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What to Do If It's Raining on Moving Day

14Dec 2010

It hasn't rained in weeks in your area but now that moving day has arrived, Mother Nature is not cooperating. No need to worry, you'll just have to make a few adjustments to accommodate the situation. Here's how:
Covering Furniture
Make sure to cover any furniture you don't want getting wet with a blanket or with shrink wrap. This would include anything that's wood or that has cloth that could soak up water like a sofa or ottoman. You don't want your wood dresser to get water spots or your sofa to have mildew because you didn't cover them. For example, let's say you didn't protect your dresser and it's the first item to be loaded into the trailer. That means it's going to be the last item off the trailer if you have a full load because it's way in the back now. Since you didn't protect it from the rain it got wet and has been sitting in the back with water on it for hours, it now has water damage. It may take some time to wrap the pieces that need it, but it will save you money in the long run by not having to fix or replace items that end up getting water damage.
Floor Protection
Rain unfortunately creates mud. Since you'll be walking in and out of your house all day, you're bound to bring in some of the mud with you. Make sure you have a good mat at your front door and garage door to wipe your shoes on. This will help to keep you from tracking in as much mud as possible and also helps to prevent slipping on hard floors because of wet shoes. If you have carpet there is a product you can buy called Carpet Shield to protect your floor (especially the new carpet at your new home) from getting stained. Most Carpet Shield has a non-slip surface and is resistant to tearing and ripping, check the package you're buying to make sure it has these features. If you have hardwood or tile floors you can buy neoprene cushioned floor runners. It's a bit pricey but you can at least use it in the front entryway where the most floor traffic will be.
Moving Furniture
When loading or unloading, back the trailer into your driveway as close to the garage as it will go. Try to move as many items as possible through the garage itself instead of through the front door of the house. That way if it's raining quite a bit, you and your furniture won't get as wet because you're not having to walk the long distance from the front door to the trailer or vice versa. Some of your larger items however, will have to go through the front door of the house because those doors are usually wider than the garage door is, just make sure that the furniture has something on it to protect it from the rain. Another option is to move those larger pieces into the garage the day before you're moving. That way they're ready to load into the trailer without having to make the long walk and you won't have to worry about them getting soaked.
Heavy Rain
In cases of really heavy rain, it might be a good idea to reschedule your moving day altogether. If you don't have a choice but to move on that day, try to wait until the rainfall lightens between it's heavy downpours. If you have hired professional movers, call them (if they haven't already called you) to see if they are still able to move you because of the rain. They want to protect your furniture as much as possible from weather damage and the best way for them to do that is to move you on a different day. Expect them to ask you to reschedule your move when it is raining heavily.
Although it may be a nuisance, moving while it's raining shouldn't be too much of a problem if you're prepared. Make sure your furniture is protected, your shoes get wiped at the door and your floors have coverage in the walkways. Meanwhile, be glad that it's raining. It'll be great for your new lawn!


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