Floor runners are the mover’s mainstay of home protection equipment. They are placed in the front entrance and main walkways of a home. On every move it is abbeyWood’s policy to use our complimentary floor runners. Floor runners are consisted of a 1\4” rubber bottom for grip and insulation against shock. The top is coated with a polyester material to absorb water and dust. Floor runners make a world of difference in protecting hardwood floors, and new carpet.
The moving blanket is a thick and durable pad which sole purpose is to prevent scratches and absorb shock. The quality of a movers ‘pads’ can very from a light weight burlap ‘skin’ to a heavier quilted moving blanket. Typically one side is dark and made of coarse material while the inner side is brightly colored, soft and smooth. Over a banister they can protect against dents and scratches, on a doorway they can protect wood trim and drywall, and on a piece of furniture they will help ensure no damage occurs. One of the most important places to pad furniture is the base. When a dresser, washing machine, or cabinet is fully padded it prevents scratching on expensive hardwood floors when maneuvering an item into place. When your movers pad an item inside your house it goes a long way in preventing property damage to walls and floors in addition to the piece it protects. A common shortcut referred to as ‘draping’ is when a mover quickly places the pad around the piece in the truck without any tape. While this can protect the piece during transport it will be vulnerable if dropped or hit. At the very least make sure the larger and more expensive items are padded inside the home, whereas smaller items such as mops and plastic bins can be draped inside the moving truck to save time.
The piano skid is a long L shaped board designed to hold baby-grand, grand or upright pianos. The upright piano is placed on top, and the baby grand on its side, padded, then strapped through special holes on the bottom of the piano skid. On either end of the piano skid there are lifting straps, however most movers choose to put the skid on top of a 4 wheeled dolly instead. When going down stairs the skid can slide smoothly without damaging the piano. The L shaped lip helps keep the piano in place and its bottom corner protected on the way down. Not every mover has the experience and knowledge to properly maneuver and handle pianos. Some piano’s have lacquer that can chip or dent easily and need special care and attention. Depending on the complexity of the relocation may be beneficial for a piano relocation company to handle the move in certain situations.