Moving is never easy. There are so many stressful tasks that come with moving to a new home; packing your belongings and transporting them safely are just a few. A chief concern for people who are moving is the possibility of damaging the floors of the home you are moving out of, and the floors of the house you are moving into. Your floors are going to see a lot of foot traffic as you move boxes and furniture, and repairing a damaged floor can be expensive. The good news is that, if you keep the following tips in mind, you can ensure that your floors are well protected during a move.

Take Measurements Before Moving

One way to prevent damage to your floors is to measure the width of your boxes, furniture, and doorways. Use the measurements to figure out what can fit through the door and what needs an alternate plan. Taking measurements also prevents damage to your walls, door frames and your items themselves.

Do Not Drag or Slide Your Items

Dragging or sliding your items may cause scratches, torn carpet or broken tiles on your floor. It is best to carry the lighter items in your arms and use wheel-dollies or furniture sliders for the heavier items. You can also hire a professional moving company to help load and unload your items.

Invest In Furniture Sliders

The best way to protect your floors is to invest in furniture sliders, which feature rubber padding that reduces friction between your furniture and the surface. All you have to do is place a furniture slider under the leg of each piece of furniture, and you can move your furniture without scratching or denting the floor.

Use Strong Cardboard Boxes

Your cardboard boxes should be strong enough to hold the weight of its contents. This prevents a dropped box or spilled contents from damaging the floor. If you are using free or used boxes, keep in mind that the cardboard may be worn down. You can add a layer of protection by double-taping the bottom of every box.

Protect The Floors With Cardboard

You can use cardboard for more than just packing your items. Flatten the cardboard boxes you are not using to create a protective surface for your floors. This is an excellent way to utilize old, worn down cardboard boxes you’ve used before, or have been given for free. Consider buying new cardboard boxes for moving your items, and use your old cardboard boxes to protect your floors!

Use Old Blankets and Rugs

Put your old blankets and rugs to use by covering the edges of appliances, furniture, and heavy boxes. You can also protect your floors by creating a pathway with the blankets and rugs. But be sure to use pads or grips to prevent the blankets and rugs from sliding around as you walk.

Invest In Plywood Sheets

If it is in your budget, investing in plywood sheets is a great way to protect your floors. All you have to do is lay the plywood sheets down as a second floor, and the plywood will take all the damage instead of your floors. Plywood sheets are more expensive than other floor-protection options, but it is worth it to protect your floors during the move. If you do not want to use plywood sheets, you can create a second floor with masonite hardboard as well.

Invest In Ram Board

Ram board is another way to cover your floors during the moving process. The ram board is sold in rolls for easy installation, and you can even cut it to fit a specific space. This heavy-duty material protects high traffic areas from dirt and damage as you walk through the area.

Cover The Floor With Plastic Film

Using plastic film is a standard solution for carpeted floors, but you can also use it on other types of flooring. One side of the plastic film features a non-slip surface to prevent accidental falls, and the other side is self-adhesive to keep it in place as you move around. You can quickly remove the plastic film when you have finished loading or unloading your items.

Protect Your Stairs With Floor Runners

Damaging your stairs can be as stressful as damaging your floors, but you can protect your stairs by investing in floor runners. Floor runners are usually sold in rolls for easy installation. The best part is they keep you from slipping while going up and down the stairs.

Wear Disposable Shoe Covers

Consider protecting your floors by wearing disposable shoe covers, which are also known as shoe booties. These prevent you or others from tracking dust, dirt, and debris throughout the house. The best part is that shoe covers are affordable enough to buy in bulk.

Whether you have carpet, tile or hardwood floors, you should always take proper precautions during the moving process. You do not want a damaged floor to increase the total cost of your move. If you need help cleaning or installing your floors after the move, contact Loudoun Valley Floors for a free consultation.