How to Protect Your Home from Damage During a Move in Oklahoma City01/29/2018Moving between houses in Oklahoma City is an enormous job often requiring a great deal of organization and coordination. Most people select to box up their own items from emptying dressers to carefully wrapping and labeling the cables from the entertainment center, but when it comes to the big things, we usually want some help. In fact, one of the biggest hazards involved in moving is dinging up either the home you are leaving or the home you are moving into with large furniture pieces like recliners, cabinets, and wall hangings. Going around corners or through doorways is very dangerous and there is almost always a few visible scrapes by the time you and your friends get the furniture moved. If you would like to save some money on putty and paint and/or your security deposit, heed some advice from experienced movers and learn how to protect your residence from the dangers of moving large items. Disassembly and Reassembly The first 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 bulky to provide 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 taken apart and reassembled including bookshelves, the entertainment center, and many cabinets. Even dressers, which usually stay in one piece, are more straightforward to move if you remove the drawers first. In a number of cases, the best method to keep both your furniture and walls safe is to simply disassemble it, move it broken down, 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 feeling good about using a wrench and screwdriver, a professional mover will be glad to handle the disassembly and reassembly for you. Moving Pads Sometimes a large item cannot be disassembled or you have a rationale to keep it in one piece for the move. As we discussed above, when you are dealing with large pieces of furniture often framed by wood and metal, your walls, corners and even the banisters of your stairwells are in danger. Professional movers know that rather than trying to achieve a perfect lack of bumps and scrapes, which is highly unlikely, a better 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 aspects of your home that would get scraped when bulky furniture is moving through. This is a crazy ordinary trick that fixes an age-old problem. Put up moving pads when taking big objects through tight spaces and anywhere you're distressed 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 homes 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 crossing your carpet, often in big sturdy shoes, increases considerably. To keep the dust and grime from falling onto your carpet and lower the amount of wear and tear it takes from the constant walking back and forth boxing and moving items, place a padded carpet cover to give temporary floor protection. This allows you to move freely, lug around 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 are devoted to taking care of not only your things but the home you are moving out of and into, as well. With a couple simple tricks gleaned from decades of assisting people move from place to place, it is commonplace to protect the walls, banisters, carpets, and doorways of every home no matter how awkward your furniture may be.