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

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

Any time packing and moving your home to another location in or around San Antonio, some pieces might not endure the move. This is what is called a moving casualty, a tragic magnitude of damage or complete breakage which can occur on move-out day, move-in day, or while the moving truck moves along from one home to the next. Irrespective of how diligently you pack, most households have some form of modest moving casualty during the transfer, however you do not have to.

As a professional moving company in San Antonio, we pack a lot of delicate belongings for our clients to be sure they make it to the destination unharmed. Therefore, today, we're here to talk about how to prevent the most prevalent moving casualties if you are packing yourself and how to protect your most challenging-to-move things.

Fragile Glassware, Fine China, & Antiques

There is a valid reason that professional movers use numerous unique packing materials for moving your dishware. Glasses and ceramic plates are difficult enough to safely move without breaking them, much less fine china and sensitive collectibles. Many families see a minimum of one crack or broken glass piece in a move with lots of delicate things in boxes.

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

  • Utilize cardboard dishware dividers
  • Pack plates upright, this method minimizes the possibility of breaking
  • Stuff each hollow area utilizing newsprint, bubble wrap, or peanuts
  • Don't allow glass to touch other glass
  • Do not pack too tightly, or pressure/bumps could cause damaging
  • Pad extra space as well as the outside of every box with fluffy packing material

Wall mirrors & Pictures

Substantial panes of glass are especially tough to pack since they have a superior potential for becoming damaged or shattered in the move. This indicates mirrors and glass-covered framed artwork should be packed with special care. The most important thing will be to shield the glass surface and minimize the chance of an impact against the glass. 

  • Place picture frames together in a box using cardboard partitions in the middle
  • Secure a blanket or cloth on the whole surface of the glass
  • Apply a sizable sheet of cardboard over each and every glass area to minimize impacts
  • Stow vertical, similar to the dishes
  • Never let packed glass to lay flat

 Wood Household furniture

Wood household furniture is a typical moving casualty, but not the complete piece of furniture itself. Instead, wood tends to endure scratches, scuffs, in addition to problems with the finish when being disassembled or hauled through limited corners and doorways of the house. It's very usual for once-pristine wood household furniture to get to the new house requiring refinishing or repairs. Here's how to prevent damage to your home furniture (and also walls) as you go along: 

  • Remove hardware like handles and feet to help make the furniture more rectangular and even.
    • Stow all removed hardware with each other in a visibly labeled bag or box.
    • Small groups of taken off hardware could be held in a drawer of the pieces of furniture it came from
    • Store numerous groups of removed hardware in the same container for convenient reconstruction
  • Tape All drawers and also cabinets closed
    • Use paper tape or masking tape which doesn't ruin paint, stain, or finish
  • Take sizeable household furniture apart when you can.
    • Wrap every piece individually and pack into one container or bundle.
    • Clearly tag whatever you take apart, incorporating the place that the items should be reconnected in the future. Colored tape will help.
  • Cover all things in furniture pads or blankets to decrease the potential risk of scuffs
  • Ask for assistance or hire professional movers to relocate big or heavy furniture pieces 

Musical Instruments

If you should possess any musical instruments, you understand that moving could mean real danger for these kinds of carefully tuned and sensitive items. From grand pianos to clarinets and all things in between, musical instruments are typically breakable and need to be treated utilizing the maximum concern.

For big musical instruments like pianos, harps, and acoustic bass, you may want to make use of a specialty instrument moving team. Talk to your moving company in San Antonio regarding what they can manage or companies they could connect you with that focus on moving sizeable musical instruments securely over long or short distances.

For smaller personal instruments, these tips may help you keep your musical equipment secure and in good shape through the move: 

  • Loosen the strings of all stringed instruments like guitars, violins, cellos, and small harps. The temperature and humidity variations throughout a move or whilst in storage could cause strings to break or possibly warp the wood of your musical instrument when the strings are extremely snug.
  • Pack mouthpieces individually and think about hauling your mouthpieces along with you rather than putting them in a carton.
  • Stow instruments inside their own fashioned and also padded cases if it is possible.
  • If practical, wrap instruments in bubble wrap, even inside their cases, to provide extra insulation in addition to protection.
  • In the event that there isn't a case wrap the musical instrument in numerous layers of bubble wrap and then pack in its own carton with nothing else inside.
  • Cushion the box with paper, bubble wrap, or peanuts to circumvent wiggling and bumping.
  • Don't put 2 instruments in the same package just in case they damage one another on the move.
  • When it's a possibility, consider moving instruments inside your car or truck rather than within the moving truck. 


Packing & MovingNo matter if you have posters, painted canvas, or sculptures, packing up art is often tricky. There's a pretty good chance your artwork will certainly survive the move not having customized moving services, as long as you prepare it the proper way and are cautious regarding the place it's positioned in the moving truck. For particularly expensive items, talk to your moving company in San Antonio regarding when you should evaluate moving them in your vehicle or shipping with an art transport service.

Still, if you've simply got a couple of sensitive pieces of fine art to pack and take along, here's how to keep them from turning out to be moving casualties:

Canvas & Posters 

  • Decide whether it's acceptable to roll up your art and keep in poster tubes. Vertical, strong poster tubes are often the safest way to go.
  • When storing flat, take into consideration leaving inside picture frames that are currently packed up carefully to minimize bumps.
  • If stowing flat, make use of a thin flat box about the dimensions of your art
    • Lay the canvas or poster between sheets of cardboard to keep them both flat and protected
    • Take into consideration plastic wrap, wax paper or even a rapid spray of paint-sealant for unsealed paintings or perhaps drawings 

Breakable or Unusually Shaped Statues 

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

 Workout Gear

Lastly, we visit the toughest but possibly most difficult packing undertaking of all: your exercise machines. Dumbbells, weight benches, stationary bicycles, and special exercise machines tend to be an enormous challenge to move. The weighted and structural pieces can be quite hefty while the apparatus on its own can be complex and/or clumsy to move. The truth is, large workout equipment is commonly the reason for moving casualties.

Sporting gear, however, is often rather sensitive. Rackets and skis, snowboards and also surfboards, along with other carefully wrought sporting gear might take severe destruction from the wrong kind of jostling throughout a move. These are definitely things you ought not quickly toss in a box and go.

Here's how to move your home workout room and sporting equipment safely with no breaks, losses, or too-heavy boxes:


  • Pack a couple per box
  • Pad tightly and pack into small now-heavy boxes
    • Hunt for or put together cartons smaller than a book carton
  • Package disc weights in manageable piles
    • Wrap in furniture pads and secure with shrink wrap
  • Never pack several weights heavier than it is possible to carry
  • Lift up utilizing your legs 

Training Equipment 

  • Preserve and load up the set up details
  • Disassemble anything you can and stow in bundles of bars and bench sections
  • Tag each piece as well as screw as you take down and store in labeled bags along with the workout equipment pieces
  • Snap pics prior to when you take apart to help with reassembly 

Sporting Equipment (Rackets, Skis, etc.) 

  • Keep rackets inside their cases with an additional layer of cushioning. Don't allow to flex.
  • Bubble-wrap skis and snowboards and then stow in cases or upright boxes.
    • Contemplate additional cardboard or struts to keep cartons impact-resistant and firm
    • A professional mover can supply containers, if you want them
  • Pack categories of gear collectively within the same box.


Moving to a new house in San Antonio doesn't have to include the common moving casualties such as furniture pieces scratches or shattered china. If you are moving large everyday belongings or exclusive vulnerable belongings, these suggestions will help you have a tragedy-free move with each and every one of your beloved items making it safe-and-sound to your new home. If you need further practical moving tips from a professional moving company who has seen it all or you are concerned about moving unique belongings in your residence, call us today!


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