Tips For Moving House In The Rain

Driving car in the rain

We know that moving day can be stressful enough without the need to deal with treacherous weather conditions. However, if there is rain forecast for the day you’re due to move into your new home, don’t panic.

We are firm believers that preparing for as many eventualities as possible will always help moving day to progress smoothly, so if you’re looking for some top tips for moving house in the rain, you’re in the right place.

1. Use Strong Boxes

Flimsy cardboard boxes aren’t designed to withstand rainy weather conditions and can quickly start to fall apart. So, it is important to use strong boxes to ensure that your possessions don’t get damaged. Here at Bristol Van Removals we use high quality doubled walled boxes, they are not waterproof, but they wont fall apart when being carried from the house to the van etc.

2. Ensure All Boxes Are Properly Sealed

While this might seem an obvious point to make, it really is worth double checking that every single box has been properly sealed. The last thing you need is to discover that the box with your chargers or other electrical equipment wasn’t properly sealed and water has made its way through the gaps.

3. Highlight Special Items At Risk Of Damage

Certain items are much more likely to be damaged if they get wet, so you might want to consider marking them with a special label or sticker to ensure that extra care is taken to protect them from the elements.

4. Ensure All Furniture Items Are Covered

Rain can very easily leave marks on wood and other furniture items, so it is important to ensure that they are fully covered when being transported to your new home. Many moving companies provide complete packing services, so it’s worth discussing your options with your team.

5. Protect Your Floors

From plastic sheeting to plyboard or broken down cardboard boxes, there are a number of different ways to create walkways to protect your floors from the elements. Whatever materials you choose to use, it is important to ensure that there aren’t any trip hazards.

It will almost certainly be beneficial to have extra floor protection on hand as well as a small box of cleaning supplies that is easy to grab to quickly address any accidents that can very easily occur in wet conditions. At Bristol Van Removals, we use professional floor runners to protect the customer’s floors

6. Dress For The Weather

When packing away your clothes, it can be a good idea to put aside a couple of different outfit options that are easy to grab on moving day. This means that you can easily dress for the weather on the day without needing to dig through suitcases or boxes for a specific item that you might not be able to find when you need it.

We recommend having a pair of gloves on hand to protect your hands and a pair of waterproof boots with a sturdy sole that will keep your feet dry and help to prevent slipping on wet surfaces.

7. Create a Parking Plan

Spend some time planning where you’re going to park when moving out of your current property and into your new home. Parking as close as possible to your home when moving during the rain is particularly important, so you may need to be patient if you’re moving into or out of a place that doesn’t have a driveway or is located on a busy road.

We recommend avoiding parking on grassy areas that can very quickly become waterlogged and may not be able to support the weight of your vehicle, otherwise you might just end up very stuck very quickly.

8. Take Your Time

Things often take longer in the rain, so don’t be surprised if your moving schedule doesn’t progress as smoothly as it might have in dry conditions. You may need to take unplanned breaks if downpours get heavier, and you will likely need to take additional care when transporting heavy or large items in potentially slippy conditions. Plus, don’t forget that your vehicle may be carrying a heavier load than usual, so it is imperative to drive with care and be mindful of standing water, bends and roundabouts.

If you want to find out how we can help your big move go without a hitch, come rain or shine, then get in touch today.