Even the best meteorologists can't always predict when it's going to rain, but finding yourself stuck in a downpour on your moving day can get the day off to a truly lousy start. While moving in the rain isn't an ideal situation, there are several things you can do to make the process easier and quicker without ruining your stuff or either home.
Preparing Your Homes
Decide on the path you'll take to move items from your old home into a truck or moving van. If you don't have all of your boxes and furniture consolidated to a single area near the front of your home, it's best to move as many things as possible near the entry so you won't have to walk through the entire house after you've been outside. Lay down towels, tarps or pieces of plywood to protect your floors from the dampness and mud.
Make sure the pathway into your new home is clear and plan where you're going to put everything so you don't have people standing around dripping water while trying to decide where to place something. Move other vehicles or objects out of the driveway of your new home if you can so you can park your moving vehicle as close to the door as possible. Again, cover your floors so you won't damage them or have a huge cleaning project on your hands after you move in.
Protecting Your Belongings
Covering your belongings is the most important thing you can do to prevent them from getting damaged in a rainstorm. Place a tarp or other water-resistant surface on the floor of your moving truck to prevent boxes and furniture from sitting in puddles you've tracked in. Wrap your furniture, clothes and any artwork in plastic sheeting or improvise with secured trash bags if you must. It's best to take furniture apart as much as possible so you can wrap each piece individually. Your mattress can be wrapped in a large tarp, or protected with dense foam strapped to it if it won't be outside long enough for the foam to get saturated.
If you have enough help, designate some people to stay inside and others to work outside, creating an assembly line so you will have fewer chances for your possessions to get wet from water dripping off people's coats and clothing. Working in assembly line fashion also helps protect your old and new homes from additional water exposure.
Keeping Yourself Safe and Sane
Safety should always be your first priority when moving. Make sure you're wearing appropriate shoes that aren't prone to slipping and sliding. Allow yourself extra time to lift and carry heavy objects so you can pay particularly close attention to your surroundings and be extra cautious on slick surfaces. Keep an eye on the sky for lightning, which can be dangerous if you're outside with metal furniture or getting in and out of a large moving van or truck. It's best to wait the storm out awhile if you're seeing flashes of lightning.
If you've hired a local mover such as Kaster Moving, moving in inclement weather will be less stressful. Professional movers are used to moving in all kinds of conditions, and they know what to do to protect your belongings and floors from water damage. If you didn't hire a moving company, calling around to see if anyone is available to help is a good idea, though you may pay more for hiring a company on short notice.