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Moving in Bad Weather?

It’s moving day. Everything is packed, the movers are parked outside, and despite your prayers for sunshine the weather forecast is coming true—a storm is brewing, prompting worries of soaked boxes and ruined furniture.

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Rain or shine – we hope you’re prepared for whatever your moving day throws at you. Here are a few pieces of advice for moving in the midst of heat, rain, snow and every other awful weather condition. Best of luck and stay dry!

Preparation
From spontaneous summer rain showers to unexpected winter storms, there’s only so much you can predict when it comes to your local forecast. This means your number one job is to prepare for whatever the day may bring. If you’re moving during the summertime, this means taking the heat and humidity into consideration. If you’re moving during the late fall or winter, you and your family should plan for a blustery, cold day. It’s always a good idea to discuss a back-up date with the moving company, just in case the weather conditions make it impossible to move.

Also, don’t forget to call your utilities provider to arrange a date and time to set up electricity, as well as heat and air conditioning in your new home. If you can get the heat and air conditioning up-and-running a day or two before the move-in date, you’ll save yourself from headaches (and cold feet and hands!) later on.

Here are a few other items you’ll need to properly prepare for the move:

Moving on a summer day? Make sure to lather yourself in plenty of sunscreen. Also, wear a hat to protect your head and face from the sun.
Bottled water for hot days; coffee for cold days
Rain jacket and ponchos for yourself and the movers
Extra umbrellas on-hand
Winter hats and gloves
Rain boots, extra socks and sneakers
Hand warmers
Extra towels on-hand
Durable, waterproof trash bags
Plastic bins
Plastic wrap
Waterproof tarps
Shovels for snow
Salt for sidewalks, driveways and doorstep
SEE ALSO: Moving this Winter? How to Prepare for a Cold Weather Relocation

Protecting your belongings
Protecting your belongings from water damage should be one of your biggest priorities when packing. After all, arriving at your new house with ruined electronics will inevitably ruin your day as well. To protect your items, we recommend:

Placing small electronics, cords and cables in sealed, waterproof plastic bags before packing them in boxes.
Having your moving company professionally wrap and pack your larger electronics, such as toaster ovens, TVs and more.
Packing as much as possible (especially paper items) in plastic, waterproof bins. Water can easily seep in through cardboard boxes, ruining whatever books, photos or pillows happen to be inside.
Wrapping wooden furniture, appliances, artwork and mirrors in heavy plastic wrap, heavy towels or blankets.
Shrink wrapping your items, such as clothing, before packing them. Not only will this protect your belongings from water damage, but it will also help to save space.
Remember: one advantage to hiring a qualified moving company is that your movers have the skills and tools to keep your precious belongings dry and safe during a move. To find a professional mover near you, check Moving.com’s network of licensed and insured moving companies.

Transportation
Planning for your transportation is especially important to those moving during the winter months. You’ll want to make sure your car is in tip-top condition, and properly prepared for whatever journey lies ahead. If you’re driving a large moving truck, yourself, you’ll need to consider the best route to take in case of deteriorating road conditions. Here are a few pieces of advice for hitting the road on moving day:

Service your car ahead of time. Avoid having your car overheat or break down in bad weather by servicing it ahead of time. If there’s a chance you’ll be driving on icy roads that day, check to make sure the car’s tires are in great shape and prepared for snowy conditions.
Plan a route for best case scenario weather and a route for worst case scenario weather. While taking back roads may be a smart way to save time on a typical moving day, they will only slow you down in treacherous driving conditions. Tip: stick to main roads and highways, which are typically cleared of snow and ice first.
Bring a snow shovel, snowblower and salt for sidewalks, if moving during the winter.
Protecting your new house
Finally, after you’ve properly packed and prepared your items for the move, you should think about how to protect your new house. Whether it’s rain, snow, ice, or sleet, you’ll want to try your hardest to keep your new home water damage-free. With movers walking in and out the front door, you could end up with mud or snowy slush trudged throughout your new home. Here are a few tips for keeping your new digs clean and tidy, despite a bad weather day.

First and foremost, protect your entryway floors. The last thing you want to clean up on moving day is snow, salt or mud tracked through your home. I recommend placing towels and large blankets in the doorways, and on the doorsteps, entryway and hallway. Make sure you and the movers have a designated spot to wipe off shoes and boots before entering the house.
Those with wood floors should be especially careful to protect them from water damage, as this can cause floors to warp, swell and crack. I recommend bringing a waterproof tarp to cover hardwood floors in your home’s entry space.
If your new house is piled high with soaking wet cardboard boxes, you should unpack them as quickly as possible to avoid water damage. Recycle all cardboard boxes immediately after the move, since they’re no longer salvageable.
The last thing you want happening on moving day is either you or your movers slipping and falling at the new house. If it’s snowing, icing or raining, you’ll want to make sure the driveway, sidewalks, and front doorsteps are all clear and safe to walk on.

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As a COVID-19 essential service, we are open for business and are committed to providing safe and efficient moving services to our customers.

Our Commitment to You

We are committed to moving you safely. In these unprecedented times, we take our role as essential service providers very seriously. We will continue to provide services while following recommendations from the CDC and the WHO while working to protect our customers and front-line employees.

Limiting in-person contact is the best practice when limiting the spread of COVID-19. While our business requires we enter the residence to provide packing and loading services, we can conduct the quote process via virtual survey.  While the staff is working remotely, they are available to customers, agents and drivers during the same business hours and in the same manner as if they were working in the office.

As you plan and prepare for your move, here are some steps you can take:

 

  • Rather than greeting the crew with handshakes, greet them in some other way, verbally for instance.
  • To ensure everyone’s health and safety, if you or anyone within your household may have contracted Coronavirus, or are isolating due to exposure to the virus, call us and explain the situation; in many cases, we will try to work with you
  • If you must cancel your move, be sure to ask questions about how we are managing cancellations now
  • Your health and the health of your family is important. If you are in a vulnerable group, over 60 or have a compromised immune system, schedule your move after the pandemic is over if it is at all possible.
  • Provide the moving crew access to a sink, soap and paper towels throughout your move. If this isn’t practical, and it is readily available, provide hand sanitizer
  • Purchase new moving boxes and tape; this isn’t the time to use recycled boxes from online sources and free sites or from stores
  • If you have not already purchased food for the next couple of weeks, you’ll want to stock up on items that you eat regularly. Any shelf-stable items can be donated to Move For Hunger before your move to lighten your load
  • When moving long distances, you may want to fly in to meet your moving truck. Be sure that you book refundable plane tickets and select hotels that offer free cancellation. Ask about cancellation policies before you book, and remember to read