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January 29, 2018

How to Protect Your Home from Damage During a Move in Little Rock

moving - boxes - moving fragile itemsMoving between homes in Little Rock is a huge task often requiring 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 big things, we usually require some help. Actually, one of the biggest hazards involved in moving is dinging up either the home you’re moving from or the home you're moving into with bulky furniture pieces like couches, cabinets, and paintings. Going around corners or through doorways is especially dangerous and there's almost always a few visible scrapes by the time you and your friends get the furniture settled. If you would like to save some dough on spackle and paint and/or your security deposit, heed some recommendations from seasoned movers and learn how to protect your residence from the dangers of moving heavy furniture.

Disassembly and Reassembly

The initial step to damage-free moving is a willingness to take stuff apart. Bedframes have always been a challenge to maneuver around doorways, up hallways, and especially up and down stairs. They are many times solid and sturdy to provide stable bed support and many have decorative 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 taken apart and assembled including bookshelves, the entertainment center, and many cabinets. Even dressers, which usually stay in one piece, are less difficult to handle if you remove the drawers first.

In a number of cases, the simpliest way to keep both your furniture and walls safe is to simply 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 at hand when it's needed again. If you're not good at using some basic tools, a professional mover will be glad to help with the disassembly and reassembly for you.

Moving Pads

Sometimes a bulky item can't be disassembled or you have a rationale to not take it apart for the move. As usual, when you're handling big pieces of furniture often framed by wood and metal, your walls, corners and even the banisters of your stairwells are at risk. Professional movers are aware that rather than aiming to achieve an exact lack of scratches and scrapes, which can be highly unlikely, a favorable solution is simply to protect the areas you're moving through.

Moving pads are essentially big sturdy blankets that can be draped or pinned over the walls, corners, stair railings, and other areas of your home that might get scraped when large furniture is moving through. This is a crazy easy trick that fixes an age-old problem. Put up moving pads when moving large objects through tight spaces and anywhere you are concerned about during the moving process.

Carpet Covers

Finally, the shape of your carpets should not be determined by the amount of activity during a move. Most houses have a reasonable amount of daily traffic, family members and pets walking back and forth between the living room and kitchen and bathroom numerous times a day. When you are in the process of moving, the number of trips transversing your carpet, often in big sturdy boots, increases a lot.

To keep the dust and grime at bay and lower the amount of wear and tear it endures from the constant walking back and forth packing and moving items, place a padded carpet cover to offer temporary floor protection. This allows you to move freely, lug 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 are devoted to taking care of not only your items but the house you are moving out of and into, also. With some simple tricks learned from decades of helping people move from place to place, it is easy to protect the walls, banisters, carpets, and doorways of every home no matter how bulky your furniture is.

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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