Our number one tip for moving during a rainstorm is NOT TO DO IT! But all kidding aside, often you have a small window of time to do your house move and rain can really put a damper on things. Here are some tips to survive the gloomy day:
- Tape down tarps or mats to cut down on trekking mud and water through your new place. Take the time to do this upfront will save a lot of clean up later.
- Take care with cardboard boxes. Leave these until rain subsides, or find a staging area (tarp inside apartment or garage works well) to stack all these boxes so you don’t have damp cardboard in your living spaces.
- Wrap furniture in plastic. Often, bulky couches and mattresses take time to maneuver into your new home. By wrapping these upholstered items in plastic or covers, you ensure a dry place to rest after moving!
- Invest in Trash bags. Buy a box or two of plastic garbage bags—these can be thrown over boxes, placed down to keep muddy feet at bay, and wrapped around clothes on hangers. These can be a lifesaver in a downpour.
- Organize wisely. Prioritize your move. During the biggest downpour, carry plastic tubs and things that won’t mold or be damaged. Time may help the moving situation so that cardboard boxes and furniture can be moved during lessened rain.
- Ask for more help. Put out a call to get more volunteers. This way you can set up an assembly line to move more quickly and efficiently. Many people who had plans might be rained out and for the price of free lunch could help you get your move done!