Prepare for Mother Natures Wrath During Your Move – When you think of your moving day, you likely picture a sunny morning with just enough fluffy clouds to provide a bit of shade.
Of course, it is a mild 70 degrees Fahrenheit with a gentle breeze, too. Well, unless you fall into the very small percentage of lucky people who are fortunate enough to be blessed with perfect weather on moving day, you can kiss this image goodbye.
Staying true to Murphy’s Law, if Mother Nature is going to have a mild temper tantrum or unleash her wrath in the near future, it is probably going to be on your moving day.
Watch the Weather
Do not wait to see what the weather turns out like on the morning of your move. Of course, you know that there is always the chance that the weather person is going to be wrong.
Sure, they say partly sunny and you end up with light showers. These small changes can be adapted to without blinking an eye.
Watching the weather means knowing if there is the possibility of severe storm activity developing as you approach your moving day. If you are moving cross-country, watch the weather for your entire travel route. The Weather Channel is a great source, but you may find the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration helpful, too.
Wind can actually be more dangerous than ice, snow, and rain if it is strong enough. With mild to moderate wind, movers will simply need to be a little more careful when carrying lighter items.
You can help by making sure box lids are taped securely. If you are using plastic containers, you may even want to add tape to each side, just to make sure the wind does not get under the lid and pop it off. If the wind is so severe that it is due to pose dangerous conditions, rescheduling may be necessary.
If you hired professional movers, they will likely have waterproof tarps to protect your belongings. If you are moving during the rainy season when there is a high chance of getting wet at some point throughout the day, consider placing garbage bags inside the boxes and put the contents inside the bags to provide a little extra protection.
Obviously, this is not necessary for boxes with Tupperware, toys, etc., but it is a good idea to do with books and other items that can be damaged by water.
Have old towels handy to wipe the floor, so it does not get slippery. You should have rugs that you can create a walking path within the new place to protect the carpet.
If it is hailing, do not expect your movers to continue working. They will need to stop until it passes. If the rain is so heavy it is hard to see driving, then wait to get on the road.
It will ease up soon enough. Keep in mind that it is already challenging for a large, heavy truck to stop if someone hits the brakes in front of it. Adding low visibility and wet conditions can be dangerous.
If you live in an area that experiences a lot of snow then it will probably take a lot more than a light dusting to slow you down. Make sure driveways, steps, and sidewalks are shoveled at both locations.
If you are watching the weather and there is an extremely high chance that a huge snow or ice storm is going to hit the day of your move, you need to think about rescheduling.
If you can barely keep the driveway clear because it is snowing so fast and you cannot drive faster than 10 miles per hour, it is just not going to be safe to go through with the move. You may be charged a cancellation fee, but it is better than something worse happening.
Consider Your Movers
Yes, your movers are paid to do a job that often requires dealing with snow, rain, hail, wind, and extreme heat, but that does not mean that they are not affected by these conditions.
If it is cold, have coffee or cocoa available. If it is hot, hand out bottles of water. Make sure you factor the weather into their tip, as well.