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Top Tips to Prevent Damage During a Move

Top Tips to Prevent Damage During a Move

Mar 16, 2021

There are a lot of things that can go wrong during a move. Thankfully, with the proper precautions, you can reduce the chances of damaging your new home during move-in. Here are some of our top tips to prevent damage to your home during your move.

Cover walls and flooring

There is a lot of foot traffic on moving day. Protect your floors from spills, footprints, scratches, and gouges with protective coverings. Self-adhesive plastic floor coverings work great on carpet, Use coverings to protect your floors from spills, footprints, scratches, and gouges. For carpeted areas, a self-adhesive plastic covering is a good option. Floor protector paper works great for hardwood floors. You can also use cardboard and drop cloths are good alternatives; just make sure the loose corners are secured to reduce tripping.

Drop cloths and cardboard can be used to protect the walls and certain corners of your home from accidental bumps and scratches. If you don’t want to cover your walls, you can wrap larger furniture items with blankets.

Measure twice, move once

Don’t be like Ross in Friends! Measure your furniture, door openings, and stairwells to make sure your furniture will fit. Measuring before moving reduces the chances your furniture will hit the wall as you try to maneuver around the home. It almost means you won’t have to risk leaving a beloved piece behind because it doesn’t fit This will reduce the chances your furniture will

Carry large furniture items

Large furniture like couches, dining tables, and beds are common culprits for damage to walls, floors, and doors. Avoid pushing or dragging furniture across the floor; for heavier pieces, use a trolley or specialized equipment to move it through the house. Disassemble larger pieces and carry them piece by piece.

Keep kids and pets away

Move-in day is filled with activity. Will so many people walking throughout your home, it’s important to keep these high-traffic areas clear. This is why it’s recommended to keep young children and pets away. If possible, have a family member or friend keep your children during the unloading process. If that’s not an option, designate an area away from the hustle and bustle where children and pets can stay until everything is moved into the home. Provide snacks and entertainment to keep them occupied.

These simple tips will help prevent damage to your new home during your move. Partnering with a professional moving company can drastically reduce the chances for damage, but it’s still possible to move yourself without damage.

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