A Quick Guide to Safely Moving When It’s Raining
If you or someone you know is set to move on a rainy day, some simple, straightforward, and highly effective tips should be adhered to. These tips will coordinate to protect the items that are being moved and the people who’re moving them. Moreover, they’ll help you to kick your new living situation off with a bang and put the right foot forward. Seriously, having your possessions soaked and suffering an injury is sure to make for a less-than-stellar move-in experience!
1. Dress Accordingly
Your safety and the safety of your belongings are interconnected in that what you wear will directly impact both.
Boots, a rain-resistant jacket or poncho, and warm clothing are integral ingredients in the recipe for moving success. It’s easy to slip or catch a cold when these articles of clothing aren’t worn, and when that happens, you can hurt yourself and damage your possessions.
In short, there is an abundance of reasons to dress accordingly for a rainy moving day, and there are virtually no reasons not to do so.
2. Park the Moving Vehicle Close to the Door
When it’s raining, you’d be wise to expose yourself, and your possessions to as little rain as possible, and the best way you can do this is by parking the moving vehicle close to the door. This arrangement will help you to walk less than you would have otherwise, which will save time and reduce the amount of rain that’s encountered.
If you’re receiving help from friends and/or family members, request that they park away from the house—preferably on the street. In this way, you can pull the moving vehicle as close to the front door as possible.
3. Package Items Carefully
Every item that’s loaded into the moving vehicle should be packed. Besides having a greater chance of being broken during the ride, unpacked items will be exposed to water damage from the rain. Be sure to use boxes and bags to pack your items well in advance of moving.
And invest in a large amount of bubble wrap—you’ll be glad that you did!
4. Ask Friends and Family Members to Help
If possible, you should ask friends and family members to help you move. This advice will prove solid even in beautiful weather, but when it’s raining, an added level of urgency and pressure makes having extra assistance incredibly valuable. Furthermore, moving during rainy days is all about speed, and the more pairs of hands you have available, the quicker your items can be moved and brought into your new home.
5. Drive Slowly
Moving during rainy days isn’t solely about carefully loading items into the moving vehicle. On the contrary, it’s also about driving slowly and attentively while delivering these items to their destination. You don’t want to execute a perfect moving gameplan only to come up short in the third or fourth quarter—the drive home. Slick and wet roads are dangerous roads, and you should drive slowly to account for this point and preserve your health and the integrity of your possessions.
6. Hire a Moving Company
Last but certainly not least, you should consider hiring a moving company. Today’s moving companies don’t charge very much for their work, and they can expertly move all or some of your items. Additionally, you can follow the lead of so many other individuals by consulting a moving company to transport your delicate and/or bulky belongings—especially furniture.
They’ll be able to get these and other things through the rain without issue, and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to have them do so, given the relatively limited scope of the work at hand.
These tips are sure to help you enjoy a successful and stress-free moving experience during a rainy day. Remember to stay calm, plan ahead, and enjoy your new home!