Moving houses is a major life decision, one you would probably make after a lot of discussion and deliberation. A major factor that you cannot really account for is rain and bad weather. Often, bad weather arrives without warning and all you can do is either wait it out or work with what you have.
Planning For Bad Weather When Moving Houses
Keep waterproof packaging at hand. If the weather is erratic around the time of your move you can safeguard your belongings at the last minute.
- Furniture: Depending on the kind of furniture you have, you will have to take precautions when moving them during bad weather. If you have wooden and hand-painted furniture, ensure you pack them in bubble wrap or other waterproof materials before moving so they stay protected and dry during the move. Metal furniture is easier to move as rain will not affect such pieces of furniture much. Ensure that cushions, and pillows are packed away separately in waterproof bags so they do not get soaked in the rain.
- Furnishing: Furnishing can get spoilt in rain, especially if it is a material like silk. Even if the linens do not get spoilt, they will still smell very bad and get musty if they get drenched in the rain. To protect all your furnishing, ensure that you pack them in waterproof packaging, such as plastic bags sealed with packing tape.
- Documents: Rain can wreak havoc with your documents. Not only will the papers get soggy but the ink can run and completely spoil your documents. Getting fresh copies of documents and running to various government offices might take time . Some documents may be lost forever if they are old and cannot be recreated or made into fresh copies. Ensure that you take a lot of care in packing your documents when moving in bad weather. You can use sealed waterproof bags for transport or wait till the weather clears up before moving the documents to your new home.
- Pets: Heavy rain and thunderstorms can scare your pets and make them extremely agitated. If there is a lot of rain when you are moving, you might want to wait till the weather clears a bit to move your pets so they are calm for the journey. If this is not an option, try to transport them to your new home in a vehicle that cuts down noise and keeps them warm and dry. This will help them stay calm and not get scared of the rain and noise. Staying with them through the journey can also help keep them calm and comfortable.
Once you know how to pack all your belongings and make your poets comfortable for the move, you have to consider the actual move and how you plan to go about it. If you have heard that rain is expected, let the moving company you hire know the details so they can also come prepared.
- Packing and unpacking: Ensure that the movers pack all your belongings using waterproof packing materials. Artwork, antique furniture, and wooden furniture need to be packed especially well so they do not get damaged. Be present when the movers unpack all your belongings in your new home to ensure all your belongings survived the rain well.
- Loading and unloading: Ask the movers if they need anything specifically for loading and unloading your belongings so the whole process is safe for them and for your belongings. Provide them the assistance they might need for last-minute weather changes. If possible, arrange for a covered area to park the moving vehicles so your belongings can be loaded and unloaded out of the rain.
- Transport vehicles: Insist on covered vehicles for the move if you are expecting bad weather. Open vehicles will damage your belongings even if they are packed well for the rain. Ensure that the vehicles do not have any leaks so your belongings stay safe throughout the move.
Preparing Yourself And Your Family For Moving In Bad Weather
Ensure that you and your family have good water-resistant gear so you do not get drenched or slip and fall during the move. Rain jackets and ponchos, rain shoes and boots, and umbrellas can help protect you from the rain during the move. Protecting yourself and your family is important because you would not want to fall ill during or right after moving houses.
Good shoes can ensure you do not slip and fall on the slushy ground and injure yourself. A pair of rubber gloves can ensure that you have a good grip and do not drop any belongings as you move them.
No matter how long, how much or how well you plan, you can never be completely prepared for last-minute changes and external factors and have to be prepared to improvise as you go. If you are expecting bad weather during your move, ensure that you prepare for it well to avoid damage to your belongings.