20 Aug How to Protect Walls When Moving – Practical Tips
As a homeowner one of your biggest concerns when moving is damaging your home. The moving of large pieces of furniture and coming and going of people can cause serious damage to walls, floors, and fixtures. However by taking precautions you can minimize the risk of causing accidental damage to your home.
Preparing to carry large furniture
The most expensive items in the house tend to be beds, couches, dining tables, and other pieces of furniture; and they are also likely to damage walls, doors, and floors. It helps to plan ahead and adopt a few safety measures that can help protect your home from dents and scratches. To prevent hard impact with walls,
– Take your time when moving large or awkward items through the house.
– Get enough people to carry the heavier items.
– Use specialized equipment (such as trolleys) to move large items.
– Dismantle large items where possible and carry them piece by piece.
– Measure the distance between doorways and hallways to ensure they’re wide enough for couches and other large objects to pass through.
Don’t rush the job
The worst thing you can do during any move is to rush the job. You’re likely to break delicate items and damage the house as well. The best approach is to plan ahead and get all the items packed neatly before the day of the move. Here are tips for preparing for a move:
– Kitchen appliances tend to be slippery when dirty or wet, so start by cleaning and drying them out before moving day. Dropping a stove or fridge can do serious damage to floors.
– Pack all the smaller items in advance. Keep an eye on items such as china, mirrors, and other items that break easily.
– Clear away all rugs, mats, and debris before the move.
Cover the walls and floor
Your home’s walls and flooring are very costly to repair but by taking safety measures you can avoid the headache of having to plan for repairs.
– Walls of narrow hallways and rooms are highly susceptible to damage when moving, so you might need to hang drop cloths on the walls. Cardboard is also a good choice, but if you don’t have cardboard then hang bubble wrap where you’re more likely to cause impact.
– To protect your carpet, its a good idea to use plastic covering, particularly the ones that are self-adhesive. It will shield against spills, tears, and footprints.
These simple steps will help keep your home from being damaged and you’ll save money on potential repairs. If however, you still find it difficult to prepare for the move, consider hiring a professional moving company to arrange every part of the moving process.