When moving day arrives, you should be all packed and ready to go. However, there is one thing that you may or may not have thought about. You need to protect your new home from damage during the transition. To start, always ask the moving company what kind of protection they offer when moving as this will save you time, money, and stress.
The carpet, hardwood floors and walls can all be damaged by all the traffic. Not only can your floors get dirty, but there can be costly damages to walls that can be avoided. Don’t be alarmed. You can do several things to protect your new space during the move.
How to Protect: Carpeting
Drop cloths and runners work somewhat, but they are not fool proof. To protect your carpeting, you need to buy a self-adhesive plastic film to protect them. You can cover your carpet and this material won’t tear or cause someone to slip. It won’t leave any adhesive residue, and it comes in a variety of sizes. They are not cheap, but neither is a professional carpet cleaning or replacement.
If the plastic film is not available in your area, you can use some other things. Try laying down bed sheets, towels or even drop cloths. Cut them into strips and put them on top of the existing carpet. The only problem is that they bunch up easily and can be a trip hazard. Tape down the corners with duct tape to prevent these careless accidents.
How to Protect: Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are an expensive investment. However, they damage more easily than carpet. They can get scratched or have dents with a dropped piece of furniture or even shoes. The same plastic films that were available for carpets can also protect your hardwoods. They come in specific formulas based on the type of flooring you have. If you cannot find this paper, then you should try contractors paper. You can tape the corners to ensure no one falls. Cardboard is also a great option to ensure that the floors are protected.
Also, make sure to put felt pads on the bottom of the furniture when moving any pieces around. Your floors will scratch easily and you want to make sure that the floors are safe during and after the move. A moving blanket is also a good investment for getting furniture into place.
How to Protect: Walls
While worrying about your carpets and hardwood floors, don’t forget about your walls. While they are not in as much danger as the floors, they can still sustain some damages. Use drop cloths to cover the high traffic areas. To prevent sharp edges from damaging the walls, wrap them with moving pads or corner guards.
Get in touch with Roadway Moving today to learn more about how we can help protect your new home during your families big move!