How to Protect Your Home from Damage During a Move in Atlanta01/29/2018Moving between residences in Atlanta is a huge project often requiring a lot of organization and coordination. Sometimes people would rather box up their own stuff from emptying dressers to meticulously 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 biggest hazards involved in moving is dinging up either the home you are leaving or the home you're moving into with oversized furniture pieces like recliners, cabinets, and paintings. 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 dough on putty and paint and/or your security deposit, listen to some advice from experienced movers and learn how to protect your house from the dangers of moving heavy 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 up and down stairs. They are frequently solid and bulky 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 put back together 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 a lot of cases, the best method to keep both your furniture and walls safe is to simply 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 located when it's needed again. If you're not feeling good about using a wrench and screwdriver, a professional mover will be happy to help with the disassembly and reassembly for you. Moving Pads Many times a bulky item cannot be disassembled or you have a reason to leave it put together for the move. As usual, when you're managing large 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 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 basically big sturdy blankets that could be draped or pinned over the walls, corners, stair railings, and other areas of your residence that would get scraped when big furniture is moving through. This is a crazy 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 Last but not least, 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 a few times a day. When you are in the process of moving, the number of trips crossing your carpet, often in big sturdy boots, increases a lot. To keep the dust and grime from falling onto your carpet 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 give 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 easy to protect the walls, banisters, carpets, and doorways of each home no matter how bulky your furniture is.