The dreaded task of moving is often made even worse when you have to deal with damages and dents that it leaves behind. If you’re moving out of an apartment or rented house of some sort, you’ll likely be fined hefty fees after move-out if any floors, walls, or ceilings are not up to the par that they were when you moved in. Any damages caused by your moving process will ultimately decrease the value of the property, costing you money and time later on. Whether you’re moving into or out of a residence, it’s vital that you thoroughly understand the precautions you must take in order to ensure no damages occur to your new or old property. Be proactive about your moving process now before it’s too late!

Tip #1: Pack with safety in mind

Moving is stressful enough, and organizing all of your boxes efficiently is probably the least of your worries. Unfortunately, good things often take time. It’s important to pack up your possessions carefully and thoughtfully prior to moving them out of your home. Being mindful ahead of time will help save you a headache later on when unpacking. Items are often dropped and misplaced during the moving process, loading things properly in their correct place will allow for a safe and seamless transition to your new residence. Wrap any and every corner and edge of furniture or large objects you can. Added protective measures will protect your delicate floors and walls if any accidents are to occur. And this may seem obvious, but choosing boxes that are strong enough to hold the materials inside is an absolute must. Opting to go with a higher quality box may just save you in the long run with the minimal damage that occurs as a result. Add extra layers of tape and bubble wrap anywhere you can. Really put in the time and effort when packing to get the job done as efficiently and safely as possible. 

Tip #2: Use furniture sliders

Probably one of the best ways to prevent damage to your floors caused by heavy furniture, appliances, or other household objects, furniture sliders prevent any friction between a heavy item and the delicate floor. They are typically flat pieces of strong plastic with fitted hard rubbers that separate hard-to-move objects from easily damaged wood flooring. Whenever possible, experts recommend pushing heavy furniture once on a slider as opposed to pulling. If you’re on a budget and sliders are a little too pricey for your moving process, you can get creative with fabric or other materials to help move your furniture along without any trouble.

Tip #3: Get a dolly

Wheels are one of the greatest inventions in human history, use them! They will make your life so much easier when moving objects or boxes of any size. Better yet, they also lift these items up off the floor for you and safely transport them without any damage. Be sure to look for dollies with rubber wheels, as these are better at preventing scratches and dents to floors. Dollies can easily be easily purchased or rented from any big box store or local hardware shop. Oftentimes, apartment buildings and landlords will provide tenants with a dolly to make moving run smoothly without accidents. 

Tip #4: Measure your furniture

This is something that many movers forget to do prior to the big day. There’s nothing worse than going through the hassle of moving large furniture that simply does not fit through the door to your new home. Be sure to measure your hallway clearance, door width, and any other entrances and exits your furniture will travel to prior to moving. Trying to squeeze a large item through a door that’s too small may result in damage to the door frame or even the floors if the item is dropped. If the furniture can be broken down into a more narrow size, definitely choose to do so. It may end up costing you less just to get new furniture that fits through the door than it would be to cover the damage that the existing one will cause. 

Tip #5: Remove lighter items first

Many movers will often take the largest pieces of furniture in their home out first to be packed into a moving truck. This makes sense logically because you’ll most likely want to place the biggest items in your moving vehicle first. But, we recommend that you actually remove the lighter items from your home first, and then pack them into a truck last. This way, you can ensure all of the small odds and ends are completely clear of your home before you try and navigate a pathway out for the larger items. Things that can be carried won’t damage the floors, and then will be out of your hair when you need the most space to continue the moving process.