What to Do When Rainy Day = Moving Day in Houston

rainy dayBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

You have planned your move to Houston meticulously. Everything is packed up, the professional movers will be here shortly, and the weather has been clear and full of sunshine for many days. However on the day of your move, you awaken to the gentle pitter-patter of wet weather soaking into your yard and also shimmering on the asphalt. Bad weather is the very last thing you want when you are getting ready for a big moving day. Who would like saturated items, slick sidewalks, and additional mud to manage? But do not worry! Being a moving company which has been around for upwards of forty years, we've seen many moving days, rain or shine, and we guarantee you might make it through with negligible dampness and mud in the deal.

Here is how to undertake a rainy moving day in Houston like a guru...

If You See the Rain:

Set Aside Cleaning Supplies & Bath towels

The very first thing you will want to do is be sure that your cleaning materials as well as towels do not go into the moving van too soon. Although your professional movers are going to set down floor protection, you'll likely need to mop as soon as the move is over and maybe during the day if there's enough mud or even tracked-in messes to address. So, have your mop and bucket prepared to go and in a position to toss last in the truck.

Towels are equally useful for other purposes. Towels will be able to dry off lightly wet belongings when they get into the moving van, wrap belongings to survive brief wet weather exposure, and also clean up floor messes once they come about. Hence, have a few bath towels on hand and do not be shy about quick-wash or quick-drying them through the day. Contemplate putting down towels proactively throughout high-traffic walkways.

Back the Truck Right Up to The Doorway

Subsequently, you must do everything you can to minimize the amount of time your stuff will be carried beneath the open wet sky. Covered porches are ideal for prolonging your rain-protected walk if you have one. Either way, you will want to back the truck up as close to your doorstep as is possible, taking into consideration the ramp size as appropriate. This may lessen the volume of raindrops that may fall down on your belongings as well as moving crew throughout the day.

Everybody Put on Non-Slip Shoes

Finally, ask all your household as well as move-assisting buddies to wear genuine footwear. Athletic shoes having rubber soles are best, and slippery flip flops could be the worst. Truly, nobody ought to be dressed in sandals when moving in any case but additionally watch out for slippery urban sneaks including Converse that can end up being hazardously slippery in the wet weather. You might even desire to give out big plastic ponchos for the outdoor team.

To Protect Your Belongings:

Covered Porches and Make-Shift Tarp Roofs

Try to create a lot of cover for your exterior walking path as is feasible. Make use of covered porches whenever you can and look into the spot for possible wise usage of tarps. You could be in a position to string a tarp from the top of the moving van to the side of your porch, although maybe not. Don't go overboard but attempt to minimize the rain-exposed room from the door and also the moving van.

Cover Home furniture & Cartons for Rainfall Exposure

Following, consider exactly how you'll transfer furniture and also cartons from the door into the moving van without getting them soaked. Tarps are good for this, too, nevertheless you can also get resourceful and utilize things you have already got. Large trash bags, for example, can cover cardboard boxes or perhaps be placed over furniture as you go although have a increased risk of catching air and flying away than the usual heavy tarp.

Even blankets and towels can protect your things from a few feet of mild drizzle if you move quickly.

Plastic Crates back and forth to the Truck

Consider buying a few large plastic totes from your nearby home improvement store. These are quite effective for hauling smaller items or packing containers and may be used again and again. Make use of a sealed plastic crate like a rain shield, setting items inside, and then emptying the crate inside the moving truck and returning for another secured load. This approach will take a little longer but will keep your items dry.

Towel Everything Off in the Moving van

And once belongings do make it to the truck, have someone inside with a stack of towels waiting to dry them off. A fast towel-off might create a huge difference with regard to lightly damp and even plastic-protected items and may also lessen the moisture within the moving van through the move.

Keep towels in the house as well to towel off tarps, cardboard boxes, and plastic wrap which has done their task but got damp in the process.

To Secure Your Floors:

Floor Mats for Foot Wiping

If there is mud on the moving pathway, place down heavy-duty floor mats / welcome mats at any entrance in use. Recommend foot wiping for everybody and be ready to shake out the mats to use once again halfway through the move. Put down towels to counteract puddles.

Bucket Brigade Through the Doorway

One good way to keep your floors clean throughout a stormy or muddy move will be to work in a bucket-brigade manner. Have one team of people in the house with clean shoes picking up cartons and home furnishings to take them to the front door, and another team with dirty footwear who take items from there to the moving van. Use your tiled front entrance or perhaps covered porch as the hand-off area.

Towel-Up Puddles & Mud Slicks Quickly

Finally, keep those bath towels and mop-bucket handy to immediately clean any messes that make it indoors. Mud can be put right back outside the house or mopped up and dumped down a drain and puddles may be soaked up with bathroom towels. If your bath towels get extremely drenched along the way, place them in the dryer (if it's not already loaded on the moving van) or find spots to hang them in rotation.

If all this organizing seems a little daunting, keep in mind, when hiring professional movers in Houston, they'll take the worry out of a rainy moving day by figuring out the details of everything for you to be able to reduce the exposure to your items.

 

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