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Weather the Storm: Moving in Extreme Conditions


In theatre circles, they have a saying: “the show must go on!”

Moving is really no different. You can’t reschedule because of a less than ideal weather system moving through your region, and if you wake up to a torrential downpour you’ll end up moving in the rain; weather waits for no one.

The first step to adjusting and adapting to your moving day is beginning to follow the 14-day and 7-day forecast for your location. If you have even the slightest inclination that you’ll encounter rain, snow or a heatwave, you’ll be able to prepare as best you can.

Dressing for your move is integral to making the best out of a damp, or scorcher of a day. Prep a couple of different outfits dependent on climate and season, so you’re not digging through your packed clothing 10 minutes to the arrival of your movers. Consider laying out a separate pair of shoes, maybe steel-toed boots or rain boots, and a raincoat, or a lightweight hiking jacket that repels water.

Take these moving tips for different types of weather into account to assist on your moving day:


Sun and Heat

Most people don’t think that having a blazing hot day is too much of an inconvenience on moving day. In addition to the forecast, look into the UV Index for your moving day and make sure to provide enough sunscreen for everyone who’s lending you a helping hand. Make sure to have enough water for those involved, too. Especially those doing the heavy-lifting.

If you’re anticipating a hot day, consider getting the heaviest items out of the way early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day. Avoid wearing black, or dark colours which attract the sun’s heat. Wear light, airy clothing to help avoid the heat.

Be sure to watch for signs of heatstroke in your friends and family as well. Take plenty of breaks, eat well, and seek out the shade as often as possible.


The White Stuff

BC weather can churn up many different situations at a moment’s notice. Unexpected winter weather can turn your moving day into a chaotic mess of slippery, cold conditions that demand respect and attention.

Take special care to clear and salt/sand your driveway, walkway and paths for your movers and helpers on moving day prior to their arrival. Ensure that these cleared paths lead directly from the house or apartment building to the moving truck. Keep your shovels and salt supply readily available in the case of an ongoing flurry or snow squall – you may have to continue shoveling as it comes down – at your new address as well.

Dress in layers so you can remove and add a layer of warm clothing as you lift heavier items and become hot from exerting yourself. A good pair of gloves is key.

Make sure the moving truck can be backed up as close to the entrance ways as possible to help reduce the likelihood that someone could slip on a patch of ice or tamped down snow.  Place moving blankets or towels at the entrances your movers will be using to make sure you’ve addressed a slippery situation on hardwood or bare floors.

Keep some hot drinks and water available for the movers and your friends and family who are lending a hand. Take breaks when you can to help people stay warm.

During the move itself, be sure to change your driving habits. A heavily loaded moving truck will provide additional traction, but always reduce your speed and be respectful of other motorists who may or may not have winter tires on. Driving in such BC weather may mean that your trip will take longer than you’ve anticipated as well. Try to prepare for an extended drive to your new location, and make sure that before you leave you look at the road conditions and are sure that all applicable routes are still open. Many moving companies will not send their truck out if roads are impassable or closed.



A light drizzle won’t affect much but your Vitamin D level, but a heavy shower can postpone your moving day if there is heavy lightning and thunder. You may have to consider postponing in some situations. Discuss inclement weather situations with your mover prior to getting started on moving day. If you’re on the same page, you’ll be able to help each other.

Many of the snow and sleet recommendations remain. Moving tips for rain include having the correct clothing readily available, like raincoats, footwear and gloves. Entrance way floor precautions like blankets and moving towels should be made available, and make sure you’re able to move the truck as close to your new home as possible to eliminate the possibility of your possessions getting soaked.

More specifically, it’s of the utmost importance to keep your belongings dry. Cover your furniture and boxes in plastic moving wrap or moving blankets if you can, and make sure you are aware of, and can patch up any leaks inside the moving truck.


In any situation, remember that the move won’t just be difficult for you, but the people moving in/out of your new or old home as well. If roads are impassable for them, chances are you’ll meet them at a standstill at the new address, so consider calling ahead to see how the day is progressing; if you end up in the middle of two moves simultaneously, that can contribute to another set of issues.

Take your time, prepare as best you can, and remain focused and calm – moving in inclement weather is a challenge that can be dealt with when you have the appropriate help and mindset.


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