Moving into new construction can be exciting – everything is a new, clean surface without any grime or damage from previous owners. This can make you a little nervous on moving day, though, since you don't want any accidental damage done to the home or dirt tracked in. The following tips can help you keep your new home looking new throughout the moving process.
Tip #1: Protect the landscaping
New construction usually means new landscaping, so the grass or plants may not be totally established by the time you move in. Hold off on landscaping until after the move, if you can. Otherwise, you will need to take care. If possible, set up the home so no one needs to walk across the landscaping. For example, use the driveway and the garage as the main staging area and path into the house. Also, use stakes and construction tape to mark off areas that no one should walk on.
Tip #2: Cover the floors
Whether it's new carpet, flawlessly finished hardwoods, or cool stone, new flooring won't look new after it has had dirt ground into it or heavy furniture pulled across it. Invest in some plastic painter's dropcloths and lay them over the floor. Secure them with blue painter tape or masking tape, since this adhesive won't damage the flooring if removed within a day or so. Make sure you pull the plastic taut against the floor, though. You don't want any wrinkles creating a tripping hazard.
Tip #3: Protect door frames and corners
Another trouble spot is the door frames and corners, since these can easily get chipped. Begin by taking foam sheeting, such as that used for package padding, and taping it around the corners with the masking tape. This will help cushion against any blows. Next, measure each doorway's width and height. Write this information on a post-it note and place it next to the door. This way the movers can quickly measure furniture and check it against door measurements to make sure everything will fit without forcing.
Tip #4: Look for problem spots
Some problem spots can be recognized ahead of time. For example, banisters on entry steps tend to become resting spots for heavy items during a move. Go ahead and wrap them with towels before the movers arrive to help protect the banisters from damage. Door knobs on closets that protrude into a narrow hallway can also be problematic when moving furniture. Consider remove the door knobs or the doors if you are worried about damage. Going over the home with a critical eye can help you catch these issues so your new home isn't accidentally damaged.
Contact movers in your area for more tips and advice.