Moving On A Rainy Day

Tips to stay dry when moving in the rain

Did you wake up on moving day ready to hit the ground running and then hear a rumble of thunder in the distance? “Rain, rain, go away; come again another day” starts to play in your head, but raindrops are falling. Great, now what?

While moving in the rain can put a cloud over the process, having a plan can help you make the best of a messy situation. First, decide whether postponing is an option. Then, if you choose to go ahead with the move, use the tips below to keep you and your things safe and dry when loading and unloading.

Black umbrella used to protect items when moving in the rain.


Can I postpone my move?

Strict deadlines for moving out, closings and traveling can make it hard to postpone a move. But if the weather becomes severe (heavy rain, strong winds, lightning, hail, etc.), postponing may be the safest option. In these situations, contact the moving company, your landlord or real estate agent, employer, and anyone else you need to notify about delays. Weather interruptions aren’t uncommon, so most people should be willing to work with you if you need extra time to complete the process.

9 tips for moving in the rain

If the move is on, use these nine tips to stay safe and as dry as possible:

1. Wear rain gear

Loading or unloading in the rain is challenging enough without being soaking wet. Wearing the proper clothing can help prevent slipping or losing your grip. You’ll want a rain jacket (or poncho), shoes with traction and work gloves. You may also consider wearing a broad-brimmed hat to keep water out of your eyes.

2. Use plastic to cover the big items

Protect appliances, mattresses and upholstered furniture from moisture using plastic stretch wrap and proper packing techniques. Wooden furniture is more delicate, and plastic can damage its finish, so it’s normally best to wrap these items in moving blankets or paper padding first, and then apply the plastic. If you use packing tape to secure the covering, be sure not to tape directly to an item.

3. Keep towels on hand

While plastic acts as a good barrier, it’s not 100% waterproof, and leaving rainwater on top could also cause excess moisture inside the moving equipment once the doors are closed. To help make sure your things stay dry, keep towels inside the trailer or container to dry everything as you load. Be sure to dry the floor also, so that nothing sits in water during transit.

4. Place everything in one location

Put everything in a room closest to the front door, or stack in the garage. This will help prevent those with muddy shoes from traipsing through the house.

5. Designate inside and outside helpers

Whether family and friends are coming to help load or unload, or you’ve hired moving labor, it’s a good idea to designate inside and outside people. Whoever’s inside will hand items to the outside crew to load into the truck — and vice versa when it’s time to unload at the new home. This is another effective way to ensure people with dirty, wet shoes aren’t trudging through the house. Check out more loading tips.

6. Protect the floors&

Despite efforts to keep mud out of the home, it’s inevitable on a rainy day. While cleaning hardwood, laminate and tile may be fairly is easy, removing water and dirt from carpet is not. Consider using an adhesive carpet film to protect the floor against stains. If you decide to put things like towels, rugs or blankets on the floor, be mindful that they can be tripping hazards — especially while carrying boxes and furniture.

7. Determine the safest path to the moving equipment

Before carrying items to the equipment, determine the safest route. Avoid areas with big puddles and surfaces (like grass or gravel) that could be slippery. If the equipment has a ramp, be especially careful not to injure yourself when walking up and down it.

8. Set up a canopy tent

Placing a pop-up tent between the house and the equipment is another great way to help keep you and your stuff dry. Or, you can hang tarp above the pathway for the same effect.

9. Prioritize certain belongings

Does the forecast look clear in a few hours? If so, consider waiting to load until then. If you can’t wait for the rain to stop, hold off loading appliances, furniture and other items that water can damage. Instead, start with things that won’t ruin if they get a little damp. Then, when the weather clears, load the more valuable items.

Don’t let the rain dampen your moving day!

U-Pack® has solutions for many unique moving challenges — including rainy days. We offer three business days to load and three more business days to unload. So if the weather isn’t cooperating, there may be room for delays. If you have questions about your rainy-day move, call us at 844-362-5303844-594-3077. We’re happy to help you weather the storm!