Protecting Your Apartment on Moving Day

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Protecting Your Apartment on Moving Day

Manuella Irwin · May 20, 2015

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If you’re moving out of your apartment, there are a number of reasons to fear moving day as its chaotic randomness and stressful unpredictability can jeopardize the success of the entire relocation operation. And, amidst the whirlwind of worrisome thoughts lodged in your mind, one essential question that you must be asking yourself is how to prevent property damage when moving and keep your apartment intact throughout this transitional period.

Property damage is perfectly avoidable with careful planning and smart organization. And regardless of whether you are a homeowner or a renter, you will need to preserve the place you’re leaving in perfect condition in order to sell it more profitably or get your security deposit without a hassle.

Here are the safety steps you should follow to make sure you don’t have to deal with additional problems, such as unplanned expenses to repair the damage and preventable loss of valuable time.

Use the right moving equipment

Moving equipment will help you easily wheel your heavy and bulky household items out of your apartment and load them safely into the moving truck. Using an appliance dolly is a must – it will not only lower the strain on your whole body and practically eliminate any risks of self-injury, but its heavy-duty rubber wheels will make sure the floors of your apartment do not end up being scratched or dented by your heavyweight kitchen appliances or cumbersome furniture pieces. Also, furniture pads placed underneath the large and heavy items you own will enable you to slide them effortlessly across the rooms without any fear of damaging the delicate floor of your apartment. Both a moving dolly and sliding pads can be rented from your moving company.

Provide sufficient protection for your apartment

Even if you are extra careful when carrying your household items all the way to the waiting moving truck, accidental property damage should always be taken in account and therefore avoided at all costs. Follow these 3 steps for protecting your apartment on moving day:

Step 1: Together with the moving dolly, furniture blankets are movers’ best helpers for a reason and their significance for the overall moving day safety can never be stressed enough. The great thing about these blankets is that they have a dual purpose:  fragile furniture and oddly shaped appliances wrapped in them will not only be protected in case of involuntary drops or hits, but the floors and walls of your apartment will also be safeguarded this way. Blankets placed over and taped onto banisters, doorways, narrow corridors or tight corners will guarantee a headache-free moving day as well.

Step 2: Plywood sheets and carpet film protectors are another efficient way to protect your apartment when moving out. The sheets are specially designed to keep hardwood or tile floors safe while the film protectors will ensure a non-slip and tear-free protection for your carpet-covered floors. However, both protection methods can be a bit pricey, so read on to find a more affordable solution for anyone who’s moving on a tight budget.

Step 3: Cardboard boxes are inexpensive and can sometimes be even cheaper than cheap – you can get them simply for the asking from local businesses or friends who have moved recently. Therefore, they can serve as the perfect cost-efficient protection for your apartment on the most chaotic day of your move. Cut boxes up in large flat pieces and secure them with tape on floors, walls, chairs and any other spots in your apartment that you think are the most susceptible to accidental damage.

Find a mover you can trust

The most logical and straightforward solution to avoid potential apartment damage of any kind is to hire an experienced professional moving company to take care of the various stages of your relocation. Trustworthy movers will arrive to your place fully prepared for the delicate task ahead of them – they will have the necessary quality packing materials and the appropriate moving equipment to provide the ultimate protection to both your possessions and your property. And most importantly, they will know exactly what it takes to have a damage-free moving day.

However, finding such a reliable mover is never an easy task to do. When you’re considering a certain moving company as your relocation partner, don’t forget to ask them what safety measures they plan to use to prevent property damage. Do not be quick to accept meaningless clichés as a satisfactory answer but demand to know what specific steps they will take to guarantee the safety and well-being of your apartment.

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