From packing peanuts to cardboard boxes, when it comes to moving, there are several ways to protect your belongings from damage. Unfortunately, in a rush to get to their new house, many homeowners overlook a critical step: protecting their hardwoods, carpet and walls from damage. Don't waste time and money repairing needless damage. Here are a few tips to help protect your floors and walls from moving-related damage:
Protecting Your Flooring
According to Home Advisor, the average homeowner can expect to pay around $4,200 to replace their hardwood flooring. If you have carpet, the average price is around $1,500. Either way, if you don't take the time to protect your wood flooring or carpet, you could wind up spending thousands to replace it before leaving your existing home.
Here are a few simple ways you can protect your wood or laminate floors during a move:
- Utilize kraft paper or plastic runners – In high traffic areas, such as hallways or through your living room or bedrooms, create a pathway with kraft paper or plastic runners. Kraft paper is the durable, brown paper that can be purchased at many craft and hobby stores. Simply tape the kraft paper down to create a path, and let everyone know they should utilize this path during the move. Non-adhesive plastic runners are also available at shipping supply stores, as well. Both of these products can be rolled out and easily cut to fit your needs.
- Use plywood for the heavy jobs – When it comes to rooms that house heavier, more cumbersome objects, lay down plywood sheets on the floor. For example, lay down a few plywood sheets in your kitchen before moving any appliances. Once you load the appliances on a dolly, you can easily roll them over the plywood, which is sturdy enough to protect the flooring beneath.
- Never drag your boxes or furniture – Finally, instead of dragging furniture and boxes over the flooring, which can lead to noticeable scratches, purchase felt pieces that are specially designed for use on furniture. Cut the pieces to fit and adhere them to the bottom of furniture to prevent damage. Loading your boxes and furniture on a dolly will also help.
When it comes to your carpeting, there are specialty products available. One is an adhesive plastic sheeting that is placed directly on your carpet. The product prevents any spills or other damage and is easily removed once the job is over. However, if you don't have the funds or time to purchase the sheeting, old bed sheets and blankets will work in a pinch.
Protecting Your Walls
Keeping your walls protected from damage is also very simple, and taking these few steps can help save you big money on potential repair bills. For example, wrapping your furniture in shrink wrap and securing the corners with tape will help prevent making any damage with the corners.
When it comes to your appliances, wooden furniture or other heavy pieces, invest in moving blankets. These blankets are specially-designed for use on furniture, and can easily be slipped or draped over your furniture and appliances. Not only will these blankets protect your furniture and appliances from damaging your walls, it will also protect these pricey goods from suffering damage during the move.
Adhering inexpensive carpet squares to the corners of your appliances, electronics or boxes is another easy way to prevent damage. The squares can be cut to fit your items, and can be attached with duct tape.
Protecting your hardwood flooring, carpets and walls from moving-related damage is critical and doesn't have to cost a small fortune. Taking these simple steps will also save you big money on the potential damage to your old home. Contact a moving company like Christos & Christos Moving and Storage for more information on safely moving your belongings from home to home.