When you’ve chosen the perfect custom home design, and your dream home is built by the pros, it’s moving time! But how do you go about moving your furniture and valuable possessions into your new home without damaging it as you move? With some organization, planning, and foresight, you can move without damaging your dwelling or possessions.
Before the Move
Avoid the stress moving can cause by planning ahead for the details of your move.
1. Number Your Moving Boxes
Number each box you or your movers pack in clear view, starting with the room that is located the greatest distance away from the front door. Move into that room first so you have an open path to get to it. Minimize the possibility for damage to furniture and your new home’s structure by moving upstairs before downstairs during your move.
2. Gather Moving Supplies
Gather appropriate packing supplies and pack your possessions in advance when you can give them proper care. If you aren’t hiring professional movers, it will save you time to rent moving blankets and dollies. These items help protect your custom home (and previous home) during the move and speed up the moving process. Moving blankets and extra padding protect your large furniture items in transit to your new home.
3. Decide on Furniture Placement
Measure your new home’s rooms and plan ahead where each piece of furniture will go. If you aren’t sure how to best arrange a room, make a model of the room with cut-outs of your furniture to scale (there are online programs that can do this), and explore the different options for each room prior to moving in. Take special care to measure the width of doorways and staircases to verify your furniture will fit through them without damaging them.
4. Solicit Help
From large bulky items to small, breakable china, a move is no small responsibility. It takes muscles and care to move, and to move successfully, it takes enough help. If you don’t hire a professional moving company, be sure to solicit ample help for moving day. Someone trustworthy should be in charge, particularly when it comes to moving large items. Doorways can be tricky, so take extra precautions when approaching each doorway. And be sure there are enough people to move large, bulky items so no one injures themselves. If possible, disassemble large objects to break down the weight and distribute the job.
5. Plan for the Possibility of Bad Weather
If your weather doesn’t cooperate on moving day, and moisture is in the air, plan ahead to divide up your movers into “outdoor movers” and “indoor movers” so that dirt and moisture are not tracked into your custom home. Outdoor movers can move things into the garage where they are dry and safe. Indoor movers can distribute the items into their appropriate places once they are in the garage.
On Moving Day
Here are some tips on how to move into your new home like a pro-
6. Protect the Flooring
Avoid scuffing up your new flooring, scratching your new tile, or staining your new carpeting by taking preventative measures.
- Use commercial grade doormats outside your front door, and any other entrance to your custom home that will be used in the move.
- Create a path by taping down sturdy cardboard to protect your flooring as you move in.
- Avoid sliding heavy furniture across your new hardwood floors. Use cardboard under the furniture or furniture slides and dollies to protect your new floors during the move.
7. Preserve Your Walls
Be extra careful of your home’s walls when moving heavy items like couches and dressers.
Wrap your heavy furniture items in moving blankets to ensure the items are safe and won’t scuff up the walls in your new home during the move.
8. Shield Kitchen Counters
Avoid marring your new kitchen counters by covering them with moving blankets before placing boxes on them. In general, keep overly heavy items off countertops for their protection.
9. Stay Mindful
Realize that all you had in your previous home was protected by your home itself. All you will have in your new home will be secure in your new home. The potentially vulnerable time is when your furniture and personal possessions are in transit, and being emptied out of a moving van. Unfortunately, there are people in this world who take advantage of others, and theft happens. Keep your guard up throughout the moving process and be mindful to lock doors. Don’t leave valuables outdoors unattended. Remove your spare keys that were stowed with neighbors or outside your previous home.
10. Protect Your New Home
Avoid damage to your new home during the moving process by wrapping your banister with plastic sheeting.
- If the stairs are carpeted, cover them with a carpet mask (plastic that is sticky on one side and not on the other).
- If your staircase is hardwood, then a rug-runner should be taped down neatly to keep it in place and safeguard your stairs.
- Take precautions with your large furniture items by adding felt pads to them where they rest against the wall.
11. Cover Door Frames and Door Jambs
Protect and use precautions with all areas of your door frame, particularly the ones with glass above them and the ones surrounding your front door. Protect your door jambs by using door jamb protectors made to fit and clamp to the door jamb in one easy step.
Protecting your new custom home and your previous home from damage during the moving process is a vital part of your move. Plan ahead, organize, purchase needed supplies, and take practical steps to preserve your investment, and enjoy a smooth transition into your custom home.