Tips and Tricks for a DIY Move Amid Adverse Weather

You’re moving into a new home, and the big day is near. But the forecast is not looking good.

How can you prepare for a DIY move impacted by snow, ice, rain, or other adverse weather? To begin, keep calm. With some planning and precautions, you can safely move your household. Follow our essential bad-weather moving tips and tricks to help you navigate a smooth transition under harsh conditions!

Strategic Planning for Weather Challenges

Flexibility is key when dealing with adverse weather. Stay updated on weather forecasts on both ends of your move, and be prepared to adjust your moving schedule accordingly. In some cases, it might be necessary to postpone the move to ensure the safety of both your belongings and yourself. The more prepared you are with a backup plan and alternate dates, the less stressful the weather report will be.

Weather-Resistant Packing

wrapped furniture and packing boxes

To safeguard your household belongings from rain, snow, or extreme temperatures, invest in weather-resistant packing materials. Use quality waterproof containers and plastic wrap to pack items that are vulnerable to dampness. Ensure moving boxes are well-sealed with durable packing tape to keep items dry and intact. Packing peanuts and bubble wrap not only cushion fragile items but provide insulation against the cold.

Essential Equipment for Adverse Weather

Packing blankets typically used to cover and cushion furniture and boxes in a move aren’t waterproof. Equip yourself with plastic tarps, plastic stretch wrap, or large trash bags to protect your belongings from wet weather conditions when loading and unloading. Think of your personal comfort and safety on moving day as well. Wear weather-appropriate clothing, including non-slip, waterproof footwear and warm gloves with grip.

Securing Furniture & Belongings

A DIY move in cold, icy, or wet conditions can make carrying, loading, and unloading boxes and heavy or awkward items especially challenging. Use moving straps to help distribute weight and ease the strain of lifting and carrying large and bulky items. Focus on proper lifting techniques to minimize the risk of slips and injuries on slick surfaces.

Loading & Unloading in the Rain

Make sure your moving crew has safe and easy access to your home in less-than-ideal weather conditions. Before they arrive, shovel or sweep the driveway and sidewalks, put down salt or gravel, and keep the pathway clear of obstacles. Once loading or unloading is underway, use moving pads, blankets, or towels to protect wood floors or carpet from wet and muddy shoes. Organize a relay line with your crew, with teams stationed inside and outside to minimize traffic through the house, and have packed boxes ready to go near the entryway or garage. Have towels available in the truck to wipe items off as they’re loaded to avoid damage in transit.

Safe Driving in Challenging Conditions

cars driving on snow covered road

Plan for extra time when moving in adverse weather conditions. Bad weather requires special care when loading and unpacking. Exercise caution when driving a moving truck loaded with your household belongings on wet or icy roads. Adjust your speed and maintain visibility; if conditions become too hazardous, it’s best to pull over. Prioritize safety throughout the entire moving process.

Essential Self-Care

Moving is mentally and physically demanding, especially when dealing with a weather turn. Self-care is important. Stay energized throughout moving day by remaining hydrated, taking breaks, and having nutritious snacks on hand (think protein!). Dress in warm, protective layers and rain gear. Having a portable heater and hot beverages available will be appreciated by both you and your moving crew!

Post-Move Cleanup & Inspection

Upon arriving in your new home, promptly unpack, unwrap, and inspect your belongings. Address any items that may have sustained water or weather-related damage in transit. Carefully wipe down furniture and ensure artwork and electronics are dried off. Hang dry or put damp clothes and linens in the dryer before putting them away to prevent mold or mildew.

Moving Your Household in Bad Weather

A DIY move in adverse weather can present numerous challenges. But with careful planning, you can successfully transition to your new home. Using our moving checklist and tips to prioritize safety, protect your belongings, and take care of yourself and your moving crew, you’ll turn a stressful situation into a more manageable move.

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Let Priority Moving Take on the Weather

Booking a professional moving company can ease the stress of your move. Professional movers have the expertise and equipment to deal with extreme weather, and it’s relatively rare that a moving company re-schedules due to weather conditions. Priority Moving has provided reliable year-round moving services for nearly two decades. Our team of licensed, experienced movers is accustomed to packing, loading, transporting, and unpacking Oregon households of all sizes in poor weather. We work to ensure you and your belongings reach your new home safely and in good time, so you don’t have to worry about the forecast. Call us at 503-544-7972 with questions or contact us for a free, in-home estimate.