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January 29, 2018

How to Protect Your Home from Damage During a Move in Oklahoma City

moving - boxes - moving fragile itemsMoving between houses in Oklahoma City is a huge project which requires a great deal of organization and coordination. Sometimes people prefer to box up their own items from emptying drawers to carefully wrapping and labeling the cables from the entertainment center, however when it comes to the bulky items, we usually require a smidgen of help. Actually, one of the larger dangers involved in moving is scratching up either the home you are leaving or the home you're moving into with oversized furniture pieces like recliners, cabinets, and wall hangings. Going around corners or through doorways is very risky and there's almost always a few visible scrapes by the time you and your friends get the furniture settled. If you want to save a little cash on putty and paint and/or your security deposit, heed some advice from experienced movers and learn how to protect your house from the dangers of moving bulky furniture.

Disassembly and Reassembly

The first step to incident-free moving is a willingness to take things apart. Bedframes have always been a challenge to fit through doorways, down hallways, and especially in the staircase. They are many times solid and sturdy to give stable bed support and many have fancy head and foot boards that you'd also rather keep unblemished on the journey. You might be surprised how many items in your home can be easily broken down 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 remove the drawers first.

In many cases, the best 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's needed again. If you're not comfortable with a wrench and screwdriver, a professional mover will be happy to take care of the disassembly and reassembly for you.

Moving Pads

At 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 large pieces of furniture often framed by wood and metal, your walls, corners and even the banisters of your stairs are at risk. Professional movers are aware that rather than attempting to achieve a perfect lack of bumps and scrapes, which is highly unlikely, a favorable solution is simply to protect the areas you are moving through.

Moving pads are essentially big sturdy blankets that could be draped or pinned over the walls, corners, stair railings, and other areas of your residence that would get scratched when big furniture is moving through. This is a extraordinarily easy trick that fixes an age-old issue. Put up moving pads when moving bulky objects through tight spaces and anywhere you are distressed about during the moving process.

Carpet Covers

Finally, the quality of your carpets should not be determined by the amount of activity during a move. Most houses see 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 move, the number of trips crossing your carpet, often in big sturdy boots, increases a lot.

To keep the dust and grime at bay and reduce the amount of wear and tear it endures from the constant walking back and forth packing and moving stuff, put down a padded carpet cover to provide 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 dedicated to taking care of not only your items but the house you are moving out of and into, also. With a couple simple tricks learned from decades of helping people move from place to place, it's simple to protect the walls, banisters, carpets, and doorways of each home no matter how big 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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