Whether you are moving out of a rental property or moving into a purchased home, you really want to avoid causing any unnecessary scratches, chips or dents on the floor. The obvious reason being you may not get your deposit back due to damaged floors OR you don’t want to spend extra money on fixing the floorings in the place you just purchased.
There’s nothing that could be more mood damping than being strapped with an expensive floor repair bill. Moving is already expensive!
Why is it important to prevent any floor damage?
Yes, it does seem fairly obvious why you’d want to prevent any damage to flooring during the moving process.
- Additional repair costs
- Loss of time
- Extra stress
Here are 6 great tips for protecting your floors during a move.
How to protect yourself and your floors during a move – 6 of our most helpful tips!
Carry Lighter Items
There are a lot of ways to protect your floor while you are moving in or out of a place and you’ll read a few more here. The best way is to avoid dragging, pulling or pushing furniture, boxes etc across the floor. Some floors can damage more easily and you really want to avoid any scratches, dents or broken tiles. Don’t dampen the mood as you move into your new home!
As you pack, ensure that you are being cautious with what you are packing so they remain light enough to carry comfortably. Take extra time double taping cardboard boxes so there isn’t any fear of them breaking potentially dropping sharp or heavy objects onto the floor.
Measure Your Furniture
Measuring your large and heavy furniture pieces before deciding to take them with you is another good way to protect your floors. Don’t force large couches through tight doorways as you may drop them trying to squeeze them through the door causing more damage.
Use Furniture Sliders
The best way to protect hardwood floors or any floor when moving furniture, appliances, or any other large household item, is to purchase and use furniture sliders. These are flat pieces of strong plastic that minimize the friction between the heavy object and your beautiful floor.
Get A Dolly With Rubber Wheels
Save your back and use a dolly! Using an appliance dolly with rubber wheels is a great way to keep your floors damage-free. These dollies can have either 2 wheels or 4 depending on what you are moving.
Put Out Doormats
Nobody really wants to move in bad weather but sometimes it’s hard to avoid.To avoid causing damage to your floor by the outside elements such as rain, snow or mud, use doormats. Wet spots could cause a fall while carrying larger items. Place a mat at the entry way so that shoes can quickly wipe their shoes.
Don’t Throw Out Old Blankets, Towels or Rugs
While you are packing you find some old blankets, towels or rugs. Your first instinct is to throw them away. Don’t! Use them to create a protected and covered pathway in your high traffic areas as you move. This has two purposes – keep the dirt and any water off the floor but also prevents any dents scrapes or scratches.