Your new place should be ready, shouldn’t it? The place is empty, all you need to do is move your boxes and furniture into the right rooms. Here are some considerations.
The walk way, the carpeting, and the hard floors are all factors in your move. Are you going to lay down plastic to protect the carpet? Is the moving company going to lay down carpet protectors? If so what is the additional cost? Is it included in the quote? Professional movers normally have door protectors, and door jamb covers.
Hard wood floors and linoleum can be damaged quite easily by faulty skids or wheels. I have seen fridges tear gaping holes in linoleum floors. Dressers, sofas, chairs, and anything with feet has the potential to damage a floor. You must be vigilant to check your casters, skids and wheels for defects. Often if the plastic protector is damaged the nail that held it in place is still jutting out. Just waiting to destroy your floor.
Floor damage can happen when you move furniture from a carpeted room to a hardwood floor room. In a carpeted room you have no idea of the potential damage a bad caster can cause. Carpet does not scratch.
I once moved a very large armoire from a carpeted bedroom to a bedroom with a wood floor. I told the wife that the casters needed to be replaced. I put the piece exactly where she wanted so they would not have to move it until it was fixed. As the crew continued to unload the truck, the husband decided to move the armoire to another wall by pushing it. His wife had not told him, and she was now taking care of the baby. The poor man put a three-foot scratch in his brand new wood floor. This is also why professional movers pick up or dolly furniture, sliding furniture is frowned upon.
The walk way must me clean. Sometimes new houses have mud on the walk way because of the new sod. Before your move make sure your walk way will be clean. The moving truck is clean, your new home is clean, should not your walk way is clean as well? Mud on the walk way will get tracked in to the house and the moving truck. Movers cannot take their shoes off because of safety reasons, as well as being impractical. I once had a customer ask for us to remove our shoes while we were carrying a piano. Movers have broken bones by accidently dropping something heavy on their toes even with their shoes on. They are not going to take their shoes off. Moving heavy furniture is inherently risky. Not to be done bare foot.
The best way to prepare your new home for the move is to know where everything is going. Don’t make the movers stand there holding a piece of heavy furniture while you discuss with your spouse where the piece of furniture is going to end up. Have a plan before the move day. An organized move is a smooth move.