What To Do If It Rains On Your Move Day? You’ve methodically planned your relocation. Everything is packed, the professional movers are on their way, and the weather has been beautiful for weeks. However, you wake up to the soft pitter-patter of rain soaking into your yard and glistening on the pavement on the day of your move. When you’re getting ready for a big move, the last thing you need is rain. Who wants to cope with drenched clothes, slick walkways, and extra mud? But don’t be alarmed! We’ve seen a lot of moving days, rain or shine, as a moving company that’s been around for years, and we assure you you’ll make it through with little moisture and dirt.
Here’s how to make the most of a rainy moving day like a pro.
Create as much shade as possible for your outside walking path. If possible, use covered porches and look around for creative ways to use tarps. You might be able to drape a tarp from the truck’s cab to the edge of your porch, but you never know. Don’t overdo it, but try to keep the amount of rain-exposed space between your door and the truck to a minimum.
Consider how you’ll carry furniture and boxes from the front entrance to the truck without getting them wet. Tarps work well here, but you can also get creative and use stuff you currently own. Large garbage bags, for example, can wrap boxes or be draped over furniture as you move, but they’re more likely to catch air and fly away than a hefty tarp.
If you move fast, even blankets and towels can shelter your items from a few feet of light drizzle.
A few large plastic crates from a local home improvement store would be useful. These are excellent for moving smaller objects or boxes, and they may be reused. Put stuff inside a closed plastic crate to act as a rain shelter, then empty the crate into the truck and return for another shielded load. This method is a little more time consuming, but it will keep your belongings dry.
When the items do make it to the vehicle, have someone inside ready to dry them off with a stack of towels. For lightly damp and even plastic-protected things, a short towel-off can make a great impact, as well as reducing moisture inside the vehicle throughout the journey.
Keep towels inside the house as well to dry tarps, cartons, and plastic wrap that have completed their task but have become wet in the process.
The first thing you should do is double-check that your cleaning products and towels don’t go into the truck too soon. Despite the fact that your professional movers will lay down floor protection, you’ll probably want to mop after the move and potentially throughout the day if there’s a lot of mud or tracked-in puddles to deal with. So get your mop and bucket ready to travel and toss them into the vehicle last.
Towels can be used for a variety of purposes. Towels can be used to dry lightly moist objects before loading them into the truck, wrap items to protect them from rain, and mop up floor puddles if they arise. So keep a few towels on available and don’t be afraid to wash and dry them quickly during the day.
Do everything you can to reduce the length of time your belongings are carried outside in the rain. If you have a covered porch, you can use it to extend your rain-protected walk. In either case, back the truck up as near to your door as possible, taking into account the ramp length if applicable.
This will reduce the number of raindrops that fall on your belongings and moving crew during the day.
If the transport path is muddy, place heavy-duty floor mats / welcome mats at any entrances that are being used. Encourage everyone to wipe their feet, and be ready to re-use the mats halfway through the move. To avoid puddles, lay down towels.
Working in a bucket-brigade approach is a fantastic technique to keep your floors clean during a rainy or muddy relocation. Indoors, have one group with clean shoes pick up boxes and furniture and carry them to the front door, while another group with muddy shoes transports stuff to the truck. As a hand-off zone, use your tiled entryway or covered porch.
Finally, keep towels and a mop bucket on hand to quickly wipe up any spills that make their way indoors. Puddles can be soaked up with towels, and mud can be thrown back outside or swept up. If your towels become too damp throughout the procedure, put them in the dryer or find alternate places to hang them.
If all of this planning seems a little overwhelming, keep in mind that hiring professional movers will take the stress out of a wet moving day by sorting out the practicalities of everything for you so that your belongings are exposed as little as possible.