Is it Raining on Moving Day?
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Here's how to manage a stormy moving day like a guru...
When You Notice the Rain:
1) Reserve Cleaning Products & Towels
The first thing you should do is make sure your cleaning products as well as towels won't go into the moving van prematurely. Although your professional movers will probably lay out floor protection, you will likely choose to mop as soon as the move is over and maybe during the day should there be sufficient mud or tracked-in puddles to deal with. Consequently, have your mop and pail prepared to go and ready to place last inside the truck.
Towels are generally equally helpful for different purposes. Towels can dry off lightly moist items after they enter into the moving truck, wrap belongings to weather short bad weather exposure, and also mop up floor messes once they take place. Consequently, have a couple of towels handy and don't be reluctant about quick-wash or quick-drying them throughout the day. Contemplate putting down towels preemptively through high-traffic pathways.
Back the Moving truck Right Up to Your Door
Then, do everything you can to minimize how long your stuff will be moved under the open rainy sky. Covered porches are great for extending your rain-protected walk for those who have one. Regardless, you will want to park the truck up as near your door as you possibly can, thinking about the ramp size as appropriate. This may lessen the number of raindrops that will fall on your items and moving crew through the day.
2) To Guard Your Items:
Covered Porches and Make-Shift Tarp Roofs
Make an effort to create the maximum amount of cover for your outside walking course as is possible. Make use of covered porches whenever you can and investigate the position for possible inventive usage of tarps. You may be in a position to string a tarp from the top of the moving van towards the side of your porch, although perhaps not. Don't go crazy yet try to limit the rain-exposed space between your home and the moving truck.
Wrap Pieces of furniture & Boxes for Precipitation Exposure
Next, contemplate how you will move pieces of furniture as well as cartons from the home into the truck without getting them saturated. Tarps are ideal for this, also, but you can also get imaginative and use things you have already got. Large garbage bags, as an example, will be able to cover cardboard boxes or perhaps be placed over home furnishings along the way although have a greater risk of catching air and flying away compared to a heavy tarp.
Even blankets and towels can protect your items from a few feet of mild drizzle when you move rapidly.
Plastic Crates back and forth from the Truck
Think about picking up several large plastic bins from your neighborhood home improvement store. They're very effective for hauling smaller things or packing containers and can be used over and over. Make use of a shut plastic bin like a rain shield, placing things inside, and then emptying the crate inside the moving truck and returning for another secured load. This technique might take a little longer but will keep your items dry.
Towel Everything Off inside the Moving truck
Then when items do make it to the truck, have someone inside with a bunch of bath towels prepared to dry them off. A simple towel-off can produce a big difference for lightly wet and even plastic-protected belongings and will also reduce the moisture within the truck throughout the move.
Keep towels indoors likewise to towel off tarps, cardboard boxes, and plastic wrap which has completed their role yet got damp along the way.
3) To Cover Your Flooring surfaces:
Floor Mats for Foot Wiping
Should there be mud on the moving route, place down heavy-duty floor mats / welcome mats at any entry being used. Recommend foot wiping for all and be ready to bang out the rugs to use over midway through the move. Place down towels to counteract puddles.
Bucket Brigade Through the Doorway
One great technique to keep your floors clean throughout a stormy or muddy move may be to operate in a bucket-brigade fashion. Have one crew of people indoors with clean shoes picking up boxes and household furniture to bring them to the front door, and another crew with muddy shoes who take belongings from there to the moving van. Utilize your tiled front entrance or perhaps covered porch as the hand-off space.
Wipe up Puddles & Mud Slicks Quickly
Finally, keep the bath towels in addition to mop-bucket handy to be able to immediately clean up all messes that make it inside. Mud may be put right back outside or mopped up and poured down the drain and puddles might be soaked up with towels. If the bathroom towels end up being excessively soaked as you go along, throw them in the dryer (if it's not currently loaded on the moving truck) or look for locations to hang them in rotation.
In the event that all this planning sounds a little overwhelming, remember, if hiring professional movers, they will take the worry out of a rainy moving day by figuring out the details of everything for you in order to reduce the exposure to your things.
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