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

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

Any time packing and moving your residence to another location in or around Tulsa, a few pieces probably won't make it through the move. This is what is known as a moving casualty, a terrible amount of damage or full breakage which may take place on move-out day, move-in day, or while the truck goes along from one home to the subsequent. No matter how thoroughly you pack, the majority of households experience a minumum of one small moving casualty throughout the transition, but you don't need to.

As a professional moving company in Tulsa, we pack lots of vulnerable pieces for our clients to be sure they arrive at the destination unharmed. So, today, we're here to talk about how to prevent the most prevalent moving casualties if you are packing yourself and how to safeguard your most difficult-to-move items.

Fragile Glassware, Fine China, & Antiques

There's a reason that professional movers use so many customized packing supplies for packing your dishes. Glasses and ceramic dishes are hard enough to move without damaging them, much less fine china and sensitive antiques. A number of people observe at least one crack or shattered glass piece in a move with numerous fragile items in cartons.

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

  • Utilize cardboard dishware partitions
  • Pack plates upright, this cuts down the possibility of breaking
  • Fill every empty area utilizing paper, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts
  • Do not allow glass to contact other glass
  • Do not pack too tightly, or pressure/bumps can lead to damaging
  • Fill extra space as well as the outside of every box with fluffy packing material

Wall mirrors & Pictures

Significant panes of glass are especially difficult to pack given that they have a high possibility of becoming damaged or destroyed in the move. This implies mirrors and glass-covered pictures has to be packed with special care. What is important will be to shield the glass area and reduce the danger of an impact against the glass. 

  • Pack mirrors together in a carton utilizing cardboard dividers in between
  • Fasten a blanket or cloth covering the complete layer of the glass
  • Make use of a large sheet of cardboard over each glass area to decrease impacts
  • Store vertical, much like the dishes
  • Don't permit packed glass to lay flat

 Wood Home furniture

Wood household furniture is a common moving casualty, but not the entire furniture item itself. Alternatively, wood is likely to endure scratches, scuffs, and damage to the finish when being taken apart or carted through tight corners and doorways of the property. It is rather usual for once-pristine wood furniture to arrive at the new home requiring refinishing or fixes. Here's how to prevent harm to your household furniture (and wall surfaces) along the route: 

  • Take off components such as handles and feet to make the furniture more rectangular and even.
    • Keep all removed pieces collectively within a plainly tagged bag or box.
    • Smaller groups of taken off hardware could be kept in a drawer of the furniture it came from
    • Keep multiple sets of removed parts in the same box for convenient reconstruction
  • Tape All drawers and also cabinets shut
    • Make use of paper tape or masking tape which does not damage paint, stain, or finish
  • Take sizeable furniture apart when you can.
    • Cover each piece individually and bunch into a single carton or bundle.
    • Visibly label anything you disassemble, including where the parts need to be reconnected down the road. Colored tape will help.
  • Cover all things in furniture pads or moving blankets to decrease the possibility of scuffs
  • Ask for guidance or hire professional movers to relocate substantial or cumbersome household furniture 

Musical Instruments

For those who own any musical instruments, you recognize that relocating could mean serious danger for these finely tuned and delicate objects. From grand pianos to clarinets and all things in between, instruments tend to be breakable and need to be addressed utilizing the utmost care.

For sizeable musical instruments such as pianos, harps, and acoustic bass, you may want to utilize a professional instrument moving team. Talk to your moving company in Tulsa about what they could undertake or providers they are able to connect you with who specialize in moving large musical instruments securely spanning short or long distances.

With regard to more compact personal instruments, these steps will help you keep your musical equipment protected and in fine shape through the move: 

  • Loosen the strings of the stringed instruments like guitars, violins, cellos, and small harps. The humidity and temperature changes over a move or whilst in storage can cause strings to snap or even warp the wood of the musical instrument when the strings are extremely tight.
  • Package mouthpieces independently and think about transporting your mouthpieces with you as opposed to packing them in a box.
  • Pack musical instruments inside their own shaped and padded cases when possible.
  • If realistic, cover musical instruments in bubble wrap, even inside their cases, to provide additional padding in addition to protection.
  • In the event that you don't have a case wrap the instrument in a number of layers of bubble wrap and after that pack in its own carton with nothing more inside.
  • Fill your box with newsprint, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts to avoid wiggling and bumping.
  • Do not ever put two instruments inside the same package just in case they damage the other on the move.
  • When it's a possibility, consider moving instruments in your automobile rather than on the moving truck. 


Packing & MovingNo matter whether you have posters, painted canvas, or sculptures, packing fine art is often tricky. There's a good possibility your art will certainly survive the move not having customized moving services, but only if you pack it the right way and are careful about where it is placed in the moving truck. For particularly expensive items, talk with your moving company in Tulsa about whether you should think about moving them in your vehicle or transporting with an art transportation service.

However, if you've merely got a couple of delicate pieces of fine art to pack and take, here is how to prevent them from turning into moving casualties:

Canvas & Posters 

  • Figure out if it's safe to roll up the art and store in poster tubes. Vertical, sturdy poster tubes are frequently the most secure way to go.
  • If stowing flat, consider keeping within picture frames that happen to be presently packed up carefully to lessen bumps.
  • If keeping flat, use a thin flat box near the measurements of your art
    • Lay your canvas or poster in between pieces of cardboard to make sure they're both flat and protected
    • Give consideration to plastic wrap, wax paper or maybe a swift spray of paint-sealant for unsealed paintings or perhaps drawings 

Delicate or Strangely Shaped Sculptures 

  • Like dishes, fill every crevice, cavity, and handle with fluffy packing material
  • Like instruments, spot in a bed of packaging material and surround with more packaging materials to protect from bumps or compression
  • Metal in addition to wood may be located in the same carton
  • In general, do not put two glass or breakable sculptures in the same container

 Exercise Machines

Finally, we visit the sturdiest but maybe most complicated packing undertaking of all: your exercise machines. Barbells, weight benches, stationary bikes, and specialty workout equipment tend to be a huge concern to move. The weighted and structural items can be extremely hefty whilst the equipment by itself can be sophisticated and/or clumsy to move. The truth is, substantial work out equipment is frequently the reason for moving casualties.

Sporting gear, on the other hand, could be very delicate. Rackets and skis, snowboards in addition to surfboards, along with other carefully wrought sporting gear can take severe destruction from the wrong sort of jostling over a move. They're things you ought not quickly toss in a box and set off.

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


  • Pack 1 or 2 per box
  • Pad firmly and pack into small now-heavy boxes
    • Search for or build boxes smaller than a book carton
  • Pack disc weights in workable piles
    • Wrap in furniture pads and secure using shrink wrap
  • Never load up a group of weights more substantial than you are able to carry
  • Lift up utilizing your legs 

Workout Equipment 

  • Maintain and load up the assembly directions
  • Take apart what you will be able to and load up in bundles of bars and bench pieces
  • Mark every component as well as screw while you disassemble and keep within labeled bags with the workout equipment parts
  • Snap photos when you take apart to assist with reassembly 

Sporting Gear (Rackets, Skis, etc.) 

  • Store rackets inside their cases with an added layer of cushioning. Do not allow to fold.
  • Bubble-wrap skis and surfboards and then put within cases or vertical boxes.
    • Think about added cardboard or struts to maintain cartons impact-resistant and rigid
    • A professional mover can provide cartons, should you need them
  • Pack sets of equipment together in the identical container.


Transferring to a new home in Tulsa does not have to include the typical moving casualties like furniture pieces scrapes or broken plates. If you are moving big everyday items or distinctive fragile items, these suggestions will allow you to have a tragedy-free move with every one of your favorite things making it safely to your new residence. If you're looking for additional sensible moving tips from a professional moving company who has seen it all or you might be concerned about packing specific items in your residence, give us a call today!


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