This is the final part in our series on protecting your home during DIY projects. Although it might not strictly be DIY, you’ll likely be doing some home improvement work if you’re moving homes or rearranging rooms! See all parts of the series here.
We all like a change every now and then. The summer is a prime time for many of us to look for a fresh start and a lovely new home to move into.
And for those of us who are happy where we are, we start looking at how we can change things up in our current home, swapping furniture around, rearranging living spaces, and the possibility of moving old items to other rooms and bringing new ones in.
Although moving house is an enormous task, with vans easily available to hire ourselves the majority of us choose to pack up and shift our own belongings. That brings its own challenges and potential pitfalls.
In comparison, simply shifting furniture or bringing some new bits and pieces home should be quite simple. But of course, that’s never the case. So to make sure you protect what you own – and the room around it – here are our top tips:
Don’t forget to bubble-wrap absolutely everything
It’s so easy to think that something won’t break. And then it does. With all the stresses and strains of packing up and moving house, it’s easy to think about cutting corners.
But you really shouldn’t skip on the bubble wrapping. Take the time to wrap anything even remotely breakable, and box it up with good cushioning. It doesn’t take long, and it makes a big difference
Even if you’re just transporting something from the shops or around the corner, bubble wrap can save you a lot of money and frustration.
Measure first, and always double check
We’re all guilty of doing without thinking at times, and that’s never truer than when moving furniture around. This bookshelf will look good there, or this sofa will go perfectly in that room… and then we start moving.
But we didn’t measure. Or we didn’t measure correctly. We just guessed that it would fit, only to find it actually doesn’t.
Don’t forget to measure those doorways too. You’ll need to make sure you can fit that cabinet or armchair through the doors without taking it apart, or without taking a chunk out of the frame! If it’s going to be a squeeze, you might want to think about some door protectors – a little bit of foam around the frame can save you a repair job with filler and paint!
Take care of your new home, and your current one
When you are moving into a new home, you’ll want to make sure it’s in perfect condition right? And even if you’re not moving, the last you thing want to do is cause damage when you’re moving furniture around.
But a lot of us don’t think about this until it’s too late – chipped paintwork, scratched flooring, or stained carpets.
If you’re going to be walking in and out of the house a lot, then you’ll want to make sure you protect the carpet in your new home from any dirt or other spills.
And if you have hard flooring, you might want to consider some kind of protective material – depending on the type of floor – to prevent any scratches or dents as you’re pushing furniture around and setting boxes down.
Prevent any accidents by planning ahead
There’s a lot to think about when moving house, but taking just a little bit of time to prepare some temporary protection can save you a lot of stress and probably a lot of money. The last thing you want to do is damage your new home.
Even if you are just swapping the position of the sofas, you’ll need to move other furniture around. Scratches happen very easily. A little bit of protection before you start can prevent frustration and repairs.
Our blog on the essential protective materials you need when moving house will help you with everything you need, but if you’d like any personal help or advice with the right products to support your plans moving or rearranging, our expert team is on hand.
Just call them on 0800 834 704, send them an email, or chat with them online.
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