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January 29, 2018

How to Protect Your Home from Damage During a Move in Austin

moving - boxes - moving fragile itemsMoving between houses in Austin is an enormous task often requiring a lot of organization and coordination. Most people select to box up their own stuff from emptying drawers to carefully wrapping and labeling the cables from the entertainment center, but when it comes to the large things, we usually want a little bit of help. Actually, one of the biggest dangers involved in moving is scratching up either the home you are leaving or the home you are moving into with large furniture pieces like couches, cabinets, and paintings. Going around corners or through doorways is uber dangerous and there is frequently a few visible scrapes by the time you and your friends get the furniture settled. If you would like to save a bit of money on putty and paint and/or your security deposit, listen to some recommendations from experienced movers and learn how to protect your house from the dangers of moving large furniture.

Disassembly and Reassembly

The first step to damage-free relocation is an ability to take things apart. Bedframes have always been a challenge to maneuver around doorways, down hallways, and especially in the staircase. They are many times solid and bulky to provide stable bed support and many have decorative head and foot boards that you'd also rather keep unmarred on the journey. You might be surprised how many items in your home can be easily taken apart and put back together including bookshelves, the entertainment center, and many cabinets. Even dressers, which usually stay in one piece, are more straightforward to move if you take the drawers out first.

In a number of cases, the best procedure to keep both your furniture and walls safe is to just disassemble it, move it broken down, and put it back together in the area of your choice. Just make sure to keep the screws, nuts, and bolts in a labeled bag that can be found when it's needed again. If you are not feeling good about using a wrench and screwdriver, a professional mover will be able to handle the disassembly and reassembly for you.

Moving Pads

Sometimes a large item cannot be disassembled or you have a rationale to keep it in one piece for the move. As usual, when you are dealing with large pieces of furniture often framed by wood and metal, your walls, corners and even the banisters of your stairs are in danger. Professional movers recognize that rather than trying to achieve a perfect lack of bumps and scrapes, which is highly unlikely, a better solution is simply to protect the areas you're moving through.

Moving pads are basically big sturdy blankets that are to be draped or pinned over the walls, corners, stair railings, and other aspects of your home that could get scraped when big furniture is moving through. This is a extraordinarily ordinary trick that fixes an age-old problem. Put up moving pads when moving big objects through tight spaces and anywhere you're distressed about during the moving process.

Carpet Covers

Lastly, the condition of your carpets should not be determined by the level of activity during a move. Most homes see a reasonable amount of daily traffic, people walking back and forth between the living room and kitchen and bathroom numerous times a day. When you move, the number of trips crossing your carpet, often in big sturdy shoes, increases considerably.

To keep the dust and grime from falling onto your carpet and lower the amount of wear and tear it faces from the constant walking back and forth boxing and moving items, place a padded carpet cover to give temporary floor protection. This allows you to move freely, lug around bulky furniture, and get things down from the attic or up from the basement without worrying about a major carpet cleaning afterward.

Here at A-1 Freeman Moving, we are devoted to taking care of not only your stuff but the home you are moving out of and into, as well. With a couple simple tricks learned from decades of assisting people move from place to place, it is commonplace to protect the walls, banisters, carpets, and doorways of every home no matter how awkward your furniture may be.

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
Best. Move. Ever!
Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
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