When moving, you should also plan on protecting your carpets, floors and walls. With all the traffic going in and out of your house -- not to mention the large items that will have to be carried in and out of the door -- your home can get dirty pretty fast. However, there are several things you can do to protect your carpets, rugs and floors during your move.
Take caution to protect the rugs, carpets and floors in both your old home and new home. You certainly don't want to put in the time and effort to protect these things during the move-out but neglect to do it with the move-in.
Protecting carpets during a move
Though your movers may use their own drop cloths or runners during the move, there are no standard procedures across the moving industry. It's worth it to protect your home yourself, without waiting for the moving company to do it for you.
- Purchase a special self-adhesive plastic film made for protecting carpets. These products allow you to easily cover your carpet with a tear-free, non-slip surface. Most brands of carpet-protecting film won't leave adhesive residue behind on your carpets and are available in a variety of sizes. You can even purchase a paint roller-like applicator to help you lay the film out. Although they are great products, they don't come cheap.
- You can also place any bed sheets, blankets, towels or drop cloths over your carpet. The easiest and most convenient method of protecting your carpet is by quickly layering a large sheet or several towels over your carpet. Because these materials are prone to moving, they can easily bunch up and cause someone to trip. Prevent this by taping them down with blue painter's tape.
- Old carpets are a great way to protect your new carpets, because they are very sturdy and thick. If you have any old rolls of carpet lying around, you can cut these into different strips and place them on top of the existing carpet. Arrange them to create a layer that protects your carpet. If you want, you can skip cutting up the old carpet and just lay it over the current carpet you have.
- Ask anyone who will be helping you move, including your movers, to wear shoe covers will protect your carpet. This is an efficient, reliable and affordable method of protecting your carpets from damage. Shoe covers will prevent any water or dirt from transferring from outside to inside.
TIP: Protecting rugs are far easier than dealing with carpets. Instead of worrying about protecting your rugs during a move, roll them up and keep them in a safe place.
Protecting floors during a move
Floors without carpeting have the highest chance of being damaged during a move. For example, hardwood floors are an expensive investment and are more susceptible to damage than carpet. They can be easily scratched or dented by your movers' shoes or if someone accidentally drops something. To prevent these things from leaving a mark, you can use a variety of protective products to cover your floor.
- You can purchase rolls of plastic film for your hardwood floors -- similar to the ones made for carpets. Make sure you get the right type for your specific floor, as there are different products for factory-finished and contractor-finished hardwood.
- Plastic furniture sliders greatly minimize any chance for damage. You can also use furniture pads made from cloth or felt. They prevent any scratching as you decide on how you want to set up your furniture on a hardwood floor. You may even want to keep these pads on after you move to avoid any floor damage in your new home.
- A quick and cheap way to protect your floor is to tape down pieces of cardboard to walk on. Use painter's tape to keep them in place. Place the most cardboard near the entrances and exits of your old and new home.
- You can also make a path with blankets or drop cloths. Spread old and unwanted blankets across your floors. You can either use old sheets or purchase drop cloths from the hardware store.
TIP: If it is raining on your moving day, change the cardboard or blankets often to prevent slippery surfaces and to keep your floors from being damaged by water.