The last thing you want to do when moving out of your old home and into a new one is to damage one — or both — sets of floors and carpets. However, avoiding floor damage is pretty simple. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving on your own or hiring movers, floor protection and carpet covering are easy to take care of.
With a few easy precautions, you’ll be sliding around the non-damaged floors your new home in socks and a dress shirt a la Risky Business without a care in the world (except for maybe what the neighbors think of your dance moves.)
Floor-Friendly Moving Equipment
When hiring a moving company, ask about the kinds of moving equipment they use and how they protect floors.
The floor-friendly moving equipment should include rubber-wheeled dollies and shoe covers for movers to prevent tracking dirt and mud into your space.
If you’re moving without the help of a moving company, make sure you’re investing in proper floor protection. How are you going to safely carry heavy items out of your house? Are the dollies and other carts you’re looking at renting rubber-wheeled and floor-friendly? Don’t be afraid to ask questions and do your homework.
Here’s a quick list of items you’ll need to make sure you have all the equipment on hand for proper floor protection while moving:
- Rubber-wheeled dolly and/or carts
- Shoe covers
- Floor runners
- Furniture blankets
- Furniture sliders
Protecting Your Floors During Moving Day
On your moving day checklist, make sure you have a list of precautions you’re going to take to protect your floors. These should include covering your carpets with floor runners, making sure everyone has shoe covers, and that any other equipment you have is ready.
When it comes to big and bulky items, create a gameplan on how to move them safely while also keeping your floors in mind. Dragging these heavy items are out of the question, so what types of equipment (like dollies?) and what kind of help will you need to safely maneuver items like dining room tables or large dressers or bedframes? If you’ve got a giant foosball table (and who doesn’t?) then how are you going to keep it from tipping over and impaling the floor in the process? This is where furniture blankets and lots of duct tape can come in handy.
In some cases, you may need to dismantle these large items in order to safely move them. Make sure you keep an electric screwdriver handy if this is the case (and don’t accidentally pack it!)
Protecting your floors is just one step in a long process to move into another home, sweet home. Make sure that once you’re moved in, you’ll be able to unwind knowing you’re all set with your cable, Internet, and smart home packages. SmartMove has you covered — use our tools to find special offers on cable bundles in your area. That way, you can focus on protecting your reality TV binge-watching streak instead of your floors.