We’ve given a lot of tips on how to move interstate, how to be earth conscious while moving, how to efficiently unpack, and checklists on making your life easier when you relocate.But we have not given any advice on how to move when the weather gets in the way. You cannot do much to prevent this factor from messing with your plans, but there are certain ways to deal with it and make the moving process much easier. If your moving date is set in stone, here are several tips and tricks on how to deal with the weather while you are packing and relocating your belongings.
Get the Right Equipment for You
The first thing you should get if you are moving on a rainy day are sturdy boots, so you do not slip over, and don’t get your feet wet. The right shoe is the number one thing that can help prevent injury, especially if the weather is getting in the way.
Also, make sure you wear gloves so you can improve your grip. Heavy or slippery items or boxes can cause a lot of trouble if they get wet. Therefore, gloves are a must-have. A firm grip can help you prevent potential injury as well.
Getting the right equipment that will ensure you and the rest of your removalists are safe should be your top priority.
Use the sustainable boxes that we recommended in the previous article. Some companies rent out boxes, recycle them, and that way reduce the amount of waste.
However, if you have already got cardboard boxes, try to borrow some tarps or industrial covers to protect your belongings.
Seems like a no-brainer but seal up your boxes so that no leaks occur.
Make sure your electronic devices and other sensitive items are protected and wrapped in a water-proof cover. Even trash bags can come in handy. Also, move all of the boxes to the one room or garage, so the removalists do not have to go through the entire house to get them. It can save you from cleaning the floors.
It might not come to mind straight away, but insurance may cover any accidental damage to your electronics and other belongings.
Do your research and find out if you are covered already or if you want to invest.
Every homeowner needs to have some sort of insurance. You can get home insurance, contents insurance, or both, depending on your requirements. Contents insurance will cover you in case any of your belongings get stolen or damaged during the move.
Before you make a final decision, do your research about insurance providers and services they offer to their clients.
If you want to prevent your floors from being ruined, put old towels or blankets on them. This will also make the cleaning process much easier later on. Even on carpets, put down old sheets to protect your floors.
Don’t just limit this to your old house. Do the same at your new home as well. Be sure to pack extra towels, so you do not ruin your new floors before you start unpacking your belongings. If it is snowing, make sure that your doorway and driveway are salted and regularly shoveled.
Also, use old towels to cover your electronics and furniture. That will keep them dry and prevent potential damage such as scratches.
Gather as Many Extra Hands as Possible
The phrase two minds are better than one can be applied to moving. The more people you have helping you, the easier the process will be.
You could even allocate certain people to be inside and outside to avoid wet tracks on the floor and he entire process will go much faster. Another option is to hire professional removalists. That way you will not need to worry about anything.
Also, you can motivate your kids to pack their own stuff.
Keep an Eye on the Weather
As the day progresses, the rain might clear up, or it might get worse. Determine which of your items should be relocated first to limit the amount of water damage that could affect your belongings.
Keep an eye on the weather forecast. If it is possible, consider rescheduling. While moving, it is important to plan ahead every aspect of it. That means that you may have to consider changing the moving date.. If that is not an option, you can at least wait a couple of hours for the rain to clear to move your electronic devices or furniture.
The Bottom Line
Moving can be very stressful, even when it is a beautiful sunny day. However, some things we cannot plan for, and that includes the weather. It adds a substantial amount of potential problems you will have to deal with including dirty floors, wet furniture, additional costs for the equipment, or even broken electronic devices. If there is no way of rescheduling the move, by following the listed tips, you can avoid many of these problems. Using old towels or blankets, getting sturdy boots and gloves, keeping an eye on the forecast, and getting as many hands as possible, are only some of the tips you should follow. Luckily, you can hire professional removalists and make the entire process goes smoothly, even if the weather is working against you.