The one thing that never respects our plans is the weather. You can always count on it to do as it pleases on any day and without warning, whether you were planning to sun bask on the lawn, hold an outdoor wedding, or simply move. Moving is already tough enough without the added complications of bad weather, however, we surely can’t allow that to deter our plans. In this short write-up, we’re going to explore some helpful tips that can help you to stay on schedule and soldier on with your move despite prevailing bad weather.
What to do when the weather is bad?
Tip 1: Know Your Weather
Although weather forecasts are not 100% accurate, they can indicate the generally expected weather patterns over a particular period. As such, since moving is often planned well ahead of time, take the necessary precautions necessary for the expected weather patterns being predicted during the period that you expect to move. Forecasts can also help you stay aware of the more severe bad weather, which may require a change of plans, either moving sooner or delaying just a bit until the worst is over.
Tip 2: Select your Transportation Wisely
Let’s kick off with transportation selection and how it can help you to evade the effects of bad weather. Despite the seasonal norms of either wet or dry, windy or calm, it’s always wise to go for an enclosed transporter vehicle rather than the open box truck or flatbed variety. This protects you in every conceivable condition, be it windy or wet. You are assured that your belongings are safely enclosed inside where the elements cannot possibly penetrate.
Tip 3: Prepare for the Worst
According to Murphy’s law “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” As such, always prepare for the worst possible weather conditions on the planned moving day. That way, you will not be disturbed by any surprise change in weather, which can easily end up keeping you indoors instead of on the road.
Moving preparations should take into consideration the possibility of wet weather. While a good enclosed vehicle can keep your goods dry, it cannot protect them during transfers from the house to the vehicle or vice versa. Even if the exposure distance is small, some gadgets and items simply can’t be exposed to any moisture, such as electronics. To prepare for this, get some large plastic sheets to cover the goods in transit to the vehicle. Garbage bags can also do the job if they’re big enough.
Tip 4: Prepare the Destination
Imagine moving in a blizzard or on a heavily snowy day, and then walking into a freezing apartment at your destination. You need to prepare your destination well in advance to counter any prevailing weather conditions. Arrange for the essentials such as heating or air conditioning well ahead. Ensure that these weather control elements are installed and ready for use. You also need to ensure that power, water, and gas have been connected a few days before you move, perhaps, even tell your realtor/landlord to turn on the AC the day before you move.
Tip 5: Exercise Bad-Weather Navigation
If you’re driving in bad weather, take care not to rush. Wet, snowy, and windy conditions increase the instability of moving vehicles significantly, causing cars to slip off the road on turns or topple over easily. Stay alert by tuning in to a trusted weather broadcaster all the way to stay updated on the worsening or easing of the extreme weather. In expectation of staying on the road overnight or for a few days, pack some dry foods for the journey such as biscuits and cookies, in case you spend the night far from any food source.
Bad weather that springs out of nowhere can force travelers to halt their journeys and wait it out. If you notice a worsening situation, simply park in a safe space instead of powering through it all. The same applies for night-driving. Driving in bad weather alone is enough, but doing so at night is simply reckless. Gauge your time properly to cover the distance during the daytime. If it cannot be covered in one day, book accommodations along the way for the night or camp by the roadside or at rest-stops in the car.
Moving in Bad Weather Cautions
Bad weather presents some risks that can prove to be very harmful or costly during a move. Let’s take a quick look at some of the cautions that you need to observe when moving during bad weather to avoid imminent disasters.
Water + Paper = Disaster
This one is pretty obvious, but people tend to overlook it when under pressure to load everything in the rain. Remember, your boxes are made of cardboard, and they easily deteriorate when they come in contact with water, which can be bad news for the contents. Be cautious about where you place the box, even briefly. It’s best to place all electronics, wooden items, and even clothes in sealed plastic bags before packing in case water seeps in somehow.
Head Over Heels!
Wet weather conditions are quite popular for toppling unaware people. Wet ground is pretty conducive to slipperiness, especially if you’re in a rush to pack up and get on the move. Having a load in your hands only worsens the situation, as your balance is also compromised. Try to take it slow and put on rubber-soled shoes when working in wet conditions to avoid spending the night in the ER instead of in your new home.
As we wind up, remember that the human brain is prone to forgetfulness. As such, a checklist is the best way to ensure that you have proper provisions for any endeavor, such as moving. With bad weather comes a lot of items that can come in necessary yet, which can easily be forgotten or overlooked during preparations. As such, having a checklist can help you to keep track of all such items close by, instead of stuffed in boxes such as raincoats, umbrellas, hair masks, sunscreen, water bottles, winter jackets, tarps, shovels, etc. If you prepare properly, there is no bad weather for moving. Hopefully, all this should get you to your new home all safe and sound in any bad weather!