By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
You've planned your move to Oklahoma City
rigorously. Everything's packed up, the professional movers
will be there soon, and the weather has been clear and sunny for weeks. However on the day of your move, you wake up to the soft pitter-patter of rain soaking in your grass and shining on the pavement. Rain is the very last thing you need when you find yourself get yourself ready for a big moving day. Who wants wet items, slick walkways, and additional mud to manage? But do not panic! As a moving company
who's existed for more than 40 years, we have seen many moving days, rain or shine, and we guarantee you might make it through with negligible moisture and mud in the deal.
Here is how to handle a rainy moving day in Oklahoma City like a professional...
When You See the Rain:
Put Aside Cleaning Supplies & Towels
The first thing you should do is ensure that your cleaning products as well as towels do not go into the truck too quickly. Although your professional movers will lay out floor protection, you'll likely choose to clean once the move is finished and perhaps through the day if there's ample mud or perhaps tracked-in puddles to handle. Thus, have your mop and pail prepared to go and in a position to toss last into the moving van.
Towels are equally useful for other reasons. Towels will be able to dry off lightly wet belongings when they get into the moving van, wrap belongings to survive quick wet weather exposure, as well as clean up floor puddles once they happen. So, have a few bath towels on hand and do not be shy about quick-wash or quick-drying them throughout the day. Think about placing down towels proactively through high-traffic walkways.
Park the Truck Right Up to The Home
Subsequently, try everything possible to reduce the amount of time your stuff is being moved beneath the open wet sky. Covered porches are ideal for increasing your rain-protected walk for those who have one. Regardless, you need to back the moving van up as near your house as you possibly can, taking into consideration the ramp size as appropriate. This may reduce the number of raindrops that will fall down on your things and moving team throughout the day.
Everybody Put on Non-Slip Shoes
Finally, request all of your family members as well as move-assisting friends to put on real footwear. Sneakers with rubber soles are advised, and slick flip flops could be the worst. Seriously, nobody needs to be dressed in sandals when moving at any rate but additionally be cautious about slick urban sneaks like Converse which can turn out to be hazardously slick in the wet weather. You might even choose to offer large plastic ponchos for the exterior folks.
To Shield Your Things:
Covered Porches and Make-Shift Tarp Roofs
Try to generate as much cover for your outdoors walking route as is possible. Use covered porches when you're able to and investigate the spot for possible inventive usage of tarps. You could be in a position to string a tarp from the top of the moving van on the edge of your porch, but then again perhaps not. Don't go crazy yet make an effort to minimize the rain-exposed room from the doorway as well as the moving van.
Cover Furniture & Cartons for Rain Exposure
Following, contemplate exactly how you might move furniture and also boxes from your home to the truck without getting them soaked. Tarps are great for this, also, but you can also get innovative and use stuff you currently have. Large trash bags, as an example, can wrap boxes or be placed over home furnishings along the way although have a greater possibility of catching air and flying away than the usual heavy tarp.
Even blankets as well as towels can protect your belongings from a few feet of light drizzle when you move quickly.
Plastic Crates back and forth from the Moving van
Consider obtaining several good sized plastic crates from your area hardware store. These are very effective for moving smaller belongings or boxes and can be utilized again and again. Start using a sealed plastic tub like a rain shield, putting things inside, then emptying the tub inside the moving truck and returning for another secured load. This approach will take a bit more time but can keep your items free of moisture.
Towel Everything Off inside the Moving truck
Then when items do make it on the moving truck, have somebody inside with a bunch of bath towels waiting to dry them off. A brief towel-off can produce a huge difference for lightly wet and even plastic-protected things and may additionally lessen the wetness within the truck during the move.
Keep bath towels in the house likewise to towel off tarps, cardboard boxes, and plastic wrap that has accomplished their task however got wet at the same time.
To Shield Your Flooring:
Floor Mats for Foot Wiping
Should there be mud on the moving pathway, lay out heavy-duty floor mats / welcome mats at any entrance being used. Encourage foot wiping for everybody and be in a position to shake out the rugs to use again halfway through the move. Put down towels to circumvent puddles.
Bucket Brigade Over the Entry
One exceptional method to help keep your flooring surfaces clean during a wet or muddy move could be to work in a bucket-brigade fashion. Have one crew of people in the house with clean shoes picking up boxes and furniture to bring them to the front door, and the other crew with muddy shoes who take things from there to the moving van. Utilize your tiled front entrance or even covered porch as the hand-off area.
Towel-Up Puddles & Mud Slicks Quickly
Finally, keep those bath towels and also mop-bucket on hand to immediately tidy up any messes that make it indoors. Mud can be put right back outdoors or mopped up and sluiced down the drain and puddles may be soaked up with bath towels. In case your towels become excessively drenched along the way, place all of them in the dryer (if it's not presently loaded on the moving van) or identify spots to hang them in rotation.
If perhaps all of this arranging sounds a little mind-boggling, don't forget, if hiring professional movers in Oklahoma City, they are going to take the stress out of a wet moving day by determining the specifics of everything for you in an effort to decrease the exposure to your belongings.
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