Answered by Nicole La CapriaApril 15, 2013
While movers can still conduct your move in unfavorable weather conditions, it will ultimately depend on the severity of the storm. If the rain is excessive to the point where there is severe flooding, hurricane or tornado warnings, damaging winds, or your area is in a state of emergency, you may have to reschedule your move.
If you are moving during the summer when thunderstorms are frequent, it is a good idea to periodically check the forecast for your scheduled moving day so you can contact the movers as soon as possible to reschedule in case of a severe storm. Additionally, if you live in an area prone to tornadoes or hurricanes, you will always want to stay updated on the forecast if you are moving during that season.
When hiring movers you should inquire about their weather policy to find out what conditions are grounds for the cancellation and rescheduling of your move. If the company does cancel your move, it should be rescheduled at no extra cost to you.
In cases of light rain, your movers will likely still be able to perform your move. However, there are some safety precautions to take to protect your home, belongings, and your movers when moving in poor weather.
- Make sure all sidewalks, stairs, and walkways are clear of any leaves or debris that could become slippery and hazardous when wet.
- Be wary of lightning--carrying metal appliances in a lightning storm is not safe. If lightning is severe, stay inside until it passes.
- Make sure your belongings are wrapped securely using protective materials such as furniture pads and moving blankets to keep them dry.
- Protect the inside of your home from the movers' wet, muddy shoes by laying down protective plastic film, blankets, towels or drop-cloths on your carpeting and hardwood floors.