How to Protect Floors During a Move

If you hire professional movers, then you shouldn’t have to worry about your furniture being well taken care of. That’s because they have the training and know-how to ensure everything is protected properly.

However, even the most careful house moves could take a toll on your floors. You may pack things and slide them across the floor or the movers may scuff up surfaces as they get your belongings out.

It’s very important that you take extra care of the floors in your old home so that you don’t have to worry about making repairs or losing security deposits. Obviously, you don’t want to do any damage to your new home that you will end up repairing right when you move in.

There are a few different things you can do to protect the surfaces from scuffs, scrapes, and scratches.


There are small disks that fit under the legs of heavy furniture that allow the pieces to be easily slid across the floor surface. You can purchase these sliders if you would like since they may come in handy if you ever decide to reorganize a room.

Alternatively, you may be able to get them from your movers. Either way, keep in mind that these only work when you are moving heavy pieces across an even floor. They won’t work when moving furniture up or down stairs.


If you don’t have the sliders, then you can also place old rugs under furniture to move the pieces and there are several safety precautions you need to take, especially if you are moving the furniture without the help of trained movers.

  • Never try to slide the piece by grasping the rug and pulling. Tall furniture could tip over and cause injury.
  • Be careful to not step on the rug when sliding the furniture. This hitch could injure the person helping you.
  • Don’t use sheets that may be very thin. The furniture could still scratch the surface of wood floors through the material.

The best approach is to use the materials provided by your mover. You can discuss different options for getting large pieces out of your home without causing any damage to the flooring.

Remember that if you do damage the floors in a rental that you are moving out of, you will likely forfeit your security deposit. If you have already sold your home, then you will need to repair the damage to the state the house was in when the buyers signed the contract.

Professional movers will do their best to never cause damage in your old or new home, but accidents can happen when so many people (including yourself) are working to get things in or out. It’s a very good idea to take extra steps in protecting your flooring so that you don’t have to worry about repairing or paying for repairs on scuffs and scratches to hardwood surfaces or pulls to carpets. Simple tools like furniture sliders or pieces of old rugs can make all the difference in protecting those surfaces.