9 Tips and Strategies for Moving in the Cold, Rainy Seasons
While we can all appreciate a nice rainy day, seasonal showers make a lot of things complicated. Moving is no exception, and if you’re planning to move or need to transition during the colder, rainier days, said rain isn’t something to look forward to.
Why is it harder to move in the rain?
Consider all the factors associated with moving. Storage, transportation, and driving are the big three, and all are affected in some way by rain. Travel, for instance, is impacted by rain. Roads are increasingly hazardous depending on the level of rain, and heavy showers can impact visibility on the road. If you’re transporting belongings, this is the last thing you want.
Cold weather can also cause complications, depending on the temperature. Icy roads, frosted windows, and engine trouble are just a few things to make matters difficult. Debris from fallen tree limbs is also a possibility, and while not always common, it’s something to be wary of.
9 Moving Tips to Help
The goal of moving in the rain is to spend as little time in it as possible. You could “wait it out,” but chances are a rainy day is a hurdle for moving transitions. Therefore, these tips should help counter some of the complications created when moving in rainy weather.
Tip 1: Reduce Trips
When moving inventory to a moving truck, car, or even storage pod, you want to reduce foot traffic time. That’s so the items in question aren’t exposed to rain, and you don’t track water. Doing so can take some doing, but it’s easier with mobile storage pods, moving vans, or keeping your vehicle closer to the home as you carry inventory.
Tip 2: Wrap Up
Water can soak clothes, fabric, and other soft items, which can lead to unwanted odors and even mold if it’s left alone long enough. Depending on the length of the move, that could be enough to damage said fabrics.
A way to avoid this is to wrap up material you think will be exposed when storing it in a trailer or mobile unit. Stretch wrap works well, and there are shrink and stretch wrap options for furnishings. Think of it like giving a raincoat to your belongings!
Tip 3: Set Up Mats
Something you may not consider until the last minute is tracking water (and possibly dirt) as you move belongings out of your residence. Not only can this potentially damage the floor, but you’re also creating traction risks too. Given the risks involved with lifting heavy items, potentially slipping on something is a scenario no one wants.
Therefore, consider setting down waterproof mats as you move items. Make sure they can grip a smooth surface to avoid risk of slippage, and, that they cover a suitable area. Furthermore, it helps to have towels (ones that you don’t immediately need) to dry off a surface or floor as required.
Tip 4: Clear Debris
If you have access to your new place of residence, it’s a good idea to keep the walkways and paths clear of debris (if relevant). Once again, rain can make puddles and surfaces slippery. Furthermore, you wouldn’t want to track water and dirt into your new home, potentially damaging carpets (or worse).
Tip 5: Store Essentials Separately
This next tip is one that’s more general, since it can apply to just about any moving situation. But, storing necessary items in a bag or set of boxes is good to do on moving day. These essentials are the quintessential “using today” inventory. That can include things like a change of clothes, bathroom items, towels, food, and electronics.
When moving in cold or rainy weather, keeping them dry is important, of course. But, that’s taken care of when they’re stored appropriately, sealed away from any wet conditions.
Tip 6: Dress for the Occasion
Put on your Sunday best, or in this case, prepare for rainy and cold weather. Both rain and low temperatures can make you feel ill, so it’s best to prep accordingly. If necessary, have a raincoat and/or rainproof clothing. Of course, if the weather is cold, dress appropriately too.
Other suggestions are rain boots for unexpected puddles and rain hats. You might think to use an umbrella, but it’s hard to move while also carrying an umbrella.
Tip 7: Know when to call it quits
This sounds bad, but it’s necessary if conditions are untenable. Light rain is fine to move in, and medium rain is a toss-up. But heavy rain and storms is something we don’t recommend. If you really have no other choice than to move on a stormy day, consider getting help from friends and/or family, or reschedule.
Stormy rain and heavy rain makes everything dangerous and difficult. Your safety always comes first, so, don’t test the elements. If the rain is too much, that’s just how it is.
Tip 8: Take advantage of Mobile Storage
Even with the best intentions, moving proves challenging. In those cases, it’s good to take advantage of difference resources, like mobile storage pods. These mobile storage units operate as they sound: a container that can be moved to different locations. That extra space can be the difference between a successful move and a messy one.
Tip 9: Plan, and then plan some more
None of our tips or general advice will have much impact without a good plan to execute it all. Plan as much as you can and give yourself plenty of preparation days. Consider checking weather reports and assume the day you have to move (or days) will have rain. That way, you can have plan for any occurrence, and you won’t be scrambling around for last minute solutions.
These nine tips won’t solve every problem, but they’ll give a good idea of what to expect when moving in the colder, autumn seasons.
Of course, you can also take advantage of mobile store units if things get too stressful. For more information on said mobile pods, contact Mobile Attic today!