Recently, we worked on a home whose floors had been damaged by the previous owner’s movers. It’s a tough place to be in when you’ve just purchased a home with beautiful floors (this may have even been the major factor in purchasing the home), only to find the floors aren’t in the same condition as when you bought the house. Perhaps the same has happened to you; you sell the house, ready to move, and your movers neglect to take the proper precautions for the integrity of your floors.
It may be too late now to prevent this type of damage, but for those who plan to move at the beginning of the year, take note of some of our tips to save you money and the whole repair process.
Larger and more mainstream movers tend to use runners to prevent damage, but if you’re working with a lesser known or more affordable mover (or, you’re moving yourself), try to use runners or protective mats that can be cut into any shape. Try to find the type of runners which roll out flat and cling to your floor with a non-adhesive backing.
Make sure the movers or whomever it is moving your furniture doesn’t drag the furniture. You wouldn’t have done it living there; you shouldn’t be doing it moving out of there. If the furniture is just too heavy to lift, cover the feet and edges with a soft fabric or Velcro padding. This will protect the floors on your move out, and is a good precaution to take in the new house as you arrange and rearrange furniture in the future.
You may also want to consider a dollie; both smaller, lightweight items can be stacked on to the dollie, and heavier items can be transported on the dollie as well. Wrap in padding to protect the hardwood in case you drop the item on the floor.
This is winter after all and the weather recently hasn’t proven this to be true, but if there’s snow or ice, take extra precaution to not track in salt onto your floors. Floors can be irreparably damaged by salt, not to mention the mess the snow or rain or even ice can leave, especially if gravel is involved.
Aside from the damage weather can make to your old floors, be sure to measure your new space to prevent damage to your new floors. Measuring furniture and visualizing your furniture in your new space will prevent you from scratching floors in order to fit a too large couch, or damage walls to squeeze in a large chest.
Don’t risk damaging your new or old floors. Taking a few preventative steps will make you and your buyer much happier in the end!