Blog 8: How to Survive a Rainy Moving Day

You’ve had your move planned for weeks, but suddenly the weather forecasts aren’t looking so good for your chosen day. The moving van is already rented, your neighbours have cleared their schedules and agreed to help, and everything is already in boxes. So, what is the best way to deal with a rainy moving day?


Map Out Your Route

No one knows your house better than you do, but adverse weather conditions can bring all kinds of nasty surprises. Map out the route you will be taking from your house to the moving truck and look for any potential problem spots. Navigating around mailboxes, depressions in the sidewalk, uneven patches of ground, and shrubbery might be easy enough in good weather, but they will pose more of a challenge in the rain.

If it does rain, lay pieces of plywood across depressions in your driveway that might turn into puddles and make notes to avoid slippery areas. Putting up brightly-coloured flags or markers to mark trouble spots will make it easier for neighbours and friends who don’t know your yard as well as you do.

Protect Your Possessions
If you’re going to be moving in the rain, it’s both you and your belongings that are going to get wet. Make sure you wrap your furniture in tarps or plastic sheeting. Fabric and wood can both be damaged beyond repair if soaked, and the last thing you want is to have to replace priceless antiques or expensive furniture once you reach your new home.

Protect the Inside of Your Home
You might be moving out, but you still need to protect the inside of your old home from all of the wet, muddy feet that will be coming in and out. Cover the carpet with tarps or plastic. You might want to have someone on door duty opening and closing the door for the movers, so that the wind doesn’t blow it open or closed too violently.

It also helps if you direct traffic as best you can. Have boxes and furniture gathered in central locations instead of scattered throughout the house so that no jams happen in hallways or doorways.

Moving in the Snow
If it snows on moving day, the most important thing to protect is yourself. Take breaks often to warm up and rehydrate. Don’t overwork yourself or spend too much time outside – it’s better that loading or unloading takes a little longer than that you risk your health. Salt the driveway and sidewalks so that you don’t slip on the ice. Wrap up warm, and keep plenty of hot drinks available for your hired (or volunteer) help.

Moving is challenging enough in good weather, but moving in adverse weather conditions doesn’t have to be as miserable as it sounds. If you have any questions about other tips for moving safely and comfortably, contact us at Yellowhead Storage. We’d be happy to help!

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