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Moving Tips: Preparing for Rain

Moving in the rain can be difficult.

Moving in the rain can be difficult.

Because the process of moving typically starts so early, it is important to plan for the unexpected. With this in mind, you should be prepared for rain no matter what. It doesn't matter what time of year it is, as precipitation can not only make moving more difficult, it can actually ruin many of the things you will need in your home.

When planning a move, assume that it will rain from the start. By having this mindset, you may have to spend a little more, but you will be happy later on, as it will reduce the chances of anything getting waterlogged or damaged.

If it does rain, make sure that the area of the home that will have the largest amount of moving traffic will actually be clear and easy for you to pack and unpack items. In order to keep everything dry and prevent slipping, strong sheets or carpeting that will help the process. In addition, there should be doormats at any entrance during the move, as this can cut down on mud and water from being tracked around the house. If these aren't available, large sheets of plywood could be a substitute.

It may be a good plan to not only cover boxes in plastic after packing them, but to also cover the bottom of the area that will transport the items. This can keep water from puddling in an area around boxes or furniture, even if some does get tracked in.

Try to work quickly when taking care of a move, but not so much that you can risk hurting yourself. Efficiency can cut down on water damage on boxes and other items. Keeping a good pace and not dawdling will help the process along without a hitch.

Keep dry towels around. There will likely be water tracked inside - especially around the entrances - and having a quick way to take care of this could cut down the chance of someone slipping.

Workers in the rain may still do their job just fine, but help those out who are moving your items. If it is cold, offer them something hot to drink, or something cold if it is warmer. They will certainly appreciate it.