snug.
  • Package mouthpieces independently and consider hauling your mouthpieces with you instead of packing them in a box.
  • Stow instruments within their own shaped and padded cases if possible.
  • If valuable, wrap musical instruments in bubble wrap, even inside their cases, to deliver additional insulation in addition to protection.
  • If perhaps you don't have a case wrap the instrument in numerous layers of bubble wrap and then put in its own carton with nothing more inside.
  • Pad the container with paper, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts to prevent moving and bumping.
  • Do not ever put 2 musical instruments in the same carton just in case they harm the other on the move.
  • When it is a possibility, consider moving instruments within your car or truck as opposed to within the moving truck. 


Packing & MovingWhether you have posters, painted canvas, or sculptures, preparing artwork is often challenging. There's a pretty good chance your artwork will certainly endure the move not having specialized moving services, as long as you pack it the correct way and are attentive about exactly where it will be positioned in the moving truck. For rather high-priced pieces, talk with your moving company in Tulsa concerning if you should consider moving them in your vehicle or transporting with an fine art transportation service.

Still, if you have merely got a small number of sensitive pieces of artwork to pack and take, here's how to stop them from turning out to be moving casualties:

Canvas & Posters 

  • Figure out whether it's safe to roll up your art and keep in poster tubes. Upright, strong poster tubes are often the best approach to take.
  • When stowing flat, take into consideration leaving in picture frames that are presently packed up properly to decrease bumps.
  • If stowing flat, make use of a thin flat box about the measurements of your art
    • Lay your canvas or poster between sheets of cardboard to keep them each flat and protected
    • Take into consideration plastic wrap, wax paper or maybe a quick spray of paint-sealant for unsealed paintings or sketches 

Delicate or Unusually Shaped Statues 

  • Like dishes, fill every crevice, cavity, and handle with fluffy packing material
  • Like musical instruments, place into a cargo box of packing material and enclose with more packaging material to shield through bumps or compression
  • Metal in addition to wood may be located in the same box
  • Normally, don't load up a couple glass or delicate statues inside the same carton

 Exercise Gear

Last but not least, we arrive at the toughest but perhaps most complicated packing process of all: your training equipment. Barbells, weight benches, stationary bikes, and specialized workout equipment tend to be an enormous obstacle to move. The weighted and structural items can be extremely heavy whilst the gear on its own might be challenging and/or cumbersome to move. In reality, significant work out devices are often the reason for moving casualties.

Sporting gear, alternatively, is often rather vulnerable. Rackets and skis, snowboards and also surfboards, along with other carefully wrought sporting equipment can take serious destruction from the wrong type of jostling during a move. These are generally belongings you ought not merely toss in a box and go.

Here's how to move your home workout room and sporting equipment securely without the breaks, losses, or too-heavy boxes:


  • Pack a couple per carton
  • Cushion tightly and pack into small now-heavy boxes
    • Hunt for or construct cartons smaller than a book carton
  • Pack disc weights in manageable piles
    • Wrap in furniture pads and secure using shrink wrap
  • Do not ever load up some weights more substantial than you can carry
  • Pick up utilizing your legs 

Exercise Gear 

  • Keep and pack the set up guidelines
  • Disassemble what you can and pack in bundles of bars and bench pieces
  • Tag every part and screw while you take apart and keep within labeled bags together with the workout gear pieces
  • Shoot pictures prior to when you disassemble to aid with reassembly 

Sporting Equipment (Rackets, Skis, etc.) 

  • Store rackets inside their cases with an extra layer of padding. Never allow to bend.
  • Bubble-wrap skis and surfboards then put into cases or upright boxes.
    • Think about added cardboard or struts to maintain cartons impact-resistant and inflexible
    • A professional mover can provide cartons, when you need them
  • Pack groups of gear collectively within the same container.


Moving to a new house in Tulsa does not have to include the usual moving casualties such as furniture scratches or cracked plates. No matter if you're relocating large everyday items or special sensitive belongings, these tips will help you enjoy a tragedy-free move with each and every one of your favorite things making it safely to your new home. If you want more smart moving suggestions from a professional moving company who's seen it all or you might be concerned about packing specific belongings in your home, call us today!


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