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DIY Moving Tips: How to Protect Your Floors & Carpets on Moving Day

Protecting your floors and carpets while you move is something you simply cannot overlook. Preventing any dents, scratches or stains on your floors and carpets will have a tremendous effect on your old home's resale value and it will save you money on potential repairs at your new home as well.

The best way to ensure all of your floors stay safe during your move is to do some research and hire a professional mover to handle everything for you. But if you're taking the DIY approach to your move and can't afford a dolly to move heavy furniture, the following guidelines will help your move go much more smoothly.

Follow these helpful tips to protect your floors and carpets during your move. Trust us, it will be time and effort well spent.

Hardwood Floors

Cover the floors with protective film or paperboard. These will be available at nearly all home improvement stores.

For moving heavy furniture and appliances, be sure to secure legs and corners with a protective covering such as a moving pad or blanket to avoid scratches.

Tile Flooring

The easiest way to avoid cracking your tile while moving furniture is to ensure proper equipment is used. For a cost-saving or DIY move, an old blanket and some plywood will work to help protect your tile. If you need to rely on the furniture or appliance caster wheels, this will allow you to slide the piece and reduce the chance of damage.


Pick up some special protective carpet film from your local home improvement store, or, if you have hired a professional moving company, you can ask them as well. The film is self-adhesive and is the best way to shield your carpets from stains. If you're on a tight budget, the standard old towel can be used as well.


Laminate floors are best protected by using any of the materials you are using for the rest of the floors throughout your home. Protective paperboard, protective film, plywood and old blankets can all act as DIY solutions.

Hire a Professional Moving Company

The aforementioned tips are perfect for anyone who is moving on their own, but never underestimate the benefits of hiring a professional mover to do the job for you. They already have professional industry materials such as rug runners, masonite boards and carpet masks on hand. Not to mention door jambs to protect your doorways and protective coverings for your railings as well.

NOTE: Know that using blankets, pillows, towels and other DIY moving solutions, while convenient, are not as safe as finding a mover to handle everything for you. We strongly recommend finding a moving company to assist you with packing, loading and unloading, to ensure safety of your home and belongings.

Did you find these tips helpful? If you have any more questions about how to have a safe move, visit our moving tips page or check out some of our other blogs.

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