Weather is one thing we humans can’t really control. We do try to predict what the climatic conditions will be in the near future so that we prepare for its whims and act accordingly, but there’s not much we can do when Mother Nature gets furious for whatever known or unknown reason and decides to strike down upon us with all its might.
Sometimes inclement weather doesn’t really affect us at all as we are already safely hidden in our well-protected homes. In such cases, the forces of nature often amuse and amaze us unless the conditions seem to be worsening by the hour and are becoming more and more dangerous in a number of ways.
However, if a house move is scheduled for tomorrow or in a few days’ time, then things will suddenly look a whole lot differently, especially if it is your own move. You should be well aware that bad weather can really ruin your relocation plans or even endanger some or all participants of the move. Yes, a residential move is never a joke, but inclement weather can easily make things far more complicated before you even know it.
How will bad weather affect your move?
Unless you are caught very unprepared, in reality and in most cases, moving in bad weather doesn’t have to be that bad. Besides follow the weather reports closely, read on to learn what you should do and shouldn’t do when moving house in bad weather.
Light rain on your moving day is not considered a serious problem and it won’t be able to really stop your moving inertia.
- Packed cardboard boxes are sturdier than they look and can take in a couple of raindrops at any given time;
- Any household items wrapped up in moving blankets are also usually safe;
- Certain goods are moisture sensitive /antique furniture pieces, electronic equipment, etc./ so make sure you cover those with additional water-proof protective sheets;
- Wear appropriate shoes as light rain mixes easily with dust to create rather slippery conditions.
On the other hand, heavy rain can really dampen your relocation mood.
- First of all, it’s a good idea to wait and see whether the rain intensity will subside in a few hours’ time. If it doesn’t, you may be forced to postpone your move for a more opportune moment;
- If you must continue with you plan, have the moving truck park as close to your outside door as possible to minimize the exposure to water;
- Also, make sure the moving vehicle does not have any leaks inside the storage space (highly unlikely);
- Keep all your possessions dry by covering them with water-proof plastic sheets;
- Protect your home as well – place doormats on both sides of your doors to minimize the damage that wet and muddy shoes coming in and out can inflict;
- Place protective sheets of plastic or cardboard on the floors to prevent damage to your carpets or hardwood floors;
- Prepare extra towels to give to the participants of the move to dry themselves off if they get excessively wet;
- Wear deep shoes with anti-slip soles and put on your favorite raincoat;
- Check out more practical tips on how to move in the rain.
Sleet, snow, and ice
Moving in the rain can be tricky but moving in the winter can be plain dangerous. Although winter relocation may prove to be a real bargain for home movers /most moving companies lower significantly their standard rates/, wintertime is surely not the best time to move house in terms of safety. Our moving in bad weather tips continue with some advice on what you should and shouldn’t do when there’s sleet, snow or ice all around you.
- Think about the well-being of all your temperature sensitive household items /plants, china pieces, delicate wood furniture, electronic equipment, etc./ and isolate them with extra layers of packing paper, bubble wrap and furniture blankets;
- Make sure all paths leading to the parking spot of the moving vehicle are clear of snow and ice before your movers arrive. If you have difficulty shoveling the driveway or sidewalks due to frozen ice, treat the slippery patches with salt or sand to prevent moving day accidents;
- As was the case when moving in heavy rain, protect your soon-to-be old home from property damage by placing large pieces of thick cardboard or durable plastic sheets along high traffic areas;
- Don your warmest clothes to keep yourself warm but don’t make the mistake of overdoing it because the non-stop moving day activities could easily cause you to sweat and consequently catch a cold;
- Offer hot non-alcoholic beverages to your helpers to keep them warm and happy;
- Be mentally ready for bad news and prepare back-up plans if the current winter conditions go from bad to worse;
- Check out more practical tips on how to move in the winter.
Many people think summer is the best time to move house, but when the temperatures reach record high values, there can be certain risks involved in a summer move as well.
- Drink plenty of water on a regular basis to avoid the invisible striking hand of heat exhaustion. Keep everyone involved in the move well hydrated, including yourself, of course;
- Use personal protection gear against the harmful rays of the intense sunshine. Wear light-colored clothes made of breathable fabric, use sunscreen lotion with a high protection factor, as well as a hat and sunglasses to avoid any sunburns;
- Similar to the extreme cold in the winter, some of your more temperature-sensitive possessions can be threatened by the intensified heat and must be protected adequately in order to survive the trip to your new home.
Strong winds, dense fog, storm
Sometimes it’s wiser to admit that the current climatic conditions are too adverse to permit normal relocation operations and any persistence to go on with the house move could really prove to be too dangerous for you and the people around you. Moving house during a storm, for example, should never be attempted! Contact your movers if they haven’t contacted you first and speak to them about postponing your relocation until the arrival of more favorable conditions.
Yes, at times the risks of moving in bad weather are too great to be ignored. You should approach your inclement weather move really carefully with safety as your top priority. Unfortunately, weather is often too unpredictable but keeping in mind the above tips for moving in bad weather conditions, you should be able to make the best decision under the presented circumstances.