Tips to Moving in the Rain or Snow
The day is finally here. You have everything packed in boxes, the movers are outside and despite all the hoping, wishing and praying for a sunny day, you notice dark clouds gathering fast. The bright day you have been looking forward to so much turns dark and gloomy. With a storm brewing, how in the world are you going to move?
Well, before you throw in the towel, you should know that it is possible to move even while it is raining. Sure, it comes with its own set of challenges, but possible nonetheless. Moreover, the move does not have to be a nightmare. When you find yourself in a situation where you have to move when it’s snowing or raining, below are some tips to help you keep grounded and make the move successful.
Protect your items
While cardboard might seem feeble and weak in the face of a coming snowstorm or rain, they are actually more durable than one would think. Provided the boxes are sealed with packaging tape, the contents of the boxes should be safe and will survive the move. However, loose items such as clothes that you intended to leave on the hangers to make the moving process easier, artwork and furniture might not survive the harsh weather if left exposed.
Prepare for a bad weather move
Moving companies provide mattress pads (either for rent or sale), plastic covers and other products that help protect your items from the snow, hail or rain during the move. However, if you just cannot make it to the store to get these supplies, or you need the moving costs to be at their lowest, use readily available housing items to protect some of your valuables during the move.
For instance, you could wrap all your artwork in plastic wraps to prevent the rain or snow from getting into the frame gaps.
Use heavy sheets and blankets to protect your wooden furniture.
Prepare your home for the move
If your new home is close, visit and prepare it for the move before you even thinking of packing you current home. Clean it and lay towels and rags at the front door to prevent tracking of mud and water into the house. Additionally, since bad weather most often comes with the cold, turn on the utilities and heat the moment you arrive.
Prep the moving space
Before you start loading the truck, check it for leaks. If you notice any leaks on the surface, use duct tape to seal it. This will act as a temporary fix. For some large leaks, you just might have to get creative. You could try using a piece of plastic and duct tape to create a temporary patch.
Last but not least, ensure that everyone who is helping out with the move has all weather sneakers on. The slippery ground can be rather dangerous especially when you are moving heavy objects around.
If you have enough people, you could setup an assembly line at your old home. This will make things move faster and will also protect the floors. You could have some individuals indoors and others on the outside taking the boxes handed to them to the loading truck. Using this method, the floors will remain dry and you will cut down on moving and loading time meaning you will be out of the bad weather in no time. You could use the same method at your new home for efficiency purposes.
Bad weather should not be the reason you postpone your move. Make it work for you with the above tips.