How to Protect Your Home from Damage During a Move in Houston01/29/2018Moving between homes in Houston is a sizable project which requires a great deal of organization and coordination. Most people prefer to pack their own stuff from emptying cabinets to carefully wrapping and labeling the cables from the entertainment center, whereas when it comes to the large things, we usually need a little bit of help. In fact, one of the larger risks involved in moving is scraping up either the home you’re vacating or the home you are moving into with bulky furniture pieces like bed frames, cabinets, and wall hangings. Going around corners or through doorways is especially risky and there's frequently a few visible scratches by the time you and your friends get the furniture moved. If you would like to save some money 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 bulky furniture. Disassembly and Reassembly The first step to safe moving is a willingness to take things apart. Bedframes have always been a challenge to fit through doorways, down hallways, and especially up and down stairs. They are frequently solid and sturdy to supply stable bed support and many have decorative head and foot boards that you'd 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 more straightforward to maneuver if you lift the drawers out first. In a lot of cases, the best method to keep both your furniture and walls unmarred is to just disassemble it, move it in pieces, and reassemble it in the room of your choice. Just make sure to keep the screws, nuts, and bolts in a labeled bag that can be at hand when it's needed again. If you are not feeling good about using a few tools, a professional mover will be glad to help with the disassembly and reassembly for you. Moving Pads Many times a bulky item cannot be disassembled or you have a reason to keep it in one piece for the move. As usual, when you are handling big pieces of furniture often framed by wood and metal, your walls, corners and even the banisters of your stairs are in danger. Professional movers are aware that rather than aiming to achieve a perfect lack of bumps and scrapes, which is highly unlikely, a better solution is simply to protect the areas you are moving through. Moving pads are essentially big sturdy blankets that are to be draped or pinned over the walls, corners, stair railings, and other areas of your home that might get scraped when bulky furniture is moving through. This is a extraordinarily easy trick that deals with an age-old problem. Put up moving pads when moving big objects through tight spaces and anywhere you are worried about during the moving process. Carpet Covers Lastly, the condition of your carpets should not be determined by the amount of activity during a move. Most houses have a decent amount of daily traffic, family members and pets walking back and forth between the living room and kitchen and bathroom a few times a day. When you are moving, the number of trips transversing your carpet, often in big sturdy shoes, increases a lot. 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 packing and moving stuff, lay down a padded carpet cover to give temporary floor protection. This allows you to move freely, heave around awkward shaped 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're devoted to taking care of not only your things but the house you're moving out of and into, as well. With a couple 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 big your furniture is.