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Moving tips for when bad weather strikes

Are you prepared for all types of weather conditions on moving day?

Moving day is approaching and you're probably busy packing and making arrangements for a smooth transition. Are you prepared to move under challenging conditions, though? The big day will arrive, rain or shine, and it's important to keep in mind that inclement weather is a real possibility. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure that, regardless of the conditions outdoors, you can get on your way without undue delay. Keep these suggestions in mind as you begin planning to move:

1. Keep an eye on the forecast
It's impossible to know ahead of time exactly what weather conditions you'll be facing on the day of your big move. By looking at the forecast as the date draws near, however, you can avoid having to make last-second adjustments to your planned schedule or routine. About two weeks beforehand, begin scanning sites like The Weather Channel, which can bring to attention any conditions that might complicate your move.

2. Plan for different conditions
Weather like rain and snow can be bad news for boxes made of cardboard or other materials that can disintegrate when damp. To prevent boxes from getting wet and risking water or fall damage to their contents, consider investing in plastic covering to wrap over boxes for the transfer into the moving vehicle and then your new home. If you only have a short distance to walk, it might even be possible to prop a tarp or other water-resistant covering between the vehicle and building, creating a protective canopy.

If there's snow on the ground, you can still proceed with a bit of precaution. Using a shovel, clear a pathway to the moving vehicle, and throw down salt, sand or gravel if the surface still appears slippery.

3. Be cautious of hazardous weather
Obviously, you want moving day to go off without a hitch. In certain conditions, however, it might be worth holding off on your plans, particularly if conditions are going to be icy. The slick surfaces can prove detrimental not only to the security of your items, but also to your own safety and that of the movers. It's usually better to wait until conditions pose less of a risk of damage or injury.

If you suspect that the weather will be particularly unpleasant or downright dangerous on the day you're scheduled to move, try to give your moving team as much advance notice as possible about potential delays.

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