TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR HARDWOOD FLOORS SCTRACH FREE WHILE MOVING
1. CLEAN IT UP
One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is not cleaning their floors before the movers arrive. Yes, it’s a pain, but it will save you some grief later. Small pieces of gravel and even general dust buildup under your furniture can wreak havoc if caught between a heavy piece of furniture and the floor. Always sweep your floors and make sure there is no grit especially in the pathway you will be using.
2. NEVER SLIDE FURNITURE
Whatever you do DON’Tslide your furniture! If you need to move something before the movers arrive, furniture sliders are a great way to move your furniture around your home. They fit under your furniture and make moving heavy objects a breeze. There are tons of nifty options online that come in different sizes and variety packs, and all at great prices!
3. LIGHTEN THE LOAD
First things first: shed the weight. If you have a heavy object, you’ll want to make it as light as possible for the moving company. For instance, remove the contents from your refrigerator or the books and knickknacks from your bookshelves
4. LAY PADING DOWN
The next best way to protect your hardwood floors is to lay padding down on the floor where you are going to stack your boxes, totes, etc.… Even if you don’t plan to slide them across the floor.
If you don’t have professional padding at your house, that’s okay. No one we know does! That’s why our movers bring felt padding with them. And if you need to prepare your house before the movers arrive, you can use blankets or towels as temporary padding.
5. HIRE MOVERS WITH THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT
Most movers have experience working around hardwood. This means the right movers will bring the equipment required to prevent hardwood floor damage. For example, our movers lay down padded pads in areas with heavy foot traffic during the move, meaning your hallways and entryway won’t get scratched.
If your movers show up wearing "booties" to put over their shoes, that’s a bad sign. They might think they’re protecting the floors, but the we at Advanced Moving know these are dangerous on hardwood flooring since it’s easy to slip on them. Instead, make sure your movers are wearing non slip rubber-soled shoes. That’s because rubber is among the only safe materials for hardwood floors. It’s what makes moving dollies fine to use, since a dolly’s rubber tires can roll and bounce all around the floor without damaging the wood.