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Ask Allied: How to Cope with Heavy Rain on Moving Day

by Jackie Heath on Feb 15, 2018

Anyone who has moved has worried about rain on moving day. In addition to makingraining on an umbrella the move more challenging by creating puddles and preventing you from using lawns and driveways as staging areas or places to set things as they go on or off the truck, there’s the fear of damage to your furniture, and the  mess as people with wet feet come in and out repeatedly. But there are some ways to cope with a rainy moving day. Here are some tips for coping with rain on moving day.

The only thing worse than rain on moving day is not knowing it was going to rain, and not being prepared for it. So start checking the weather about a week in advance of your move, so that you can purchase anything you need.

If you have an attached garage and can back the truck up to it, this is your best bet. Use plastic tarps and ropes to create any awning between the garage and the truck, if you can. Move items into the garage before loading the truck (and vice versa if you’re moving in), to prevent tracking water and mud through the house.

If moving in or out through the garage is not possible, you’ll first want to tape plastic sheeting on your floors to minimize mess. Cover hallways and create paths into rooms. Check that sidewalks and stairs aren’t slippery; if they are, be sure people are wearing treaded shoes, or put down large plastic mats if you have them. If you can create an awning from the door to the moving truck with plastic tarps, this will protect your belongings from direct rain. Just be sure your awning is sturdy enough to hold up to any wind.

You’ll also need plastic sheeting or bags to wrap sofas, mattresses and other upholstered items. Moving boxes are very sturdy, so for a one day move you don’t need to do anything special with the boxes. However, if it’s raining heavily and your boxes will be on a truck for several days (especially in warm weather), you’ll want to wrap them in plastic to prevent mold and mildew, or from the damp seeping through and into any fabric or paper items inside. Packing tape across the top and sides may be easier than trying to actually wrap them.

Wear shoes that will have good traction on wet surfaces. If you have a rain jacket and pants, wear those over your clothing. If you don’t have rain gear, be aware that wearing wet clothing in cool weather can reduce your body temperature, bringing on hypothermia. Have dry clothes you can change into after you’re done working in the rain.

Finally, be sure your route is free from flooding before you get going. For local moves, check with reliable news station websites; for long distance moves, check the state department of transportation websites.

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