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How To Protect Floors When Moving Out To A New Place

If you have ever moved out to a new place in your life (or are about to do so soon), you would know how much the safety of the place you are leaving matters to you. Whether it is a rented house that you are leaving or the one you own, knowing how to protect floors when moving out alongside ensuring the beauty of its walls and ceilings is your foremost priority for some obvious reasons.

If the house is rented, the returns of your security are entirely dependent on how you have left the place behind. On the other hand, you need to keep your house in its best condition in case you are looking forward to selling or renting it out to someone while you leave it since that is how you can claim more money for it. 

Floors – The Ultimate Victims Of A Moving Out Activity

Unfortunately, ensuring such minimal damage to your home is the hardest when you are moving out. Obviously, you need to move that heavy furniture across the floors and sometimes through the narrow places in your home where the chances of its scratching across a wall are quite high.

All of this makes it really hard for you to move out of a place without damaging it. Speaking from experience, we feel like the floors are probably the biggest victims when it comes to moving. You have to move literally everything out of the door and most of these things have to be moved against the floors. 

Such furious and, often careless, activities involved in the process of moving out lead the floors to get several dents, scratches, and become a victim of discoloration. However, the good part is that these problems for the floors can be minimized by taking some measures to protect floors during moving. 

You are at the right place if you have been searching for an answer on how to protect floors when moving. Below, we will be sharing some tried and tested temporary floor protection tips and tricks with you. 

Employing even one or two of these while you move out can minimize the scratches on your floors and keep them free of dents, hence ensuring full protection for them as you hand over your home to someone else.

Why Do I Care About The Floors Of A Place I Am No Longer Living In?

If you think this is a dumb question, we would like you to know that we have been asked this thing by a lot of people who we have helped in moving out. 

When you are moving out of a place, it sometimes feels natural not to worry about its cleanliness and beauty no longer. However, a sensible person would never let such a feeling lead them to damage the place.

There are a lot of reasons explaining why you should be worried about how to protect floors when moving out of a place. Some of the most logical ones are as follows:

  1. Leaving the floors or ceilings of a place damaged as an ex-tenant, you are likely to be demanded the repair costs. Typical moving costs in the USA are already high enough and you don’t want these to increase further. Hence, you need to protect the floors no matter what.

  2. Damaged walls and ceilings ruin the look of a place and if you are moving out to rent it to someone else, you can’t demand them sufficient rental with an average-looking home. 

  3. With human emotions already riding a roller coaster during the process of moving out, additional sentimental arousal after looking at a door of your ex-living place damaged can be stressful. This is the last thing you would want while moving out.

  4. Your reputation as a tenant has a lot to do with how you leave your home to others as you move out. Dented floors and chipped walls are never going to help with maintaining a good repute. Therefore, make sure to focus on leaving the home neat and clean as you move out. 

Floor Protection Tips When Moving

Now that you are scared enough to leave the floors in an untidy or damaged condition while shifting to a new place, let us discuss some points on how to protect floors when moving. 

So, no more ado, let us get straight into it:

  1. Use Your Arms As Much As You Can

Now, this might feel like a weird idea when it comes to tips on floors' covering and protection when moving, but it helps.

You want to reduce the resistance on your floors so that they can be protected as much as possible. Hence, there is nothing better than move as many items and boxes across the room as you can, using your hands.

Often, the lightest of boxes can ruin a floor’s polish and cause dents to it when you slide them across the floors. Your effort here should be directed towards reducing the frictional force on the floors and there is nothing better than carrying as many items in your arms to move them out as you can.

Besides protecting the floors, doing so could also help you get those toned arms that you have always dreamt of *giggles*.

  1. Wrap The Heavy Items Nicely

While it might sound like of not much help, wrapping the feet of tables and chairs with a soft covering and using cardboard boxes to store other smaller items before moving them out of the rooms can help protects the floors. 

When these things are wrapped nicely from their bases, they would not cause a lot of friction while you slide them across the floors, this can prevent the floors from being dented or scratched too much and also ensures the safety of your stuff.

  1. Use Plywood Slides and Runners

If you can’t move your stuff in boxes or cannot hold it in your arms, then the only option you are left with is to slide it across the floors. In such a case, it would be more of a sin not to use floor runners for moving or sliding the things across the floors.

Furniture slides or floor runners are the best options when it comes to reducing the friction between floors and moving furniture. Using these often eases the process of sliding the furniture, making it quicker and efficient without any damage to the floors at all.

If you cannot afford to find these slides, it is just okay. You can use blankets or cushioned layers beneath your furniture to ensure its safe movement and save yourself from those hefty floor repairing costs.

  1. Use Doormats To Your Benefits

Bad weather can increase the risk of damage to your floors as you move your furniture across them. Constantly walking on the floors with wet or muddy feet as you are trying to move across the furniture risk the floors even further.

Your shoes might dampen the floor. When you move heavy objects through that damp floor, this already damp floor is not likely to bear the force of friction. This results in the floor losing its color or simple scratching no matter how carefully you have been moving things across it.

Since you are in a process of moving the stuff from the inside of your home to outside, there is no reason you can avoid the weather. You also cannot walk barefoot because it might cause you injuries.

The only thing that can come in handy here is, then, a doormat. Placing absorbable and wide doormats on your home’s main entrance as well as on your room’s entrances, you can avoid such risks. 

Anyone entering the home must be advised to clean their shoes and wipe off them as much as possible. This way, they will not bring in a lot of wetness with their shoes to the floors, ensuring minimal damage.

Other than these tips, you can also go on a step ahead and use some professional measures to keep your floors protected when moving in or out of your homes. Another important tip would be to remove your carpets from the floors to ease the process of sliding the heavy items across the floor.

Moreover, you can use thin plywood or cardboard sheets and place them beneath the heavy objects when moving them across. These sheets can reduce the effect of friction, making the moving process easier and simpler which ultimately reduced the risks to your floors.

If you are still afraid of not being able to protect the floors fully, you might consult someone who is a pro at doing this. Lyons Moving could be your savior in this case. With experts who know the best ways to pack, move, and deliver your stuff throughout the process of moving, we can help you deal with all the issues that come with moving to a new place and ensuring minimal damage to the old one. Put your trust in us and you will never feel bad about doing so. That is our promise!

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