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

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

Any time packing and moving your family to another location in or around Oklahoma City, a few pieces may not survive the move. This is what's known as a moving casualty, a tragic amount of damage or full breakage which may happen on move-out day, move-in day, or as the moving truck goes along from one house to the subsequent. No matter how carefully you pack, the majority of households encounter a minumum of one small moving casualty through the transfer, nevertheless you do not have to.

As a professional moving company in Oklahoma City, we pack a lot of vulnerable items for our customers in order to make sure they arrive at the destination unharmed. Hence, today, we are here to share ways to avoid the most frequent moving casualties if you are packing yourself and ways to secure your most hard-to-move items.

Delicate Glassware, Fine China, & Collectibles

There exists a justification that professional movers use so many unique packing materials for moving your kitchen items. Glasses and ceramic dishes are difficult enough to safely move without damaging them, much less fine china in addition to sensitive collectibles. Many people discover at least one crack or smashed glass item in a move with dozens of fragile items in boxes.

You will want to be extra careful packing, stuffing, separating, and padding your most vulnerable belongings. 

  • Utilize cardboard dishware dividers
  • Pack plates vertically, this method decreases the possibility of breaking
  • Stuff every hollow place using paper shreds, bubble wrap, or peanuts
  • Never permit glass to contact other glass
  • Don't pack too tightly, or pressure/bumps can lead to damaging
  • Pad extra room and also the outside of every box with fluffy packing material

Mirrors & Pictures

Large panes of glass are particularly difficult to pack since they have a high chance of getting broken or smashed in the move. This suggests mirrors and glass-covered picture frames need to be packed with special care. What is important is to secure the glass surface and lessen the danger of an impact with the glass. 

  • Stack picture frames together in a box utilizing cardboard partitions between
  • Attach a blanket or cloth over the complete surface of the glass
  • Utilize a large sheet of cardboard over every glass surface to lessen impacts
  • Stow upright, much like the dishes
  • Never allow packed glass to lay flat

 Wood Home furniture

Wood household furniture is a frequent moving casualty, however not the complete furniture item itself. Instead, wood is likely to suffer from chafes, scuffs, in addition to problems with the finish when being disassembled or carted through narrow corners and doorways of the home. It is rather usual for once-pristine wood household furniture to reach the new house needing refinishing or fixes. Here's how to avoid harm to your home furniture (and walls) as you go along: 

  • Detach components such as handles and feet to help make the furniture more rectangular and even.
    • Keep all removed hardware with each other within a plainly marked bag or box.
    • Small sets of removed pieces might be kept in a drawer of the pieces of furniture it came from
    • Stow numerous sets of removed hardware in the same carton for simple reconstruction
  • Tape All drawers along with cabinets shut
    • Utilize paper tape or masking tape that doesn't harm paint, stain, or finish
  • Take large household furniture apart if you can.
    • Cover every piece separately and pack into just one container or bundle.
    • Clearly tag whatever you take apart, including where the items should be reconnected in the future. Colored tape may help.
  • Cover all things in furniture pads or blankets to minimize the chance of scuffs
  • Ask for help or hire professional movers to relocate large or awkward pieces of furniture 

Musical Instruments

If you own any musical instruments, you know that moving often means actual danger for these types of carefully tuned and fragile objects. From grand pianos to oboes and all things in between, instruments tend to be fragile and need to be addressed using the maximum concern.

For big instruments such as pianos, harps, and acoustic bass, you may want to make use of a specialized instrument moving team. Confer with your moving company in Oklahoma City about what they are able to manage or services they are able to connect you with who are experts in moving big musical instruments correctly across short or long distances.

For more compact personal musical instruments, these tips can help you keep your musical equipment secure and in fine shape throughout the move: 

  • Loosen the strings of stringed instruments like guitars, violins, cellos, and small harps. The humidity and temperature alterations over a move or while in storage can lead to strings to snap or possibly warp the wood of the instrument when the strings are very snug.
  • Package mouthpieces individually and consider transporting your mouthpieces with you as opposed to packaging them in a carton.
  • Pack instruments within their own fashioned in addition to padded cases whenever possible.
  • If valuable, wrap instruments in bubble wrap, even in their cases, to provide additional padding in addition to protection.
  • If there isn't a case wrap the instrument in a number of layers of bubble wrap and after that put in its own box with nothing more inside.
  • Fill your box with newsprint, bubble wrap, or peanuts to prevent moving and bumping.
  • Do not ever put two musical instruments in the same container just in case they hurt each other on the move.
  • In the event that it's a possibility, consider moving instruments within your vehicle rather than in the moving truck. 


Packing & MovingWhether you have posters, painted canvas, or sculptures, packing up artwork could be tough. There is a good possibility your artwork will certainly endure the move without specialized moving services, but only if you pack it the proper way and are mindful concerning where it's put in the moving truck. For particularly high-priced pieces, talk to your moving company in Oklahoma City about when you should think about moving them in your car or transporting with an artwork transport service.

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

Canvas & Posters 

  • Determine if it's okay to roll up the artwork and keep in poster tubes. Upright, hardy poster tubes will often be the soundest way to go.
  • When stowing flat, think about leaving inside picture frames that are already packed meticulously to lessen bumps.
  • If keeping flat, use a thin flat box near the dimensions of your artwork
    • Place your canvas or poster between pieces of cardboard to ensure that they're each flat and protected
    • Contemplate plastic wrap, wax paper or maybe a fast spray of paint-sealant for unsealed paintings or sketches 

Sensitive or Surprisingly Shaped Statues 

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

 Exercise Gear

Lastly, we arrive at the strongest but maybe most difficult packing undertaking of all: your workout machines. Weights, weight benches, stationary bicycles, and specialty workout gear are often a tremendous struggle to move. The weighted and structural sections can be very weighty while the apparatus itself might be complex and/or clumsy to move. In reality, significant workout machines are often the reason for moving casualties.

Sporting equipment, however, could be very delicate. Rackets and skis, snowboards and surfboards, along with other carefully wrought sporting equipment might take severe destruction from the wrong kind of jostling during a move. These are generally things you don't want to quickly toss in a carton and go.

Here's how to move your home gymnasium and sporting gear properly with no breaks, losses, or too-heavy boxes:


  • Put 1 or 2 per carton
  • Cushion securely and pack into small now-heavy cartons
    • Search for or build boxes smaller than a book box
  • Package disc weights in acceptable stacks
    • Wrap in moving pads and secure with shrink wrap
  • Don't pack some weights weightier than it is possible to carry
  • Lift up using your legs 

Training Equipment 

  • Maintain and prepare the assembly guidelines
  • Take down what you can and pack in bundles of bars and bench pieces
  • Label each and every component and also screw as you disassemble and stow in tagged bags with the exercise gear parts
  • Snap photos prior to when you take down to help with reassembly 

Sporting Equipment (Rackets, Snowboard, etc.) 

  • Store rackets within their cases with an added layer of cushioning. Don't allow to bend.
  • Bubble-wrap skis and snowboards then put into cases or vertical boxes.
    • Think about additional cardboard or struts to maintain boxes impact-resistant and inflexible
    • A professional mover can supply containers, when you need them
  • Pack sets of equipment together in the identical box.


Relocating to a new home in Oklahoma City doesn't have to include the typical moving casualties like furniture scratches or shattered china. If you happen to be relocating large everyday things or distinctive delicate possessions, these suggestions will assist you to have a tragedy-free move with each and every one of your beloved items making it safely to your new house. If you need additional practical moving tips from a professional moving company who has seen it all or you might be wary of moving unique belongings in your house, contact us today!


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