For weddings, rain can be a sign of good luck, but for moving day, it can be a daunting addition to an already stressful day. Weather can be an unpredictable beast and even though we can't change it, we can certainly find ways to improve how we react to it. As professional movers, we work hard to ensure that whether there's rain or shine we're able to load, transport, and unload your items without allowing the elements to gain an advantage on us.
Here are some tips that can assist you and our crews with moving in the rain:
1. Use Plastic For Valuables: If you're packing your home yourself and have items such as paintings or antiques that can be sensitive to the rain, it's a good idea to wrap them in plastic wrap to keep the moisture out. Use trash bags to pack clothing or blankets. For mattresses, let our crew know ahead of time that you would like them to bring mattress bags just in case they are needed.
2. Keep Your Home In Top Shape: Lay down old towels, blankets, or tarps to protect your home from the foot traffic. Our crews can also bring floor protection when requested. If there is a large enough crew assigned to your move, they may assembly-line your items with one part of the crew in the home and one part of the crew outside the home, in order to minimize the mud and water tracking in. It's also a good idea to ensure that children and pets are away from the loading zone in order to keep things running smoothly.
3. Wear The Right Clothing: We realize that picking out your clothes for moving day is not necessarily a top priority, but if bad weather is on the horizon, it should quickly become one. It's important to wear the right footwear that will minimize the risk of slips while keeping moisture out. Keep an extra jacket handy or an extra outfit in case of heavy downpour. And be ready with some quarters for the local laundromat in case you need to run a quick cycle in the dryer!
4. Be Ready For Potential Schedule Delays: It's more important that your household items reach your new home safely rather than quickly. If there is weather bad enough to hinder safe driving, there will be delays in when your shipment will arrive. We do our best still to get your items to you as fast as we can, but our safety standards are in place for your benefit as well as ours.
5. Pack An Emergency Kit: Even though we all try our best to be safe, slips can still happen. It's a good idea to keep a kit of band-aids, an antibiotic cream, and cleansers available in case you need them.