You scheduled your moving a particular day, but the weather report predicts: bad weather, snow or rain or even both; and you can not change your plans or wait any longer! This is probably the only time when you really hope that the weather forecast is completely wrong.
But don't panic... We have gathered a list of great tips to help you protect your belongings and your mental health in a situation like this.
1. Prepare your moving space
- Place old rugs or towels in the front porch and entryway of your house to protect your floors and carpets from mud and water.
- Be sure that the moving van or truck don't have leaks.
- In case you find a small leak, seal it with duct tape. Use plastic wrap and duct tape to make a patch for larger leaks.
2. Keep your belongings dry
- In general, cardboard boxes are very durable, even more than they look. The items inside will survive well as long as you seal the boxes with plenty of packing tape. Pay closer attention to the boxes with books and important documents inside.
- In case you are moving in the rain, is better to use plastic boxes or containers. But if this not possible, cover the boxes with a plastic tarp or with tarpaulin, and be sure to hold the boxes from the bottom for major support. After loading the boxes into the moving van or truck, remove the wet plastic covers right away.
- Cover the furniture with heavy blankets and sheets.
- Wrap paintings and artwork in general with plastic wrap. This will prevent the rain or the snow from getting into the orifices in the frame.
- Transport loose clothes and linens in a large-sized trash bag (or a garden trash bag).
Industrial plastic covers, mattress pads, and other protective materials are available in the market, but like we said previously, you can use household items like sheets, blankets, tarpaulin, trash bags, etc to protect your items.
3. Work efficiently
Work faster and more efficiently by setting up an assembly line: designate some workers to stand inside the house and hand boxes to other helpers outside (the ones in charge of loading and uploading the truck). That way, the floors and carpets will stay dry and clean.
4. Take safety measures
- Be sure to wear appropriate clothes such as sturdy boots or all-weather sneakers, gloves and a rain jacket to keep you dry and prevent accidents.
- Stay inside and wait until the storm is over, in case of experiencing heavy rain with thunder and lightning.
- Cover wood floors and tiles with cardboard pieces or with old sheets to reduce risk of falling.
- Before you start working, remove leaves on the ground, since they are extremely slippery when they get wet.
- Consider the condition of the roads, if you are driving the moving truck or van to your new destination. Drive very carefully and reduce your speed.
Moving in the snow
- All the tips we mentioned above, apply equally when you are moving in a snowy day. But also make sure to clear of snow, all the paths, sidewalks and steps before moving your items into the truck, and also when you are uploading the vehicle in your new location.
- After you clear these areas, be sure there is no ice. This is particularly important to prevent that someone gets hurt or have your items damaged.
- Check if the roads and streets are clear of snow and open to traffic before driving to your new home.
In case you don't want to handle the project by yourself (when the bad weather strikes), we will be glad to assist you.
Please give us a call and we will fight the rain and the snow for you!