3 Tips for Moving in Bad Weather
We would all love to move in 70 degree, sunny temperatures. Unfortunately, for much of the country, this is not the norm for the majority of the year. When your moving day rolls around, there is a fair chance you could be moving in rain, sleet, snow, ice, or extreme humidity or heat. Preparing for all contingencies during the moving process can help make your day more comfortable and efficient. Here is what you need to know about moving in bad weather, from preparing your belongings to protecting your new and old home surfaces.
Prep Your New Home Before Moving Day
You fell in love with those hardwood floors, so don’t ruin them because of a little water or road salt. Prep the floors of your new home on moving day by laying down cardboard and a little floor-safe tape. This way, when you’re done moving, you can simply peel away the cardboard and viola! Your much-loved floors still look good as new. As an added bonus, a moving company will take care of this step for you should you decide to go that route.
Take Steps to Protect Your Belongings
If you have already packed all your moving boxes and there is a rainy day in the weather forecast, don’t fret – moving cardboard is sturdier than you might think, and it will resist breaking as long as it is not exposed to the rain for two long. If you’re only moving them from inside to the truck and back inside again, they will not get wet enough to fall apart (don’t leave them in the rain for prolonged periods, however). There are a few other steps you can take to prepare your belongings for an inclement weather move:
- Wrap all artwork in plastic wrap.
- If moving clothing on a wardrobe or clothes rack, wrap it in extra-large trash bags.
- Protect your hardwood furniture with old blankets, with an optional heavy tarp wrapped around them.
Be Efficient With Your Moving Process
On the day itself, be methodical about the way you approach moving, with an assembly line process in mind. One person should move boxes from the room inside to a person waiting outside to the truck (or two, or three, or four). This helps minimize the damage to your floors and keeps the inclement weather outside, not tracked all over your house.
Finally, don’t forget to take care of yourself during moving day. Dress appropriately for the weather, wearing base layers and waterproof clothing and shoes if it is cold out. If the moving day calls for high humidity or hot temperatures, remember to hydrate and take frequent breaks.
Certified Relocation can take the hassle out of any inclement weather move. We know how to prepare for any conditions, whether it’s snow, sleet, hail, or record high temperatures. We take steps to protect your belongings and home surfaces, so you can rest assured that your living space will make it through the process unscathed. For more information about our services to request a quote for your move, please contact us.