Moving on An Unexpected Rainy Day: The Top Tips

So, you’ve planned out your move to perfection and hired West Auckland movers. But, on the day of the move, Mother Nature shows her fury and unleashes a downpour that doesn’t stop for hours. In such a situation, canceling the move isn’t an option, as you’ve done all your packing and booked professional packers and movers Auckland in advance. However, there’s also the risk of damage to your belongings that you have to consider. Tricky situation, isn’t it?

While we understand that moving on a rainy day is no easy affair, we also believe that it’s entirely doable if you include the possibility of rainfall in your plans. So, without further ado, let’s get right into the top tips to keep in mind for moving on an unexpected rainy day.

1. Get rain gear


Before you think about your belongings and hiring East Auckland movers, you should think about yourself and invest in proper rain gear. Some of the things that you should buy include:

  • Umbrellas
  • Non-slip shoes
  • Change of clothes
  • Baseball hats or caps

The point of investing in rain gear is not just to protect you from the rain, but also to protect you from the likelihood of accidental falls and slips.

2. Wrap belongings in plastic


Electronics and other water-sensitive items can be severely damaged through exposure to water. Instead of putting them inside boxes, it’s ideal to wrap them using plastic. Be sure to wrap them thoroughly so that there aren’t entry points through which the rain can seep in. If you own items of high value, such as fine art, you should consider shrink wrap, which is significantly better than regular plastic sheets at protecting items from rain.

3. Don’t use old cardboard boxes


You might have several old cardboard boxes that you can use for storing your belongings when moving. While these boxes will serve you just fine on a sunny day, they’re not strong enough to withstand the effects of heavy rain and will quickly get worn out. Instead of relying on these boxes, you should invest in some brand-new cardboard boxes. Modern cardboard boxes are far more durable than older variants and they can handle rain for a few hours before giving in. If you feel it’s too risky to rely on cardboard, consider plastic boxes.

4. Take steps to reinforce boxes


So you got new cardboard boxes and packed all your belongings in them. While that’s certainly a respectable step, it still nearly isn’t enough to protect your possessions against heavy rain. Some things you should do to reinforce the boxes include:

  • Inspecting the boxes prior to packing to identify tears and holes.
  • If any tears and holes are identified, tape over them.
  • Use packing tapes to secure bottoms, corners, and edges.
  • Before packing the boxes with your belongings, cover the bottoms using a drop cloth, trash bags, or plastic sheets.
  • Make sure that your possessions are properly wrapped in plastic before packing them inside boxes.
  • Cover the boxes using tarpaulin or plastic sheets.

5. Label water-sensitive items


If you don’t label the most water-sensitive belongings, there’s no way for the house packers to know the boxes that have those items. Usually, professional packers and furniture movers are not careless with their clients’ items. But, in the heat of the moment, they may not exercise the caution that’s required to protect the belongings from rain damage. So, if you’ve got multiple boxes containing water-sensitive items, label them clearly so that the necessary caution can be exercised by the Auckland movers.

6. Be smart during the unloading process


Once you and your belongings arrive at the new place, it’s necessary to unload in a smart way. Even if the furniture removals company you’ve hired insists on performing the unloading as they would in normal weather, be firm towards them and ask them to think things through. The best way to unload in rainy weather is to set up an efficient assembly line. For example, one person hands over the boxes individually, another takes the boxes and delivers them, and the next unpacks the boxes inside your new location. This way, your new location will stay relatively dry and prevent accidental slips and falls.

7. Postpone the move


If the downpour is not severe, there’s no reason for you to postpone the move. But if it is the result of a severe storm, the safest option is to cancel the move and do it at a later date. Moving during severe storms endangers not just you, your family, and your belongings, but the lives of the professional packers as well.

So, there you have it – the best tips to keep in mind when moving on a rainy day. We hope that these tips come in handy for you if you ever have to face a tricky situation during your move. Get in touch with Henderson Movers for all your moving needs in and around Auckland.