If you’re moving or even just redecorating your space you’re probably experiencing a whirlwind of emotions that range from from anxiety to excitement. It can be so easy to get caught up in these emotions and begin to rush the process which could cause damage to your property. Below are a few simple tips to keep in mind when moving furniture to help you transition with ease while keeping your property and sanity intact.
Use the proper equipment: The use of proper equipment is paramount to ensure both your physical safety and the safety of your property. It is important to consider protecting your floors when moving heavy items as hardwood, softer stone tile, and laminate can be scratched by heavy objects. Even carpet, such as Berber, can be damaged if the loops get caught and pulled which will cause the carpet to unravel. Dollies and lifting straps allow you to lift a heavy object with less stress to vulnerable areas on your body such as your lower back. They also help to protect your floors as the furniture or boxes are moved from place to place by keeping the object lifted from the floor all together. For over-sized or heavy furniture that cannot be lifted use furniture pads which are placed under the feet of a furniture piece allowing to to be easily slid along the floor.
Add a layer of protection: Even if you have the proper equipment it is still important to protect your floors and walls during a move. Adding a protective layer of cardboard, plywood, or even an old rug to floors and walls will protect these places from dents or scratches in the event of an accidental drop or collision. To prevent the protective layer from moving or tripping over edges be sure to secure the layer to the floor with masking tape that will not harm finishes.
Empty Furniture Before Moving it: It may seem much easier to leave everything in a drawer or bureau and move the piece but doing this can cause property damage in a few ways. First it makes the piece heavier making it more difficult to move and more prone to damaging floors is you slide it from place to place. Second, if the piece is being lifted, objects inside can shift which could cause breakage, a mess, or a shift the central weight of the piece causing it to tip and possibly injure the person who is moving the piece. Take everything out and place it inside several boxes taking care to protect and secure fragile items. You can also take this time to go through things and decide what can be thrown away or donated.
Following these simple tricks can help you move or redecorate more efficiently and with less stress. If an accident does occur Bob Wagner’s Flooring America is ready and waiting to assist with the recovery with hardwood repair and refinishing services and great deals on replacement flooring. Call or click for your free project estimate!