How to protect walls when moving

When it comes to moving day, your biggest concerns are likely about something happening to your stuff or something happening to the house you’re moving out of that day. That’s because many times, furniture and heavy items can bump your walls and cause damage to a house that you’ve already sold.

On the other hand, you may be worried about damage to the walls of your new home you just purchased and the work and money that would go into repairs. The good news is that you can take some precautions to greatly reduce the likelihood of damage. Take a look at the best ways to protect your walls during your move.

Protect your walls

There are different ways to go about protecting your walls during the move. The simplest way to start is to make sure everyone is wearing proper attire, with things like loose chains, large zippers, and large rings removed to avoid something rubbing up against a fragile surface. Wrap the items you’ll be moving out and into the new place with proper plastic, shrink wrap, padding, and soft fabrics to avoid damage if something rubs up again your walls. 

Next, contact your local Chicago moving company or pick up your own supplies that would help cover the walls before the move. You’ll find that cardboard or Masonite is a great solution for protecting the walls. You can also try furniture pads, especially for areas like the stairs or underneath banisters, since these are easy to hang and drape.

Another way to protect your walls during the move is to cover the walls in drop-cloths that will help prevent scratches during the move. Sharp corners will need extra padding to avoid marks on the walls while you’re moving out items like the bed frame or the armoire. Consider other options like cardboard, wooden boards, or bubble wrap for wall protection in narrow rooms. Even brown paper grocery bags on the walls will work and will save you some cash if you already own them.

Make sure everyone is taking plenty of time to move heavy or large furniture, especially when going through doorways. You’ll want to measure the areas you are taking them through and have enough movers to help with awkward and heavy items.

Sometimes dismantling an item is the best plan of attack and using proper equipment to assist you with the moving process. Make sure any items that can be slippery are not dirty or wet to avoid dropping it or slipping, such as kitchen appliances and pack away your fragile items in advance. Then, make sure your pathway is clear of debris, rugs, and mats.

Don’t forget your carpets and floors

 Plastic protecting floors during a move

One area you may have forgotten to address is your carpets and floors. Make sure you’ve applied some self-adhesive plastic covering to your carpets to keep clean of dirty shoes, tears, or spills, and then protect the hardwood floors with cardboard or felt to avoid denting or scratching. You can also use rug-runners over hard floors and Masonite boards over carpets.

While you may be most concerned about protecting your household goods and don’t want to spend additional money to protect your walls and floors, you may want to give this area more thought.

Consider the difference in costs between adding safety precautions to the home you’re moving out of and moving into, versus the cost of repairing the walls, the carpets, or the floors. Protecting your home may be one of the best investments you make when it comes to your upcoming move. Use these tips to properly prepare for your move so that you are not left with a repair bill afterward.

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