Posted on March 15th, 2016
In an ideal world, you could pack up and move to a beautiful new home in gorgeous weather. You’d never break a sweat or freeze your fingers.
But the world is far from ideal, and between January and March, you’ll likely see a lot of rainfall. If you don’t take a few extra precautions, the weather can soak through your cardboard boxes and damage your delicate items. And without extra care, you may slip and fall while lifting heavy furniture, resulting in a serious injury.
If you worry about moving in bad weather, use the following tips to prepare for poor conditions.
1. Download Weather Apps
Although you might not have the chance to push back your moving date, you can dodge the worst of the weather with the help of a few reliable apps.
Weatherzone Plus, for example, provides three-hourly predictions for the day, so you can time your move when the weather clears. Similarly, Pocket Weather AU gives you access to the Bureau of Meteorology’s rain radar, letting you zoom in on your location to see if rain is on the way.
2. Explore Creative Coverings
Cardboard boxes do well in dry conditions, but they quickly turn soggy when the weather turns rough. If you want to protect your items, you may have to get a little creative with your packing materials.
To start, seal electronics and other water-hating items in freezer storage bags or plastic storage tubs. Wrap larger furniture pieces in several layers of blankets, and invest in a few plastic mattress covers for your bed. If you don’t have these items already, ask your moving team about waterproof packing options.
To take your weather protection a few steps further, you could also set up a canopy to cover the distance between your front door and the moving truck. If the wind seems particularly fierce, you may need to rent a canopy with plastic sides to keep the moisture out.
3. Form an Assembly Line
As you, your family and the moving team load your belongings into the moving van, you can expect to see a few muddy footprints trailing from the living room to the front door. Though you can lay down non-slip mats and rugs to absorb most of the water, don’t be surprised when you have to mop your floors later.
If you want to keep the mud to a minimum, ask your crew to form an assembly line. Your spouse could grab a box from the kitchen, and he or she could pass that box onto your teen in the living room. And from there, your teen could hand the box to a mover standing by the front door.
When organized effectively, an assembly line can dramatically cut moving time, and it keeps those with wet boots outdoors.
4. Wear Appropriate Clothing
Moving in the rain doesn’t have to be a miserable or uncomfortable experience when you dress appropriately. With the right gear, you can stay dry and focus on your move rather than the water dripping down the back of your neck.
If you can, wear a light, flexible, waterproof jacket that will keep you warm without working you into a sweat. Shoes with non-skid soles can reduce your chances of slipping on wet pavement. And thin, waterproof gloves can shield your hands from both rain and rough furniture edges.
5. Take Short Breaks
Even if you have a professional moving crew on your team, everyone will likely need a chance to take a break. Every hour or so, let everyone come inside to dry off, warm up and rehydrate. Have healthy snacks on hand to keep energy levels and attitudes at their best.
When you follow these simple tips, you can make the most of your move, no matter the weather. But for more tips and tricks, check our blog for regular updates.