We can’t always count on having beautiful weather when we’re planning a move. The truth is, people move in all different seasons and climates so it’s better to be prepared for the less-so-pleasant moving situations. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. If you stick with that little piece of advice you’re sure to not get disappointed or stressed out when things aren’t going perfect during your move. Today we’ve outlined a few tips however, to make those bad weather moving days a little less stressful.
Tip 1: Hire a reliable moving company
A major way to take off some added stress on any moving day is to hire a reliable moving company. Moving companies are experienced in moving in all types of weather, and they have to man power and the tools to make sure that your belongings get transferred safely and efficiently. Moving Companies offer many different options and prices. It is an added cost to hire a moving company rather than just doing it all yourself, and you usually get what you pay for, so don’t choose a company based on cost alone. Research the company. Look at reviews online, and if possible ask around to see what companies other people have used and had good experiences with.
Tip 2: Cover Up furniture with Blankets
Moving furniture in any kind of weather makes people nervous, but when it’s wet outside it’s added stress. Furniture can get slippery or even damaged when wet. Make sure your furniture is well covered with heavy moving blankets and secured snuggly so no water can get it. It will be easier to carry. You won’t have to worry about anything getting weather damaged, and it will make for a quick transfer when you don’t have to wipe down or dry off anything when you get to your new location.
Tip 3: Cover Floors When Moving in the Rain
When moving in rain, sleet or snow, everyone is constantly walking inside and outside of the house. It somewhat resembles a revolving door. It is important to protect the floors from wet and muddy feet. Make sure to have lots of old towels and blankets handy and lay them down where the feet traffic will be going. For example, lay towels down going from the garage to the kitchen, or the front door to the family room or down the hall to the bedrooms. Designate a specific area in each room to put boxes so as to keep the foot traffic down on rainy days.
Tip 4: Wear all weather shoes/clothes
When you’re in bad weather, rain or snow, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and make sure you wear all weather shoes or boots. Always make sure your feet are protected, meaning never wear sandals or flip flops while moving, no matter how hot it is. It is important to protect your feet and toes from something that may fall or drop on them. It’s especially important to pay attention to what kind of shoes you wear in bad weather so they don’t get soaked through at the beginning of the day and become unwearable. The same thing goes for clothes. Wear an all-weather jacket, and make sure you aren’t wearing pants that drag on the ground soaking up the water you will be walking in while outside. Have a change of clothes aside and at easy access in case the weather is really bad and you need to change halfway through the move.
Tip 5: Seal Boxes
Make sure you seal up your boxes tightly and securely with a heavy duty packing tape. Make sure to seal up any cracks so water can’t get in. It may be a good idea for boxes that have photographs or paper in them to wrap them in plastic first before packing in a box. This will insure that your belongings stay safe and dry during the entire moving process.