How to Protect Your Home from Damage During a Move in El Paso01/29/2018Moving between homes in El Paso is a huge task often requiring a lot of planning and coordination. Most people select to pack their own items from emptying dressers to meticulously wrapping and labeling the cables from the entertainment center, whereas when it comes to the big stuff, we usually require a little bit of help. In fact, one of the bigger dangers involved in moving is scratching up either the home you’re vacating or the home you are moving into with bulky furniture pieces like couches, cabinets, and paintings. Going around corners or through doorways is especially dangerous and there's 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 dough on spackle and paint and/or your security deposit, heed some advice from seasoned movers and learn how to protect your home from the dangers of moving large items. Disassembly and Reassembly The first step to incident-free moving is an ability to take things apart. Bedframes have always been a challenge to fit through doorways, down hallways, and especially up and down stairs. They are often solid and heavy to supply stable bed support and many have nice head and foot boards that you would also rather keep unmarred 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 easier to move if you take the drawers out first. In a number of cases, the easiest method to keep both your furniture and walls undamaged is to easily take it apart, move it in pieces, and reassemble it in the room of your choice. Just make sure to keep the screws, nuts, and bolts in a labeled bag that can be found when it is needed again. If you are not good at using some basic tools, a professional mover will be happy to take care of the disassembly and reassembly for you. Moving Pads Sometimes a big item cannot be disassembled or you have a reason to keep it in one piece for the move. As we discussed above, when you are handling large pieces of furniture often framed by wood and metal, your walls, corners and even the banisters of your stairways are at risk. Professional movers know that rather than trying to achieve an exact lack of scratches and scrapes, which is very difficult, a better answer is simply to protect the areas you're moving through. Moving pads are essentially large sturdy blankets that are to be draped or pinned over the walls, corners, stair railings, and other areas of your home that would get scratched when big furniture is moving through. This is a fantastically easy trick that solves an age-old issue. Put up moving pads when moving large objects through tight spaces and anywhere you are worried about during the moving process. Carpet Covers Finally, the quality of your carpets should not be determined by the level of activity during a move. Most homes have a fair amount of daily traffic, people 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 boots, increases considerably. 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 things, put down a padded carpet cover to offer temporary floor protection. This allows you to move freely, lug around awkward shaped furniture, and pull 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 a couple simple tricks learned from decades of assisting people move from place to place, it is simple to protect the walls, banisters, carpets, and doorways of each home no matter how big your furniture is.