If you are planning to move to a new house, you are probably expecting the one quote from friends and relatives that always get thrown around when someone moves. “Moving is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, much like death and divorce.” You might smile and nod at this pearl of wisdom and wonder who thinks up this stuff. “Surely it can’t be all that bad,” a first-time mover would say. We will let you in on a little secret. Whether you are as zen as a Buddha statue in a garden or as tightly wound as a spring when it comes to moving, your old and new homes can be really stressed out at the big change as well. Floors, walls, and doorposts can age years in a single day if the move is not approached correctly. Here’s how you can make the move much less stressful for floors, walls, and doors.
Moving Out? Lift, Don’t Slide
One of the easiest ways to scratch, dent, snag, and pretty much mess up your flooring is to slide your furniture along on it. Lift your furniture and boxes wherever possible and if you really must slide your furniture, invest in felt pads. Be sure to hire extra hands to help you. Not only will this help to diminish the damage caused by your furniture and boxes, it will also make the task easier and will be less time-consuming, and your workers will benefit financially. Everyone wins!
Moving In? Place, Don’t Drop
It’s easy to think of floors inside being as hardy as the ground outside. You can drop anything on the ground outside and not think twice about damaging anything but the floors inside are much more fragile. This is why it is important to carefully place furniture and boxes where they need to go. Your tiles, laminates, hardwoods, bamboo, and even your vinyl flooring will thank you for being careful.
Measure For Success
Will your furniture make it through the door? Do you know if your couch will fit in the room you chose for it? Instead of wasting time, manpower, and potentially damaging walls, be sure to measure your furniture and the doorframes they will need to fit through.
If you remember these three tips when moving day comes along, you will take some of the stress out of moving day. If not for yourself, at least you will do so for your old and new homes. Be sure to contact us if you didn’t follow these three tips on moving day and now need new floors. Hey, contact us even if you don’t need new floors!
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