Leading up to our move, the weather had been beautiful. A few days before we moved, it started raining and didn’t stop for a week. Once we had moved all of our belongings, the skies cleared up again. Since we moved locally and planned to use pickup trucks for some of the items, the rain put a major damper on our moving plans. But we still got moved and nothing was ruined. Here are my tips for surviving a rainy moving day.
The way you pack your belongings affects how well it stays dry and protected. If possible, use plastic tubs with lids that snap on securely to pack your things. That way you’re items are protected if it happens to rain on moving day. Cardboard won’t hold up well, especially in the back of an open truck. Even with a tarp over the boxes, they’re likely to get wet unless they are inside an enclosed moving truck.
Furniture requires a little extra protection on a rainy day to avoid damage. Use large sheets of plastic to protect the furniture. Tape the pieces of plastic in place so they don’t shift while you move the pieces.
The loading area is a consideration when moving on a rainy day. If possible, back the moving truck up close to the house so you don’t have far to load the boxes and furniture. Not only will it decrease your workload, you’ll also have less time in the rain as you go from the house to the truck.
Don’t forget to look down when you load the truck. Rain causes surfaces to get slick. You don’t want to slip and slide when carrying furniture of belongings. If you have to walk across a lawn or dirt area, consider putting down a flat piece of cardboard or some plywood to cover the area. You won’t slip as easily if the area is covered.
A rainy moving day means you’ll end up with wet shoes that feel gross. But don’t trade in tennis shoes for flip flops in the hopes to feel less gross. You need protective shoes with traction to keep going through a rainy move. Wear some quick-drying sneakers so you don’t slide all over. Don’t forget to keep another pair or two of shoes handy. You can change into other shoes when you’re inside the house.
Just like loading, you’ll need a safe path for unloading your belongings at your new place. Move your belongings directly into the house to minimize contact with rain. If possible, move the boxes and furniture right into the rooms where they will go. If you have enough people, have some handle the indoor carrying. That way the people who are outside in the rain don’t have to take off their shoes to go in and out.
You might feel wet and uncomfortable, but you’ll eventually be warm and cozy in your new home. Do your best to minimize slipping or other problems so your rainy move goes well.