Is it Raining on Moving Day in Atlanta?
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Here's how to manage a wet moving day in Atlanta like a pro...
If You See the Rain:
1) Reserve Cleaning Supplies & Bath towels
The very first thing you should do is make sure your cleaning supplies along with towels do not go into the moving van prematurely. Although your professional movers may put down floor protection, you'll likely choose to mop once the move is over and perhaps throughout the day if there is sufficient mud or tracked-in messes to deal with. Therefore, have your mop and bucket all set to go and ready to put last inside the moving truck.
Bath towels are just as useful for different reasons. Towels can dry off lightly wet items when they enter into the moving truck, wrap things to survive quick wet weather exposure, and also clean up floor puddles once they occur. Thus, have a couple of towels handy and do not be reluctant about quick-wash or quick-drying them through the day. Consider placing down towels proactively throughout high-traffic pathways.
Park the Moving truck Right Up to Your Doorway
Subsequently, do everything you can to minimize how long your stuff is being moved beneath the open rainy sky. Covered porches are good for increasing your rain-protected walk if you have one. Regardless, you'll want to park the moving truck up as close to your home as you possibly can, considering the ramp span if needed. This will reduce the volume of raindrops that may drop on your things in addition to moving crew throughout the day.
2) To Shield Your Things:
Covered Porches and Make-Shift Tarp Roofs
Try to create as much cover for your out of doors walking path as is possible. Make use of covered porches whenever you can and look into the spot for possible creative utilization of tarps. You might be in a position to string a tarp from the top of the moving truck to the edge of your porch, but then again maybe not. Don't go over the top but attempt to reduce the rain-exposed space between the doorway as well as the moving van.
Cover Furniture & Cartons for Rain Exposure
Following, consider exactly how you can move household furniture as well as boxes from your door to the moving truck without getting them wet. Tarps are ideal for this, too, however you can also get imaginative and utilize belongings you already have. Big garbage bags, for example, will be able to wrap cardboard boxes or even be put over household furniture as you go but have a increased danger of catching air and flying away compared to a heavy tarp.
Even blankets as well as towels can protect your belongings from a couple of feet of light drizzle if you move swiftly.
Plastic Crates back and forth to the Moving truck
Give some thought to obtaining a few large plastic totes from a nearby home improvement center. These are very effective for carrying smaller belongings or packing containers and can be used repeatedly. Use a sealed plastic crate like a rain shield, setting items inside, then emptying the crate in the moving van and returning for another protected load. This method could take a little longer but can keep your items moisture-free.
Towel Everything Off in the Moving truck
And when things do make it into the moving van, have somebody inside with a pile of towels waiting to dry them off. A brief towel-off can create a huge difference with regard to lightly moist as well as plastic-protected belongings and may additionally decrease the dampness within the moving van during the move.
Keep bath towels inside the house likewise to towel off tarps, boxes, and plastic wrap which has executed the job yet got moist at the same time.
3) To Shield Your Flooring:
Floor Mats for Foot Wiping
Should there be mud on the moving path, set down heavy-duty floor mats / welcome mats at any door being used. Recommend foot wiping for everybody and be ready to bang out the mats to utilize again halfway through the move. Lay out towels to circumvent puddles.
Bucket Brigade Over the Entrance
One exceptional approach to help keep your flooring surfaces clean during a wet or muddy move may be to work in a bucket-brigade manner. Have one group of individuals indoors with clean shoes picking up cartons and furniture to get them to the front door, and another crew with dirty shoes who take things from there to the moving truck. Make use of your tiled entryway or even covered porch as the hand-off zone.
Wipe Puddles & Mud Slicks Quickly
Finally, keep the towels in addition to mop-bucket convenient in order to quickly clean up any messes which make it in the house. Mud may be put back outside or mopped up and dumped down the drain and puddles could be soaked up with towels. In case your towels get too wet as you go along, toss them in the dryer (if it isn't already loaded on the moving van) or identify locations to hang them in rotation.
If all this arranging feels a tad overwhelming, keep in mind, when hiring professional movers in Atlanta, they are going to take the stress out of a wet moving day by figuring out the specifics of everything for you in an effort to lessen the exposure to your things.
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