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

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

If packing and moving your home to another location in or around Atlanta, a few things probably won't survive the move. This is what is known as a moving casualty, a tragic amount of damage or complete breakage that could occur on move-out day, move-in day, or as the truck bumps along from one house to the subsequent. Regardless of how carefully you pack, most households encounter a minumum of one small moving casualty during the transfer, but you don't have to.

As a professional moving company in Atlanta, we pack lots of sensitive pieces for our clients in order to be sure they reach the destination undamaged. So, today, we're here to discuss how to prevent the most frequent moving casualties if you are packing yourself and how to safeguard your most difficult-to-move pieces.

Vulnerable Glassware, Fine China, & Antiques

There is a justification that professional movers have numerous specialized packing supplies for packing your kitchen items. Glasses and ceramic dishes are difficult enough to safely move without damaging them, much less fine china in addition to sensitive antiques. Many households observe at least one crack or destroyed glass item in a move with numerous delicate things in boxes.

You'll want to be extra careful packing, filling, separating, and cushioning your most vulnerable pieces. 

  • Use cardboard dishware dividers
  • Pack plates vertical, this method minimizes the potential for breaking
  • Fill each hollow place using paper, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts
  • Don't permit glass to contact other glass
  • Don't pack too tightly, or pressure/bumps can lead to shattering
  • Pad extra space and the outside of each box with fluffy packing material

Wall mirrors & Pictures

Sizeable panes of glass are particularly tough to pack since they have a great chance of becoming cracked or shattered in the move. This implies mirrors and glass-covered framed artwork need to be packed with special care. What is important would be to secure the glass surface and reduce the risk of an impact with the glass. 

  • Stack mirrors together in a carton using cardboard partitions between
  • Attach a blanket or cloth covering the total area of the glass
  • Make use of a large sheet of cardboard over each individual glass surface to minimize shocks
  • Keep vertical, like the plates
  • Never allow packed glass to lay flat

 Wood Household furniture

Wood furniture is a typical moving casualty, however not the whole furniture piece itself. Rather, wood is likely to suffer from scratches, scuffs, and harm to the finish when being disassembled or carted through tight corners and doorways of the home. It is rather usual for once-pristine wood household furniture to get to the new residence requiring refinishing or fixes. Here is how to avoid harm to your household furniture (as well as wall surfaces) along the route: 

  • Detach components including handles and feet to help make the furniture more rectangular and even.
    • Keep all removed pieces with each other inside a visibly labeled bag or box.
    • Small sets of taken off pieces could be kept in a drawer of the furniture it came from
    • Store numerous groups of taken off pieces in the same box for easy reconstruction
  • Tape All drawers and cabinets closed
    • Utilize paper tape or masking tape which will not damage paint, stain, or finish
  • Take big home furniture apart when you can.
    • Wrap every piece separately and load up into just one container or bundle.
    • Clearly tag everything you disassemble, including the place that the parts need to be reconnected in the future. Colored tape will help.
  • Cover everything in furniture pads or moving blankets to minimize the possibility of scuffs
  • Ask for guidance or hire professional movers to safely move substantial or heavy pieces of furniture 

Musical Instruments

If you should possess any musical instruments, you understand that a move can mean real peril for these finely tuned and fragile belongings. From grand pianos to clarinets and everything in between, instruments tend to be vulnerable and need to be handled with the maximum concern.

For large musical instruments like pianos, harps, and acoustic bass, you might have to employ a professional instrument moving team. Talk to your moving company in Atlanta regarding what they are able to undertake or providers they can connect you with that concentrate on moving large musical instruments correctly over short or long distances.

For small sized individual instruments, these procedures will assist you to keep your musical equipment secure and in good condition during the move: 

  • Loosen the strings of stringed instruments such as guitars, violins, cellos, and small harps. The temperature and humidity variations throughout a move or when in storage can cause strings to snap or possibly warp the wood of your instrument in the event the strings are extremely tight.
  • Pack mouthpieces individually and consider carrying your mouthpieces along with you instead of putting them in a box.
  • Pack instruments inside their own shaped and padded cases when possible.
  • If realistic, wrap instruments in bubble wrap, even inside their cases, to provide additional padding and protection.
  • If perhaps you do not have a case wrap the instrument in several layers of bubble wrap and after that put in its own carton with nothing else inside.
  • Cushion the container with newsprint, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts in order to avoid wiggling and bumping.
  • Don't put two instruments inside the same carton in the event they damage each other on the move.
  • If perhaps it's a possibility, consider moving instruments within your car or truck instead of within the moving truck. 


Packing & MovingWhether you have posters, painted canvas, or sculptures, packing up fine art is usually difficult. There's a pretty good possibility your art will certainly endure the move not having special moving services, but only if you pack it the correct way and are mindful concerning where it is placed in the moving truck. For extremely high-priced pieces, talk to your moving company in Atlanta about whether you should evaluate moving them within your car or truck or sending with an artwork transportation service.

However, in case you have just got a handful of vulnerable pieces of artwork to pack and take with you, here is how to keep them from turning into moving casualties:

Canvas & Posters 

  • Decide whether it's okay to roll up your artwork and keep in poster tubes. Vertical, sturdy poster tubes are frequently the soundest strategy to use.
  • When stowing flat, consider leaving in picture frames which are currently loaded properly to decrease bumps.
  • If stowing flat, use a thin flat box near the size of your art
    • Place your canvas or poster between pieces of cardboard to ensure that they're each flat and protected
    • Contemplate plastic wrap, wax paper or perhaps a swift spray of paint-sealant for unsealed paintings or perhaps drawings 

Fragile or Surprisingly Shaped Statues 

  • Like dishes, fill every crevice, cavity, and handle with fluffy packing material
  • Like instruments, place into a base of packaging material and enclose with more packaging materials to shield through bumps or compression
  • Metal as well as wood can be placed in the same box
  • In general, don't pack a couple glass or fragile statues within the same box

 Workout Equipment

Lastly, we arrive at the sturdiest but possibly most difficult packing process of all: your workout equipment. Dumbbells, weight benches, stationary bicycles, and specialty workout gear are often a massive concern to move. The weighted and structural parts can be extremely weighty while the equipment itself could be intricate and/or clumsy to move. In reality, large workout equipment is often the cause of moving casualties.

Sporting equipment, alternatively, can be quite delicate. Rackets and skis, snowboards and surfboards, and other finely wrought sporting equipment can take serious harm from the wrong kind of jostling over a move. They're items you ought not merely toss in a container and set off.

Here's how to move your home gymnasium and sporting gear correctly without the breaks, losses, or too-heavy containers:


  • Put a couple per box
  • Cushion snugly and pack into small now-heavy containers
    • Hunt for or build containers smaller than a book carton
  • Pack disc weights in acceptable piles
    • Wrap in furniture pads and secure utilizing shrink wrap
  • Never load up some weights more substantial than you are able to carry
  • Lift with your legs 

Training Gear 

  • Maintain and load up the assembly guidelines
  • Take apart whatever you will be able to and load up in bundles of bars and bench sections
  • Label each and every element in addition to screw while you take apart and stow within tagged bags together with the workout equipment parts
  • Shoot pictures before you disassemble to aid with reassembly 

Sporting Equipment (Rackets, Skis, etc.) 

  • Store rackets within their cases with an extra layer of padding. Don't allow to bend.
  • Bubble-wrap skis and surfboards then pack into cases or upright boxes.
    • Contemplate additional cardboard or struts to keep boxes impact-resistant and inflexible
    • A professional mover can provide cartons, when you need them
  • Pack sets of gear jointly inside the identical box.


Moving to a new house in Atlanta doesn't need to include the usual moving casualties like furniture scuff marks or broken china. Whether you are moving significant everyday items or exclusive vulnerable possessions, these tips will allow you to have a tragedy-free move with every one of your treasured possessions making it safely to your new house. If you want additional practical moving suggestions from a professional moving company who has seen it all or you're concerned about packing specific items in your home, call us today!


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