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The Most Commonly Damaged Items When You're Moving Home

Updated: Oct 18, 2022

You've been waiting weeks for contracts to be exchanged but finally, the big day is here. Your boxes are packed, vans are full and you're on the road to your new home. Sadly, it's quite likely that not all your items will make it from your old home, to your new one.

According to, UK home-movers were hit with more than £1.3bn in lost, damaged or stolen items when moving home during 2020. Yes, £1.3 Billion worth.

"The data revealed that nearly 10.4 million people (22%) reported their possessions did not make it to their new home in the same condition they left in. This can be extremely costly, with home movers estimating the average value of lost, stolen or damaged items to be just under £500 per household."

Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk of your prized possessions getting damaged while moving. Using a professional home moving service is one of the ideal ways to reduce the risk, as well as using premium quality moving boxes to store all of your goods. If you're in the process of packing your goods ready to move and wondering which items are most likely to be damaged, we've created a list below for the most common things you need to look out for when packing.

Kitchen Items

No surprises, the most commonly damaged items when you're moving home include glasses, mugs, plates and crockery. As these are very fragile items, it's really important to secure and pack these as much as you can to prevent them from damage. We would advise using extra bubble/paper wrap inside and between each item, as well as making sure the box they are in is labelled clearly so that anyone handling them knows to be extra careful with them.


Arguably the most valuable of all, electronic items such as TVs, game consoles, appliances and more are some of the most frequently damaged items when moving home. Due to the size and weight, it's vital that you look to not only package these up securely, but make sure that they are loaded into your car or van in the right order to prevent them from falling or dropping on to other items you own.

Garden Plants and Pots

While most people focus on the things inside their home, it's often that your valuable plants and plant pots just get stored in the back of the removal van and put into the corner. As these are unique items, we advise speaking to removal service professionals on the best way to store these to prevent them from being damaged.

Glass Mirrors

As you are packing all of your items up, you may wonder how is best to pack a glass mirror to stop this from being damaged. While using original packaging is ideal, most people throw their boxes away once it's been opened. We strongly advise to look for a replacement box to put your mirrors in, as well as padded out with some bubble/paper wrap so that there's little chance of movement and damage when in transit and moving to your new home.

We hope the information above helps you to prevent and reduce the risk of your items being damaged, and stop you having to replace anything that's damaged once you're unpacking in your new home. If you're looking for some information on the best types of box to use when packing your items, don't hesitate to get in touch via our Live Chat or email us at


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