Moving isn’t much fun most days of the week, but it really takes a turn for the worse when the clouds become grey and a storm hits. Sloshing around in wet weather, carrying heavy items to and from a truck is no one’s idea of fun and it quickly turns what should be an exciting time into one that you wish you’d never agreed to in the first place. As moving house predominately takes place outdoors, we’re unable to control the environment (we sometimes wish we were Mother Nature), but we can certainly help make your day easier with a few nifty tips to keep you and your belongings dry and safe.
Pull out the wellies
Most people own umbrellas, but if you look a little deeper, you might even find an old raincoat at the back of your wardrobe. If not, pop down to your local Army Surplus Store or Target and pick up rain boots and raincoats for everyone who is helping you move. Make sure the rain boots have rubber soles, as these will grip better when the ground begins to get slippery.
Cancel all other plans
If there’s one thing you can be certain about, it’s that wet weather moves take longer than sunny day moves. While towels being laid out and tarps being unfolded adds only a small amount of time, the biggest thing that slows removalists down in wet weather is sudden bursts of incredibly heavy rain, thunder or lightening which can force the move to stall for short periods. We recommend freeing up your entire day so that if the move does take longer, it’s not a big deal and when it’s finally all over, you don’t have to do anything beyond curling up on the couch with a cup of tea with the heater on full blast.
Talk to your removalist company
Every removalist company worth their salt will have a wet weather plan, so if you’re moving on a day that has even the slightest chance of rain, give them a call to chat. They should be able to provide some moving pads for the day, which will help keep slippery areas safe, while also protecting the area beneath them. They’ll also inform you whether or not they think it’s safe to go ahead with the move - most removalists will want to avoid moving during extreme lightening storms or cyclones, so have a contingency plan.
Seal your boxes well
Cardboard is actually more durable than it looks, so as long as your boxes are sealed properly with packing tape, everything should survive the move. That means double taping them and making sure the tape stretches down the sides of the box. For anything that isn’t going in a box, we recommend garbage bags – they’re cheap and provide equal protection to an expensive tarp.
Start an assembly line
Split your moving team and helpers into indoor and outdoor crews. The indoor crews will bring boxes and other items to the door while the outdoor crews take them from the door to the truck. This minimises the risk of tracking endless dirt through your home, which will save you time and stress when it comes time to cleaning your old place. Repeat this at the new home too, to avoid having to spend your first night cleaning.