Although April, May, and June are thought to be the rainiest months in New York, rainy days can occur at any time.
With a few simple, inexpensive, and quick hacks, you can help waterproof your possessions on a rainy moving day. Regardless of the weather predictions.
The damp weather won’t deter your movers. But there are steps you can take around your home to assist make sure it’s a hassle-free day.
Your First Step
We usually advise padding the bottom of your boxes with packing paper. They are a buffer. Before beginning to add items to them while packing for any weather. By initially adding a plastic lining to the base of your box, you can advance this step to the level of rainy weather. Cutting rubbish bags to size or reusing flattened plastic shopping bags are inexpensive alternatives.
The process is the same when the box is filled; add a layer of packing paper, followed by a layer of plastic, and finally seal it. The plastic packing tape you apply at the top and obviously on the base when you first assemble the box will waterproof the seals. Run an extra line of plastic packing tape over the bases and seams of any boxes you plan to reuse from your building’s recycling section to make sure they will hold up and not disintegrate in wet conditions. Don’t risk using any weak boxes or ones with uncertain structural integrity outside in the weather. For your peace of mind, it’s worth changing them out and repacking those products.
The majority of packing boxes are made of sturdy, high-quality cardboard. They can survive being moved in and out of moist environments. Your things will arrive safely as long as you made some additional room by appropriately lining and sealing them.
Use plastic bags as garment packs over a few racks at a time. Taking in 2-3 suits or 4-5 dresses in each bag, if you intend to move your clothing on a hanging rack. This is a wise step to be prepared for, even if you are utilizing a clothes box. To stop rain from seeping into the seams of framed art and other valuables, the plastic lining should also be wrapped around them.
Before you can even schedule your time slot or reserve an elevator, you must present a Certificate of Insurance (COI) to your building management before your move, regardless of whether it will be sunny or rainy that day.
The COI offers structure protection in addition to workers’ compensation insurance. In case a mover is hurt, say in an accident in a wet environment. Even though your movers will have experience working in a variety of weather situations, unforeseen circumstances can sometimes occur. Such as an energetic dog dashing into your movers as they are moving a big object down some steps on a damp floor.
Regardless of the weather, the stone is often laid down on the floor in common spaces for movers. If inclement weather is expected on the day of your move, you might want to be ready with something similar to create traction in the hallway and entryway of your home. Large cardboard sheets offer more traction. As the movers make numerous excursions from the truck outside to your dry, clean home. Both in your old flat and your new house, you can cover your floors by taping down plastic tarps and other sheets.
Be mindful of any potential risks for your movers and yourself on the day of the move. Such as clogged drains that could cause minor flooding. In case you’re moving out of a house or large property with a driveway and entry. To lessen the amount of time your things are exposed to the elements between the front door and the truck. You might also want to think about providing some temporary cover from the door to the pavement. Such as a tarp, or pop-up gazebo, or umbrella.
You should have sturdy shoes and waterproof gear. Such as a jacket, on the day of your move if rain is expected. This will keep you dry and comfortable for the several hours it will take.
To avoid digging through boxes at the last minute, put away rain boots, umbrellas, and raincoats in the days before your move. We always advise our customers to prepare a moving day suitcase with the necessities. Such as medication and phone chargers.
The same holds for other family members as well as any pets. To ensure they arrive at your new home dry and comfortable, have their raincoats and beanies laid aside for moving day. Maintaining everyone’s health is important. Especially during a winter relocation when the flu and other seasonal illnesses can easily spread across a family.
The Day of the Move
You may be confident that your movers are unfazed if the skies open in the middle of your project. All because they have worked in a variety of weather circumstances. Some movers, like Dream Moving, can bring plastic wrap and other covers for your furniture to the pick-up location at no additional cost.
To get you moving, they’ll be working as safely and swiftly as they can. To decide how to load your goods and deal with the risks, they will assess the home and its surroundings. Before relocating more delicate or fragile parts, they will move lower-risk ones first and wait for the situation to improve.
Wipe down your belongings as you go when they are unloaded and transported to your new house. Do this because moist boxes can gather mold very rapidly. Any compromised boxes should be opened so that the contents may air out and dry.
Due to the negative effects of mold or mildew on your health, we don’t advise leaving wet boxes inside your house. In general, consider them suitable for recycling. And typical of a rainy season move unless you can properly dry them off in the sun before storing them.