For most people, moving house can be a time-consuming and stressful exercise. Even more so if the weather happens to be less than favourable on moving day, and you find yourself moving house in the rain.
So what do you do if you find yourself moving house during bad weather? Good news is, you may just need to make some small adjustments to your plans to ensure your belongings stay safe and dry on moving day. Read on below for some easy tips on how to get through a rainy house move.
Decide If You Should Go Ahead
Be sure to keep an eye on the weather in the lead up to your move. By taking note of the weather forecast ahead of time, you can be better prepared and plan accordingly.
In the case of extreme weather on moving day, you may want to consider rescheduling your house move to another day with better weather conditions. Get in touch with your moving team to let them know about your cancellation and ask for the next available moving date that’s free on their calendar.
Keep Your Things Dry
There’s nothing worse than getting all of your precious belongings wet during your move. If not kept dry, your items can end up mouldy or damaged so it’s best to take precautions where possible. Wrap up your cardboard moving boxes with plastic or even cling wrap to keep any moisture out. If you’re in a rush, a simple solution is to place your items into large plastic bin bags to keep them dry.
During wet weather, it’s important to keep your interior furniture as dry as possible. Use large blankets, plastic sheeting or tarps to wrap and protect your furniture during your move. In particular, focus on wrapping up fabric upholstery surfaces such as couches and mattresses as well as fragile antique furniture pieces to avoid water damage.
Allow For A Longer Move
In wet weather, you simply can’t rush a house move. With people carrying large, heavy objects, it’s best for them to take their time and avoid potential accidents or damage to your belongings.
During wet weather, it’s best to anticipate that your house move will be more likely to take longer than it ordinarily would during sunny weather. So be sure to plan ahead.
Secure Moving Boxes
Everybody knows that water and cardboard don’t mix. So when it comes to moving in the rain, it’s best to take special precautions. Wrap up your boxes with plastic to ensure your belongings stay dry but on top of that, add extra reinforcement by taping up the bottoms, edges and corners also.
Dry Things As You Go
While you can’t keep every last drop of water away, you can always minimise any damage to your belongings by wiping up as you go. Be sure to keep lots of old towels, sheets or blankets that you don’t mind using within reach during your rainy house move.
Although it can get quite tedious, by keeping the moisture out of your moving boxes and other precious items as you load and unload, your belongings will get to their new destination safely and intact.
Keep Moving Areas Clear & Dry
During wet weather, heavy traffic moving areas can get wet and muddy so try to keep these areas as dry as possible. Lay down towels on the ground to absorb water and avoid slipping. If possible, cover up any outdoor open areas between the moving truck and the front door with a tarp or some temporary plastic sheets.
Mind Your Electronics
Electrical devices are easily damaged by water and dampness so be sure to wrap them in plastic and bubble wrap over several layers to prevent any water from getting in. If you feel the need, perhaps wait for a slight break in the downfall of rain before moving any large electronic items from your home to the moving truck.
Prep Your New Place
Ensure your new place can handle any wet traction during your rainy house move. Lay down large absorbent materials such as old towels and blankets to soak up the wet and prevent accidental slips and falls.
Work With The Professionals
While moving house in the rain isn’t really the best scenario, by working with a professional mover such as Giffen Removals, you’ll save time and have less stress and hassles.
You can count on the team at Giffen to deliver a great value moving service – even during rainy weather. Discover why we’ve been Brisbane’s trusted furniture removalists for almost 30 years. Call us today on (07) 3162 6783 and find out more about our moving and storage services and to ask for a free quote.