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 household to a different location in or around Tulsa, some items probably won't survive the move. This is what's called a moving casualty, an unfortunate amount of damage or full breakage which can occur on move-out day, move-in day, or whilst the truck bumps along from one house to the subsequent. Regardless of how diligently you pack, the majority of households have at least one minor moving casualty throughout the transfer, nevertheless you do not have to.

Being a professional moving company in Tulsa, we pack a lot of sensitive pieces for our clients to make sure they arrive at the destination undamaged. So, today, we're here to share tips on avoiding the most frequent moving casualties when you are packing yourself and how to protect your most tough-to-move items.

Fragile Glassware, Fine China, & Collectibles

There is a justification that professional movers have a great number of specialty packing materials for moving your kitchen items. Glassware and ceramic dishes are hard enough to transport without damaging them, much less fine china and fragile collectibles. Many households observe a minimum of one crack or smashed glass item in a move with numerous fragile things in boxes.

You will want to take special care packing, stuffing, separating, and padding your most sensitive pieces. 

  • Make use of cardboard dishware partitions
  • Pack plates vertically, this reduces the chance of breaking
  • Fill each and every empty place utilizing newsprint, bubble wrap, or peanuts
  • Do not allow glass to contact other glass
  • Never pack too tightly, or pressure/bumps may cause damaging
  • Pad extra room and also the outside of every carton with fluffy packing material

Decorative mirrors & Picture Frames

Sizeable panes of glass tend to be tough to pack because they have a great chance of getting damaged or smashed in the move. This means mirrors and glass-covered framed artwork must be packed with additional care. What is important will be to secure the glass surface and decrease the possibility of an impact against the glass. 

  • Pack framed artwork together in a carton utilizing cardboard partitions in the middle
  • Attach a blanket or cloth covering the total surface of the glass
  • Use a large section of cardboard over every glass surface to reduce strikes
  • Keep vertical, like the dishes
  • Don't let packed glass to lay flat

 Wood Furniture

Wood home furniture is a typical moving casualty, but not the whole piece of furniture itself. Instead, wood is likely to endure scratches, scuffs, in addition to damage 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 furniture to arrive at the new house needing refinishing or repairs. Here's how to prevent damage to your home furniture (and also wall surfaces) along the route: 

  • Take off hardware such as handles and feet to help make the furniture more rectangular and even.
    • Store all removed hardware with each other in a plainly labeled bag or box.
    • Small sets of removed parts could be stored in a drawer of the furniture it came from
    • Stow numerous groups of taken off parts in the same container for convenient reconstruction
  • Tape All drawers and also cabinets closed
    • Make use of paper tape or masking tape which will not ruin paint, stain, or finish
  • Take sizeable home furniture apart if you can.
    • Cover each piece on its own and load up into a single carton or bundle.
    • Visibly label everything you disassemble, including the spot where the pieces need to be reconnected in the future. Colored tape may help.
  • Wrap all things in furniture pads or blankets to decrease the possibility of scuffs
  • Ask for assistance or hire professional movers to safely move large or cumbersome household furniture 

Musical Instruments

For those who own any musical instruments, you realize that moving can mean serious peril for these types of carefully tuned and sensitive pieces. From grand pianos to oboes and everything in between, instruments tend to be vulnerable and need to be addressed with the maximum attention.

For sizeable instruments like pianos, harps, and acoustic bass, you may want to employ a professional instrument moving team. Speak to your moving company in Tulsa on what they can undertake or services they're able to connect you with who focus on moving large musical instruments correctly over short or long distances.

Pertaining to more compact personal musical instruments, these tips will allow you to keep your musical equipment protected and in good condition throughout the move: 

  • Loosen the strings of stringed instruments like guitars, violins, cellos, and small harps. The temperature and humidity alterations throughout a move or when in storage could cause strings to break or sometimes warp the wood of your instrument when the strings are extremely taut.
  • Pack mouthpieces individually and think about carrying your mouthpieces together with you instead of packing them in a carton.
  • Pack instruments inside their own shaped and padded cases if possible.
  • If realistic, wrap musical instruments in bubble wrap, even in their cases, to provide extra padding in addition to protection.
  • If you do not have a case wrap the musical instrument in several layers of bubble wrap and then pack in its own carton with nothing more inside.
  • Fill your box with newsprint, bubble wrap, or peanuts to prevent moving and bumping.
  • Do not ever put 2 instruments within the same box in the event they harm one another on the move.
  • When it's a possibility, consider moving instruments in your car or truck rather than on the moving truck. 


Packing & MovingNo matter whether you have posters, painted canvas, or sculptures, packing art can be challenging. There is a pretty good possibility your art will certainly survive the move without special moving services, as long as you pack it the correct way and are vigilant about where it will be positioned in the moving truck. For extremely high-priced pieces, talk with your moving company in Tulsa regarding when you should evaluate moving them within your vehicle or sending with an fine art transportation service.

However, if you have just got a small number of delicate pieces of art to pack and take with you, here's how to prevent them from turning into moving casualties:

Canvas & Posters 

  • Determine if it is okay to roll up your artwork and store in poster tubes. Vertical, strong poster tubes will often be the soundest strategy to use.
  • If storing flat, take into consideration keeping within picture frames that happen to be presently packed carefully to reduce bumps.
  • If keeping flat, use a thin flat box about the measurements of your art
    • Lay your canvas or poster in between sheets of cardboard to ensure they are both flat and secured
    • Give consideration to plastic wrap, wax paper or perhaps a brief spray of paint-sealant for unsealed paintings or perhaps sketches 

Sensitive or Oddly Shaped Statues 

  • Like dishes, fill every crevice, cavity, and handle with fluffy packing material
  • Like instruments, spot in a bed of packing material and encompass with more packing materials to shield from bumps or compression
  • Metal in addition to wood may be stored in the same box
  • In general, never pack two glass or fragile statues within the same container

 Exercise Equipment

Last but not least, we come to the toughest but maybe most difficult packing undertaking of all: your exercise equipment. Dumbbells, weight benches, stationary bicycles, and specialty exercise machines are frequently a massive concern to move. The weighted and structural pieces can be very weighty while the gear by itself can be sophisticated and/or clumsy to move. In reality, significant workout machines are frequently the cause of moving casualties.

Sporting equipment, on the other hand, could be very delicate. Rackets and skis, snowboards in addition to surfboards, as well as other carefully wrought sporting gear can take severe hurt from the wrong type of jostling throughout a move. They're items you ought not merely toss in a container and set off.

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


  • Load up a couple per container
  • Pad firmly and pack into small now-heavy cartons
    • Look for or assemble boxes smaller than a book carton
  • Package disc weights in acceptable piles
    • Wrap in moving pads and secure using shrink wrap
  • Never package some weights heavier than it is possible to carry
  • Lift up with your legs 

Exercise Gear 

  • Maintain and pack the assembly instructions
  • Take down what you can and load up in bundles of bars and bench sections
  • Tag each component and screw once you take apart and keep within labeled bags together with the workout gear pieces
  • Take pictures when you take down to aid with reassembly 

Sporting Equipment (Rackets, Skis, etc.) 

  • Store rackets in their cases with an extra layer of padding. Never allow to fold.
  • Bubble-wrap skis and boards then pack into cases or vertical cartons.
    • Consider extra cardboard or struts to keep boxes impact-resistant and inflexible
    • A professional mover can supply boxes, when you need them
  • Pack groups of gear together within the identical container.


Relocating to a new house in Tulsa does not have to include the usual moving casualties such as furniture scratches or cracked dishes. No matter if you're relocating significant everyday stuff or special sensitive belongings, these suggestions will allow you to enjoy a tragedy-free move with every one of your beloved items making it safe-and-sound to your new residence. If you need further sensible moving advice from a professional moving company who's seen it all or you are wary of packing special things in your home, call us today!


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