If there is one universal stereotype that always proves correct, it’s that weather rarely cooperates when you need it to. This is especially true in Ireland when it’s always best to expect a bit of rain, whether in the middle of winter or the heart of summer. To help ensure that you don’t end up moving a pile of soggy boxes into your self storage unit or your new home, use our top tips for moving in the rain.
Invest in plastic wrap
That’s right. Plastic wrap is your new best friend when it comes to protecting your belongings from the elements. By tightly wrapping each box in a layer of plastic, you create a barrier that will keep out water and mud. And if you’re really worried about your boxes getting wet, you can even double-up on the plastic wrap for extra protection.
Prep your furniture
Make sure to cover all your furniture with plastic sheeting or tarps and secure it with rope or bungee cords. This will help to keep the rain off and prevent any water damage. Next, be sure to lift all your furniture off the ground before loading it onto the truck to avoid any mud or water getting on your belongings. Finally, try to move your furniture during a lull in the rain if possible. If you can’t avoid moving in the middle of a downpour, just take things slow and be extra careful not to slip or fall.
As an extra precaution, you can unwrap the furniture once in the storage unit to double-check that no pesky droplets made it through. Be sure to rewrap it carefully once you’re done checking.
Get kitted out
While plastic wrap works a treat in protecting your boxes, don’t forget to kit yourself out in the appropriate rain gear. First things first – you’ll need a heavy-duty raincoat to keep you dry. Make sure it’s long enough to reach your knees, and don’t forget to pack a hood or umbrella. When it comes to footwear, rubber boots are your best friend. They may not be the most stylish option, but they’ll keep your feet dry and comfortable.
Create an assembly line
First, designate one person to be in charge of bringing items out to the moving truck. This will help avoid too many people getting soaked. Next, set up a series of “stations” around the house, including one for wrapping boxes in plastic and another for loading boxes and furniture onto dollies. By assigning tasks and working together as a team, you’ll be able to move quickly and efficiently – even in the worst weather conditions.
It’s always a good idea to be prepared for rain, especially when you’re moving. By following our tips and investing in some plastic wrap, you can keep your boxes and furniture safe from the elements and minimise assembly time. We hope you find this information helpful and that our fully heated storage units make your move go smoothly, no matter what the weather is like outside!