How to Move in Bad Weather
Moving is difficult, and can be even more so when your moving day falls on a day with bad weather. If this happens, here’s how to protect your stuff during the move.
Moving while it’s raining presents some challenges. The most important thing is to keep your belongings dry. Make sure that the moving truck is parked as close to your house as possible. Before loading the truck, make sure that there are no leaks in the moving truck and that the rain won’t come into the truck as it’s being loaded. Cover your belongings with moving pads and then cover with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap prevents the moving pads from getting wet.
If it is raining, lay down towels, blankets, or moving pads so the movers don’t damage your floors. If you are still worried about possible damage, you can have some movers stay inside the home and others outside so they can pass the boxes to each other without having the possibility of damage.
Before movers arrive, make sure your driveway and sidewalks are clear of any snow or ice. Put down salt or sand to prevent ice from forming. Be sure to have shovels ready to clear the path again if necessary.
If the weather is too bad, your movers may cancel the move. In any case of inclement weather, don’t force the move if you’re uncomfortable. Rescheduling movers may be difficult during certain times of the year. Before cancelling your move, check your moving company’s cancellation plan and call far in advance. This helps to ensure you aren’t changed with a cancellation fee.
How to protect your items
One of the best ways to protect your items is to shrink-wrap them. You can get plastic tarps to cover your furniture, but in windy conditions, it may not be the best to protect your items. Heavy-duty rolls of shrink wrap can be purchased from moving and packaging stores. Here are some easy ways to protect your items:
- Cardboard soaks up water fast, so if you have cardboard boxes, cover them with big plastic bags.
- Artwork should be wrapped in plastic wrap to prevent water/moisture from getting into the gaps in the frame.
- Clothes on hangers can wrapped in large trash bags.
- Protect wood furniture with heavy blankets and sheets.