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

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

If packing and moving your family to a new place in or around El Paso, a number of pieces might not survive the move. This is what's called a moving casualty, a terrible amount of damage or full breakage that could occur on move-out day, move-in day, or while the truck bumps along from one residence to the next. Regardless of how thoroughly you pack, most households have at least one small moving casualty throughout the move, but you don't have to.

As a professional moving company in El Paso, we pack a lot of fragile belongings for our clients in order to ensure they make it to the destination unscathed. Hence, today, we're here to talk about ways to avoid the most common moving casualties when you are packing yourself and approaches to secure your most tough-to-move belongings.

Vulnerable Glassware, Fine China, & Antiques

There exists a valid reason that professional movers have numerous unique packing materials for moving your dishware. Glasses and ceramic dishes are hard enough to move without damaging them, much less fine china along with fragile collectibles. Many people notice a minimum of one crack or broken glass piece in a move with lots of breakable items in cartons.

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

  • Use cardboard dishware partitions
  • Pack plates vertical, this cuts down the possibility of breaking
  • Fill every hollow place utilizing paper, bubble wrap, or peanuts
  • Never allow glass to touch other glass
  • Never pack too tightly, or pressure/bumps might cause damaging
  • Fill extra room and also the outside of each box with fluffy packing material

Wall mirrors & Pictures

Significant panes of glass are especially challenging to pack given that they have a great potential for becoming cracked or destroyed in the move. This means mirrors and glass-covered pictures need to be packed with special care. What is important is to protect the glass area and minimize the danger of an impact with the glass. 

  • Pack picture frames with each other in a carton utilizing cardboard partitions between
  • Secure a blanket or cloth covering the whole layer of the glass
  • Utilize a substantial sheet of cardboard over every glass area to reduce strikes
  • Stow vertical, like the plates
  • Never let packed glass to lay flat

 Wood Furniture

Wood household furniture is a common moving casualty, although not the full furniture item itself. Alternatively, wood tends to endure scrapes, scuffs, and damage to the finish when being disassembled or hauled by way of tight corners and doorways of the house. It is rather usual for once-pristine wood pieces of furniture to arrive at the new house requiring refinishing or repairs. Here is how to avoid harm to your home furniture (as well as walls) as you go along: 

  • Take off hardware including handles and feet to help make the pieces of furniture more rectangle-shaped and even.
    • Stow all removed parts together inside a visibly labeled bag or box.
    • Small groups of removed hardware might be placed in a drawer of the furniture pieces it came from
    • Keep various groups of taken off pieces in the same container for convenient reconstruction
  • Tape All drawers and also cabinets shut
    • Use paper tape or masking tape which doesn't ruin paint, stain, or finish
  • Take sizeable household furniture apart if you can.
    • Wrap each piece on its own and bunch into just one container or bundle.
    • Visibly tag everything you take apart, incorporating the place that the pieces should be reconnected in the future. Colored tape can help.
  • Wrap everything in furniture pads or moving blankets to reduce the possibility of scuffs
  • Ask for help or hire professional movers to move large or heavy furniture 

Musical Instruments

For those who have any musical instruments, you understand that moving could mean serious risk for these kinds of finely tuned and delicate objects. From grand pianos to oboes and all things in between, musical instruments are generally fragile and need to be handled with the utmost concern.

For sizeable musical instruments such as pianos, harps, and acoustic bass, you may need to make use of a professional instrument moving team. Speak to your moving company in El Paso about what they are able to do or providers they can connect you with who concentrate on moving large instruments securely spanning short or long distances.

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

  • Loosen the strings of all stringed instruments including guitars, violins, cellos, and small harps. The humidity and temperature alterations over a move or when in storage might cause strings to snap or sometimes warp the wood of the instrument when the strings are too snug.
  • Pack mouthpieces individually and think about transporting your mouthpieces together with you instead of packaging them in a carton.
  • Put musical instruments within their own fashioned in addition to padded cases if at all possible.
  • If practical, cover instruments in bubble wrap, even inside their cases, to provide added padding and also protection.
  • If perhaps there isn't a case wrap the instrument in several layers of bubble wrap and after that package in its own carton with nothing else inside.
  • Fill the container with newsprint, bubble wrap, or peanuts to prevent moving and bumping.
  • Don't put 2 instruments inside the same carton just in case they damage one another on the move.
  • When it is a possibility, contemplate moving instruments within your vehicle rather than within the moving truck. 


Packing & MovingNo matter whether you have posters, painted canvas, or sculptures, packing artwork is usually challenging. There's a good possibility your artwork may survive the move not having customized moving services, as long as you pack it the right way and are careful regarding where it's put in the moving truck. For particularly expensive items, speak with your moving company in El Paso concerning whether you should consider moving them in your car or transporting with an art transportation service.

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

Canvas & Posters 

  • Figure out whether it's okay to roll up the art and stow in poster tubes. Upright, strong poster tubes are often the most secure strategy to use.
  • If storing flat, consider keeping in picture frames that are already loaded cautiously to decrease bumps.
  • If storing flat, utilize a thin flat carton near the dimensions of your artwork
    • Place the canvas or poster between sheets of cardboard to ensure they are each flat and secured
    • Think about plastic wrap, wax paper or even a brief spray of paint-sealant for unsealed paintings or perhaps sketches 

Sensitive or Oddly Shaped Sculptures 

  • Like dishes, fill every crevice, cavity, and handle with fluffy packing material
  • Similar to musical instruments, place in a cargo box of packaging material and surround with more packaging materials to shield through bumps or compression
  • Metal and wood could be located in the same carton
  • Generally, never put two glass or breakable statues within the same box

 Exercise Gear

Finally, we arrive at the sturdiest but maybe most complicated packing job of all: your training equipment. Weights, weight benches, stationary bikes, and specialized workout equipment are often an enormous challenge to move. The weighted and structural parts can be very weighty while the equipment itself might be challenging and/or cumbersome to move. In reality, substantial work out machines are often the reason for moving casualties.

Sporting gear, on the other hand, can be quite sensitive. Rackets and skis, snowboards in addition to surfboards, along with other finely wrought sporting gear might take serious hurt from the wrong kind of jostling over a move. These are definitely items you don't want to quickly throw in a container and set off.

Here's how to move your home gymnasium and sporting equipment properly without any breaks, losses, or too-heavy containers:


  • Put one or two per carton
  • Pad tightly and pack into small now-heavy cartons
    • Look for or assemble boxes smaller than a book box
  • Pack disc weights in acceptable piles
    • Wrap in furniture pads and secure with shrink wrap
  • Never load up some weights heavier than you can carry
  • Lift with your legs 

Exercise Gear 

  • Maintain and load up the assembly guidelines
  • Take down anything you can and load up in bundles of bars and bench sections
  • Tag every part in addition to screw once you take down and stow within tagged bags together with the workout gear pieces
  • Snap pictures before you disassemble to help with reassembly 

Sporting Gear (Rackets, Surfboard, etc.) 

  • Stow rackets within their cases with an extra layer of cushioning. Don't allow to bend.
  • Bubble-wrap skis and snowboards and then pack in cases or vertical cartons.
    • Consider added cardboard or struts to keep boxes impact-resistant and rigid
    • A professional mover can provide cartons, if you need them
  • Pack categories of gear jointly inside the identical container.


Relocating to a new residence in El Paso does not have to include the common moving casualties such as household furniture scrapes or cracked dishes. Whether you're relocating large everyday things or exclusive delicate belongings, these tips will allow you to have a tragedy-free move with every one of your favorite possessions making it safely to your new residence. If you need additional smart moving tips from a professional moving company who has seen it all or you are wary of moving specific things in your home, give us a call today!


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