It’s moving day. Everything is packed, the rental truck is parked outside, and despite your prayers for sunshine the weather forecast is coming true—a storm is brewing, prompting worries of soaked boxes and ruined furniture. But moving in bad weather doesn’t have to be a nightmare. If you have to move when it’s raining, snowing or windy, follow these tips to protect belongings (and your sanity).
Get Tarps & Shrink WrapIf you plan on hiring movers or even if you don’t it’s always good to have a couple tarps handy when moving in the rain. This will provide for protection for larger pieces of furniture when placed in the lawn or on the sidewalk when movers are organizing the load in the truck. If you plan on moving on your own it goes without saying that we recommend using tarps. Shrink wrapping electronic equipment and sensitive items is highly recommended for transport in general but it makes for additional protection against rain. Shrink wrapping also provides additional stability when packing loose objects or difficult to pack belongings.
Protect the Point of EntryChances are you protected the doorway and passageways in the house your leaving so it makes sense to prepare for wet conditions in the new house. Protect the entryway with a mat, towels or even plastic wrap so that everyone coming in and out can wipe their feet. Laying down some plastic for a protected passageway will increase the speed and efficiency of the move while protecting your rug and floors as well. Depending on the layout of the new home it could be best to place all boxes and furniture in one or two landing rooms until all possessions are moved inside.
Create an Assembly Line
Designate teams to work as indoor and outdoor crews. This prevents mud from being tracked inside and makes the entire process flow more quickly.
Wear Slip Resistant Shoes
To keep your move as safe as possible, when moving in the rain we highly recommend wearing slip-resistant shoes. No one wants to slip in the mud on moving day, especially if you’re carrying some precious keepsakes. We strongly recommend extra care when coming up and down the ramp of lift-gate as they can become extremely slippery when wet. Depending on the time of your move you may need to have some rock-salt handy to eliminate any slippery sections on the walkway or stairs. With temperatures dropping we recommend that you plan ahead and plan safely.