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How to Handle a Move on a Rainy Day

While rain and other forms of precipitation aren’t as common in a place like San Diego as some other places in the US, they still happen — it rains on roughly 40 days per year in San Diego, in fact. What happens if you have a move scheduled on a day where it happens to rain?

At Sullivan Moving & Storage, we’re happy to help. We’ve carried out a number of both residential and office moves during a variety of weather conditions, including rain and many related issues. Whether on your own or with the help of our professional movers, what are some important areas to consider if it’s raining on the day of your move? Here’s a basic primer.

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Cleaning Supplies and Towels

First and foremost, it’s a simple reality that things are going to get wet — both you and your belongings. As such, it’s important to have a healthy stock of cleaning supplies and towels on hand. This way, you can quickly and easily wipe down any wet surfaces, as well as dry off any items that have become soaked.

Towels are especially valuable here, and not just for cleaning up spills. If you have any particularly delicate items that can’t get wet, a towel can be used as an impromptu tarp or cover to protect them from the rain.

If you hire professional movers for your needs, things like floor protection and shrink wrap will already be taken care of. However, if you’re handling the move on your own, it’s important to take these steps yourself to keep your belongings as safe and dry as possible.

Truck Proximity to Door

However possible, try to park your rental truck as close to the door of your home or office as possible. This will minimize the amount of time that you and your belongings are exposed to the rain, and will help keep everything as dry as possible.

Keep in mind that this isn’t always possible or practical, especially if you’re dealing with street parking. If this is the case, take extra care to keep things dry and protected from the rain as much as possible.

Extra Protection for Boxes

Even if you’re using heavy-duty boxes that are designed to withstand a fair amount of wear and tear, it’s still a good idea to give them an extra layer of protection against the rain. This can be as simple as wrapping them in plastic trash bags, which will help keep them dry and make them easier to handle.

If you have the time and resources, it’s also worth considering investing in some waterproof storage containers. These are designed specifically for storing belongings in wet weather conditions, and can be a great way to keep your belongings safe and dry.

Furniture Wrapping

For certain pieces of furniture, it may also be a good idea to wrap them in plastic or some other type of waterproof material. This is particularly true for wooden furniture, which can be damaged if it gets too wet.

If you’re working with professional movers, they will likely already have furniture pads and other materials to help protect your belongings. However, if you’re doing the move on your own, it’s important to take these steps to keep your furniture safe.

Toweling Off in the Truck

If certain items become wet while loading them into the truck, it’s important to take the time to dry them off as much as possible. Again, towels will come in handy here, as you can use them to quickly and easily wipe down any wet surfaces.

In addition, it’s a good idea to keep a few towels in the back of the truck, in case anything gets wet while in transit. This way, you can dry it off as soon as you arrive at your destination, and minimize the risk of damage.

Floor Protection

One of the key benefits of working with professional movers is that they will already have floor protection in place to keep your belongings safe. However, if you’re handling the move on your own, it’s important to take this step yourself.

There are a variety of ways to protect your floors, including using plastic sheeting, cardboard, or even furniture pads. Regardless of which method you choose, the goal is to create a barrier between your floor and any wet or muddy belongings.

This will help keep your floors clean and dry, and will minimize the risk of any damage.

Wear Non-Slip Shoes

If you’re participating in the move, it’s important to make sure that you’re wearing non-slip shoes. This will help you stay safe on wet and slippery surfaces, and will minimize the risk of any accidents.

In addition, it’s a good idea to keep a pair of dry shoes on hand, in case your shoes get wet while you’re working. This way, you can quickly and easily change into a dry pair of shoes, and minimize the risk of slipping and falling.

Unloading in the Rain

If it’s raining when you arrive at your destination, it’s important to take extra care when unloading your belongings. In particular, you’ll want to avoid putting any wet or muddy items directly on the floor.

Again, floor protection can be very helpful here, as you can simply lay down some plastic sheeting or cardboard before bringing any wet items inside. This will help keep your floors clean and dry, and will make it easier to clean up any mud or dirt that may be tracked inside.

In addition, it’s a good idea to have some towels on hand to dry off any wet items before bringing them inside. This will help minimize the risk of damage, and will make it easier to keep your new home or office clean and dry.

With the right preparation and professional assistance, moving during a rainy day can be a simple, low-stress breeze. For more on this, or to learn about any of our quality moving services, speak to the team at Sullivan Moving & Storage today.

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