MoveChat: Tips for Moving in Bad Weather

On the first and third Thursday of the month, movers from across North America participate in a discussion on Twitter, called MoveChat, where stories, tips, and advice are shared. Every chat, we discuss a specific part of the moving process. This week the topic was, “Tips for Moving in Bad Weather” and what follows is an edited transcript of the discussion. View the full discussion by simply log into Twitter and follow the hashtag #movechat.

Editor’s Note – These tips are meant to help, but please remember safety should always be the number one concern when moving.

Q1. What are some good tips when moving in the snow?

PortageCartage Have the right footwear when moving in snow. Keep a shovel in the truck to help keep the walkways clear.

jkmoving @PortageCartage for those moving on their own, any tips on footwear?

PortageCartage @jkmoving Best footwear for moving is steel-toed, but also key in winter is a soft sole & good treads to grip better. Like tires.

HAuston Stay up to date with weather conditions. Good time to use those phone apps.

jkmoving Try to move in morning when there is more light

jkmoving Clear the walkways as best as possible and have floor protection down, salt can damage floors

PortageCartage Also, don’t sacrifice your body: invest in good gloves & headwear.

HAuston Antiques and electronics need special attention as well.

PortageCartage Yes! Let electronics warm up again before turning on.

Q2. What are some good tips when moving in the rain?

PortageCartage In rain, don’t let furniture get wet while carying it – especially wood & leather. Wrap in furniture pads and/or plastic.

jkmoving Make sure carpet shield is down on every carpeted surface, in addition to floor protection all through house

HAuston Be mindful of location of equipment, furniture while loading. Remember items that may be outside when the rain starts.

jkmoving Use entrance that has least amount of grass, like the garage so you can stage goods

Q3. What are some good tips when moving in with high winds?

jkmoving Make sure everything outside is secured.

HAuston Yes- Mattress’ and the like can be a challenge

PortageCartage carrying large flat things, like plywood or big picture cartons, can be dangerous in strong winds.

Q4. What are some good tips when moving in with no power?

HAuston A generator and or flashlights would be helpful. Use caution.

jkmoving Maximize the sunlight, to the best of your ability, move in the morning/ afternoon and open the blinds

PortageCartage For delivery, plan the placement of items in rooms to maximize the flow of natural light through windows & doorways.

jkmoving In conclusion, when moving in bad weather remember, safety first.

HAuston Warm beverages are appreciated. Safety First. Great Chat Everyone!

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  1. Great post Brian,
    It was very informative article and tips are so valuable for whom,who has never experienced an Interstate move or might be wondering that service.Thanks for sharing all.

    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed the post. We think the best way to help customers is to share the tips we’ve accumulated over the years. Is there a topic you think would be interesting for people planning on moving?

  2. Moving in bad weather may be becoming a serious problem.When you’re planning to move, pay attention to the weather reports in the weeks and days leading up to your move.Thanks Brian sharing a valuable post.

    1. Thanks for the comment and your advice. I simply shared the information, it was created because of our bi-monthly MoveChat. On the first and third Thursday of every month a group of movers discuss a relevant topic in the moving industry. We would be pleased if you were to join.

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