5 Moving Tips to Prevent Damage

Deandra Henahan
Written by Deandra Henahan
Updated August 10, 2015
movers protecting stair banister with moving blanket
Use moving blankets to protect stair banisters. (Photo courtesy of Wheaton World Wide Moving)

It’s usually the little scrapes and stains around your home that put a real damper on your move.

Whether you rented or bought your home, it’s in your best interest to leave things in the same condition as you found them. Likewise, no one wants to damage his or her own items or new location upon moving.

You have plenty to protect in any type of move. From the walls and furniture to flooring and valuables, you want to keep them all pristine. Do your best to prevent common moving damages by packing away this advice.

1. Pack valuables first

Whatever matters to you, keep it well out of the way before the loading process begins. Many people make the mistake of packing valuables last, but this causes problems.

After these valuables are out of the way, you can rest easy and have a more organized space. By focusing on valuable items first, you can keep them safe from any accidents.

2. Obtain floor coverings

Whether you’ll have to move over tile, wood or carpet, take measures to protect your floors. Not only are floors subject to scrapes and cracks, but heavy foot traffic and dirt as well. The following items work well to protect most flooring types:

• Flattened cardboard boxes

• Carpet film protectors (plastic sheeting)

• Moving blankets

• Doormats to wipe feet on before entering the premises

No matter what covering you decide on, you have to secure the edges. This will prevent dangerous sliding that could lead to injury. Fasten plastic or fabric sheets to prevent bubbling that could cause you to trip.

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3. Plan ahead

Measure the space you have and the size of the objects you have to move. Obtain sufficient moving help.

If you know what spaces you’ll have to work with, you’ll have far less wall scraping. You can also prevent dropping or dragging too heavy items if you have the appropriate amount of power behind the lift.

Employ spotters, and never try to lift something too heavy by yourself. As for larger furniture pieces, dismantle them as much as possible. True, you may have to make more trips this way, but you’ll definitely avoid severe injuries and damage to the building.

4. Protect door frames and walls

As careful as you or your movers are, slips can still occur. Door frames tend to take a beating during moves, since they see high traffic and movement. You can buy corner or doorway pads to keep things chip-free, or just use your own towels and tape.

You should also wrap covers over furniture edges and corners. That way, you can create twice the amount of padding between your walls and items. For padding, use mattress covers, Bubble Wrap, furniture blankets and corner guards. Just visit a local hardware store and ask about moving supplies. 

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5. Trust professionals

Moving isn’t something most people do every day, so you can easily make mistakes. You can still use this advice to prep the items, but leaving the moving to professionals helps ensure a damage-free move.

This article originally appeared on the Wheaton World Wide Moving blog.

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