August 9, 2019

Tips for Moving in Bad Weather

You do not need anyone to tell you that moving sucks. From surly movers to moving vehicles that break down, the list of possible issues during a move is endless. Throw in Mother Nature’s foul temperament and you have the perfect recipe for a Murphy’s Law poster.

Bad weather should not disrupt your move. In fact, you should follow the timeless unofficial motto established by the United States Postal Service.

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”

Full Protection for Your Stuff

Despite its reputation, cardboard is actually a sound way to protect your things during a move performed in bad weather. Just make sure each cardboard box is completely sealed. If you are worried about sensitive items like metal vases succumbing to corrosion, then wrap each sensitive item in waterproof plastic to prevent water damage.

Prepare Your New Home for Mud and Water

Before you pack everything safely and load it into a moving truck, spend a little time at your new home getting it ready for bad weather. Place rugs and/or towels on the large area connected to the front door to prevent mud and water from damaging the flooring. In fact, you can mud proof and waterproof every room to be on the side of caution.

Get the Moving Truck Ready for Mother Nature

When you rent a moving truck or hire a professional to move your stuff in a truck, the company responsible for the truck will want it returned in the same mint condition it was in before the move. Make sure to inspect the moving truck thoroughly for holes and cracks. Even the smallest hole or crack can leak water on your things for hours at a time.

Take a Page Out of Ford’s Book

Legend has it that Henry Ford created the first manufacturing assembly line. We are not sure if the legend is true, but that does not matter when you have to move in bad weather. Adopt the assembly line mindset established by Ford. Have one person stand inside of your old home to hand off packed materials to another person standing at the entrance to the back of the truck. The goal is to limit the number of people tracking around mud and water.

Proper Moving Gear

Safety is another victim of Mother Nature, unless you take steps to protect everyone helping with the move. Make sure every helper wears skid resistant boots or sneakers that are designed to handle all types of weather. Slips and falls are one of the leading causes of the injuries suffered during a move.

Finally, know the route from the old home to the new home. The last thing you want is for the moving party to get lost during a bout of bad weather.