How to Protect Your Home from Damage During a Move in Little Rock01/29/2018Moving between residences in Little Rock is a sizable project often requiring a lot of planning and coordination. Most people would rather box up their own stuff from emptying drawers to carefully wrapping and labeling the cables from the entertainment center, whereas when it comes to the bulky stuff, we usually want some help. In fact, one of the biggest dangers involved in moving is scratching up either the home you are moving from or the home you're moving into with bulky furniture pieces like bed frames, cabinets, and mirrors. Going around corners or through doorways is especially hazardous and there is frequently a few visible scratches by the time you and your friends get the furniture where you want it. If you want to save a little money on putty and paint and/or your security deposit, heed some advice from experienced movers and learn how to protect your home from the dangers of moving large items. Disassembly and Reassembly The initial step to damage-free relocation is an ability to take things apart. Bedframes have always been a challenge to fit around doorways, up hallways, and especially in the staircase. They are frequently solid and heavy to give stable bed support and many have nice 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 put back together including bookshelves, the entertainment center, and many cabinets. Even dressers, which usually stay in one piece, are easier to maneuver if you remove the drawers first. In many cases, the easiest method to keep both your furniture and walls undamaged is to just take it apart, move it in pieces, and put it back together 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's needed again. If you are not comfortable with some basic tools, a professional mover will be glad to help with the disassembly and reassembly for you. Moving Pads Many times a big item cannot be disassembled or you have a reason to leave it put together for the move. As we discussed above, when you're managing bulky pieces of furniture often framed by wood and metal, your walls, corners and even the banisters of your stairwells are at risk. Professional movers recognize that rather than trying to achieve a perfect lack of scratches and scrapes, which can be nearly impossible, a good answer is simply to protect the areas you are moving through. Moving pads are essentially large sturdy blankets that can be draped or pinned over the walls, corners, stair railings, and other aspects of your house that would get scraped when large furniture is moving through. This is a extraordinarily simple trick that fixes an age-old problem. Protect with moving pads when taking large objects through tight spaces and anywhere you are distressed about during the moving process. Carpet Covers Lastly, the quality of your carpets should not be determined by the amount of activity during a move. Most residences see a reasonable amount of daily traffic, family members and pets walking back and forth between the living room and kitchen and bathroom several times a day. When you are in the process of moving, the number of trips across your carpet, often in big sturdy shoes, increases a lot. To keep the dust and grime at bay and reduce the amount of wear and tear it sustains from the constant walking back and forth boxing and moving stuff, put down a padded carpet cover to give temporary floor protection. This allows you to move freely, work with bulky 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 stuff but the residence you are moving out of and into, also. 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 every home no matter how big your furniture may be.