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Protecting Your Walls When Moving

Published by Chris Townsend

Protecting Your Walls When Moving

Protecting Your Walls When Moving Furniture

When it comes to avoiding or minimizing damage during a move, most of us immediately think of damage to the furniture. However, when you’re moving heavy and large items around in a small space, there’s also the possibility of damaging the house itself, especially the walls. Not only can a misstep cause damage to the walls or furniture, it can also make moving more dangerous for the people involved, which is why it’s important to take these basic steps to make sure that everyone and everything stay safe on moving day.

Clear A Path

Having a clear path, both inside and outside, between your furniture and the moving truck is one of the simplest and most important safety measures you can take. Hopefully, you’ve got the house packed up and mostly cleared up when the movers arrive, but do a last second check to make sure there’s nothing that can be tripped over. If you have pets or children, make an effort to keep them out of the path so that the movers can do their job unimpeded. There should also be a clear path outside of your home, which usually isn’t much of a problem. If you live in a colder climate, however, you may need to clear some snow or make sure there’s no ice buildup between the truck and the house.

Moving heavy furniture upstairs

Disassemble Furniture

If any of your furniture pieces can be disassembled before moving, they should be. It can be somewhat of a hassle to break down furniture only to have to reassemble it later, but it significantly lowers the risk of damage or injury. Smaller pieces equates to less chance of bumping anything against a wall or door jamb, as well, which equates to a safer move and one that will leave your walls in good condition.

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Use A Dolly or Hand Truck

A dolly or hand truck can make even the most heavy and awkward items much easier to move. For heavy appliances, you should also use a strap to make sure it doesn’t tip or fall of the dolly, which can be a real problem. Make sure to take measurements before you try to take anything through a doorway (best done before movers arrive) so that nothing is damaged on the way out. For personal safety, we also recommend using a pair of gloves if you’ll be doing any of the heavy lifting yourself. If you’re ever pinched a finger between a piece of furniture and a wall, you know how unpleasant it can be for your hands if you don’t have any additional protection.

Cover Walls

You can also take the step of covering your walls with a blanket or other heavy duty sheet to protect it from the bumps that inevitably occur on moving day. Many moving companies will have an option to help you with this task if you’re unsure of how to go about it yourself. In a pinch, you can always hang up blankets, painting tarps, or any other type of material that offers some protection that will be able to absorb a slight bump and prevent damage.

Sofa protector

Furniture Covers

Furniture covers are a good idea as well, especially for larger furniture pieces. The edges of couches, tables, entertainment centers, and anything else with a hard edge should get special attention since that’s what tends to damage walls. Blankets or cardboard are recommended for the corners of furniture, but you may also have other options if you’re dealing with a full-service moving company that can provide professional grade furniture covers.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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