How to Protect Your Home from Damage During a Move in Wichita Falls01/29/2018Moving between homes in Wichita Falls is a sizable project which requires much planning and coordination. Sometimes people prefer to pack their own items from emptying dressers to carefully wrapping and labeling the cables from the entertainment center, but when it comes to the bulky stuff, we usually want some help. Really, one of the larger risks 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 mirrors. Going around corners or through doorways is very hazardous and there's a lot of the time a few visible scrapes by the time you and your friends get the furniture settled. If you would like to save a bit of dough on spackle and paint and/or your security deposit, heed some advice from professional movers and learn how to protect your house from the dangers of moving heavy furniture. Disassembly and Reassembly The beginning step to incident-free moving is a willingness to take stuff apart. Bedframes have always been a challenge to get through doorways, down hallways, and especially up and down stairs. They are many times solid and sturdy to provide stable bed support and many have nice 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 broken down and put back together including bookshelves, the entertainment center, and many cabinets. Even dressers, which usually stay in one piece, are easier to handle if you remove the drawers first. In a number of cases, the easiest way to keep both your furniture and walls safe is to easily take it apart, move it broken down, 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're not comfortable with a wrench and screwdriver, a professional mover will be able to help with the disassembly and reassembly for you. Moving Pads Many times a big item can't be disassembled or you have a reason to keep it in one piece for the move. As we discussed above, when you're handling bulky 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 attempting to achieve a perfect lack of bumps and scrapes, which is highly unlikely, a better answer is simply to protect the areas you are moving through. Moving pads are simply big sturdy blankets that can be draped or pinned over the walls, corners, stair railings, and other areas of your home that would get scratched when big furniture is moving through. This is a crazy easy trick that deals with an age-old issue. Put up moving pads when moving bulky objects through tight spaces and anywhere you're worried about during the moving process. Carpet Covers Lastly, the quality of your carpets shouldn’t be determined by the level of activity during a move. Most houses see a fair amount of daily traffic, residents walking back and forth between the living room and kitchen and bathroom numerous times a day. When you are moving, the number of trips across your carpet, often in big sturdy boots, increases significantly. To keep the dust and grime from falling onto your carpet and reduce the amount of wear and tear it sustains from the constant walking back and forth boxing and moving things, place a padded carpet cover to provide temporary floor protection. This allows you to move freely, heave around large 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 dedicated to taking care of not only your items but the house you're moving out of and into, as well. With some simple tricks learned from decades of assisting people move from place to place, it's commonplace to protect the walls, banisters, carpets, and doorways of each home no matter how awkward your furniture is.