How to Protect Walls, Floors, Stairs, Doors, and Ceilings When Moving Home

Ray Victor
Last Updated:
July 27, 2023

It doesn't matter how careful you are. Your home is bound to get damaged. The walls, floors, stairs, doors, and even ceilings will all hurt. This is just the reality that you should expect to happen. Yet, even the most careful person aware of this somehow has damaged their homes. This is because they absent-mindedly live their lives, not knowing that they're scratching their home.

Plus, if you're considering selling your house, then any damage done to the property can significantly lower the selling price. Also, new homeowners won't appreciate scratched walls and floors. 

This article will discuss how to avoid these damages, especially during moving. 

How to prevent damage to your property 

Plan your route 

To ensure you're not scratching any walls with your furniture, start by having a designated route from the house to the moving van. Then, ensure it is wide enough for even the widest furniture pieces to fit. An additional tip here would be to cover your furniture pieces in blankets or soft fabric, so their sharp edges don't accidentally touch any surface. 

  • Take measurements to ensure that the furniture fits through doors, confined spaces, or the elevator.
  • Look for low-hanging ceiling lights and wall lamps. To fit the furniture through, these may need to be removed.
  • Get rid of any tripping threats.
  • To avoid sliding or tripping mishaps, sweep away leaves or debris from pathways. 

Dismantle your furniture 

It's a good idea to remove drawers, doors, handles, and even shelves from your furniture pieces to make them smaller, lighter, and easier to move. This way, you'll also make them lighter in weight, making them easier to transport

Wrap your furniture in a soft material 

As mentioned before, wrapping your furniture in blankets or soft fabrics can help minimize the damage. However, only a few people have that many blankets to spare. In this case, multiple coats of cling film wrapped around the sharp edges are a great DIY. 

If you'd like even more convenience, bubble wrap is the way to go. 

Use furniture moving gadgets, and equipment. 

Use lifting straps, a furniture dolly, or furniture sliders. Moving heavy crates will be much more taxing, and they are more likely to get damaged because of their weight. Plus, it would be better to keep your boxes small and light.

Not only would it be simpler to move the furniture, but it will also be less tiring for the people doing it. Remember, accidents are more likely to happen while you're feeling fatigued. 

Take your time 

Give yourself enough time to move from your old house to your new one. It will be simpler, safer, and less taxing for you to move over a few days.

If that's not practical, plan an early start so there isn't a last-minute scramble to leave the house on moving day.

Take frequent breaks, and eat healthy snacks often.

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