Tips for Moving in Bad Weather

No one likes to move in bad weather, but if it happens to you, here's how to deal with it.


The moving industry doesn't grind to a halt whenever the weather gets bad. They know how to prepare for inclement conditions, so why shouldn't you learn about it too, just in case? You might be able to get a cheaper price on a move if you schedule it during a time when business slows down, in snowy or rainy seasons. Knowing how to take extra precautions for moves during those times can help you save even more money because you'll require less of the movers' time.

Follow Weather Reports

No matter when you're planning to move, pay attention to the weather reports in the weeks and days leading up to your move. If you're moving a long distance, you'll want to find out about conditions where you live now and where you're going, plus everywhere in between that you and your movers might pass through. Meteorologists appearing on television shows that broadcast across the country often give forecasts for the whole country rather than just locally. If you have cable, tune in to the Weather Channel while you're packing. If you don't want to listen to commercials, there are plenty of websites with similar content. Skip the ads altogether by visiting the site run by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service.

Rain and Hail

Competent movers usually have waterproof tarps for rain, and possibly padded ones for hail. It won't take much time to cover your belongings before taking them outside. It's possible that getting your own coverings onto things could save you some time that the movers are on the clock, but remember that the moving company employees probably have more experience and skill at covering things up for rainy moves. Before anyone starts to move your belongings toward the door to the outside, check to make sure that there aren't any leaks inside of the moving truck. Also keep an eye on the opening in the back of the truck and see to it that water droplets don't splash onto exposed furniture surfaces or boxes. Watch the doorway leading into your new home for similar drips that could mar anything on the way in.

Ice and Snow

Winter weather usually calls for trucks to have tires with ice and snow traction on them. Whoever drives the moving vehicle needs to exercise more caution and move a bit more slowly than usual. If there's snow falling at the time that you load or unload things, tarps are in order. Try to clear up the snow and ice on the sidewalks and driveways at both ends of your trip, and also put salt on the pavement to minimize the risk of slips and falls.

Windy Conditions

Wind becomes an issue when great speeds are involved. If it's just a little bit of wind, then your movers need to be more careful while carrying your possessions. But once things reach the strength of a storm or tornado, then it's time to postpone moving until things settles down. Hopefully, if you pay attention to weather forecasts before your scheduled move, you'll be able to avoid scheduling a move at a time when a windstorm may strike.

Comfort and Safety

Following weather reports in the news will also help you determine which clothing to pack in a suitcase or duffle bag for easier access, and which part of your wardrobe could go in boxes or other storage that you could unpack later on. Then you can dress for the season in which you're moving, and wear comfortable clothes for both your departure and arrival points. Speaking of being comfortable, it's a nice touch to make sure your movers are comfortable. Acknowledge the inclement weather in whatever you plan to tip your movers. If it's hot out, offer cold drinks to your movers, and in cold or rainy weather, give them warm beverages. Whenever you choose to relocate, I hope you do it safely.

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