Ideally, you would ask people to remove their shoes before entering your home. Clearly, that's highly impractical to do during a move. A simple solution to this issue is to add mats to every entryway. Though it's not as preventative as shoe removal, it certainly goes a long way to minimize outside dirt and debris being tracked into your home.
Wrap as Much as Possible in Moving Blankets
As it adds a layer of soft protection, it's a great idea to wrap items in moving blankets. From electronics to furniture to appliances, you'll avoid bumps and dings that typically lead to nicks and scratches. Both walls and hard surfacing will benefit from this investment.
Ensure Movers Don't Drop Boxes
You'll be able to significantly reduce damage to items and the contents of boxes, with a little consideration on the mover's part. As such, speak to them beforehand, and ask them not to dump anything without forethought, which will serve to protect your surfacing.
Use Protective Felt Pads
A great way to avoid the need for flooring installation services after a move, is to install felt pads on all furniture and items that normally stand or rest on the floor. An inexpensive, preventative measure, you can even add these pads before a move, but once you arrive, make sure they're free of debris to avoid unknowingly scratching surfaces.
Avoid Sliding Boxes and Furniture
After several hours of hard work, it can be tempting to slide a few items across the kitchen or living room, because you're so, so tired. However, doing so can result in irreparable damage. Instead, with a tiny bit more effort, walk items over to their locations and save yourself a hefty renovation bill.