There’s a reason the classic song goes, “Don’t rain on my parade!” Unless you’re wrapped up on a cozy couch next to a crackling fireplace, no one likes when inclement weather affects their big plans. Whether you’re on your way to the beach or you’re just busy running errands, bad weather can make things much more difficult and aggravating to get things done.
It’s also well-known that moving is stressful and overwhelming on its own, even in perfect weather. Add unexpected weather conditions to the mix and your day can really be thrown out of whack. But it is possible to continue with your move even if the weather isn’t particularly cooperative. All it takes is a little mental preparation and a few adjustments when packing and loading, and you’ll have a successful move regardless of Mother Nature.
You wake up on moving day to a torrential downpour or a temperature forecast of 100 degrees
Here are a few ways that weather conditions may affect your move day
If it’s lightly raining outside, this won’t affect your move too much and is definitely doable.
- Heavy duty cardboard packing boxes can withstand a lot so light rain won’t spoil anything if you packed everything in boxes.
- For all of your water-sensitive items like expensive electronics or valuables, you’ll want to cover them with water-proof protective sheets.
- Wear protective clothing like a rain jacket and the appropriate shoes. You don’t want to slip and fall while lifting and transferring heavy boxes and keeping your clothes dry will help you not get sick.
Overall, moving during light rain isn’t the end of the world and is definitely possible if you’re in a time crunch. But if you have a little bit of extra time, check the weather forecast and decide if you can wait a few hours or days for when the weather clears up.
As opposed to light rain, heavy rain can be more of a problem during your move and you should plan accordingly.
- Park the vehicle you’ll be using for the move as close to your door as possible to minimize how much water you’ll be exposed to.
- Use extra plastic waterproof sheets to doubly protect your belongings from the heavy rain.
- Use floor mats on both the inside and outside of the door of your home to keep it as clean as possible. You don’t want to lose the security deposit on your old place or soil the flooring at your new place.
- Lay down sheets throughout your home as to avoid tracking mud and water into the house;
- Again, wear protective clothing and the appropriate shoes to stay dry and safe.
Dealing with heavy rain on your moving day is sometimes unavoidable. But if you can, do your best to avoid all of this trouble and wait for the storm to clear up.
Snow and Ice
Many people choose to move during the winter months because most moving companies significantly lower their rates which can be very appealing for customers. While you’ll be saving money, moving during snowy and icy conditions can be quite dangerous.
- Clear the path from your door to the moving vehicle of all snow and ice by shoveling the area and adding salt or sand so that no one slips and falls.
- Add extra protection to all your temperature-sensitive items with packing paper or furniture blankets.
- Make sure you’re wearing the appropriate shoes and warm clothes to help get you safely through the long day of moving.
- Just like on a rainy day, protect your old and new homes by laying down sheets throughout the house to avoid a mess.
Again, it’s best to avoid moving in these conditions if possible. Try to schedule your move in the spring or the fall so that you have a better chance of better weather.
On the other end of the spectrum is extremely hot weather conditions.
- Drink more water than you think you need to avoid dehydration during your move. Since moving is highly active, suffering from heat exhaustion can happen quickly;
- Wear breathable, light clothing, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the harshness of the sun;
- Again, protecting your temperature sensitive items will be important.
Moving in extreme heat may seem like the most doable of all the weather conditions that may affect your move. But don’t be fooled because it can be just as challenging, so take breaks or consider moving when the weather cools off.
Moving During a Storm
It is not recommended to move during a storm. High winds and extreme weather should be taken seriously and it’s much wiser to wait until the weather cooperates. It’s very obvious that big storms are very dangerous and it’s just not worth the risk of attempting a move during such intense weather.
When planning a move, it’s best to give yourself a little leeway. You never know when inclement weather will affect your moving day, so it’s best to carve out three or four days in your schedule. That way, when things like rain and snow get in the way, you aren’t panicking and you can check the forecast and try again in a few hours.
Also, choosing what time of year you might move could make all the difference. Even though moving companies may charge a better rate during the more harsh seasons, avoiding summer and winter for a big move could be worth the extra money.
If you find yourself moving during inclement weather, make sure you’re mentally prepared for setbacks. Hire help or recruit your friends to lend a hand and have hot chocolate for those cold, rainy days or a cool glass of lemonade during a scorcher. It will be appreciated.