With the on-going moving preparations, everyone is hoping for a nice weather on a moving day. If you have decided to save some money and move during the off season you should be prepared for possible bad weather conditions.
Frustration and despair when you realize that there is an intense storm coming on your moving day should turn into an efficient plan. It is not the scenario you were praying for, but it is not a nightmare either. If you are moving yourself, you might have the luxury to postpone the move until the next day. But if you have hired professional services and if the moving delay will affect other tasks in many negative ways, it might be a good idea to stick to the schedule. But, in case of a severe storm and heavy rain the movers will certainly cancel the move.
If you are forced to move on a rainy or snowy day, make sure to keep yourself and your belongings dry, safe and uninjured.
How to protect your household items against the elements
Exposing your wooden furniture to the rain or snow may get them damaged, which is a pity, especially if those pieces of furniture are brand new.
– If you have hired professional moving company they will provide protective material and supplies suitable for these weather conditions (industrial plastic covers, mattress padding,…). DIY movers can use any convenient material they can find at home (sheets, blankets, towels, plastic bags, trash bags,…) or purchase it at the nearest moving supplies store. Protect your furniture with water-proof material, because blankets or linens are just not good enough. Plastic or shrink wrapping would be more appropriate for a rainy day move. Also, make sure to seal the plastic with a heavy duty masking tape.
– Follow weather reports and stay informed about the weather forecast a few days before the moving day. Bad weather may cause certain changes in your movers’ schedule, so minor delays are possible depending on the storm intensity.
– Protect your moving boxes. If bad weather conditions are expected, make sure to use plastic or laminated boxes, especially for fragile items and electronics. Cardboard boxes should be properly shrink wrapped and sealed with the masking tape.
– Make sure your movers have an access to your home. In case snow is blocking the access to your current home, make sure to keep the sidewalks and steps clear of snow, mud or ice. Make a safe path from the moving truck to the house. The same goes for your new home. If your new home is inaccessible, movers won’t be able to deliver your household items, which will create further delays in your moving schedule.
– Stay in touch with your moving team while on the road. They will keep you informed about their progress.
– Have on hand hot beverages, water and snacks for you and your helpers during the move.
– If you are moving in winter, make sure the utilities are set up in advance, so that you can turn up the heath once you reach the new home.
– Lay down mats, towels, cardboard and keep mud and water away from your new home. A slippery surface may be very dangerous, so dry your shoes before entering the home. Also, too much humidity and dirt may damage your hardwood floors, so make sure to protect them properly on the moving day.
– Rainy day moves may take longer than expected, so be a bit more patient.
– Wear comfortable shoes/boots and clothes so that you can easily move while carrying your moving boxes. A raincoat would be a logical choice as well as a pair of gloves.
– Have your movers park the truck close to the entrance, so that your belongings won’t be exposed for too long while being loaded and unloaded.