Protect your floors when moving house

Moving home involves focusing on many different aspects of the physical moving of items across your floors – from disposing of the items/furniture/whitegoods, etc. that you won’t be taking with you, to actually packing and moving the boxes from room to room, then moving the boxes from your home to the removalist’s van.

Then, when you arrive at your new home, there’s the transferring of the furniture/whitegoods/boxes from the removalist’s van to their respective rooms.  With all this extra movement across your floors, it is important to keep in mind the fact that your floors and carpets will be affected.  So how does all this physical (and in many cases, heavy) movement affect your floors and carpets?

At the time of moving, there are so many other factors to consider, that the floors and carpets hardly seem to warrant attention at the time, but if you’ve ever seen the results of scrapes and scratches, dents and even gouges and holes on timber floors, or stains on carpets, you would realise it is certainly worth your while to put in the time, effort and extra cost to protect your floors and carpets when moving.

The extra cost is minimal before the move, compared to the costs of trying to fix the carpet and floor damages after everything has been moved. For example, if you are renting, dirty or damaged floors and carpets will leave you with large repair, replacement or cleaning charges – not to mention the bond which you would have to forfeit!

So how do you go about protecting your floors and carpets?  You can speak to your removalists and enquire about their floor protection services and costs. For a little extra cost, this could save you the time needed to make sure you have adequate protection for all types of floors as well as carpets and any other floor coverings you have. This would give you the extra time to focus on the items being moved, rather than on the floors being protected.

However, if you would rather do the job yourself, there are a number of factors to consider when choosing adequate protection.  The following are points to consider:

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Protecting your floors

First things first: place a doormat inside and outside your front door, as well as in front of the door in every room. This will catch dirt from people’s shoes, such as sand, gravel, mud etc., before they enter the rooms, and avoid leaving scratches on the floor. Also, lay a carpet or rug inside the door to remove any debris which the doormat did not catch.  It’s amazing the amount of damage to timber floors (through scratches, dents and even holes) that is caused by sand, gravel, etc. from people’s shoes.

Lay a piece of old carpet larger than the size of a doormat, on each side of the doors to protect the floors when moving items out of the rooms.

Plywood: If you are moving large or heavy appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves or washing machines, plywood is good for protecting all types of flooring. Lay thin sheets of plywood in the kitchen, laundry and lounge room – this will prevent the sharp edges from digging into your floors.  However, because plywood can have rough edges itself which could scratch your floors, lay down cardboard underneath the plywood.  This extra effort is definitely worth it.

Floor runners: ‘Moving quality’ floor runners are especially useful in high traffic areas. They come in long rolls and have a self-adhesive backing to prevent unwanted movement on moving day.  Enquire at a packaging supply warehouse, or in local home improvement stores. Alternatively, look up online retailers.

Bedroom floors: Lay paper with tape on all wooden floors – this will protect floors when walking across them, and carrying furniture.

Furniture with legs: Wrap old towels, clothing or rags around the legs of all your furniture. This will protect your wooden floors in the case of someone accidentally dropping any furniture, or if it has to be placed on the floor for any particular reason.

Trolleys: When using trolleys make sure to use rubber wheeled trolleys, to minimise the risk of damage to floors.

Don’t use plastic covering on your timber floors – it is very slippery and will easily shift, causing people to trip up or slip – very dangerous, especially when carrying furniture, boxes etc.

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Protecting your carpets

Use a carpet mask. This is a protective film similar to cling wrap, with a non-slip surface and self-adhesive backing which holds it in place.  It provides a reliable layer of protection, and is relatively affordable, especially when compared to the cost of cleaning your carpet – or worse still, having it replaced!  However, keep in mind that, if moving heavy furniture, the mask could tear, and the carpet will need extra protection.

Furniture sliders: These create a barrier between furniture and the floor – they come in many shapes and sizes and can be found at most local furniture retailers.  They are commonly used for dining room tables, desks and chair legs.

Don’t use paper on carpets as it will tear easily on the soft surface, and will expose your carpets to dirt and stains.

Moving in the rain:  If you’ve woken up on moving day and it’s raining, be sure to take extra care when moving in the rain as carpets can be easily ruined in wet weather!

When thinking about removalists, Newcastle Moving & Storage are available to help you with every step of process.  Get in touch and we’ll discuss your needs with you.  We offer extra services, including:

Packing: whether you want us to pack everything in your home, or just selected rooms, we can save you time and effort.

Cleaning: we are able to arrange a home cleaning service to suit your needs.

Insurance: we take care to ensure your possessions are safe and secure – our insurance policy covers your goods and possessions for fire, flood, collision and overturning of our vehicle whilst in transit.

As you can see, Newcastle Moving & Storage offers more than just removals.  We are situated in Tomago, NSW (approx. 25km from Newcastle).  Contact us by:  Phone: 1300 769 467;  Email: info@newcastlemoving.com.au; or on the following mobiles: Paul Tyszyk: 0408 180 367 or Glenn Thorley: 0401 348 440

We are happy to provide a quote, and are available to assist with whatever help and advice you need.