It's moving day. Everything is packed, the rental truck is 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.
But moving in bad weather doesn't have to be a nightmare. If you have to move when it's raining, snowing or windy, follow these tips to protect your belongings (and your sanity).
Protect Your Belongings
While the sight of rain or snow clouds might make you worry about the future of your boxes, cardboard is actually more durable than it looks. As long as your boxes are sealed with packing tape, everything inside should survive the move. But loose items -- like the clothes you planned to leave on the hangers, or your furniture and artwork -- won't survive the elements as well.
Self-moving companies sell and rent mattress pads, industrial plastic covers and other items to help you move in rain, hail or snow. But if you can't make it to the store or you want to save on moving costs, many household items will protect your valuables long enough to make a move. For example:
- Wrap artwork in plastic wrap to prevent rain or snow from getting into gaps in the frame.
- Put a large-sized trash bag around groups of clothes to keep the rain off.
- Use heavy blankets and sheets to protect wood furniture.
Prep Your New Home
If you're moving in-town, head to your new home and prep the area before you start moving. Lay rugs or towels on both sides of the front door to keep from tracking mud or water onto your floors. If it is cold outside, make sure the utilities are on so you can turn up the heat as soon as you arrive.
Prep Your Moving Space
Before you start moving, check your moving truck (or the trunk of your car) for leaks. If you spot a small leak, duct tape will work as a temporary fix. For larger leaks, you may have to get creative. Try making a temporary patch out of plastic wrap and duct tape.
Line the entryway of your house and the front porch with towels. As you carry boxes and furniture out, you'll catch any mud or water from your feet before it causes any damage inside.
Finally, make sure everyone helping in the move is wearing boots or all-weather sneakers. Slippery ground can make it dangerous when carrying cumbersome boxes and furniture.
Set-Up an Assembly Line
Alternatively, if you have help moving, set up an assembly line at your old house to make things move faster and protect your floors. Designate one person to stand inside and hand boxes to another person outside who can bring them to the truck. This way, the floors will stay dry and you will cut down on time a bit, getting you out of the bad weather faster. Likewise at your new place, consider having indoor and outdoor crews who can hand off your belongings to keep the muck and moisture outside.