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It’s Raining on Moving Day: What to Do

Do you think it is going to be raining on moving day?

It’s no secret that it rains – a lot – in Portland. So most movers in this region know how to take the proper precautions to keep your belongings safe and dry. Still, rain does pose an extra problem. Moving day can be stressful enough without adding weather concerns into the mix. You may have been planning this day for some time now, but didn’t have a plan in place for pouring rain. What do you do?

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Check out these tips.

Check the Weather Forecast

The week of your move, check the local weather forecast – both for the town you’re moving from and the town you’re moving to. The weather may change by the time your day comes around, so keep checking and plan for the worst just in case.

Get Out the Shrink Wrap

Moving blankets and boxes are great for a multitude of reasons, but the one thing they’re not is waterproof. Pick up some heavy duty shrink wrap to place around your vulnerable items such as mattresses and box springs. You don’t want moisture to get into those items because it can lead to mold growth. For furniture, wrap those pieces with blankets, then follow up with shrink wrap. You can also shrink wrap boxes of artwork, electrical items, and any valuables that can’t succumb to water damage.

Wear the Right Clothing

Don comfortable clothing and sneakers with good grip the day of the move. If rain is in the forecast, grab a lightweight wind breaker with hood that repels rain.

Create a Plan

Now that you have fully protected your items, you have to consider how you will get them out of the weather. After all, you don’t want them succumbing to the elements for too long, no matter how well you protected them. Make sure all boxes are ready to leave the house so when the movers show up, they can get them right in the truck. Don’t leave boxes out in the rain while you figure out a plan.

men moving things on trailer in the rain

Prepare the New Home

To protect your floors in rainy conditions, place rugs or towels in the entry way to your home so no one tracks in water and mud.

Have Patience

Rainy weather often means delays. It tends to slow everyone down, so expect traffic the day of your move. Things will simply take longer in rain than they would in dry weather. Take your time driving, give the movers some slack, and have lots of towels on hand so you can wipe down boxes as they accumulate water.

While a rainy moving day certainly isn’t the best condition to move in, it’s inevitable. Take your time, hire experienced movers, and try to enjoy a successful relocation.

Contact Portland Move

Here at Portland Move, we have a lot of experience moving in the rain, and can therefore bring along all the protective supplies needed to ensure your belongings stay dry. Get a free quote when you contact us at 971-226-6687.

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