Everyone wishes for a beautiful sunny day with moderate temperatures and no wind when they're moving belongings into a self-storage unit. Unfortunately, the weather isn't always cooperative. If you have to do this project on a day when it's raining or snowing, use some helpful strategies to keep everything safe.
Unpack Wet Cardboard Boxes in One Area of the Unit
If you've sealed the boxes with packaging tape or duct tape, rainwater shouldn't get inside on your short trips between the buildings and the vehicle. If the boxes are wet when you arrive, however, you'll need to unpack your belongings in the unit and get rid of that wet cardboard. Otherwise, things could begin to develop mildew.
Wrap Smaller Unpacked Items in Plastic Bags
A set of big plastic trash bags or leaf bags helps protect belongings you weren't planning to pack in containers. Some examples might include clothing on hangers, smaller pieces of furniture and framed artwork. As with the cardboard, you'll need to take these possessions out of the wet bags when you arrive.
Cover Larger Furniture
Wood furniture can be protected from rain and snow with large pieces of fabric, such as blankets or sheets, or with plastic slipcovers. Rolls of cheap plastic sheeting also are available at various stores; you can easily cut it to make more than one furniture cover. If anything does get wet, dry it thoroughly with a towel or rag when you arrive.
It's best to protect fabric furniture with plastic to keep it totally dry, since you don't want to take a chance on storing it while it's damp.
Wear Shoes With Tread
If it's a warm, rainy day, you might be tempted to wear sandals or flip-flops. However, it's best to put on a pair of sturdy athletic shoes that don't have worn tread. Wet pavement and grass can be slippery, and you don't want to fall while you're carrying something fragile or heavy. Fragile items might break, and you might injure yourself if you fall while carrying a heavy object.
Ask a Friend to Help
If at least two people work on this project, one of you can carry items from the vehicle and hand them to the other person who stays dry inside the storage unit. At least that way, nobody will repeatedly track in rainwater or snow. Change into a different pair of shoes when it's time to go in and start arranging everything.
Bring a Shovel if Necessary
If snow is going to accumulate by the time you reach the storage unit, bring a snow shovel to clear a path and to keep it clear.
For more information about self storage units, contact a company like Tysons Self Storage.