Sitting here in the sunshine well inland, having been evacuated from our coastal office in Charleston SC due to hurricane Mathew, I thought it would be good idea for the international moving doctor to offer some tips about how to prepare for a move if the weather looks ominous.
Check your local weather on the days leading up to your move so you are prepared on moving day. If it is looking bad, may be you can postpone the move for 24 hours.
Keep in touch with your international mover to make sure everything is still on schedule as bad weather can cause traffic delays for trucks, ports can shut down and accidents can happen.
Park the truck as near to the house as possible but in a position that does not allow the rain to be blowing in through the loading door.
Wear proper waterproof clothing and good grip shoes or boots.
Lay down flat cardboard cartons or rug runners to protect the floors and lay rugs or towels near the entrance door in and out.
Try and have people stay in the house and bring things to the door and hand over to the others who picked the short straw and have to carry everything from the door to the truck or container to avoid mud and water being walked through the house.
Put shrink wrap or trash bags over cartons and items that cannot get wet. Make sure mattresses are in plastic bags that you can buy from any self-storage shop.
Take frequent breaks to dry off and offer hot drinks as refreshments with some healthy snacks to keep up energy levels.
Make sure pathways are cleared in advance and the driveway and entrance from the road is cleared. Movers are not responsible for snow clearing.
Do not pack shovels and other snow clearing tools in advance, keep them so you can use them o moving day if necessary.
Have an abundance of ice melt, salt and cat lit available to keep all outside areas clear of snow and ice.
Make sure cars and trucks are cleared of snow before driving and your windshield fluid is full.
If driving long distance have an emergency box with food, water, blankets, flash lights and a shovel in your vehicle with you.
If you have heat, humidity and sunshine make sure there is plenty of cold water and Gatorade available and take frequent breaks.
Keep the house ac on cool and try and keep doors closed and curtains shut.
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