Mother Nature is unpredictable, and when bad weather strikes on the day you have scheduled to move, there is not much that you can do. Presumably, you have an assigned move-out date and a move-in date, and rain or shine, you have an obligation to abide by those terms.
If you have hired a professional like Royal Moving, you have nothing to worry about because pro moving companies are equipped to keep your possession safe and secure, and they provide their customers with moving insurance. In other words, if the weather damages any of your possessions, it is insured. However, you must still prepare for approaching bad weather, so follow weather reports during the week and on the morning of your move.
How to Deal with Rain on Your Moving Day
A light rain should cause few complications, but a heavy rainstorm will create some challenges. If you are doing a DIY move, and you can reschedule for the next day, it is in your best interest to do so. If it is not an option, you will have to take precautions to keep your belongings dry.
Keep in mind, cardboard is more durable than it looks, but it obviously cannot sit in puddles or withstand long lengths of time in wet weather. To avoid this issue, prepare yourself for all weather conditions by renting plastic containers from Royal Moving or another plastic box provider.
In other words, do not spend money or waste your time looking for cardboard boxes when you can rent plastic containers with interlocking lids that keep your belongings safe in any condition. Plastic containers are 50 times sturdier than cardboard boxes, and they do not crush or fall apart in any weather condition. In addition, plastic containers are environmentally friendly because they do not end up in a landfill like cardboard boxes. Furthermore, for one low price, moving companies like Royal Moving deliver plastic containers to your home, and once they are unpacked in your new residence, the plastic container supply company will pick them up.
Whether you hired a mover, or you rented a moving truck, the vehicle will need to be parked as close to your home as possible on both ends to reduce the distance that your belongings have to travel in the rain. Wrap your furniture in plastic and make sure there are no leaks inside the truck. If you find leaks in the vehicle, dry off the area and apply plastic and duct tape for a temporary fix.
Additionally, you will need to protect carpet and wood floors in your old and new residence, so lay down towels, blankets, and moving pads on the walking path inside of the house. Another option is to create an assembly line. In other words, have a few people inside the house who hands boxes to a few people outside of the house to reduce the number of wet and muddy feet that travel in and out of the home.
As discussed, plastic moving containers work best for this type of weather, and properly sealed and taped cardboard boxes can handle short trips through the rain to the truck. However, you must wrap in plastic any loose items like clothes and artwork in the same way you wrap your furnishings to ensure that the wet conditions do not ruin your belongings.
Moving companies should have mattress pads, industrial plastic covers, and have other methods for protecting your belongings, but you may not have the same options. If you are moving yourself, use plastic wrap, trash bags, and blankets and sheets to protect your possessions.
Once your possessions arrive at your new home you will want to unpack your boxes immediately to ensure they are not soaking wet, which will increase the risk that damage occurs.
The following are things you will need to do to be extra precautious:
• Reinforce the corners, edges, and boxes of your cardboard boxes with extra layers of packing tape.
• Inspect boxes to ensure that you cover holes and tears with tape.
• If you know that you will be moving in the rain, line your cardboard boxes with plastic before you pack them, cover your possessions completely with the plastic, and tape the plastic so that the items in your box are completely covered.
• Lift and hold cardboard boxes from the bottom for extra support.
• Clearly mark items and boxes that cannot get wet with “KEEP DRY” or “DO NOT GET WET”.
• Wood furniture, metal items, and upholstered furniture is especially vulnerable to wet conditions. Wood gets moldy in wet conditions, and water damage occurs quickly to delicate finishes, causing stains, swelling, and warping. Upholstered furniture will become stained or deformed in wet weather. Metal will rust and corrode.
• A small amount of moisture will ruin bedding. If mattresses get soaked, mold will develop on the porous material, and you will need to discard it to avoid health risks. Therefore, keep it completely dry.
How to Deal with Snow and Sleet on Your Moving Day
Some parts of the country like Southern California do not have to worry about sleet and snow, but the potential is there for much of the country if you are moving during the winter months.
First, keep driveways, porches, steps, and sidewalks clear of ice, snow, and sleet to reduce the likelihood that someone will slip and fall. The pathway from the house to the moving truck needs to remain clear through shoveling and putting down salt or sand to melt ice and prevent it from returning.
In addition, you will need to follow the same procedure in snow and sleet as you do for rainy weather. Cover your belongings with plastic, and place towels and blankets on carpet and wood floors to keep wet and muddy shoes from ruining your flooring.
Make hot beverages and water available for you and the people who are helping you move. Make sure that you dress in layers to reduce sweat and bulk. Also, have a first-aid kit on hand for injuries that might occur from falls.
Because the days are shorter in the winter and because moving in bad weather takes longer, you will want to start as soon as the day breaks. You do not want to move in the dark because things become a lot more unpredictable when the sun goes down and the weather gets even colder.
If roads are impassable, or the conditions are generally unsafe, even professional movers will sometimes cancel and reschedule for another day. Talk to your moving company beforehand to better understand their policies on bad weather moving.
How to Deal with Severe Hot and Humid Temperatures on Your Moving Day
Hot and humid temperatures are a danger to you and the people moving your belongings, as well as the belongings themselves. Sunburns and dehydration are things in which you must prepare. You will need sunscreen and plenty of water to keep you and your help hydrated.
Do the following to keep you, your moving crew, and your sensitive items safe from heat-related injuries on a hot and humid day:
• Maintain your electricity: Make sure that your electricity is on in your old and new residence on the day you move, so you can cool down the house with air conditioning and fans.
• Make a plan for kids and pets: Make sure that your children and pets are at a family or friends house, so they are not wandering out in the direct heat for long periods of time.
• Start early: begin your moving day in the morning before things heats up. The days are hottest between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
• Dress light and apply sunscreen: wear loose fighting and lightweight clothing that is light in color and covers your arms and legs. Dark colors will attract heat and short sleeve shirts and shorts will expose too much of your skin to the hot sun. Additionally, wear a hat and cover any exposed skin with sunscreen.
• Wear comfortable shoes: wear sneakers that fit you well and avoid sandals and flip-flops. Open-toed shoes lead to injuries because they are not sturdy or steady, and do not provide protection when you drop something on your foot.
• Stay hydrated: make sure that you have plenty of cold fluids on hand that contain electrolytes. Do not drink alcohol and caffeine because drinking beer and soda leads to dehydration.
• Eat snacks: heat and humidity will reduce appetite, but it is important to replace the salts in your body as you sweat them out. Eat a salty snack whenever you take a water break.
• Understand the sings of heat exhaustion: symptoms of heat exhaustion include headaches, dizziness, muscle cramps and spasms, thirst, fatigue, and lack of sweat. Symptoms can escalate quickly to vomiting, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, high body temperature, and loss of consciousness. This is serious business. Seek medical attention if you or a member of your moving crew becomes heat exhausted.
• Protect your electronics and sensitive items: moving trucks get really hot when the heat escalates, so make sure that your electronics, computer equipment, artwork and other sensitive possessions do not sit in the sun or in the back of a truck for too long.
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