Moving In The Rain? Follow These Tips To Stay Dry And Safe
Many Americans end up carrying couches, chairs, and mattresses through the rain because they can’t afford to wait for a dryer day. Fortunately, there are ways you can help improve the situation if moving your belongings to an enclosed storage unit or new home is unavoidable.
Keep everything in one place
One of the best ways you can improve your big move is to move all your boxes into one space. This is often recommended for moving in general, but it’s especially convenient during rainy weather. This is because walking through the house in wet sneakers can leave marks and create slipping hazards.
Another good place to keep your boxes is in the garage. The moving truck will be able to back up directly into the driveway and you won’t have to spend as much time navigating your belongings in the rain. However, because only 66% of American homes have a garage, keeping all of your boxes in the room closest to the front door helps as well.
Put down tarps
Sometimes you’ll need to move throughout the house even with boxes all in one room. To prevent slips, trips, and falls, place tarps and non-slip mats throughout the house.
This will help to avoid trekking debris and dirt into your home (both old and new). However, it’s essential that if you do use mats and tarps to make sure they’re securely taped down. If not, these tarps can create tripping hazards which may be even more dangerous when moving heavy furniture.
Cover your furniture
Even when it isn’t raining, it’s best to cover your furniture when you’re moving. This is especially true if you’re moving furniture into enclosed storage. Covers and stretch wrap will keep your furniture safe from water, debris, and dirt.
Use vehicle storage ahead of time
If you have an older vehicle or your new home isn’t able to fit more than one car, it may be in your best interest to place your car into outdoor storage sooner rather than later. When you place your car in open air storage prior to the move, it increases the amount of space around your home to park the moving trucks.
It can be a challenge to move in the rain, but sometimes you may not have an alternative. However, with the right preparation, you can ensure your entire move goes smoothly. For more information on enclosed storage and outdoor car storage, contact Toy Box Storage today.