It’s finally your moving day! Unfortunately, despite all your positive thinking, you look outside to see not sunshine but a wet combination of snow, rain, and slush coming from the sky. Our Canadian weather is unpredictable, especially during the winter months, and sometimes Mother Nature just won’t cooperate with your moving schedule. Whatever weather Mother Nature has in store for you, it can be really hard to move when the elements and conditions just won’t be on your side. However, moving in less-than-ideal weather does not have to be a nightmare. In today’s blog, we offer some steps you can take to prepare for any type of poor weather during your move.
Plan in Advance
Having a plan of action, regardless of the weather conditions, is crucial for the success of any move. Make sure you talk to your moving company well in advance of your move to ensure you understand their process and how you can best prepare. Here at Deluxe Moving & Storage, communication is important to us and we are always happy to discuss any weather concerns or answer any questions about how your moving day will look. Contact us for all your moving needs and preparation questions.
It is always a good idea to monitor weather reports in the coming weeks prior to your moving date. While these reports could change and are not completely foolproof, they will still give you a good idea about the type of weather conditions you could be faced with. From there, you can start creating different action plans based on the different elements you might experience. It is best to talk each plan through with any family or friends who will be helping you on moving day, so there is no panic or scrambling the day of.
Dressing accordingly and planning your moving wardrobe for the appropriate season is also crucial. Having additional layers of protection at the ready for bad weather situations is always a good idea. If you’re moving on a cold day be sure to dress in multiple layers in case you need to add more layers or take some layers away as the weather changes and your body adjusts. Remember your winter hat, gloves, warm socks, winterized boots, and even some hand warmers for really cold days. For a rainy moving day, make sure you have a pair of rain boots, a rain jacket, and an umbrella to keep dry. It is also a good idea to have multiples of these waterproof items in case some of your friends or family members forget to bring anything!
Use Durable Packing Materials
Being diligent about packing your belongings is always necessary, but it is especially important when moving in poor weather conditions. If you know you might be moving in questionable weather, be very careful about how you pack your items. Packing your items securely in a box will protect them from most damage but moisture from rain or snow can potentially ruin the box itself and expose your belongings to the elements. To ensure the safety of your items, no matter the weather, let the Deluxe packing specialists do the work for you! Our professional home packing service will come to your residence in preparation for your move, saving you time and frustration.
If bad weather is a possibility for your moving day, we recommend taking extra precaution with bulky items by packing with plastic sheets, heavy blankets, towels, waterproof canvases, packing paper, and/or bubble wrap. Any additional layer will help to keep your items dry and safe from water damage. You should also secure less bulky items in waterproof bins that can be tightly sealed and ensure that you take extra care with delicate items that need as much waterproofing as possible. Having durable garbage bags on hand is always a great idea as they are an easy and quick solution for last-minute waterproofing. Click here to learn which moving material and supplies you should be using for your different moving needs.
Prepare Your New Home
The preparation does not stop once you have everything out of your home and into the moving truck. Your new home should also be ready for poor weather conditions as you move in and unpack your things. There are some different ways you can keep the outside elements from entering your new home including placing a doormat at the front entrance for movers to clean their shoes off, having towels throughout your home to protect your floors and keep everything dry, designating indoor and outdoor teams, or leaving shoe booties for movers to put on before entering your home. Don’t forget to clean your driveway and walkways free from snow and ice so movers have a clear, safe path from their truck to your house to prevent injury. Try to keep water, as well as hot chocolate, coffee, or tea if you are moving in the cold, readily available for anyone helping you with your move.
Follow these tips to prevent added moving day stress during poor weather conditions. While we all hope that Mother Nature will cooperate with our schedules, it is always a good idea to plan for every type of weather. Want more help planning your move? Give us a call at 519-212-3023 or fill out our free, no-obligation quote form. Let Deluxe Moving & Storage help you prepare for a smooth and successful move, no matter the weather.