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Growing up, my two main passions were helping others and traveling. These passions made choosing my dream career easy, and I am now a traveling nurse and love it. If there is anything I have mastered outside of the field of healthcare it is making quick moves around the country! There was a huge learning curve to it, because before I began traveling for work, I lived in the same house for my entire life. To help other people who move frequently for work purposes or who are just relocating for the first time in many years, I thought I would create a blog to share my moving tips. I plan to create new posts here and there during my downtime, and I hope I can help you master your next move with ease and without a lot of stress!

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Planning For a Rainy Day Move

by Tom Evans

Moving is stressful enough when the weather cooperates. A rainy day can make the whole thing seem like too much. Fortunately, a small amount of preparation before you start moving items can solve many of the rainy day challenges you would otherwise face. The following tips can help you move when the weather isn't sunny and nice.

Tip #1: Create a loading dock

Walking in and out of the house can destroy carpets on your moving day. Setting up a loading dock can help avoid the need to do this. If your home has an attached garage or covered porch that you can back the truck up to, most of your problems are handled. Otherwise, create your own dock area just outside the entrance of your home. Purchase or rent a pop-up canopy. Set this up outside your door. Then, cover the area beneath the canopy with a tarp to make a dry zone. This way boxes and furniture can be taken from the house and stacked up in this area where they remain dry, and movers don't have to walk into the home to track in mud when grabbing items.

Tip #2: Divide your crew

A four-person crew is almost a necessity when it is raining on your moving day. Two members of the crew work the inside, taking boxes and furniture out to the loading zone. The other two members work the truck, taking items from the loading zone to the truck. This way your inside crew never walks through water or mud, thus none is tracked into the house. Using this method can also increase efficiency so that the moving truck is loaded more quickly and everyone gets out of the rain much sooner.

Tip #3: Line the entrance

Grab some old towels if you don't have extra door mats laying around. Cover the carpeting in the entrance of your home with the towels, then tape them down so they don't shift. You can also use a tarp, just keep in mind it can be slick when wet. Most moisture will be tracked in only a few feet, so you only need to protect the first few feet of carpeting in your house. Even with a loading zone and divided crew, someone will occasionally need to go outside and back in, so be prepared so mud doesn't get everywhere.

Contact local moving companies for more help with planning your move in the event of bad weather. 

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