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How to Move in Bad Weather

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You can’t control the weather. And sometimes you can’t control when you move. So, you may have to move in bad weather. You could encounter rain, snow, or extremely hot weather. If you have to move in bad weather, you should be prepared. Here are some tips on how to move in bad weather.


A light drizzle isn’t so bad to move in. If you move fairly quickly, your items should be fine. It’s heavy rain that will cause problems. If you could postpone it later in the day to help avoid the heavy rain, that would be best. If you need to move at an exact time, there are ways you can move in the heavy rain. Here are some tips.
  • Park as close as you can to your home. You should move your moving truck as close as you can to your home. This will reduce the amount of time your items will be outside and in the rain. 
  • Wrap everything in plastic. Some of your furniture should not be wrapped in plastic alone, but plastic will help protect your belongings from the rain. Wood items - that shouldn’t be wrapped in plastic - should first be wrapped in moving blankets and then in plastic. 
  • Check the truck. Make sure to double check that there are no leaks in the moving truck. You wouldn’t want rain constantly dripping on your items. Also, you should have someone outside of the truck to open and close the door. This will ensure that the least amount of rain is entering the truck. You should reward the mover who offers to do that job generously.
  • Lay towels and extra blankets on carpets and floors. Your shoes will get dirty and muddy, and you wouldn’t want to dirty the floors in your home, even if you are moving out of it. If you lay down extra towels and blankets, they will get dirty instead of your floors. 
  • Bring extra towels to dry off. When you’re done moving, you and your friends will probably be very wet. Use the extra towels to dry off.

Hot or sunny weather

You wouldn’t think that a sunny day is considered “bad weather,” but it certainly can be. If it’s extremely humid or hot, moving can become treacherous. You could get sun-burnt or dehydrated. Here are some tips for moving in hot weather.
  • Wear sunscreen. When you’re moving, you spend about half of your time outside. To avoid getting a sunburn, it’s recommended to wear sunscreen. It will help protect your skin. 
  • Drink plenty of water. On moving day, you’ll be spending a lot of time moving heavy objects. You’ll need plenty of water so you don’t become dehydrated. You should also make sure you have plenty of water for everyone that is helping you out.
  • Wear proper clothes. For hot and sunny weather, you should wear sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes and neck from the sun. 

Snow and hail

This is probably the hardest type of weather to try and move in. There can be icy pathways that are very slippery to drive on. Here are some safety tips when moving in the snow
  • Clear driveways and pathways. Your first step to handle snowy weather for a move is to clear any snow or ice from your driveway and sidewalks. Use shovels and salt to melt snow and break up ice. You should make sure throughout your move to continuously get rid of snow and ice.
  • Pack furniture with plastic and lay down towels. Similar to moving in the rain, make sure to cover your furniture in plastic. Also, make sure to put towels down so your floors don’t get ruined.
  • Have plenty of hot beverages. When it’s cold outside, a nice, hot beverage will warm your whole body. You should have coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider on hand to offer. It will warm you all up in an instant. 
  • Cancel if necessary. If the weather is too bad, it is recommended to switch your moving day. Snowy roads can be extremely dangerous and slippery. You don’t want to endanger you or your friends. Your move can wait another day. If you have a strict moving day because of work, you can call and explain your situation. They should understand.

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on September 16, 2016 - Moving Expert
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