Tips for Moving in Inclement Weather

Moving During Snow, Rain or Inclement WeatherPlanning ahead for a corporate move can save you many headaches; however, inclement weather can be uncooperative and unpredictable. If you are moving during the winter months, there is a chance you could face snow, sleet, ice, or heavy rain on moving day. If this happens, there are many things you should take into consideration.

Sidewalks and Driveways

Snow and ice on sidewalks and driveways can be a hazardous obstacle for moving. To prepare, all sidewalks and driveways should be shoveled at the current location and the destination location prior to starting. This will create a clear path for carrying furniture and boxes. If there is ice, use rock salt or sand to melt it and create friction. The last thing you want is for someone to slip while carrying a heavy box or one end of a desk.

Protecting the Furniture

If it is snowing the day of your move, you will need tarps or plastic wrap to keep your belongings dry. If you are hiring a moving company, ask ahead of time if they have plastic sheets and pads to protect your furniture in case of wet conditions. These can save your items from getting soaked during the move.

Saving the Floors

Not only can snow and rain damage floors, but salt from the roads and sidewalks, dirt, mud, and other debris can as well. Talk to your moving company about how they protect the floors during a move, especially if it is snowing or raining. Plastic floor protectors ensure the floors aren’t damaged.


Driving in adverse weather conditions can pose a sizable threat to a successful moving day. Poorly treated roads can make driving dangerous, cause heavy traffic, and create major delays in your moving schedule. If you decide to brave the weather, make sure your moving trucks have good tires with snow and ice traction. Even with good tires, however, you need to make sure the roads are properly treated before you start driving or packing everything into the moving vehicle. Make sure not to pack any of the essentials that you will need in case of emergency, so if conditions do not improve and you have to postpone the move, you don’t have to unpack everything.

Moving in inclement weather such as ice or snow can create unique challenges. If you prepare properly, however, you can have a successful moving day even in adverse weather conditions. By taking extra precautions, you can prevent damage to your belongings and floors. Just be smart about the road conditions, and don’t risk moving when it is too dangerous.

Whenever Moving Masters performs a corporate move in bad weather, we take every precaution possible to ensure that your belongings and buildings are not damaged. We install floor and wall protectors before every move to prevent stains, scratches, or marks. We also use plastic sheets and pads to protect large items such as furniture. Our experienced drivers and movers have successfully completed moves in bad weather for clients such as The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History. Call us today to see how we can help make your move easier.

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