Let’s address one of the critical parts of a move- protecting your floors and carpets from damage during the moving process. Often, it can be tedious for movers from moving companies going in and out of the house/building with boxes and have to take their shoes off and put them back on every single time. In that process, the mud from outside might build up indoors and you’d have to go through cleaning once again. Damaging the floors may even mean you won’t be getting that security deposit back, so it’s important to consider how best to protect your floors during the move! Additionally, many people can be anxious about this part of ensuring a successful move because they do not want to receive complaints from the oncoming homeowners that the floors have been damaged. Luckily, there are many options to explore if you want to prevent damages to your floors.

Firstly, you want to think about covering every single space of your floors that will be used for moving. This is important for preventing dents, scrapes and scratches. It’s also important to think about this if you are moving at a time or place where bad weather might occur on your moving day. You don’t want a million mud stains on your hardwood or carpet floors. Measure all the spaces beforehand if you’re unsure of where in the space you’ll be moving exactly. Second, don’t drag or push furniture across the floor when you are moving as dragging may cause scratches. To be safe, check the legs or bottoms of all the furniture you are planning to move.

There are products you can use to protect your floors. One option is to obtain a polysheet with adhesive on one side that goes down quickly on carpeted surfaces. There are carpet shields that just roll out. You can roll your dollies on top and once you’re done, the carpet is still left pristine. You can roll it out and move your heavy appliances on top. It’s also easy for those who find it difficult to have to take their shoes off every time they enter the home. Another option would be neoprine, which is a synthetic rubber that has a tread surface on the bottom. It’s great for ceramic or hardwood floors. It’s typically the same material as many laptop cases and mouse pads. For hardwood floors, you can also use some rugs flipped over (because it slides a lot better) and set your appliances on top of it. Using the soft side to touch that hardwood floor is a better option because you can slide around on your floor. Rugs are great because they are designed to sit on a floor.

If you want extra protection for your floors, other options include ramboards (great product for marble floors and other types of hardwood floors) and airsleds that are great for moving heavier appliances. If there are furniture which prove too heavy and unsafe to carry, you can use furniture sliders on each leg or bottom part of the heavier item and slide the furniture across the floor as if it was skiing across the room.

Regardless of what type of floor you have, always remember to protect it because beginning your move. You don’t want to have to deal with unexpected additional repair costs after the move. If you are unsure, always consult a trained professional about the right and affordable type of materials you can use to protect those floors.