I can’t think of a more perfect day to write this blog since it is actually raining today. It does put me in the mood. With a defined rainy season of May through October and averaging 114 days per year with some form of precipitation, the rain is no stranger to Central Florida. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t rain outside of the May through October rainy season window. It most certainly does. I’m writing this blog in December and we are expecting rain here for the next week. Thus, “how to move in the rain” is a necessary subject in Central Florida throughout the year.
Of course, it may be possible to delay or postpone the move should it rain, but most people don’t have that option with either sales or lease deadlines facing you in both moving in and out of a home.
With all that said, let’s see what we can do to keep dry or at least as dry as is possible.
WATERPROOFING IS THE KEY TO MOVING IN THE RAIN
HOW TO USE PLASTIC WHEN IT’S RAINING
Waterproofing your belongings is the key to moving in the rain. This is especially true for electronic items, or anything electric for that matter.
The go to item for moving in the rain is of course the mighty plastic bag, especially the big black heavy duty ones. These are good for paper items, books, clothing, bed linens, and almost anything you can stick in them or place them over, such as lamps, etc.
For some larger items for which you merely want to use a drape, there is plastic sheeting. I always think of the product Visqueen for this, since it is a low-density plastic and durable for all things such as painting drop cloths and tarpaulins. It is the perfect go-to for covering up much of your belongings.
For larger pieces of furniture, I suggest plastic shrink wrap. This is great for your dressers, entertainment centers and even mattresses. You can also wrap your boxes in plastic.
Aside from the idea of using the above mentioned plastic bags and sheeting, there is also the option of using plastic bins to insure your most precious items are protected from the rain.
PREVENT TRACKING MUD IN FROM THE RAIN
This is an important step, since you don’t want to have to mop or even clean you carpet unnecessarily. Have a designated spot close to the exit for all the moving items to be placed for easy pick up.
On the other side of your move, ditto. Not only should you have an area close to the entrance for placement of items, but you should also have a mat of some sort to catch the movers’ mud or grass from off their shoes prior to entry. A good idea for this is an opened up cardboard box. It is very absorbent. In lieu of that, use carpet remnants or anything that you are willing to throw down on the ground to absorb the moisture and hold the dirt. This is also helpful to prevent a slip and fall for both your family and the movers.
Park the moving vehicle as close as possible to exits or entries.
Once the items have entered your new home, have a person on drying duty and go about removing any water that has collected on the outside of your packaging.
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