How to Protect Your Home from Damage During a Move in Austin01/29/2018Moving between residences in Austin is a huge job which requires a lot of planning and coordination. Some people prefer to pack their own items from emptying cabinets to carefully wrapping and labeling the cables from the entertainment center, but when it comes to the large stuff, we usually want a little bit of help. Actually, one of the larger dangers involved in moving is scratching up either the home you’re vacating or the home you are moving into with bulky furniture pieces like recliners, cabinets, and mirrors. Going around corners or through doorways is very dangerous and there's frequently a few visible dings by the time you and your friends get the furniture where you want it. If you would like to save a bit of cash on spackle and paint and/or your security deposit, heed some guidance from experienced movers and learn how to protect your house from the dangers of moving heavy goods. Disassembly and Reassembly The initial step to damage-free moving is an ability to take items apart. Bedframes have always been a challenge to get around doorways, up hallways, and especially up and down stairs. They are many times solid and heavy to supply stable bed support and many have nice head and foot boards that you would also rather keep un-scuffed on the journey. You might be surprised how many items in your home can be easily disassembled and reassembled including bookshelves, the entertainment center, and many cabinets. Even dressers, which usually stay in one piece, are less difficult to handle if you take the drawers out first. In many cases, the easiest way to keep both your furniture and walls unmarred is to easily take it apart, move it in pieces, and put it back together in the room of your choice. Just make sure to keep the screws, nuts, and bolts in a labeled bag that can be located when it is needed again. If you are not comfortable with a few tools, a professional mover will be able to handle the disassembly and reassembly for you. Moving Pads Sometimes a large item can't be disassembled or you have a reason to not take it apart for the move. As usual, when you're handling bulky pieces of furniture often framed by wood and metal, your walls, corners and even the banisters of your stairways are in danger. Professional movers recognize that rather than attempting to achieve a perfect lack of bumps and scrapes, which can be highly unlikely, a better solution is simply to protect the areas you're moving through. Moving pads are basically large sturdy blankets that can be draped or pinned over the walls, corners, stair railings, and other areas of your residence that might get dinged when bulky furniture is moving through. This is a crazy ordinary trick that deals with an age-old issue. Protect with moving pads when moving big objects through tight spaces and anywhere you're distressed about during the moving process. Carpet Covers Last but not least, the condition of your carpets should not be determined by the amount of activity during a move. Most homes see a fair amount of traffic everyday, family members and pets walking back and forth between the living room and kitchen and bathroom several times a day. When you move, the number of trips across your carpet, often in big sturdy shoes, increases significantly. To keep the dust and grime from falling onto your carpet and lower the amount of wear and tear it takes from the constant walking back and forth boxing and moving items, place a padded carpet cover to provide temporary floor protection. This allows you to move freely, work with awkward shaped furniture, and pull 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 things but the house you're moving out of and into, as well. With a few simple tricks gleaned from decades of helping people move from place to place, it is simple to protect the walls, banisters, carpets, and doorways of each home no matter how bulky your furniture is.