How to Protect Your Home from Damage During a Move in Tulsa & Oklahoma City01/29/2018Moving between houses in Tulsa & Oklahoma City is a sizable project often requiring a lot of organization and coordination. Most people prefer to box up their own items from emptying cabinets to thoroughly wrapping and labeling the cables from the entertainment center, whereas when it comes to the bulky items, we usually want a smidgen of help. Actually, one of the bigger hazards involved in moving is scratching up either the home you’re leaving 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 settled. If you want to save a little money on spackle and paint and/or your security deposit, take some advice from professional movers and learn how to protect your home from the dangers of moving bulky items. Disassembly and Reassembly The first step to damage-free relocation is a readiness to take items apart. Bedframes have always been a challenge to maneuver through doorways, up hallways, and especially in the staircase. They are often solid and bulky to supply stable bed support and many have fancy 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 assembled including bookshelves, the entertainment center, and many cabinets. Even dressers, which usually stay in one piece, are easier to move if you remove the drawers first. In a lot of cases, the easiest method to keep both your furniture and walls safe is to just take it apart, move it in smaller pieces, and reassemble it 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 is needed again. If you are not comfortable with a few tools, a professional mover will be happy to take care of the disassembly and reassembly for you. Moving Pads Many times a large item can't be disassembled or you have a rationale to not take it apart for the move. Remember, when you're managing large pieces of furniture often framed by wood and metal, your walls, corners and even the banisters of your stairways are in danger. Professional movers are aware that rather than attempting to achieve an exact lack of scratches and scrapes, which can be very difficult, a better solution is simply to protect the areas you're moving through. Moving pads are basically large sturdy blankets that are to be draped or pinned over the walls, corners, stair railings, and other areas of your home that might get dinged when bulky furniture is moving through. This is a crazy easy trick that fixes an age-old problem. Protect with moving pads when moving bulky objects through tight spaces and anywhere you are concerned about during the moving process. Carpet Covers Lastly, the quality of your carpets should not be determined by the level of activity during a move. Most residences have a decent 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 boots, increases significantly. To keep the dust and grime off of your carpet and reduce the amount of wear and tear it faces from the constant walking back and forth packing and moving stuff, put 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 committed to taking care of not only your things but the home you are moving out of and into, as well. With a few simple tricks learned from decades of assisting 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.