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.

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!

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’s network of licensed and insured moving companies.

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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