You wake up on moving day with your house packed up, your truck ready, and your friends and family ready to help, then look outside only to be greeted by a major downpour. Although you can’t control the weather, you can make sure everyone stays safe and that your belongings stay dry with these five simple tips.
Wear protective shoes
Forget sandals and canvas flats and call in those sturdy boots you usually reserve for hiking. When moving heavy items, it is more difficult to keep your balance on slippery floors, so the extra grip will go a long way to help you and your moving buddies to stay upright.
Prep the new home
When you first arrive at your new place, line the entryway and front porch with old towels or sheets that will serve to catch any mud or water from your shoes before you head inside, and will help prevent you from slipping over. Remember, the more organised you are with your move, the more time you’ll save.
Keep your belongings dry
Cardboard is not the most wet-weather-friendly of materials, so when packing, be sure to wrap your boxes with plastic to ensure the contents stays dry. Plastic garbage bags will do the trick. Be particularly careful with artwork and carefully wrap pieces in a few layers of plastic to ensure no damage is done. Finally, be sure to cover all wooden furniture with heavy blankets and sheets to protect it from water damage.
Protect electrical devices
Ensure that uninterruptible power supplies, computers, and other electrical devices are completely switched off and protected with cushioning such as bubble wrap and shrink wrapping. It is often the smaller devices that go unnoticed in a move, so double check that your laptop, radio, and DVD player are carefully protected.
Mind the mould
Protecting mattresses, pillows and sofas from the wet is vital – if any of these items get damp or wet they run the risk of becoming mouldy which is not only a pain, it can be detrimental to your health. Cover your mattresses with plastic to ensure you’re protected.
Finally, make sure the electricity and gas are connected at your new home before moving - that way, you can get warm and dry as soon as you arrive.