Moving during a rainstorm – should you do it?

When going through a big event, humans as a species like to make a plan that will include the smallest of details. And relocation is nothing if not big – it is, after all, one of the top five most stressful events a person goes through in a lifetime. While you are directly responsible for some things, like finding and booking affordable movers Hackensack NJ, others are really beyond you, like the weather. If you wake up on the day of your move to the sounds of a rainstorm, it might feel like all of your efforts are about to go in vain. Are they really? Should you proceed with moving during a rainstorm or should you abort the mission? Let’s find out!

Will your movers postpone the move when seeing a rainstorm?

Usually, this is one of the first things people have a problem with. And it’s reasonable to ask yourself this question, especially if it has taken you ages to find the perfect antique movers and manage to book your spot. The good news is that, in most situations, this isn’t something you have to worry about. A rainstorm is by far not the perfect weather for moving, but it’s also not bad enough for movers to cancel. However, the bad news is that moving during a rainstorm will be very challenging for everyone involved.

A group of people moving during a rainstorm.
There is no reason to worry about your movers canceling the move. Although there are exceptions.

The challenges of moving during a rainstorm

Usually, whether or not you should move during a rainstorm depends on whether or not you are ready to deal with the challenges. And don’t be mistaken – there will be a lot of them and they will be more than just a slight nuisance. The only way to know whether you are ready to deal with them is by listing them all, which is precisely what Moving of America – NJ movers are about to do!

The rain can cause a lot of damage to your items

There’s a very good reason why all items have to be completely dried before being transported. It doesn’t matter whether you are moving long-distance or just down the block (although the farther you have to move, the bigger the risk). The point is that water and dampness are not so fond of your items.

That being said, light rain isn’t such a hazard for your safety – rainstorm, on the other hand, is. Heavy rain can easily soak up the boxes and reach your precious items. Once the water reaches your wooden items, well, you can only imagine the damage. To avoid that from happening, wrap every item in layers and layers of protective packaging materials. Even your old sheets can be put to good use here. With a few layers of protection, it will be very difficult for the water to reach those spots you don’t want it to reach.

A cluster of sheets.
Why waste your money when your old sheets can do more than a good job?

Yes, wrapping every item you own will be a huge burden, and we are very much aware of that. But, what are your other options really? If you want to keep your moving date and move even while a rainstorm is raging, you have no other options.

Your safety will be compromised

How many times have you slipped and fell because it rained? Probably a couple of times at least. We won’t get into whether you’ve hurt yourself or not – although it couldn’t have been a pleasant experience. Now, imagine how that fall would have looked like have you been carrying a heavy moving box. Forget about the damage to your items inside the box, and think about all the injuries that could have happened. From twisted ankles to broken bones – you name it, it can all happen during a fall.

Luckily, it’s rather easy to protect yourself from an unwanted fall. Just cover every smooth surface with cardboard. This material can’t get slippery and with the right footwear (usually snickers), you will almost annihilate the chance of falling.

In case there’s lightning…

…just wait it out. The risks of carrying large metal appliances out of the house and into the moving truck are too big. Sure, getting struck by lightning is one of those things you think will never happen to you. But you have to stop and think for a second whether risking your safety is really worth it. And we can tell you right away that it isn’t.

Besides, if this is summer we are talking about, you won’t have to wait for too long. Summer storms pass quickly, and they can even be a good thing – nothing like cooling off on a scorching hot day.

Be careful how you drive

Even if you are moving locally in NJ and won’t have to drive for more than a couple of blocks, you need to be very careful. Driving during a rainstorm will not be easy. The visibility will be lowered, the roads will be slippery, and you will be maneuvering a huge moving truck. In such a situation, it’s best to drive as slowly as you can – you are in no rush. Besides, even if you are, you have to make time for your safety and the safety of your family.

A lightning bolt.
The bottom line? If you think that moving during a rainstorm will be completely safe, go right ahead.

So, do you think that moving during a rainstorm is worth the risk? We guess that depends on a lot of aspects, such as how urgent it is for you to move. Whatever you do, keep your safety in mind at all times. If you assess that it will be too risky to move during a rainstorm, then cancel the move. We support you either way!

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