April showers are no myth! If spring in your area has been wet and you're planning on moving soon, it's important to take the weather and its dampness into account. Here are some tips for dealing with rain and spring wetness during a move.
Purchase plenty of plastic covers.
Ideally, you would wait until the raindrops stopped falling to move items into the moving truck. But if the rain does not let up and you get stuck, having plastic covers on hand will be handy. You can drape the covers over items like sofas and mattresses to keep them from getting wet as you carry them to the truck. Be sure to remove the cover once you get the item into the truck; you don't want to seal that moisture into the truck where it can drip down and get on other items.
Have one person outside and another inside.
One of the biggest issues associated with moving with wet weather is tracking the dampness into your home. Having to take shoes on and off with every trip inside is quite a hassle. Luckily, there is an easy solution. Have one (or several) helpers stay outside. Have another helper stay inside. The indoor helper can hand items through the door to the outdoor helper so nobody has to remove their shoes.
You should also place some waterproof mats right inside the door so you can leave the door propped open without worrying so much about moisture.
Put sensitive items in plastic totes.
If you have items that absolutely cannot get wet, such as valuable paintings or expensive electronics, seal these into plastic totes. Then, wrap the plastic totes with a plastic sheet, securing the sheet with some tape for extra protection.
Allow extra time.
When renting a moving truck, arranging to have people help you, or making other moving-related plans, be sure to add a few extra hours to the time you really expect it will take for you to move. This way, if you need to pause for a few minutes because the rain is really pouring down, you can afford to take the break without worrying that you'll get behind schedule.
If you hire a moving company rather than moving yourself, be assured that they know how to move in wet spring weather. Spring is a popular time to move, so they should have all of the wraps and equipment they need to protect your items during a rainstorm or on a moist, drippy day.